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Welcome to the home of Dagda Publishing online. We are an independent publisher of fiction and poetry based in Nottingham in the UK, established in 2013. Our website is also home to the Dagda Publishing Poetry Blog, regularly featuring the best new poetry talent.

We are passionate about discovering new writers and treating their artistic vision as it deserves to be treated - not just as a profit/loss projection - but as an intrinsic part of our future cultural heritage. Come inside and discover what happens when passion and publishing meet.

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- The Dagda Publishing Team.

  • Latest News — What’s going on in our corner of publishing

    • 1st July – We are very pleased to announce the release of Con­quest, the debut novel by Not­ting­ham author C.J. Somersby, and the first in the “Angels of Chicago” series of para­nor­mal fan­tasy nov­els. Sure to please fans of The Dres­den Files, Preacher and Hell­blazer, this book is one any dis­cern­ing fan­tasy and hor­ror fan will […]...

      1st July, 2015
    • To cel­e­brate the fact that Laura Enright’s début hor­ror novel “To Touch The Sun” is exactly 1 year old today (Aww, birth­days), we have a 99p/​99c Kin­dle ebook sale on for 48 hours. Head on over to Ama​zon​.com or Ama​zon​.co​.uk now and pick your­self up this bril­liant novel by one of Chicago’s finest new authors. […]...

      25th February, 2015
    • For all you hor­ror fans out there, you’ll be pleased to know that we now have the sequel to “To Touch The Sun” by Laura Enright in our inbox. So, we guess this week is time for another pub­li­ca­tion announce­ment. Titled “Ujaali”, the book will once again fol­low Narain Khan, vam­pire, chef, reluc­tant hero, and […]...

      16th February, 2015
    • Last Thurs­day was our third “Speak Your Mind” event in Not­ting­ham. A quiet one (well, it is Jan­u­ary), nev­er­the­less we had a blast and the atmos­phere was just right. If you weren’t there, you def­i­nitely missed out on some­thing special. Our first per­former went on at about 9:30pm, and it was John Humphries, a local poet […]...

      27th January, 2015
    • Good evening every­one. Who wants another cover reveal? We announced the other week that we would be releas­ing Con­quest by C.J. Somersby in July, so we thought we’d get the cover in early for you all. Designed by Matt Davis at Rock And Hill Stu­dio in Cal­i­for­nia, here it is. Keep an eye out soon […]...

      20th January, 2015
    • Well, it’s been a while com­ing, but we can finally announce the win­ners of the “Over­com­ing Obsta­cles” com­pe­ti­tion we have been run­ning over the last few months. We will be shar­ing one of the three a day over the next three days, start­ing with the third prize win­ner and fin­ish­ing with the first prize win­ner. […]...

      20th January, 2015
    • We shall be announc­ing the win­ners of our “Over­com­ing Obsta­cles” com­pe­ti­tion next week. We’ve had some bril­liant entries, and it’s been hard to make a deci­sion, but as with these things, we have to. So stay tuned for the announce­ment, and con­grat­u­la­tions to all our short­listed finalists....

      9th January, 2015
    • We are pleased to announce that we will be pub­lish­ing the first in a new series of super­nat­ural fan­tasy nov­els by new UK-​​based author C.J. Somersby , who we will be fea­tur­ing in our next “Meet The Author” arti­cle — keep any eye out for it in a few days time. “Con­quest (Book 1 in the […]...

      7th January, 2015
    • We are very pleased to announce that we will be part­ner­ing with The Poetry Forum to bring about pub­li­ca­tion of their 2nd anthol­ogy, on the theme of “nature”. This will be a char­ity anthol­ogy (char­ity still to be decided) and the details of release date, and price, are still to be confirmed. The poetry will […]...

      6th January, 2015
    • Here it is — the cover to Haven, the sequel to J.S. Collyer’s space opera debut Zero. Designed by Matt Davis of Rock And Hill Stu­dio. Set a few years after the events which saw the crew of the Zero caught up in events that would threaten to tear the Ser­vice and all of Human soci­ety […]...

      5th January, 2015
  • Latest Articles — Tips, Curiosities and celebrations of literature

    • With the sad pass­ing of Leonard Nimoy on Feb­ru­ary 27th, the sci­ence fic­tion world lost one of its great­est stars. The epony­mous ‘Mr Spock’, also known for his direct­ing, poetry and pho­tog­ra­phy work, had become such a sta­ple of life that undoubt­edly many who had never known him in per­son shed a few gen­uine tears. […]...

      10th March, 2015
    • We all strug­gle from time to time with the prob­lem of not being able to write. Any­one who says they don’t are, well, at best delu­sional, and at worst lying. It’s part and par­cel of this jour­ney we send our­selves on as writ­ers (more fool us). So, how does one get past these prob­lems and […]...

      4th March, 2015
    • At 1998’s Zim­babwe Inter­na­tional Book Fair in Harare, a project was pro­posed to cel­e­brate and bring wider inter­na­tional atten­tion to the achieve­ments of notable authors and books from across the African con­ti­nent.  500 nom­i­na­tions from an orig­i­nal list of 1,521 sug­gested titles by insti­tu­tions and experts all over the world were judged and poured over. The panel was […]...

      26th February, 2015
    • Lewis Car­roll was a keen pho­tog­ra­pher as well as a writer, bet­ter known for his tales about Alice. In this arti­cle, we will explore Carroll’s pho­tog­ra­phy prac­tices and processes, and how they could pos­si­bly asso­ciate them­selves with, and inform his lit­er­a­ture, namely Through The Looking-​​Glass. The phys­i­cal act of tak­ing and devel­op­ing pic­tures, along­side the rela­tion­ships […]...

