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Oversteps News 45  February 2017

The next new collection from Oversteps is

Something in Writing by David Broadbridge (ISBN 978-1-906856-69-4), price £8 plus p&p.

David Broaddavid-broadbridgesomething-in-writing-fullbridge’s last book was a translation of Danish mediaeval ballads, which was long listed for the Popescu prize in 2011. We are pleased to be publishing a collection of his thoughtful, finely-crafted poems in English. Given the musicality of the poetry, it is not surprising to learn that a number of his poems have been set to music by Christopher Gower and Richard Elfyn Jones.


Some recent successes

Christopher North won 3rd prize and a highly commended place in the Barnet poetry competition
Alwyn Marriage was commended in the South Bank Poetry competition and shortlisted in the Paragram Poetry Prize
Ross Cogan won 2nd prize in the Sentinel Poetry Prize, and had another highly commended.

Other news and forthcoming readings
Alwyn Marriage’s debut novel will be launched in York on Saturday 11th March, during International Women’s Week
Jennie Osborne is part of the organising team for the Teignmouth Poetry Festival, which runs from 16th to 20th March
Susan Taylor and Simon Williams will be leading a poetry and performance workshop, ‘Taking the Stage’, at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival in The Ice Factory, Teignmouth, on Friday March 17th.
Michael Thomas will be reading at Poetry Refreshed, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Cheltenham on 5th April
Jane Spiro will be reading at The Poetry Centre in Oxford in May

I’ll send information about another two books next month. In the meantime, may poetry spring up everywhere,

Alwyn 

Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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Oversteps News 44  January 2017

I’m pleased to announce the first new Oversteps book of 2017:

Passing Arcadia Close by Joan McGavin (ISBN 978-1-906856-68-7) price £8 plus p&p.

passing-arcadia-close-full This is Joan’s second Oversteps collection, the first one, ‘Flannelgraphs’ having bjoan-portraiteen published in 2011. In the meantime she has been working as an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester, held the role of Hampshire Poet (2014) and enjoyed a spell as a Hawthornden fellow in 2012. Originally from Scotland, Joan has lived for many years in Southampton.

 

Oversteps readings in the next few weeks

Mark Totterdell’s collection from Oversteps, ‘This Patter of Traces’ was shortlisted for the Fledgling Award for debut collections by poets over the age of 40
Jennie Osborne 
will be headline poet at Stanza Extravaganza in Torquay on Monday 23rd January
Jennie Osborne
is teaching a Poetry School course in Exeter this term, ‘Tiny Timebombs’, starting on Tuesday 24th January
Michael Thomas
 will be reading at the Wolverhampton Literature Festival on Friday 27th January
Anne Stewart and Alwyn Marriage will be reading at Torriano Meeting House, in North London, on Sunday 5th February
Simon Williams and Susan Taylor are guest readers at Poetry Island in the Blue Walnut Café in Torquay on Thursday February 9th
Alwyn Marriage’s debut novel will be launched in York on Saturday 11th March, during International Women’s Week
Susan Taylor and Simon Williams will be leading a poetry and performance workshop, ‘Taking the Stage’, at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival in The Ice Factory, Teignmouth, on Friday March 17th

Other recent news
Helen Overell won first prize in the Federation of Writers (Scotland) Vernal Equinox competition
Fokkina McDonnell was highly commended in the annual Manchester Poetry competition
Sue Davies won first prize in the National Navy Museum competition and was highly commended in both the Second Light and the Winchester Poetry competitions
Mark Totterdel won first prize in the Poetry Pulse annual competition
Christopher North was awarded 2nd prize in the Yeovil Literary prize competition
Ross Cogan was commended in the McLellan competition
A C Clarke was highly commended in the Sentinel competition
Jennie Osborne won the Ware sonnet prize

Erratum: Due to an over-enthusiastic auto-correct, I’m afraid that Cora Greenhill’s name was incorrectly spelled in the last newsletter.

I’ll be in touch with two more new books from Oversteps within the next few weeks. In the meantime, here comes the Spring.

Alwyn 

Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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Oversteps News 43  November 2016

I’m pleased to announce that two new Oversteps books are being published this week. These and many others are for sale through the website, and this newsletter includes the offer of a free book with any two purchases.

A brief poetry of time by Richard Skinner (ISBN 978-1-906856-66-3), price £8 plus p&p.

