My debut chapbook Moth Dust was officially published by Sampson Low on 2nd January 2018 as part of the Writers’ Centre Kingston series. The chapbook comes out alongside two others, making it the sixth in the series overall.
The official statement is as follows:
Moth Dust by Yvonne Litschel is at its core an exploration of death, and both its presence and prevalence in all aspects of existence. Whether positioned at the forefront of the piece, or present in a less overt manner, death can be found throughout the collection. Through a combination of lyricism and disjunction, the reader is accompanied through various narratives and encouraged to reflect upon the inevitable and learn to accept or even embrace it. The varying degrees of discussion aim to open up a dialogue about topics surrounding death.
Although of course I am in a position to tell you more than the formalities. There is a poem about alternative burial methods. There is a poem about not knowing how to cook chicken. There is a disjunctive modern fable, and there is a parodied Kafka reference. There is a space on the reverse of the front cover where I considered putting some sort of quote but decided against it for fear of seeming pretentious, so perhaps you could add your own.
I don’t know how it is getting things published in general, but I feel so fortunate to have had such a positive experience for my first time, as I got to work with some genuinely wonderful people – SJ Fowler, editor of the Writers’ Centre Kingston series, and Alban Low, the publisher I worked with from Sampson Low – to whom I cannot express my gratitude enough for the time they put into helping me produce this. I’m so grateful to have been given this opportunity, especially as I’ve never had anything I’ve written published anywhere before, let alone a little book all to myself.
Currently the chapbook is only available for purchase from the publisher, but I endeavour to make it available directly from myself at some point to allow the possibility of being able to scrawl something inside upon request.