Oversteps News

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Oversteps News 30 June 2014

There were slight delays in publishing both our two latest books: the first (Naming the Tree) because we needed to wait until Poetry Review was published as two of the poems from Simon Richey’s collection were in the journal this spring; and the second (A brush with poetry) because we were making sure the reproductions of pictures from the National Gallery were of the highest quality possible.

Naming the Tree by Simon Richey (ISBN 978-1-906856-46-5; price £8)

Simon Richey cropped

naming-the-tree-full

Simon’s book was recently launched at London Review Bookshop. Nearly 70 people crowded into the bookshop to hear Simon read, and well over half of them bought his book. If you are members of the Poetry Society, and read Poetry Review, you’ll have seen two of Simon’s poems in the spring issue and will, I’m sure, jump at the opportunity to read more of his work.

A brush with poetry: in the National Gallery, London by Lynn Roberts (ISBN 978-0-9567806-2-1; price £12)

Lynn Roberts, smaller                    Lynn's front cover cropped

This is a beautiful collection of poems based on paintings in the National Gallery, with thirty full-colour pictures accompanying the poems. We are grateful to the National Gallery for allowing us to use the reproductions, and I know the book will be hugely appreciated both for its poetry and for the images.

Both of these poets are appearing at the Oversteps Day at Ways with Words, Dartington on Sunday July 6th, so I hope some of you will be able to get along to hear them – and all the other Oversteps poets who are reading that day. In case you  haven’t seen the programme yet, I’ll add it here:

 Sunday 6th July in Duke’s Room Oversteps Day,
arranged and introduced by Alwyn Marriage

Morning   Recent publications
10. 00 – 11.00   Brand new
Readings by some of the latest poets to be published by Oversteps: Cora Greenhill, Ken Head, Simon Richey, Michael Bayley, Lynn Roberts and John Torrance.
11.30 – 12.30    Worth repeating
We sometimes publish second (or even third) collections by our poets. This morning we invite some of these poets to share their new work: Christopher North, Elisabeth Rowe,
A C ClarkeSusan Taylor and Simon Williams.
Afternoon    Extending our horizons
2.30 – 3.30     Poetry and Art,
Illustrated readings Poetry and art are close sisters, and we often find an overlap between the visual arts and the written word. This afternoon, poets and artists will show examples of art and read the poems relating to them.
Graham High is an artist and sculptor
Alwyn Marriage has been Poet in Residence at a major Arts Festival in Winchester, and
Lynn Roberts has written a whole collection in celebration of particular works of art in the National Gallery,
4.00 – 5.00     Crossing borders
Several of our poets divide their time between Britain and another country. Sharing poetry inspired by France, Greece, Germany, Spain and New Zealand, Cora Greenhill, Rebecca Bilkau, John Torrance, Christopher North, Hilary Elfick and Charlie Hadfield will take us on some international journeys as they bring the Oversteps Day 2014 to a close.
A few other snippets of news from Oversteps poets:
Robert Stein has been appointed as Head of Communications at the Society of Authors.
Jean Atkin is Poet in Residence at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm in Shropshire; and she will be reading at the Ledbury Poetry Festival with Myra Schneider and Deborah Alma.
I will be judging this year’s Big Up Poetry Competition
An earlier pamphlet by Lynn Roberts, The days of war, was highly commended in the Munster Lit, A Fool for Poetry competition
Some of our poets will be involved in the Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival on 28th and 29th June.
We hope to see some of you at the Oversteps Day on July 6th.

Alwyn Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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