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In a humorous side-reference to Stephen Hawking’s  ‘A brief history of time’, Richard Skinner offers us a collection of poetry around the theme of time. The first half of the book is wide-ranging in its subject matter, and then the second half is a sequence of fourteen elegant sonnets.

 

 


Another life
by Fokkina McDonnell (ISBN 978-1-906856-67-0), price £8 plus p&p

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Many of you will have seen Fokkina’s poetry published in magazines and anthologies, but this is her first solo collection. Her poetry is characterised by a clear, unsentimental eye, delicately softened by charm and humour.

 

 


Some snippets of recent news about Oversteps poets

Mark Totterdell was (again) on the shortlist of the Bridport Poetry Prize
Fokkina McDonnell
was highly commended in the annual Manchester Poetry competition, commended in the Havant Poetry competition and was one of six winners in the Poetry News Members’ competition
Robert Stein
 won 3rd prize in the Poetry London annual competition
Jennie Osborne was commended in the Second Light competition and was a runner-up in the Troubadour poetry competition
Alwyn Marriage was shortlisted in the Poetry on the Lake competition, commended in the South Bank poetry competition, and shortlisted in the Paragram Paradox poetry competition
Oz Hardwick was shortlisted in the Writer category of the York Culture awards
Sue Davies won 1st prize in the Royal Navy Museum competition, was highly commended in the Second Light competition and the Winchester Poetry competition, and received a prize in the Salopian Society competition
Tony Watts won 1st prize in the Writers’ Bureau limerick competition
Joan McGavin has a poem linked to a film as part of the ‘Elemental Dialogues’ films at a Vintage Cinema Bus in Southampton on Saturday 12th November as part of Southampton Film Week
A C Clarke was shortlisted for the formal class of Poetry on the Lake and commended in the Segora competition
Denise Bennett was awarded 3rd prize in the Grey Hen poetry competition and was commended in the Mslexia Poetry competition
Anne Stewart is one of the judges for the Barnet Poetry Competition. She runs the Poetry pf website

The Oversteps Day at Ways with Words, Dartington in July was one of the best ever.
Oversteps was also well represented at the Poetry Book Fair in September, when six of our poets gave an excellent and much-appreciated reading.

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The readers were (from left) Sally Festing, Simon Williams, Angela Stoner, Janet Loverseed, Wendy Klein and Susan Taylor.

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We sold plenty of Oversteps books from our stall, and also enjoyed meeting all the other publishers.

 

 


Coming up soon

Wendy Klein is taking part in the Poem-a-thon in aid of Medicines Sans Frontiers on 12th November
Fokkina McDonnell is reading at an experimental poetry event at Manchester Waterstones on Saturday 12th November
Jennie Osborne is leading a workshop from 10am-4pm on 19th November at the Pavilions in Teignmouth, and running a Poetry School course on the short poem in Exeter in January, called ‘Tiny Timebombs
A C Clarke is reading at the A K Bell Library in Perth on Saturday 19th November, and at the Off the Rails Arthouse, Ladybank Station on 3rd December
Michael Thomas is reading at Poetry at Janini’s, Whitchurch, Shropshire, on Monday 21st November, and at the Wolverhampton Literature Festival on 27th January
Cora Greenhill will be reading with Second Light at the Art Workers’ Guild on the afternoon of Friday 18th November, and at Wirksworth Library on Wednesday 23rd November
Jane Spiro and John Daniel are part of a poetry/photography exhibition at the Ariel Centre, Totnes from November 25th to December 3rd
Alwyn Marriage will be reading at South Bank Poetry at City Lit, on Saturday 3rd December

I hope you’ll consider ordering some of our books to give as Christmas presents this year; you can browse through them all on our website. As an added incentive, we’ll add a free copy of Kathleen Kummer’s book ‘Living below sea level’ if you buy any two books.

There won’t be another Newsletter until the New Year, so I’ll wish you a rather early Happy Christmas.

Alwyn 

Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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Oversteps News 42  July 2016

I suspect that not many publishers have the pleasure of publishing new collections at once by two poets who are married; but that is what Oversteps is doing this month. Both Susan Taylor and Simon Williams have been published by Oversteps before, and we’re pleased to present their latest collections.

