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Oversteps News 35  March 2015

There has been a flurry of activity at Oversteps, with five new books published since Christmas. Here are the latest two:

Parachute Silk by Denise Bennett (ISBN 978-1-906856-55-7)

xFlo23       Parachute Silk cover     Denise’s last book, Planting the Snow Queen was published by Oversteps in 2011, and sold well. In that book we were introduced to Denise’s elderly mother, Ada, in honest, tender poems. Ada appears again in this new collection, as she reaches the great age of 102, and subsequently dies. The book also contains a number of historical poems, including sequences on the Foundling Hospital in London and on the shipwreck of the Royal George and the Royal Oak. This latter subject forms a presentation that Denise gives to organisations interested in marine and naval history.

A Chance of Love by James Turner (ISBN 978-1-906856-52-6)

james-turner      A Chance of Love cover    This is a collection of James’s sonnets, written over two decades. While remaining true to the sonnet form, James has introduced intriguing variations. There are poems about Pavlov, reflections on an affair, a cheeky address to a competition judge, a shaped sonnet leaning over to the right and many more skilful and honest poems – not all of which are of fourteen lines, but you’ll have to read the book to see how he does that without losing the form.

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

Other recent news

Mark Totterdell has been highly commended, and Oz Hardwick commended in the Sentinel poetry competition
Mark has also won one of the three third prizes in the Barnet Poetry competition, so will be reading at their prize giving on 14th March
Jean Atkin has been highly commended in the Bristol Poetry Prize competition
James Turner has been appointed the poetry Grand Slam Exeter Champion 2014/2015
Ally Pally Prison Camp‘ by Maggie Butt has now been made into a film, which can be viewed at Alexandra Palace
Oz Harkwick‘s ‘The Divinity of Monkeys’ was broadcast on Something Understood on Radio 4 on 1st March
Jean Atkin will be Poet in Residence for Wenlock Poetry Festival in April. She will be interviewed by Roz Goddard on 26th April, and there will be an exhibition of her poetry with photography by Andrew Fusek Peters throughout the festival

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

Thursday 5th March: Mark Totterdell will be the guest poet at Fire River Poets.
Monday 9th March: Jean Atkin will be reading at Red Parrot Poetry at the Wine Bar in Presteigne at 7.30pm.
Friday 20th March: Helen Overell will be reading at the Little Chapel, Dorking URC, with music performed by Lynda Chang and Brigitte Furze
Friday 20th March: Robert Cole
will be reading at Shakespeare & Co in Paris
Friday 27th March: Ann Segrave  will be launching her latest collection, Persimmon, at the Needlemakers’ Café in Lewes
Sunday 26 April: Jenny Hope, Cora Greenhill, Susan Taylor and Alwyn Marriage will be giving a reading at the Wenlock Poetry Festival
Sunday 26 AprilJean Atkin will be reading with Carol Ann Duffy and Imtiaz Dharker at the closing Gala Performance at Wenlock Poetry Festival
Monday 27 April: Michael Bayley will be reading in Falmouth
Tuesday 28 April: Ann Segrave will be reading at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival

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

There won’t be any more new books now until after Easter.

Alwyn 

Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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