New and Current Books
diehard poetry is a series of books published at Kings Bookshop Callander (formerly Old Grindles Bookshop, Edinburgh). The list, comprising seventy titles in all, goes back to before the founding of Poetry Scotland, has continued through the recession with seven new poetry chapbooks, and will continue with further books by known and new authors. diehard has a poetry list, a drama list, and a few non fiction titles. Some of the books are out of print. We sell them in our own bookshop, selected bookshops, and specialist and other outlets.
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NEW FEBRUARY 2017 Two lovely collections of poems with watery titles and something of water in the themes, but that's just the start. Priced sensibly at £5 they are:
Shaping the Water Path by Morelle Smith
The Year of the Loch by George Colkitto

They are available from us at Callander, from the authors, from a few other sources and they will be featured at StAnza Poetry Festival Poetry Market on Saturday 4th March. Launches/readings in Scotland and Cumbria to be announced

In 2016 we published the celebrated performance piece:

Goose, by Ira Lightman. pamphlet £5


Callander Haiku:
diehard paperback price £4
an anthology by poets associated with Callander Poetry Weekend and local poets 

Ilka Spring by Margaret Gillies Brown:
diehard paperback price £7
New poems by one of our longest serving Scottish women poets

The Corbenic Poetry Path Book: in assocation with The Corbenic Poetry Path
Full colour photographs and poems from the celebrated Poetry Path price £12

The Bees of Dunblane and The Song of the Walnut Tree:
A two-poem pamphlet by Sally Evans price £3

Anderson's Piano
Sally Evans' pamphlet sequence on the Pass of Brander landscape,  price £3. Also availble as an  e-book, Firewater Press. (reached no 1 in Amazon Women's Poetry bestseller list)

We also letterpress printed  Shakespeare's Sonnet 92 for the British Library project, and a poem by Judith Taylor.


2017 onwards will see us continue to publish books and pamphlets in our hallmark slow and sure manner.. But nothing unsolicited, thats the way it is folks you are expected to start out by doing your own thing.

 Earlier work:

Poetic Adventures in Scotland by Sally Evans
diehard, ISBN 978-0946230-96-7 (publication date 27 January 2014)
Also available as an e-book by Firewater Press

Sally Evans spills the beans on 30 years of life in the poetry community
in Scotland, linked with the stories of many of her published poems. An enlightening view of how poetry really works.

As well as a seaasoned poet, Sally is a poetry editor and runs Kings Bookshop
Callander with her husband. This is her seventh poetry book. It is diehard’s
seventieth book.



2011 Ian Blake, Remembering Falstaff anf Others. £6.50 ISBN 978 -0946230-86-0

2011 Charlie Gracie, Good Morning.
£5, ISBN 978 0946230-88-4paperback edition of the sosld-out Metallic book of the same title.

Summer 2010 titles, launched at the Callander Poetry Weekend, are the revolutionary diehard metallic bindings series. These are designed as beautiful gifts, sewn opening flat, Trip-to-Jerusalem style bookbinding and a nod to the e-reader in the metallic finish of the decorated boards. Only from Kings Bookshop Callander when available.

 Illustrated with 9 full page drawings by Reinhard Behrens, this book length fantasy poem of the Bees and an Elephant Artist in the Highlands has been well received throughout the poetry world.  Published  2008, ISBN 0946230870 £6.50

page On the edge of Flanders Moss near Stirling and south of Callander: this wonderful seven-metre high Viewing Tower has just been opened. Poetry Scotland has printed a Special Tribute issue of poems from the project People, Peat and Poetry by the local schools and community, and Chris Powici's diehard chapbook Somehow This Earth was launched from the top of the Tower at the lunch time opening party, held on about the only dry day in a fortnight [23 November 2009]. We are awaiting the newspaper pictures of this event.
Another photo of the Tower below, in which you can see the flat bogginess of the land, full of wildlife and stretching for miles with a surrounding panorama of central Scotland's mountains.  These super photos are by Chris Powici.


The Tower is specially designed and constructed to stand on the deep moss, and it steel poles go down deeper than the height of the tower.