Hello lovely readers.
People keep asking us where they can buy a copy of ‘Cigarettes, Beer and Love’ … well …
You can buy copies from our [OSSETT OBSERVER SHOP] just click the link and it will direct you to our online shop
You can also buy a copy directly from Ralph at any of the upcoming events.
|10th September||6.30pm -8.30pm||Leeds Met Freshers Event||The Sela Bar, Leeds.|
|17th September||7pm||Abbott, Stoppard and Dartford||The Nichols Building, Sheffield|
|26th September||From 7.30pm||Celler 88 Open Mic.||Celler 88, Holmfirth.|
|27th September||5pm-7pm||Stand Up For Poetry. Word Lab Wakefield Lit Fest||The Orangary Café, Wakefield.|
|10th October||7pm||Spoken Weird||The Sportsman, Halifax.|
|11th October||7.30pm||Morley Lit Fest||St Peter’s Church, Morley.|
|12th October||From 10am||Settle Stories||Settle, North Yorkshire|
|13th October||3.30pm||The Beat is Back. Marsden Jazz Festival||The New Inn, Marsden, Huddersfield.|
|20th October||7.00pm||East Street Arts. Open Studios||Patrick Studios, Leeds.|
|24th October||7.00pm||Coffee House Nights at Queenies Café||Queen Street, Huddersfield.|
|27th November||7.30pm||Poetry by Heart||HEART Centre, Headingley, Leeds.|
‘Cigarettes, Beer and Love’ is an Ossett Observer Publication and is a collaboration between 5 artists and craftspeople who all gave their tremendous skill to making a thing of beauty. We love it and we hope you will too.
Ralph Dartford writes narrative poems from the heart. Sometimes funny, sometimes bittersweet, sometimes as sad as a lost dog. Ralph has been published in The Guardian, Stirring Magazine, Pulp Faction and London Territories. His first Collection, ‘Cigarettes, Beer and Love’ has been a long time coming.It’s a beautifully made volume of poems, that was written and made with love by artists we know and love
Shephard Creative Sharon and Tony Shephard aided and abetted by their son Jay have provided the images and layout for the book. They work in creative graphics, graphic art and design and all round loveliness. Based in Ossett, they are part of the Ossett Observer Arts Collective.
Print Project Based at Bradford’s famous 1 in 12 club. The Print Project aim to keep the skill and art of letterpress printing alive by producing work which is incredible to read, feel and touch. Nick Loaring from The Print Project has made the cover for ‘Cigarettes, Beer and Love’ and provided us with the inspiration to make a book you could enjoy holding as much as you will enjoy reading.
Papercut Bindery. Roger Grech, Book Binder, works from his Bindery at home in Shipley, where he hand crafts beautiful books in his cellar. Roger has stitched every book by hand and not complained. We think we owe him a drink.
Leeds Graphic Press supplied their skill in printing, folding, collating and brilliant advice to help us realise the ambition of making this book in the way we wanted to.