We’re delighted to release our first pamphlet for 2020, witness, a collection of poems which refocuses the lives Christ’s disciples. In usual times the pamphlet would have been realised in conjunction with Easter but we are currently staggering our titles to provide as much support as possible for our poets. Jonathan’s approach to his subject matter is passionate, enthralling and part of a wider conversation of queer identity in religion; it’s resilience and longevity.
— Bridget Hart
witness is about taking the gospel back to its radical roots in a time that has poured whitewash over it. This is a story about a man executed by the state for saying things they didn’t want to hear. This is a story about those that followed him.
In a series of poems which tenderly, fiercely re-imagine the lives of the followers of Jesus of Nazareth, witness confronts the fact that what was radical in first century Palestine is hardly less so here and now. Stories made smooth and prosaic from overuse have their contours and intricacies uncovered, the near-fabular figures of the disciples restored to life in all their shabbiness, in all their glory.
– Dave Coates, poetry critic.
Jonathan Kinsman is a transgender male poet from Manchester. Raised Church of England and with a background in theological study they live their life marrying their spirituality and their sexuality. As well as being Founding Editor of Riggwelter Press and Associate Editor of Three Drops From A Cauldron, they are also a slam finalist. Their debut pamphlet & was joint-winner of the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize 2017.