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‘The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman’ by Denis Thériault

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman

‘The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman’ by Denis Thériault was published last Friday 12th September 2014 by Hesperus Nova, an imprint of Hesperus Press.


Secretly steaming open envelopes and reading the letters inside, Bilodo has found an escape from his lonely and routine life as a postman. When one day he comes across a mysterious letter containing only a single haiku, he finds himself avidly caught up in the relationship between a long-distance couple, who write to each other using only beautiful poetry. He feasts on their words, vicariously living a life for which he longs. But it will only be a matter of time before his world comes crashing down around him…



To celebrate the publication of Denis Thériault’s beautiful and haunting novel The Peculiar Life of  a Lonely Postman,  Hesperus Press is running a HAIKU WRITING COMPETITION in association with National Poetry Day.

Send your haiku to Hesperus Press by 26th September 2014 and you could win:

1st prize: A top quality creative writing course in London, courtesy of The Complete Creative Writing Course at the Groucho Club, London and a year’s free subscription of Hesperus Nova books
2nd prize: A year’s free subscription of Hesperus Nova books

To enter either submit your haiku via Twitter including #peculiarpostman and @hesperuspress OR Email your haiku to info@hesperuspress.com by 26th September 2014.

The winner will be announced on National Poetry Day on 2nd October 2014.


The panel of judges is made up of:

John Burnside, celebrated writer and poet who has won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Award, the Forward Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize.
Andrew Shimield, committee member of the British Haiku Society.
Denis Thériault, author of The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman. 


Full terms and conditions can be found on http://www.hesperuspress.com.

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