Monday, 16 July 2012

The Hungry Ghost Festival - publication day!

Look what arrived in the post today!

I have been dreaming about this day for a very, very long time. My first poetry collection is published today. It's called The Hungry Ghost Festival, and it's a pamphlet published by The Rialto.
On the 15th night of the seventh lunar month, the boundaries between the living and the dead break down, and the dead visit the earth looking for food and entertainment.Jen Campbell’s festival celebrates the presence of the past, in this case childhood and adolescence in the North East, as it floats through the present adult consciousness.
It's been getting some lovely reviews, which have made me very smiley indeed.
“Jen Campbell’s The Hungry Ghost Festival is a magical debut. Her charged poems of a northern childhood in South Shields and Cleadon Hills; of family, sex and other rites of passage are fresh and compelling – told with a canny eye for detail and a gorgeous turn of phrase. This is an arresting collection from a writer fully in command of an unusual and significant voice.” – Anna Woodford 
Here's me reading a poem from the collection, called Kitchen.

If you'd like a signed copy of 'The Hungry Ghost Festival', it's £5.50 plus postage and packaging. 

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[If you'd like to pay using a different method [cheque or bank transfer], buy more than one copy, or have a query then just drop me an email.]

Here's a blog post with a little about me, and what The Hungry Ghost Festival is about. 

Thanks so much for the support, lovely blog readers and Twitter followers. You've all been so lovely. I hope that those of you who buy the collection enjoy reading it. xx

[The Hungry Ghost Festival is also available over at The Rialto]


If you're reading this and you work for a poetry journal etc, and would like a review copy then please email The Rialto. If you'd like to chat about 'Hungry Ghosts...' with me on your blog, then just drop me a line

Bookshops: If you would like to order copies of this pamphlet, please email The Rialto. [It's also available via Central Books.]


  1. Congratulations, this is a fantastic achievement! Can't wait for my copy :)

  2. Wow, making dreams come true, I'm so happy for you. Congratulations and enjoy!