Temporal Bones by Susan Taylor (ISBN 978-1-906856-64-9), price £8 plus p&p

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Susan Taylor has a light touch and a deep well of inspiration and stories. As well as poems based on myth, fairy tale and history, this new collection contains the whole of her Inuit-based Skeleton Woman sequence. Formerly a farmer in Lincolnshire, Susan now lives and writes on Dartmoor and is married to Simon Williams.

 

 

Inti by Simon Williams (ISBN 978-1-906856-65-6), pice £8 plus p&p.

Inti front coverSimon Williams greenery behind extra bgInti was the Inca name for the Sun, which space scientists have now given to a particle of dust collected by the Stardust probe from the Wild 2 comet. Some of Simon’s poems reflect his interest in science, others are much more down-to-earth, and many of them display his irrepressible humour and quirkiness. He is married to Susan Taylor and lives on Dartmoor.

Some forthcoming appearances by Oversteps poets

The major event of the summer is, of  course, the popular Oversteps Day at Ways with Words.

Saturday 16th July in the Duke’s Room
10.00am Welcome to Oversteps: Sally Festing, Wendy Klein, Janet Loverseed and Sue Boyle
11.30am  Happy Returns: Jane Spiro, Jennie Osborne, John Daniel and Angela Stoner
2.00pm  Globe-trotting: Rebecca Bilkau, Alwyn Marriage, Christopher North, Joan McGavin and Company
3.30pm  Partners in Poetry: Simon Williams and Susan Taylor, Jane Spiro and John Daniel. Two sets of married poets read their work and talk about living together as poets.

Other appearances by Oversteps poets at Ways with Words this year include
Sunday 10th July, 6.30pm   Susan Taylor and Simon Williams, with Simon Barron: Well Met – Poems and Songs of Sea and Shore
Monday 11th July, 9.30-11.30am   Christopher North leads a workshop: A journey into the Travel Journal
Friday 15th July, 12 noon in the Upper Gatehouse  Alwyn Marriage reads ‘Chiara: What the story of St Clare doesn’t tell’ at Word Circus, assisted by Simon Williams
3,00pm in the Upper Gatehouse  Stepping lightly: Oversteps poets share some light-hearted poems.

Other news

A C Clarke was recently highly commended in the Sentinel competition
Jennie Osborne has won the Ware Sonnet prize, and was shortlisted in the Grey Hen competition
Alwyn Marriage won first prize in the Jack Clemo poetry competition
Anne Stewart, Maggie Butt and Alwyn Marriage were part of a delegation of six British poets who spent a week working in Romania this spring
Featured poets on Romanian radio in the next few weeks include Alwyn Marriage (16-23 July), Mandy Pannett (30 July-6 August), Anne Stewart (27 August-3 September), Michael Swan (10-17 September) and A C Clarke (1-8 October).

I hope to see some of you at Ways with Words in Dartington in the next couple of weeks.

Alwyn 

Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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Please send ….   copies of Temporal Bones by Susan Taylor at £8 each plus p&p            £

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Oversteps News 41  April 2016

Some of you may remember that I took two months off this winter. I have now made up for this absence by producing four books in two months! I won’t be starting any new ones for a little while, so I hope you’ll enjoy these latest two in the meantime.

Sally

Doors Opening by Sally Festing (ISBN 978-1-906856-63-2), price £8 plus p&p

Messages of Change[1]Monica Alvi has described Sally Festing’s poetry as bold and enquiring, taut and emotionally open. This is a good description of a book that opens doors for us, encouraging us to look anew at nature, human relationships and art. Sally lives in North Norfolk, and her work often has a whiff of that windy coast. She runs Salthouse Poetry in the Burnhams.

 

 

The Mazemaker’s Daughters by Angela Stoner (ISBN 978-1-906856-60-1), price £8 plus p&p

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Angela’s first collection, Weight and Flight was published by Oversteps in 2010. This new collection is very different from that, and indeed from any of our other publications.

Taking the myth of the Minotaur and the labyrinth as a starting point, Angela embellishes the story by imagining that, as well as his son Icarus, Daedalus had two daughters. I won’t spoil the story by divulging too much, but there is plenty of excitement and drama, blood and gore in this new take on an ancient myth. Angela lives in the far west of Cornwall and the landscape there is a major influence on much of her work. She is active in the vibrant Cornish poetry scene.