      22nd February, 2015
    • Time for one of our “Meet the author” arti­cles now. C.J. Somersby has his first supernatural/​paranormal fan­tasy “Con­quest” com­ing out on July 1st through us, so we thought it high time to intro­duce you to a lit­tle bit more about this Not­ting­ham based author, and what bet­ter way to do it than through the medium […]...

      17th February, 2015
    • Ahh, the elu­sive “open­ing line”. How do you cre­ate a truly great one that will stick in the reader’s mind and draw them in right from the first word? It’s an art form. A great open­ing line can really set up the rest of the book, and help ensure your writ­ing will live on.  So, what […]...

      30th January, 2015
    • Howdy all. We hope you’re doing well. In our sec­ond “Meet The Author” fea­ture, we talk today to J.S. Col­lyer, author of Zero, the first in the Orbit series of nov­els, which was released in July through Ama­zon. We talk to her about her influ­ences, and what inspires her as a writer, and there’s a […]...

      4th December, 2014
    • Here at Dagda Pub­lish­ing we are very proud of the authors we have helped to bring their artis­tic vision to the book read­ing pub­lic. So, to this end we feel that it’s a great idea for you, the reader, to get to know our authors a lit­tle bit more, and peek behind that veil of […]...

      17th November, 2014
    • For this week’s “Writ­ing Bet­ter” arti­cle, we have decided to go with these 11 nuggets of wis­dom from Henry Miller, one of the undis­puted mas­ters of lit­er­a­ture, fea­tured in Henry Miller On Writ­ing, an excel­lent book. Want to see more writ­ing tips from great mas­ters? Try Stephen King’s 20 rules for writ­ing, Jack Kerouac’s 30 Beliefs […]...

      16th September, 2014
    • Con­tin­u­ing our series on “Writ­ing Bet­ter”, this week we have some invalu­able tips from one of the undis­puted Mas­ters of lit­er­a­ture - Stephen King. Absolutely pro­lific, and a cre­ative force to be reck­oned with, King is also extremely down to earth in his life and out­look. Sort of like a friendly uncle, really. Our friendly author uncle. Lis­ten­ing […]...

      1st September, 2014
  • Latest Poetry — The best new poems from new authors.

    • Encaged in four walls, my kingdom Par­a­lyzed within this asphyxiation I find the sense of purpose Beneath my end­less confrontation   Words and melodies burst out Through this act of liberation Dark­ness embraces and voices chant For this long-​​awaited coronation   Burn­ing eyes slowly seal, to let the pain finally heal A cer­e­mo­nial wel­com­ing, so surreal […]...

      24th September, 2015
    • Am I cursed to slip away one day With no one but my thoughts and Feel­ings beside my lit­tle bedside? When you’re happy you don’t care,   About those moody ones beside you Of course you don’t, it’s fair enough Why should you worry about those Who can’t be both­ered to look around?   There’s two spaces to […]...

      1st September, 2015
    • Don’t miss me, Son, ever after I die For as a son I know how you will sigh With mixed feel­ings when you recall The spot where I showed you the first sugar cane The moment when I took you to DLG Elementary The first time we hiked in Cypress Mt Park The first sight­see­ing tour we had (to […]...

      10th August, 2015
    • She projects her woes onto me Like sta­tic on a screen Stuck on one chan­nel Show­ing end­less repeats Of a day­time drama Eyes glued to it, Hud­dled alone in the dark. ©Richard Black Today’s fea­tured poem comes from Richard Black about rela­tion­ships and the sym­bio­sis of one per­son and another. The infec­tious nature of a person’s […]...

      4th August, 2015
    •   As the jog­ger runs past me And I fin­ish the last of my cigarette I feel my life decreasing And his increasing   I’m not sure who wins…   © Zak Patrick   Today’s fea­tured poem by Zak Patrick is a new expres­sion of the con­cept of whether a life lived uncom­pro­mis­ingly for per­sonal enjoy­ment is […]...

      27th July, 2015
    •   I have never trav­elled far beyond me nor spo­ken of my dreams, to the pass­ing hoy­poloi. I am more rec­og­nized for stand­ing amid the flow­ers spliced between a sea of grace­ful wav­ing grasses, behov­ing the ruddy hea­then masses that con­gre­gate my bat­tles shore. Always, yet as far away from per­pe­tu­ity as life is to — […]...

      16th July, 2015
    • Like a fish out of water I wade through the dark­ness Past the junkies, the mon­keys and the man who sells bicy­cles Ici­cles hang from the noses of mam­moths The painters paint The deal­ers deal The beg­gars beg And the thieves steal But I am invis­i­ble here My gills do not shine in this town […]...

      29th June, 2015
    • The skele­tal thin lady moved painfully through the shad­ows. It was cold and she was shiv­er­ing. Her nose ring once shiny now a shad­owy lack­lus­ter patina. Her tat­tooed neck dis­col­ored with the wrin­kles of hard liv­ing, some even bleed­ing pur­ple tears. The gaunt woman no longer young or pretty watched young girls walk­ing down the […]...

      25th June, 2015
    • Last night she told me she loved me – for real I lis­tened to these words before but I didn’t believe them But this time it was a gen­uine long­ing I could see it in her eyes Even amongst the drunken cir­cus we were in I knew it was real and the words had waited […]...

      22nd June, 2015
    • Ring­ing the changes sup­ple­ment­ing slave wages, falling down sheds mark an era that’s dead. Work­ing class men with a tab and a pint, punch­ing the clock as their bird takes flight. Band­ing and tag­ging the old boys are lag­ging, as tech­nol­ogy brings the changes to win. Rac­ing the homer with noth­ing odd to see, squab, […]...

      18th June, 2015