Oversteps News 66, May 2022

This will be a bit of a bumper newsletter, with information about our two latest books, forthcoming readings and news about the future of Oversteps.

chris-considine-1Strange Days, by Chris Considine (ISBN 978-1-906856-93-9), price £8strange-days-full-1 plus p&p.

Strange Days, published last month, is Chris’s sixth collection, but her first with Oversteps.

After a teaching career in Bedford and several years spent in rural North Yorkshire, Chris Considine now lives in Plymouth, overlooking the Sound. Some of her poems recall the Yorkshire countryside she loves, others give tantalising glimpses of a Breton cottage she visits (A century old, this one – a stone-built house / with steep-pitched, small-tiled roof) while others shine a light on real people, past and present.

Cannonball with feathers by Caroline Carver (ISBN 978-1-906856-94-6) with black and white illustrations, price £8 plus p&p.

Red hat day

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An earlier collection by Caroline, Three Hares, was published by Oversteps in 2009, and we’re delighted to welcome her back. Her work references some of the many different parts of the world in which she has lived and is enriched by the people she has known and loved over her long life. In this book you can read about Caroline’s scrapes with bears and steep mountainsides, as well as memories, occasionally painful, of childhood.

As it happens, Caroline’s book is our last publication, as Alwyn Marriage is now winding down the publishing programme. She will continue as Managing Editor for at least another year, while plans unfold for the future; but after over 14 years and about 100 books published, she has decided that the growth and success of Oversteps has become too much for one person to manage.

In other news, Alwyn has, by coincidence, got two new books coming out this week.

Possibly a Pomegranate: Celebrating Womankind (ISBN 978-1-911587-61-3).
Palewell Press, £9.99.

Pomegranate front cover copy

Following her small 2017 publication, In the image: portraits of mediaeval women (IDP), this is a much larger book of poems about women all through the ages, from the pre-historic to the contemporary. Copies are available from Alwyn (alwynmarriage@marriages.me.uk) or the publisher.

Among Alwyn’s poems about women there’s one that was too long to be included in this new collection, Chiara; so the e-book publisher, CUT, has kindly brought this out as an e-book, even though they have never published poetry before. Only 99p!

Chiara: What the story of St Clare doesn’t tell.Chiara

https://www.cutalongstory.com/stories/chiara/10914.html
CUT. 99p.

 Two major Oversteps readings in the next few months

We are so pleased that, after a couple of difficult years during which Ways with Words managed to continue working, including having the courage to present a smaller festival last year, this year Ways with Words is back in its full glory. It will take place at Dartington between 8th and 19th July. I’d like to bring two of the events of the festival to your notice.

Oversteps Day will be in the Upper Gatehouse on Saturday 16th July, and as this will be something of a swan song for me, I hope quite a number of you will be able to join us to celebrate all that Oversteps has achieved in the last 14 years. Do come along to enjoy readings by Ron Scowcroft, Chris Considine, Caroline Carver, Jennie Osborne, Simon Williams, Susan Taylor, Susan Jordan, Denise McSheehy, Ian Royce Chamberlain, Joan McGavin and Alwyn Marriage.

 The day before, Friday 15th July, I am delighted to be able to launch my own new collection, Possibly a Pomegranate, at 3.15pm, also in the Upper Gatehouse. All welcome. https://wayswithwords.co.uk/

This summer sees a new festival, the Totnes & Bridgetown festival, and once again there will be an Oversteps reading, this time by some of our poets who are based in Devon. This will be on Monday 22nd August, when Ian Royce Chamberlain, Chris Considine, Dana Littlepage-Smith, James Turner and I will be reading at East Gate bookshop in Totnes at 6.00pm.

I shall also take part in a presentation on fiction, ‘Stranger than fiction, truer than fact’, at the same venue on Friday 19th August, when I shall be talking about my last novel, The Elder Race.  6.00pm in East Gate bookshop.

 Music and poetry can enhance each other, so I have been thrilled recently to be invited to read my poetry at two wonderful music concerts, first at Inspiring Women, a truly inspiring event to celebrate International Women’s Day at Guildford Cathedral; and then at Songs & Sonnets, with a fantastic programme of music by the Vasari Singers.