Other recent news

Jennie Osborne has won 2nd prize in the Guernsey International Poetry Competition

Mark Totterdell won 2nd prize in the Barnet Open Poetry Competition

Sue Davies and Christopher North were both long-listed in the National Poetry Competition

Simon Richey received a ‘special mention’ in the Editor’s Prize of the Magma Short Poem Competition

One of the poems in Sally Festing’s new Oversteps collection was commended in The Interpreter’s House competition

Some forthcoming appearances by Oversteps poets

Saturday 16th AprilSimon Richey will be giving a reading in Palmers Green

17th April at 7.30pm: Wendy Klein and Friends will be appearing at Albion Beatnik in Oxford

April 17-24Anne Stewart, Maggie Butt and Alwyn Marriage will be part of a delegation of British poets visiting Bucharest in Romania. As well as working with translators during the week, they will be guests at a reception at the British Embassy. They will give readings of their work and then lead a discussion on the importance of Shakespeare today, at the British Council on 23rd April

7th May, June 11th and July 9th: Advanced Café Writing Days at the Open House Centre in Bath, led by Sue Boyle

14th May: Alwyn Marriage will be reading at the New Writers’ Festival at GLive, Guildford

15th May: Susan Taylor and Simon Williams will be appearing at the St Ives Arts Club

16th May: Janet Loverseed will be launching The Shadow Shop at Manchester Central Library

20th May: A C Clarke will be reading at the Second Light Spring Festival

1st June at 2.00pm: Sue Boyle will be reading at Lite Reading for a Summer Afternoon, in the Village Hall, Hullavington

2nd June: Alwyn Marriage will be the guest poet at Fire River Poets in Taunton

24th June: Alwyn Marriage will be sharing in a Liminal reading at the St Clémentin Literary Festival, France

2nd July, 10.00am to 4.00pm: Helen Overell will be leading a poetry workshop, Light within, at the House of Prayer, East Molesey

16th July: Oversteps Day at Ways with Words, Dartingon.

More readings will be announced in the next newsletter, which will appear in a couple of months’ time. For other news, please see our website, which I attempt, with varying success, to keep up to date.

Further information about all these poets, and many others, can be found on our website, where you can also order any of our books.

Enjoy the spring

Alwyn 

Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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Please send ….   copies of Doors Opening by Sally Festing at £8 each plus p&p            £

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Oversteps News 4o  March 2016

First I’d like to thank all our wonderful Oversteps poets who gave me the necessary space to take a mini-sabbatical for two months this winter. Maintaining a minimum of Oversteps work to keep things ticking over, I was able to travel Down Under, where I enjoyed a relaxing holiday in French Polynesia, time to visit relatives in New Zealand and Australia, and the opportunity to give readings in both those countries.

In Perth, Australia, I was warmly welcomed by Oversteps poet, Glen Phillips, who arranged a day of activities including a visit to his Language and Literature department at the Edith Cowan University, a half-hour radio interview, and a wonderful reading in the evening as a guest of the Fellowship of Australian Writers and Western Australia Poetry Inc. If you’d like to read more about these poetry events (or come to that, the rather exotic holiday I enjoyed in the South Pacific), you can do so by visiting my blog: http://alwynmarriage.wordpress.com .  I came back much refreshed, and am now working hard to make up for lost time. That’s why this month I’m launching not one, but two new books – and another two will be following hard on the heels of these two.

The Shadow Shop by Janet Loverseed (ISBN 978-1-906856-61.8), price £8 plus p&p
Portrait photograph by James Boardman

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It is our policy at Oversteps to make the final selection of manuscripts for publication blind. In other words, none of the Editorial Board (including me) know who the poets are until the final decisions have been made.

Imagine my delight, therefore, when I discovered that Janet Loverseed had been selected for publication. I had never met Janet, but recognised the name as someone who regularly buys our books. So her success is well-deserved on that count, but also because she writes wonderful poetry.

The other new publication this month is

Mood Indigo by Wendy Klein (ISBN 978-1-906856-62-5), price £8 plus p&p

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Wendy Klein brings a transatlantic tang to Oversteps. Born and brought up in California, she has since lived in Sweden, France, Germany and England, and her poems reflect this diversity of abode. The poetry is beautifully crafted and unfussy, celebrating family and society in equal measure.

Klein coverBoth of these books will be going up on the Oversteps website in the next few days, but are available for purchase as from today. While each book costs £8, it is possible to buy the two together for £14 plus p&p.

