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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Oversteps News 54

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Oversteps News 54  November 2018

We are pleased to be publishing another collection by a poet who is new to Oversteps.

Life Class by Carol DeVaughn (ISBN 978-1-906856-81-6), price £8 plus p&p


Carol DeVaughn, an American-born prize-winning poet, has lived in London for many years, teaching English language and literature, practising T’ai Chi, working as a life-class model and performing her poetry at charity events. Life Class is her first collection

Carol has a keen eye for art, which she celebrates with poems about Michelangelo, van Gogh, Rembrandt, Rothco and others; and she has also experienced what it is like to be the focus of an artist’s eye, through sitting as a life-class model for several years.

Some of the events coming up in the next few weeks

4th November: Rebecca Gethin will be reading at Aldeburgh at a Poems around Climate Change event
7th November: Paul Surman will be reading at Wheatley Library, OX33 1XP, at 10.30am
10th and 17th November: Jennie Osborne will be guest poet for South Devon Singers at St Michael’s Church Teignmouth on 10th November and again in the Methodist Church in Ivybridge on 17th November.
11th November: Paul Surman will be reading at Peace Poets for the centenary of WW1 armistice, at Beckley village hall at 2.45pm
17th November: Richard Skinner and Alwyn Marriage will be reading with Lawrence Sail at Rhythms of Peace, a celebration of the Corrymeela Community at The Chapel, St Luke’s Campus, Heavitree, Exeter
30th November: Alwyn Marriage will be guest poet at Fox’s Barn, Godalming
22nd December: Alwyn Marriage will be reading at an Occam Singers Christmas concert in Guildford
5th January: Melanie Branton will be reading at a Good On Paper fundraising event in Stroud

Other news

Most months bring news of more successes by Oversteps poets, and this month it’s good to see two of our poets shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize: Mark Totterdell and Tony Watts.
Then there was a good crop of Oversteps poets among the prizewinners in the Torbay Poetry competition: 1st prize went to Giles Goodland and 3rd prize to Wendy Klein, and in addition Rebecca Gethin was Commended and both Jennie Osborne and Maggie Butt Highly Commended.
Helen Overell was Highly Commended in the Ver Poets Open competition and was a joint runner-up in the Poetry Stanza competition 2018
At the end of November, Oversteps poets Simon Williams and Susan Taylor are publishing an anthology entitled Play to help raise funds for a children’s playground in Totnes.
In the Poetry on the Lake competition, Maggie Butt came 3rd in the Short Poem category and Christopher North came 3rd in the Silver Wyvern

Keep warm as winter creeps up on us

Alwyn

 

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Oversteps News 53

September 2018

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Let the wounded speak by Antony Mair (ISBN 978-1-906856-80-9), price £8 plus p&p

Antony Mair has enjoyed a varied working life, both in the legal profession and as an estate agent in France. His poetry ranges widely, touching on slavery, gay identity, the trauma of war, Muslim radicalisation and abuse in the Roman Catholic church. Despite his clear-sighted view of this wounded world, he is also hopeful that love brings healing and hope.

Antony will be reading at the Torbay Poetry Festival next month, so I am pleased to publish this book in time for him to present it at the festival.

I am careful not to swamp our readers with too frequent newsletters; but all being well there will be another new Oversteps book next month, before a bit of a break until the New Year. I hope you’ll find time to read ‘Let the wounded speak‘ before I write to announce the next one. Remember that you can click the Follow button in the right hand margin, to make sure you don’t miss any news.

Some dates coming up soon

22nd September    Oversteps Books will be at the Poetry Book Fair in Senate House, University of London
22nd September    Paul Surman, Melanie Branton, Ian Royce Chamberlain and Hilary Elfick will be reading at 2.20pm at the Poetry Book Fair, London
27th September     Ross Cogan will be reading with Anna Saunders at Words and Ears in Bradford on Avon
28th September     Jennie Osborne and Sue Proffitt will be reading at the Alice Cross Centre in Teignmouth with Susan Richardson
1st October             Susan Taylor and Simon Williams will be presenting poets from their forthcoming anthology, ‘Play’, at the City Gate Hotel, Exeter
5th October            Susan Taylor and Simon Williams will be performing their poetry show, ‘Weather House’ at the Swindon Poetry Festival
7th October            Alwyn Marriage is one of the poets in the launch of ‘Domestic Cherry’ at the Swindon Poetry Festival
19th October          Simon Williams and Susan Taylor, with young poets from Galmpton Primary School, will be appearing at the Torbay Poetry Festival
19th October          Antony Mair will be reading at the Torbay Poetry Festival
26th October         Alwyn Marriage and Susan Taylor will be the guest poets at Word Café at Cott Inn, Dartington
31st October           Ross Cogan will be reading at Pembroke College, Oxford at 6.00pm
17th November      Richard Skinner and Alwyn Marriage will be reading at a special Corrymeela Celebration at 7.00pm in St Luke’s Chapel, Exeter