If you have read this far, congratulations, you are probably one of the people who have encouraged and nurtured Oversteps Books over the past 14 years. Thank you for your support. Special thanks, too, to Andrew Nightingale who has been so generous in giving invaluable advice and help with the website; to ImprintDigital, who have been reliable and helpful printers throughout; and to my husband, Hugh, for all his encouragement and support. I shall still send out occasional newsletters to let you know what Oversteps poets are up to; but will not be publishing any new books.

Thank you for reading these newsletters, coming to our readings and buying our books over the last 14 years. The books will still be for sale for the foreseeable future, so please do carry on ordering them.

Long live poetry

Alwyn

Dr Alwyn Marriage
http://www.overstepsbooks.com
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Oversteps News 65, February 2022

Oversteps Books Ltd, 6 Halwell House, South Pool, Nr Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2RX
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A new Oversteps book has just been published.
Second Glance by Ron Scowcroft (ISBN  978-1-906856-92-2), price £8 plus p&p.

Oversteps book                         ron-scowcroft
After a long hard winter, it is great to see this new Oversteps publication flying out to greet the spring.
I am sure you will enjoy reading Ron’s work, which will take you on journeys of the mind to meet his friends, to reflect on the Falklands War, to visit people in care homes and to watch birds as varied as kingfishers and raptors, storks and penguins.

You can read an example of Ron’s work, as well as sample poems by all the other Oversteps poets, on our website: http://www.overstepsbooks.com

As usual, Oversteps poets feature in an encouraging number of competition successes. Here are a few recent ones:

Robert Stein was shortlisted for last year’s Bridport Prize
Mark Totterdell won second prize in the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year competition
Mary Robinson was shortlisted for the Second Light Poetry Prize 2021
Ian Royce Chamberlain was commended in the Ware Poets competition
In the open category of the Poetry on the Lake competition, Caroline Carver was shortlisted, Christopher North was highly commended; in the formal category, Christopher North and Anne Stewart were shortlisted; and in the short poem category Michael Swan and Christopher North were shortlisted
Susan Jordan won the Maytree Press’s Three Trees Portfolio award
A C Clarke as usual, had a good crop of successes, including being longlisted in both the Lord Whisky Sanctuary poetry competition and the Canterbury Poet of the Year competition; shortlisted in the Plough Prize, Coast to Coast to Coast, and the Cinnamon Pamphlet competition; commended in the Slipstream competition, highly commended in the translation category of the Sangschaw competition; and runner-up in the Andrew Siderius Memorial Contest
Sue Proffitt won the Devon poets prize in the Teignmouth poetry competition and was shortlisted for the Cinnamon Literary Award
Carol DeVaughn was longlisted in the 2021 National Poetry Prize and highly commended in the Bridport Prize
Jan Harris was commended in the Poetry Kit ekphrastic competition and longlisted inthe Briefly Write Poetry Prize
Alwyn Marriage was highly commended in the Shepton Mallett poetry competition, 2022
Ros Cogan won 2nd prize in the Nature and Ecological Emergency poetry competition, was highly commended in the Sentinel competition, highly commended in the Welsh International poetry competition, longlisted in the Live Cannon International  competition, and was one of ten winners in the Manchester Cathedral poetry prize

Congratulations to all these wonderful Oversteps poets.

In other news, Alwyn Marriage will be reading some of her poems at a wonderful concert to celebrate International Women’s Day at Guildford Cathedral on Saturday 12th March. The music includes Amies’ Choir of women who have been trafficked, and the oratorio, The Girl from Aleppo, about the girl who escaped from Syria, pushed 3,500 miles to safety by her sister. It looks as though the evening will be very inspiring, so if you are anywhere near, do try to get tickets.

I hope you all enjoy the spring

Alwyn

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Oversteps News 64, June 2021

Oversteps Books Ltd, 6 Halwell House, South Pool, Nr Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2RX
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A new Oversteps book has just been published.
Split the lark by Sue Davies (ISBN  978-1-906856-91-5), price £8 plus p&p.