 

 

Forthcoming appearances by Oversteps poets

Here’s a selection of readings by Oversteps poets in the next month:

Tuesday 15th March: Sue Boyle will be the guest poet at the public library in Midsomer Norton

Thursday 17th March: Simon Williams and Susan Taylor in Well Met at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival, with music by Simon Barron

Saturday 19th March: Readings from The Book of Love and Loss at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival, including R V Bailey, Jennie Osborne, Alwyn Marriage and others.

Friday 27th March: Ann Segrave will be launching her latest collection, Persimmon, in Lewes

Saturday 9th April: Sue Boyle will be running a workshop in Bath on the poetry of Rilke, Lawrence and Pound

Saturday 16th April: Simon Richey will be giving a reading in Palmers Green

April 17-24: Anne Stewart and Alwyn Marriage will be part of a delegation of British poets visiting the University of Bucharest in Romania

More readings will be announced in the next newsletter, due out quite soon. For other news, please see the home page of our website, which I attempt, with varying success, to keep up to date.

Further information about all these poets, and many others, can be found on our website, where you can also order any of our books.

I’ll be in touch again in a few weeks’ time, to tell you about the next two Oversteps publications.

Alwyn 

Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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To Oversteps Books, 6 Halwell House, South Pool, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2RX

Please send ….   copies of The Shadow Shop by Janet Loverseed at £8 each plus p&p            £

….   copies of Mood Indigo by Wendy Klein at £8 each plus p&p                                               £

You can order both books together for £14 (plus p&p) instead £16                                          £

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Oversteps News 39    October 2015

Lighting the fire by John Daniel  (ISBN 978-1-906856-59-5)

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John Daniel’s first Oversteps collection, Skinning the Bull, was published in 2012. We are now pleased to present his new book, Lighting the fire.

John is both a poet and an artist, and in designing these two collections, I have used paintings by him for the front covers. He has a strong, clear poetic voice, his subjects range from chess to shrimps to Chinese kidneys, and his interest in the finer details of the English language can be observed in poems such as Dr Johnson’s Dictionary and Punctuation. 

John lives in Totnes and Oxford and is married to Oversteps poet Jane Spiro, whose collection, Playing for Time, we published this last summer.

Other recent news

Jean Atkin had a poem commended in the Battered Moons competition, and read it at Swindon Poetry festival in October
Helen Overell was selected in this year’s Ver Poets Open competition, and highly commended in the Roundel Poetry competition
Tony Watts won first prize in the Four Counties’ Poetry competition
Michael Thomas won first prize in the Cheltenham Buzzwords poetry competition
Sue Davies won first prize in the Royal Navy Museum Poetry competition

As in other years, Oversteps poets were very well represented at the Poetry on the Lake festival on Lake Orta in Italy this October, with readings by, among others, Elisabeth Rowe, Anne Stewart, Michael Swan, Caroline Carver, Hilary Elfick, Rebecca Bilkau and Alwyn Marriage. We enjoyed readings by Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke and Imtiaz Dharker, and basked in the warm Italian sunshine, and several of us also enjoyed swimming in the lake. The Sunday morning readings were on the Sacro Monte, which you can see in this picture, courtesy of Poetry on the Lake:

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Some forthcoming events featuring Oversteps poets

Oz Hardwick will be appearing at Word Club at the Chemic Tavern, Leeds, on 23rd October
Ross Cogan is reading at Madhatter Books in Oxfordshire on 24th October
Cora Greenhill will be reading at Duffy’s Bar in Leicester on 27th October
Alwyn Marriage will be reading poetry and the song-writer Zoë Marriage performing some of her songs at the Thrive Café in Totnes on November 6th
Cora Greenhill will be reading with the Derbyshire Stanza at the Derwent Poetry Festival in Matlock between 6th and 8th November,
at Writers in The Bath, Sheffield, on November 10th and
at Shindig! in The Western in Leicester, on November 16th
Oz Hardwick will be reading at Spoken Word Shindig at Nelson’s Bar, Hebden Bridge, on 17th November
Joan McGavin, Denise Bennett and Alwyn Marriage will be reading at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton on November 20th
Rose Flint will be reading at Words and Ears at the Swan Hotel in Bradford on Avon on 26th November
Oversteps in Oxford will take place on 5th December at Albion Beatnik

 

Alwyn

Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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