best wishes

Alwyn

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Oversteps News 52

May 2018

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It is always a pleasure to introduce to the wider public a poet who has been writing and publishing for some time, but for whom this is the first collection.

Places by Paul Surman (ISBN 978-1-906856-79-3), price £8 plus p&p.

In his poetry, Paul is often ‘the observer unobserved’ as he introduces us to aspects of nature that we might well have otherwise missed. This role is fed by his enjoyment of walking in the Chilterns and his former experience as Reserve Manager of a nature reserve. He helps to organise poetry readings and workshops for Back Room Poets in Oxford.

 

 

Some of the events coming up in the next few weeks

19th May      Alwyn Marriage will be reading at The Crypt in Islington, with Martyn Crucefix and Will Stone
24th May      Melanie Branton is starring in a Comedy night at the Roxy Cinema, Axbridge
25th May      Denise McSheehy is Guest Reader at the Second Light Spring Festival
30th May      Melanie Branton is reading at Newcastle Literary Salon, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
3rd June       Paul Surman is reading at the Avington Arms in Beckley
4th June       Paul Surman will be reading at Pembroke College, Oxford
7th June       Oversteps at the Poetry Café will feature Maggie ButtSimon Richey, Alwyn Marriage and Ian Royce Chamberlain, with songs by Zoë Marriage and shorter readings by Anne Stewart, David Broadbridge, Jane Spiro, John Daniel and Graham High. 7.00 pm, Betterton Street, London
28th June-1st July Melanie Branton will be appearing at the Barnstable Fringe
2nd July       Melanie Branton will be reading at Wells Fountain Poets, Wells, Somerset
6th July       Denise McSheehy will be reading at Penzance Literary Festival, Acorn Barn Penzance
14th July     Oversteps Day at Ways with Words. This annual bonanza of readings by Oversteps poets will this year feature Ian Royce Chamberlain, Melanie Branton, Denise McSheehy, Hilary Elfick, Rebecca Bilkau, Jane Spiro, Sue Proffitt, Christopher North, Paul Surman, Jennie Osborne, Simon Williams, Susan Taylor and Alwyn Marriage. The day will start at 10.00am in the Duke’s Room, Dartington Hall, Devon
18th-22nd July Melanie Branton will be appearing at Buddhafield Festival, Somerset
27th-29th July  Melanie Branton will be appearing at WOMAD festival

When Anne Born, the former Managing Editor of Oversteps, died, she kindly left a legacy to the Poetry Society which has, for the past four years, provided mentoring for a promising poet. This is now coming to an end, and to celebrate the success of the scheme, we are offering copies of Anne’s last poetry collection, Singing Granites (rrp £12), co-authored by the Australian poet Glen Phillips at half-price (£6) with the purchase of any other Oversteps book, while stocks last. Let us know if you would like to receive one, and add £6 to your payment.

warm summer wishes

Alwyn

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Oversteps News 51

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 March 2018

Emerging from the snow, bringing sunshine from New Zealand, Hilary Elfick’s second Oversteps book carries the promise of spring.

A Christening Cake for Edgar Boaz by Hilary Elfick (ISBN 978-1-906856-78-6), price £8 plus p&p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hilary Elfick’s last Oversteps collection, ‘An Ordinary Storm’, shone fresh light on Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’, interpreting it in new and exciting ways. We are pleased now to be publishing a new collection, which sparkles with Hilary’s warmth, sensitivity and humour. Inspired by places as far apart as St Petersburg and North Norfolk, New Zealand and Spain, Hilary invites us to join us as she brings people, places and birds to vivid life.