Sue portrait
Oversteps published Sue’s first collection, Blue Water Café, in 2014. Since then Sue has continued to hone her poetry, appear in journals and win competitions, and we are delighted to be able to bring this new collection to publication.

You can read an example of her work, as well as sample poems by all the other Oversteps poets, on our website: http://www.overstepsbooks.com

perf6.000x9.000.inddPandora’s Pandemic. £8 plus p&p.
This book is being published at the beginning of July and although it is not strictly an Oversteps Book, as it’s published by SPM Publications, it’s by your Managing Editor – and (unfortunately) still very topical – so I hope you will be happy to have news of it here. The poetry chronicles the past year in which the world has changed in countless ways, and so many of us have had to endure covid, loss and (if we are fortunate) recovery. The book costs £8 plus p&p and is available from the publisher, from me, or from your local bookshop or library. If you’d like a copy, you can either contact me on <alwynmarriage@marriages.me.uk> or add it to your order below, and I’ll sort out the payment.

After such a long hard sixteen months, we are extremely happy that the Ways with Words festival at Dartington will once more be happening, though in a slightly attenuated form. On Saturday 17th July, therefore, we shall once more be celebrating and presenting some of our poets at the ever-popular Oversteps Day. This will take place in the Upper Gatehouse at Dartington Hall, which is a lovely, airy venue; and to ensure safety for all, audience numbers will be limited and well-spaced. If you’d like to see the programme for Ways with Words, you can find it here: https://mcusercontent.com/8ac0a63789a38ab83a9e1cc39/files/a029c120-b434-9803-9102-2c46b6afd448/Ways_With_Words_Programme_as_of_15_6_21_compressed.pdf; and you’ll find the details of the Oversteps Day on Saturday 17th. If you look further, at Sunday 18th, you’ll see that I am privileged to be giving a presentation on my latest novel, The Elder Race, in the Great Hall at 4.00pm.

We were very sad to hear recently that the Oversteps poet, John Torrance, had died. He was a really lovely man and a good poet. We send our sympathy to his family. I am sure he will be sorely missed.

As usual, Oversteps poets feature in an encouraging number of competition successes. Here are a few recent ones:

Michael Thomas was long-listed in the National Poetry competition
and Highly Commended in the Charles Causley competition
Mark Totterdell had a poem selected to be displayed on a bus in Guernsey
Jean Atkin was commended in the Teignmouth Poetry competition; and in the local section, Sue Proffitt won first prize and Elisabeth Rowe was commended
Alwyn Marriage was shortlisted in the Ginkgo Prize for environmental poetry
Doreen HInchliffe won 1st prize and a commendation in the Acumen poetry competition
Sue Davies was commended in the Sussex and Binsted Poetry competition
and in the Poetry on the Lake competition, in the Silver Wyvern, Caroline Carver was shortlisted and Christoper North was highly commended, In the Formal category, A C Clarke won 1st prize and Anne Stewart and Christopher North were both shortlisted. In the Short poem section, Michael Swan and Christopher North were both shortlisted. As you can see, a very satisfying crop of successes.
Congratulations to all these wonderful Oversteps poets.

wishing you health and happiness

Alwyn

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Oversteps News 63,  March 2021

Oversteps Books Ltd, 6 Halwell House, South Pool, Nr Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2RX
alwynmarriage@overstepsbooks.com

A new Oversteps book has just been published.
After Hopper & Lange by David Olsen (ISBN  978-1-906856-90-8), price £8 plus p &p

The latest Oversteps publication is by David Olsen, who has been an energy economist, management consultant and performing arts critic and now works as a poet and playwright. In this book, David responds to many of the paintings by the artist, Edward Hopper and his contemporaries, and to photographs by Dorothea Lange.

You can read an example of his work, as well as sample poems by all the other Oversteps poets, on our website: http://www.overstepsbooks.com

Sadly, we are still not able to have launches and readings with real live people present, but there are plenty of Zoom events available on the web to keep people well-fed with poetry.

