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Oversteps News 31  September 2014

It’s been a wonderful summer in Britain, and I’m still enjoying the Indian summer; but while some of you were basking on the beach, the work at Oversteps went on. Consequently, two new books have been launched in the last few weeks.

Blue Water Café by Sue Davies (ISBN 978-1-906856-48-9)

This is a book to extend the joys of summer on into the darker time of year. It is full of humanity, and displays the full gamut of emotions, covering life from birth to death, with everything in between. There are also tantalising references to famous writers and artists of the past, including  Botticelli, Chagall and Sylvia Plath.

Sue Davies portrait, reduced & cropped

 

 

front cover  Just as Blue Water Café came out, last month, we heard that Sue had won third prize in two major poetry competitions: the Wilfred Owen Association Poetry competition,
and the Second Light competition. Sue has recently been on holiday, but will soon be launching into a number of poetry readings.

 

 

 

 

This Patter of Traces by Mark Totterdell  (ISBN 978-1-906856-49-6)

portrait cropped                                                   Mark, front cover

To call Mark a nature poet might be a little misleading. His poetry does, indeed, shine a bright light on the natural world, presenting us with unforgettable images of plants, insects, reptiles and birds. But  Mark also displays a passionate and erudite fascination with words, and one of his endearing contributions to the world is to post a new weird and wonderful word each day on social media, giving his friends much enjoyment and an enhanced vocabulary.

Mark broke all records for speed of first sales, and there must have been people out in the world ready to pounce as soon as his first book was published. Copies of This Patter of Traces arrived from the printer on Wednesday afternoon, and by the time I had got the box open, five orders had already come in; and the trend has continued since then.

Other news from Oversteps poets

Susan Taylor and Simon Williams, who have each published two collections with Oversteps, will be launching the second issue of their poetry paper, Broadsheet at the Exeter Literature Festival at the end of this month. A number of Oversteps poets are again represented in the paper.

Christopher North gained joint third place in the Torriano Poetry competition, and won the Templar pamphlet competition.

Mandy Pannett won 1st prize in the Barnet Poetry competition, won 2nd prize in the Segora competition, and was runner-up in the Cardiff International Poetry competition.

This year’s Oversteps Day at Ways with Words at Dartington was another great success, with the Duke’s Room bursting at the seams as people crowding in to hear a wide range of readings.

A C Clarke was commissioned to write one of the poems for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She was shortlisted for the Ver Open Poetry competition; and wrote a two-part article on factual truth in poetry for Artemis magazine.

One of the poems I wrote when I was Poet in Residence at the Winchester Arts Festival last year is now on display along with the artwork by Penny Burnfield at Grimsby Minster and at the Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby

Anne Stewart is the winner of this year’s prestigious Silver Wyvern prize at the Poetry on the Lake Festival in Orta, Italy. She will just have time to collect her prize before starting a Hawthornden fellowship.

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

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 Blue Water Café by Sue Davies at £8 each plus p&p                       £
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