Some of the events coming up in the next few weeks

5th March       Sally Festing is reading at Saltmarsh Poetry, North Norfolk
8th March         Caroline Carver & Alwyn Marriage will be reading at launch of Project Boast, Bristol
13th March      Melanie Branton reading at Trailers, Apples and Snakes, the Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter
17th March:    Rebecca Bilkau and Alwyn Marriage will be reading at Litfest in Lancaster
17th March: ‘Noble Dissent’, edited by Rebecca Bilkau, will be launched at Litfest in Lancaster
23rd March: Christine Whittemore will be reading in Cheltenham Community Arts Centre
28th March      Melanie Branton reading at Rhyme and Reason, Bath
20th April        Melanie Branton  at Kempley, Gloucestershire
9th May           Melanie Branton  at Speaker’s Corner, York
19th May          Alwyn Marriage  reading at  The Crypt, Islington

Looking ahead to summer days, please put Saturday 14th July in your diaries, and come to join us at another wonderful Oversteps Day at Ways with Words, Dartington.

Other news
A C Clarke
won 3rd prize in Sentinel Literary Quarterly, November 2017
Fokkina McDonnell was Commended in the 2017 Barnet Open Poetry Competition
Robert Stein had two poems longlisted in this year’s National Poetry Competition
David Broadbridge has been commissioned to write an Easter hymn, to be set to music by Richard Elfyn Jones.

Enjoy the spring, as it unfolds

Alwyn

 

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Oversteps News 50  January 2018

We start 2018 with new collections from two poets who have been published by Oversteps before.

With such a brilliant list of poets whom we’ve published in recent years, it’s not surprising that many of them come back to Oversteps in the hope of having a second, or even a third book published by us. If we accepted them all, there would never be a chance for new poets to be published, and we do believe in welcoming emerging writers if they are good enough. Following our Editorial meetings, it therefore sometimes falls to this unhappy Editor to write to poets who have become friends and whose books have received generous reviews and sold well, to tell them that their new book has not been accepted for publication. From this, you will realise that those who do get through to a subsequent publication must be very good – and that certainly applies to the two new ones this month.

Instructions for a quiet life by Rebecca Bilkau (ISBN 978-1-906856-76-2), price £8 plus p&p


Rebecca was born and bred in England, but now lives, for much of the time, in Germany. Her first Oversteps collection, ‘Weather Notes’, was published in 2012. As well as being a warm and sensitive poet, she is also the Editor of the Beautiful Dragons anthologies, the latest of which, ‘Noble Dissent’, will be launched at the Lancaster Litfest in March.

 

 

is a gateway by Jane Spiro (ISBN 978-1-906856-77-9), price £8 plus p&p

 

 

 

Jane’s second Oversteps collection continues some of the themes of her earlier book, ‘Playing for time’ (2015). She is sometimes moved to reflect on the tragic history of Eastern Europe; but her work also includes plenty of hope and transformation, and the beauty of the natural world.

 

Some of the events coming up in the next few weeks

27th January: Melanie Branton’s one-woman show will be performed as part of the Wolves Literature Festival in Wolverhampton
29th January: Melanie Branton will feature in Raise the Spotlight, in Bristol
2nd February: Sue Proffitt is organising a reading and fundraising event for Dementia Adventure in Exeter
22nd February: Denise McSheehy will be reading at Uncut, in Exeter
17th March: Rebecca Bilkau and Alwyn Marriage will be reading at Litfest in Lancaster
17th March: ‘Noble Dissent’, edited by Rebecca Bilkau, will be launched at Litfest in Lancaster
23rd March: Christine Whittemore will be reading in Cheltenham Community Arts Centre

Looking ahead to summer days, please put Saturday 14th July in your diaries, and come to join us at another wonderful Oversteps Day at Ways with Words, Dartington.

Other news
We were delighted that David Broadbridge‘s poem, Adam’s fall, was set to music by Richard Elfyn Jones, and performed at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, on Christmas Eve.
One of the poems from Denise McSheehy‘s recent Oversteps collection was shortlisted in the Second Light Poetry Competition 2017.

Happy 2018 to you all

Alwyn

As usual when we publish two books close together, you can purchase them singly, or the two together for the reduced price of £15 plus p&p.

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Please send ….   copies of Instructions for a quiet life by Rebecca Bilkau at £8 each plus p&p    £
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Money can be sent either by post to Oversteps, with cheques made payable to Oversteps Books Ltd;
or by email: sales@overstepsbooks.com, using Paypal. Please contact me for details, if you’d like to pay by bank transfer.