However, one spark of good news is that the Ways with Words Festival will most probably happen in some form this July, so we have agreed that we shall aim to hold our ever-popular Oversteps Day on Saturday 17th July. If it is safe to meet in person, the various Dartington venues will be arranged to allow strict social distancing, which means that audiences may have to be limited. If it is still not safe to get together, we will adapt and run readings on-line.

As usual, Oversteps poets feature in an encouraging number of competition successes. Here are a few recent ones:

Sue Proffitt was shortlisted in the Hedgehog Competition and shortlisted with honours in the Cinnamon Competition
Tony Watts and Alwyn Marriage were both commended in the Poetry kit competition on the theme of Home
Simon Williams, Sue Proffitt and Mark Totterdell are all in the long list for the Roger McGough annual poetry prize
Fokkina McDonnell had a poem shortlisted in the 2020 Café Writers competition
A short story by Ian Royce Chamberlain was highly commended in the Poetry on the Lake short story competition; and one story by Christopher North and two by Alwyn Marriage were shortlisted
Jennie Osborne recently appeared on The West Wilts radio show, The Poetry Place. The programme can still be heard at https://westwiltsradio.com/
Various Oversteps poets are still appearing regularly at the Uncut events in Exeter
There will be a treat of readings by Oversteps poets at Poetry Teignmouth, on Tuesday 27th April. Poets appearing will be Jennie Osborne, Ian Royce Chamberlain and Alwyn Marriage from England, plus (flying in specially by Zoom) Glen Phillips from Australia and Rebecca Bilkau from Germany.

wishing you health and happiness

Alwyn

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Oversteps News 62  February 2021

A new Oversteps book has just been published.

I never think dark will come by Susan Jordan (ISBN  978-1-906856-89-2), price £8 plus p &p.


Susan is a Devon-based poet whose work deserves to be more widely-known and appreciated. In this, her second collection, she engages with both the light and the dark of life, celebrating birds, flowers, clouds and moorland, but also confronting such difficult subjects as Kristallnacht.

 

You can read an example of her work, as well as sample poems by all the other Oversteps poets, on our website: http://www.overstepsbooks.com

There have been so many cancelled launches and readings this past year, which has been very bad news for writers. However, looking on the brighter side, poetry has taken to Zoom like a fish to water, and hardly a day goes by without exciting new poetry being disseminated widely. Readings are now watched by many more people, from the comfort of their homes all over the world.

As usual, Oversteps poets feature in an encouraging number of competition successes. Here are a few recent one:

In the last Sentinel Literary Quarterly competition, Doreen Hinchliffe was awarded 3rd prize, Mandy Pannett was Highly Commended, and Mark Totterdell, Graham High and Doreen Hichliffe all received Special Mention.

Elisabeth Rowe had two poems short-listed in the Wells Poetry competition, and the short-list was read and live-streamed from the festival in the Autumn.

Doreen Hinchliffe and Alwyn Marriage were both shortlisted in the Poetry Kit ekphrastic poetry competition in the Autumn.

A C Clarke won 2nd prize in the Manchester Cathedral poetry competition,
                   as well as being shortlisted for the Fish Lockdown Prize
                  and longlisted for the Canterbury Poet of the Year competition

Alwyn Marriage was shortlisted in the 2nd Light poetry competition.

Ian Royce Chamherlain was commended in the Cannon, Sonnet or Not competition.

Doreen Hinchliffe was commended in the Ware Poets competition

In the last Café Writers competition, Sue Davies, Oz Hardwick and Fokkina McDonnell were all shortlisted.

The following Oversteps poets will be featuring on Romanian radio in the coming weeks (in chronological order of broadcast): Alwyn Marriage, Mandy Pannett, Anne Stewart, Michael Swan and A C Clarke.

Among the many forthcoming Zoom readings we look forward to the following:

February 26th: Sue Proffitt reading

March 7th at 7.00pm: The launch of Susan Jordan‘s book, I never think dark will come. Guest readers at this event include Jennie Osborne, Sue Proffitt, James Turner, Caroline Carver and Alwyn Marriage

March 9th: Sue Proffitt and Susan Jordan are headlining at the Poetry Teignmouth open mic

April 27th: Oversteps poets at Poetry Teignmouth, featuring Jennie Osborne, Ian Royce Chamberlain and Alwyn Marriage, with Glen Phillips ‘flying in’ from Australia and Rebecca Bilkau from Germany. All with no fuel-miles to damage the planet.

