David J Costello

Books & Poetry

Human Engineering
Please note this book has now sold out.
No Need For Candles
(2nd Edition)
(£6.00 + £1.20 UK P&P)
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No Need For Candles
Please note this book has now sold out
Heft
 
(£10.00 + £2.50 UK P&P)
 
(Overseas buyers please e-mail mailfordjc@gmail.com for P&P)
 

Bio

David J. Costello lives in Wallasey, England. He has been widely published and anthologised. David has won prizes in a number of competitions including both the Welsh International Poetry Competition and the

Troubadour International Poetry Competition. His latest pamphlet, No Need For Candles, is published by Red Squirrel Press. You can order a signed copy directly from this site using the PayPal button above. David's first full collection is due from Red Squirrel Press in 2020.

 

What they say!

Horseshoe Bat

‘It must have been a keen blade / That eased you from night’s heart…’

The exquisite precision of these opening lines perfectly conveys an almost surgical procedure, and while the poem’s economy extends into a more mellow, introspective tone, I remained skewered to this small mammal’s journey where there is no excess baggage, no self-indulgent clutter. I hadn’t heard of the Horseshoe bat, so I learnt something too. This is a magical and memorable work. A worthy winner.

Sally Spedding,
Judge: 2011 Welsh International Poetry Competition

No Need For Candles

Costello has a strong feel for the terse emotive phrase: for a dying man he writes, @a nurse arrives to usher in December". Ranging from moths, the moon, Welsh folklore to the recall of departed family members, these poems are tender and precise

Gill McEvoy,
Winner of the 2015 Michael Marks Award for her pamphlet  The Firast Telling

Candlelight

 

"Candlelight" especially is heart-rending and evocative, and resonates long past reading the poem.  It haunts, as a fine piece of literature should. 

The Editors,
Provo Canyon Review

No Need For Candles

The opening poems of illness and loss are stark, plain and moving. A later poem mentions "the flung shape that always returns" - these poems explore their own limits and always return to the human.

Andrew McMillan,
Winner Guardian First Book Award, Somerset Maugham Award and Eric Gregory Award for Physical

Heft

 

From this beautiful poem’s simple title and the first no-frills first line, I was immediately drawn into the fascinating and probably little-known world where lambs of certain breeds of sheep, despite repeated upheavals and displacement, are tugged back by ‘their internal compass’ into

… their heritage of rock.

the heather’s cackle

and the milky-white cartography of snow.

I learnt something new from each of this poem’s twelve very visual yet deceptively simple lines, empathising with these doomed, young creatures who share with us that universal condition of homesickness. When that perfect last line came, I felt close to tears

 

This poet clearly does realise that less is often more and significantly, amongst the many entries coming close to the competition’s 50-word limit, has delivered a gem.

 

A worthy 2ndprize winner!

Sally Spedding,
Judge: 2018 Welsh International Poetry Competition

 

Events & Readings

19th March

2020

Launch reading from 'Heft'

CANCELLED

This event has been cancelled due to the Corona Virus outbreak.

It will be re-instated later this year.

Details will be posted here when agreed with the venue organisers.

1st April 2020

Poetry & Prose at Petersgate

CANCELLED

This event has been cancelled due to the Corona Virus outbreak.

It will be re-instated in 2021.

Details will be posted here when agreed with the venue organisers.

2nd April 2020

First Thursday

CANCELLED

This event has been cancelled due to the Corona Virus outbreak.

Re-scheduled for Autumn 2020, details to follow.

Details will be posted here when agreed with the venue organisers.

16th April 2020

Chester Launch of Heft

CANCELLED

This event has been cancelled due to the Corona Virus outbreak.

It will be re-instated later this year.

Details will be posted here when agreed with the venue organisers.

21st April 2020

Poetry Upstairs at The Trading Post

27, Nevill Street

Abergavenny

NP7 5AA

Wales

19:00 for 19:15 Start. £5 entry on the door. Guest poet, reading from 'Heft'.

22nd  April 2020

Ye Olde Murenger House

CANCELLED

This event has been cancelled due to the Corona Virus outbreak.

It will be re-instated in 2021.

Details will be posted here when agreed with the venue organisers.

23rd April 2020

Poems & Pints

CANCELLED

This event has been cancelled due to the Corona Virus outbreak.

I hope it will be possible to reinstate it in 2021.

Details will be posted here if agreed with the venue organisers.

27th May 2020

TBC

TBC

Verbatim

The Poetry Pharmacy

36, High Street

Bishop's Castle

Shropshire

SY9 5BQ

19:30 start. £3.00 on the door. Joint reading with Kemal Houghton.

Red Squirrel Press Launch 'Heft'

Date to be advised - Edinburgh venue

Red Squirrel Press Launch 'Heft'

Date to be advised - Glasgow venue

23rd Sept 2020

1st Oct 2020

The Journey of Making a Poem

(Workshop on behalf of the Poet in Residence)

Chester Cathedral

12, Abbey Square

Chester. CH1 2HU

10:30 to 12:30

National Poetry Day Open Mic

Wallasey Central Library

Earlston Road

Wallasey

Merseyside

CH45 5DX (18:00 to 20:00 provisional)

2nd Oct 2020

Wirral Poetry Festival

Tranmere Rovers Football Club

Prenton Road West

Birkenhead

Merseyside

CH42 9PY

18:00 Start

 

Contact

For any media inquiries, please contact me at:

Tel: +44(0)151 639 1850 | Mob: +44(0)7747 632 922 | EMail: mailfordjc@gmail.com

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