New Releases: Black Book and Tales from the Adanac House by Ian D. Hall

Author: Ian D. Hall
Language: English
Published: 30th April, 2018
4,600 words (Black Book);
17,200 words (Tales from the Adanac House)
Black Book:
Paperback: 978-1-78645-215-3; eBook: 978-1-78645-216-0; ASIN: B07CLFHLNM
Tales from the Adanac House:
Paperback: 978-1-78645-213-9; eBook: 978-1-78645-214-6; ASIN: B07CMDRFZ8
Genre: Poetry, Literary

Black Book:
An anthology of work collected from the writing and performances of poetry by Ian D. Hall.

Liverpool has always nurtured distinctive voices in its poetry, music, and art. In this collection, Ian Hall - poet, performer, reviewer of film, theatre, and music, founder of 'Liverpool Sound and Vision', graduate of English, and all-round local legend - sounds his voice with distinction, joining it to the city's resounding chorus of talents. Black Book moves us from the Armitage-like wit of 'One Day in Crewe' to the dark protest of 'Who's to Blame'; from Crosby beach in 'The Seagull versus the Iron Men' to the American, Bourbon-scented whirl of 'Kerouac Dreams'. The versatility and range of these poems will take you and shake you, shifting from sonnet to free verse and back again, and from the poet's profound love for a Morris Minor to the deep myths of Eve and the Devil, Echo and Narcissus.

To borrow a telling line, each poem is a 'sculpture of passionate sentiment : delicate yet enduring, often poignant yet also ruggedly tough.'

Read on. Enjoy.
May the music of this poetry fill you, every note.

Dr Michael Davies, University of Liverpool

Ian puts all the write words in the right places to produce profound poems.
John Gorman

Words build emotional bridges and skyscrapers. Poet Ian D. Hall uses the tools of his trade to convey past and future experiences. He has a solid foundation of work to build upon. A distinctive, sensitive voice using light, shade and colour to maximum effect.
Peter Grant

Tales from the Adanac House:
An anthology of poetry and prose by Ian D. Hall.

A dream world, a land of mischief,
of stories too numerous to entreat completely upon anyone.

A place where an armchair becomes a throne and where a man becomes a King, staring out over the past,
telling his young page
the secrets he is too inherit,
a young boy who found Adanac intoxicating
and every once supposed every tall tale to be true.

Tales from The Adanac House is a mixture of light and dark, an assortment of pictures that paint very personal and emotive journeys of a person who has experienced much, and has needed to throw the words out on page as only an artist can do.

Poetry should leave you feeling a little exhausted, as if you have been on a journey and Ian D. Hall does exactly that.
Janey Phillips

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Editor's Review:
Being a fan of the Beat poets, it was a real joy for me to read (and get the chance to publish the second editions of) Ian D. Hall's collections of poetry and prose. Ian's love for the Beat writers is there subtly throughout, but these collections wouldn't be complete without an ode to Kerouac himself:

Kerouac Dreams
I found peace in Ginsberg County without the aid of new patois and peyote to bring forth
Dreams. No hard beer or soft women from the broken Morrison’s Hotel to keep words flowing,
All I was left with was the terms of a contract not yet signed. Kerouac yawned and smiled
With his teeth showing, baring at me across the table, daring me to join in some inspired anarchic
Game, a ritual, a joyful disease that saw leaflets dropped and new words learned.…

But by far, my favourite is one of the poems in Black Book, entitled 'The Imaginary Friend' which begins:
It was only at the end
that I realised that I was my imaginary friend’s
imaginary friend.…

Black Book and Tales from the Adanac House are both excellent collections of beautifully written open verse  (with some longer prose in the latter). Published today and available from Beaten Track Publishing and all the usual online retailers.

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About Ian D. Hall:
Having been found on a 'Co-op' shelf in Stirchley, Birmingham by a Cornish woman and a man of dubious footballing taste, Ian grew up in neighbouring Selly Park and Bicester in Oxfordshire. After travelling far and wide, he now considers Liverpool to be his home.

Ian was educated at Moor Green School, Bicester Senior School, and the University of Liverpool, where he gained a 2:1 (BA Hons) in English Literature.

He now reviews and publishes daily on the music, theatre and culture within Merseyside.