If you require log-in details for any of these readings, please get in touch and I’ll try to supply them.

wishing you health and happiness

Alwyn

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Oversteps News 61  October 2020

A new Oversteps book has just been published, to cheer us all up as winter approaches.

What Love Requires by Dana Littlepage Smith (ISBN  978-1-906856-88-5), price £8 plus p &p.

Dana is an American poet who has lived in Devon for 20 years. The fact that she is also a Quaker is reflected in her poetry, which shines with her love of humanity and nature. You can read an example of her work, as well as sample poems by all the other Oversteps poets, on our website: http://www.overstepsbooks.com

It will come as no surprise to our readers that it has not been possible to perform in public in recent months. Personally I have found that there are numerous opportunities for virtual readings by Zoom, so I’m sure that, like me, most Oversteps poets have done plenty of remote readings. We very much look forward to being able to meet our audiences in the real world again, but for the present have to be content with what technology has so kindly made possible.

The lack of ‘live’ readings has, sadly but inevitably, impacted on our sales, so like so many other businesses we are being challenged financially. We are, however, confident that we will survive these dark days and bring you many more wonderful poetry collections in future. I shall be starting work on the next three Oversteps books very soon, so that they can be available in the early months of 2021.

Even in lockdown, Oversteps poets have not been idle, so here are a few items of other recent news:

Glen Phillips won the Ros Spencer national poetry prize at the Perth Poetry Festival in Australia, for his poem, ‘Howl Again’.

Tony Watts was highly commended in the 2020 Vernal Equinox Competition run by the Federation of Writers Scotland.
Tony was also awarded joint First Prize in the Exmoor Society Poetry Competition, and had a poem included in an online anthology called ‘World’s Best Poems’.

It was good to see that Helen Overell was chosen for inclusion in the Poetry Society’s Poetry News for her poem on the theme of Winning.

Mark Totterdell was Commended in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (July 2020), and was also shortlisted in the Wigtown Poetry Prize.

One of Jan Harris‘s poems, In Search of John Clare’s Nightingales, was shortlisted for the Wales Poetry Award.

Sue Davies was Commended in the Second Light competition. Her poem Flight from the Enchanter is to be published and illustrated by Words for the Wild to celebrate the work of Gilbert White.

Jenny Hockey‘s Oversteps book, ‘Going to bed with the moon’ was featured on the poet John Foggin’s ‘The Great Fogginzo’s Cobweb’.

Alwyn Marriage was Shortlisted in the Second Light Poetry Competition.

In the July Sentinel Literary Quarterly poetry competition, Doreen Hinchliffe received a special mention, A C Clarke and Mark Totterdell were Commended, A C Clarke was also Highly Commended and won Second Prize, and Michael Thomas won Third Prize. Not a bad harvest for Oversteps poets: no wonder I’m so proud of them all.

I hope you are managing to enjoy the autumn colours and have a good supply of poetry books to help you through the coming winter. And if you need a novel for the long evenings, you might still like a copy of my latest novel, The Elder Race for £10 plus £2 p&p.

wishing you health and happiness

Alwyn

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Oversteps News 58

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Oversteps News 58  January 2020

The first Oversteps book of the new year is
Trace by Mary Robinson (ISBN  978-1-906856-85-4), price £8 plus p &p.

Mary Robinson has had two previous books and two pamphlets published, but this is her first Oversteps book. She grew up on an off-grid smallholding in Warwickshire, lectured in English Literature in Cumbria and now lives on the Llŷn Peninsular in North Wales.
Trace’ is a rich collection, full of careful observation.
A particularly rewarding section focuses on some of the characters in Shakespeare’s plays, which will delight lovers of the Bard

 

 

Some recent successes by Oversteps poets

Antony Mair came 2nd in the Hastings Litfest competition

Mark Totterdell won the Happenstance Press competition for blank verse
was highly commended for the Winchester Poetry Prize, judged by Helen Mort
and received special mention in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly poetry competition.

