Tendrils
Lucy Duggan

Tendrils is a book which opens up new worlds, layer by layer. Set in Prague, Munich and the Czech countryside, it weaves together two stories of departure and return. Ochre is an artist who is trying to piece together a lost friendship from the time before 1989 and the messages from his pocket-knife; Zuzi and Alena grow in the Moravian countryside, struggling to make sense of the fragments of their family stories and of their own future. If you have ever written a letter and not sent it, Tendrils will turn out to be about you.

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Publication date: 21 February 2014. 555pp
ISBN 978-0-9928242-0-4
£13

discourse.cpp
O.S. le Si

The main feature of this little volume of poems is that it was written by a computer. The result, we would like to stress, is not the random assemblage of words that you may have come to expect from computer-generated poetry. The writing process involved a state-of-the-art technique in computational linguistics, as used by researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK, where the book originated. The aim of this technique, known as the 'distributional' approach to semantics, is to discover the meaning of words by looking at how people use them. So as you read discourse.cpp, you will get a snapshot of what people at the beginning of the third millennium think is characteristic of concepts like love, pride and politics. Prepare to be surprised!

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Publication date: April 2011. 52pp
ISBN 978-3-00-033516-7
£7.35