A C Clarke won first prize in the Beyond Borders competition
first prize in the Second Light competition, long poem category
was shortlisted in the Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary competition
and was commended in the Poets Meet Politics competition

Robert Stein was shortlisted in the Winchester Poetry competition
and shortlisted in the Bridport Prize

Ross Cogan was commended in the Cannon Poets, Sonnet or Not competition


Coming soon

Ian Royce Chamberlain will be headlining at the Lamb Inn, Sandford, near Crediton on Tuesday 21st January

Simon Williams will be performing at Apples and Snakes at a science-themed show at the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth, at 8.00pm on Thursday 23rd January

Rebecca Bilkau‘s poetry is featured in the cantata ‘The Blessed Round’, which will be performed at Jesus College, Oxford at 3.00pm on Saturday 1st February

Mary Robinson and Alwyn Marriage are guest poets at the Words by the Water Festival in Keswick, reading at 3.00pm on Wednesday 11th March

Alwyn Marriage will be preaching on the subject of Theology and Poetry at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge at 6.00pm on Sunday 16th February

Susan Taylor, Simon Williams and Alwyn Marriage will be part of a group of Poets for the Planet, performing ‘Interbeings’ at the Lyra Festival, Bristol, on the afternoon of Sunday 15th March

Ian Royce Chamberlain and Jennie Osborne are leading lights in the organisation of the Teignmouth Poetry Festival, which runs from 19-22 March

Jennie Osborne will be reading at a Grey Hen event at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival on Sunday 22nd March

Mary Robinson will be reading her work and leading a discussion at Rosley Hall, Cumbria,  at 1.30pm on Friday 27th March.


In other news

This year’s Oversteps Day at Ways with Words, Dartington will be on Saturday 18th July

Alwyn Marriage has been elected to serve on the Society of Authors Poetry and Spoken Word Group committee

In the past, previous Oversteps poets have been listed in chronological order at the back of each book. Starting with ‘Trace’, this list is now in alphabet order, to make it easier to find particular poets who have been published by Oversteps.

if winter comes, can spring be far behind?

Alwyn

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Oversteps News 57

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Oversteps News 57 September 2019

 

We are delighted to publish a third collection by Elisabeth Rowe. Her previous Oversteps books were Thin Ice and Taking Shape.

Timewise by Elisabeth Rowe (ISBN  978-1-906856-84-7), price £8 plus p &p.

Elisabeth’s poems are often humorous, invariably sensitive, and always intelligent. Some of the poems in this collection reflect on the passage of time and the facts of ageing and mortality. Having experienced, and fortunately overcome, the danger imposed by cancer, Elisabeth does not take life for granted. Dartmoor, where Elisabeth has the good fortune to live, figures strongly, but so, also, does British Columbia and the Haida Gwaii, and the colonial India of an earlier age.

 

 

In other news
Many thanks to all those who helped to make this year’s Oversteps Day at Ways with Words in July another great success. we had wonderful readers and warm and appreciative audiences.

Jean Atkin won second prize and joint third prize in the Wolf Poetry competition

A C Clarke was runner-up in the St Petrock competition
selected for the Planet in Peril competition anthology
and highly commended in the Sangchaw competition for poetry in Scots

Rose Flint won the Littoral Press Nature Poetry Collection competition

Oz Hardwick won the International Rubery Book Award

Simon Richey was a prize-winner in the Poems on the Move category of the Guernsey International Poetry competition, 2019

Mark Totterdell had both a Highly Commended and a Commended in the YorkMix poetry competition, run by York Literature Festival
and won the Manning’s Pit Poetry competition

Tony Watts had a poem commended in the Binstead Prize competition, run by the South Downs Poetry Festival, 2019,
and was one of four shortlisted poets in the Littoral Press Nature Poetry collection competition

Jenny Osborne will be performing at Word Circus in the Barrel House, Totnes, at 7.30pm on 25th September

Several Oversteps poets will, again, be reading at Poetry on the Lake in Italy this autumn, including Elisabeth Rowe who will be launching her book in that beautiful venue.
As well as the normal readings, Alwyn Marriage will be representing Oversteps Books in a panel discussion on publishing poetry.

None of us has any idea what state our poor country will be in by the time I send out the next Oversteps News. Whatever happens, try to stay sane by reading good poetry.

Alwyn

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Oversteps News 56

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Oversteps News 56 April 2019

 

It’s always a pleasure to introduce a new poet, and this month Oversteps has pleasure in publishing a first collection by Patricia Leighton, from Worcestershire.

Hidden by Patricia Leighton (ISBN  978-1-906856-83-0), price £8 plus p &p.

The collection includes reflections on such subjects as how a blind man describes rain, how dusk creeps in to swallow day, the power of words and the poet’s meeting with a six hundred million year-old woodlouse in the form of a trilobite.

 

 

In other news

Oversteps poets continue to bring in the prizes in competitions. Here are a few that I’ve noticed recently:

Christopher North was highly commended in the Café Writers’ competition 2018
Mark Totterdell was highly commended in the Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival poetry competition
Tony Watts was awarded a joint third prize in the Barnett Open poetry competition,
a commendation in the Sentinel Literary quarterly poetry competition, and
was one of four shortlisted in the Littoral Press Nature Poetry Collection competition
Rose Flint won the Littoral Press Nature Poetry Collection competition
Ian Royce Chamberlain had three poems shortlisted in the Plough poetry competition

Congratulations to Teignmouth Poetry Festival for another splendid weekend of events. The team at Teignmouth, who work so hard and creatively, includes Oversteps poets Ian Royce Chamberlain and Jennie Osborne.

Coming soon

Carol DeVaughn will be reading from her recent collection, Life Class, at Ver Poets in St Albans on 12th April
Graham High has an exhibition of bronze portrait sculptures of modern poets, along with poems on the subject of, and in the style of, each poet. The exhibition will be at the White Box Gallery, Blackheath, 13th-28th April, including Easter.
Carol DeVaughn will be reading at Enfield Poets at the Dugdale Centre on Saturday 4th May
Jenny Hockey will be launching her Oversteps book, Going to bed with the moon at the South Yorkshire Poetry Festival on Tuesday 21st May
Jenny Hockey will launch her Oversteps book at the Sheffield’s Sheaf Festival on Friday 24th May.

Please put Saturday 6th July in your diaries now, so that you don’t miss this year’s Oversteps Day at Ways with Words.

In these difficult times, keep sane by reading lots of poetry.

Alwyn

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Oversteps News 55

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Oversteps News 55 January 2019

Happy new year to you all. May it be a year filled with good poetry.

We are pleased to publish our first new book of the year.

Going to bed with the moon by Jenny Hockey (ISBN  978-1-906856-82-3), price £8 plus p &p.


This is Jenny Hockey’s first full collection, and is a welcome addition to our list. Jenny received a New Poets Award from New Writing North in 2013, soon after retiring from a Chair in Sociology at the University of Sheffield. Many of the poems in this collection explore experiences of grief and loss, love and remembering, mirroring her academic research and writing in these areas.

The collection moves from the beginning to the end of the day, and from the familiar world of home to unknown travel destinations and their imagined challenges.

Jenny lives in South Yorkshire, and is available for readings.

In other news

Oversteps poets continue to bring in the prizes in competitions. Here are a few that I’ve noticed recently:
Oz Hardwick is the winner of Hedgehog’s Full Fat Collection competition
A C Clarke won first prize in the August Sentinel Literary Quarterly competition and earlier last year was commended in the Sanctuary competition.
Mark Totterdell and Tony Watts were both shortlisted for the Bridport Prize

In the Torbay Poetry competition:
Giles Goodland won 1st prize
Wendy Klein won 3rd prize,
Jennie Osborne and Maggie Butt were highly commended,and
Rebecca Gethin was commended

Coming soon
Melanie Branton will be reading at The Front Room, Spring Arts Centre, Havant on 21st February, and at
the Poetry Café Refreshed, Cheltenham on 20th March
Alwyn Marriage
will be the guest poet at Word Café Dartington, on 4th April.

All the best for the rest of 2019

Alwyn

 

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