Oversteps News 51

Oversteps Books Ltd, 6 Halwell House, South Pool, Nr Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2RX
alwynmarriage@overstepsbooks.com

 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

 

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

Please send ….   copies of A Christening Cake for Edgar Boaz by Hilary Elfick at £8 each plus p&p    £

Postage and packing per book£1.80 in UK (£4 if ordering from abroad)                                  £
P&p for 2 books, £2.50 (£5 abroad); 3 books £5  (£6 if ordering from abroad)                        £

Total                                                                                                                                                            £

Name & address: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Many of the other Oversteps books that are for sale on www.overstepsbooks.com can be added to this order.
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.

Advertisements

Oversteps News, February 2017

Oversteps Books Ltd, 6 Halwell House, South Pool, Nr Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2RX
alwynmarriage@overstepsbooks.com

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

—————————————————————

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

Please send ….  copies of Something in Writing by David Broadbridge at £8 each plus p&p   £

Postage and packing per book£1.80 in UK;   £4 if ordering from abroad                         £
P&p for 2 books, £2.50;    3 books £3 (£5 / £6 if ordering from abroad)                             £

Total                                                                                                                                                      £

Name & address: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Any other Oversteps books that are for sale on www.overstepsbooks.com can be added to this order.
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.

Oversteps News

Oversteps Books Ltd, 6 Halwell House, South Pool, Nr Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2RX
alwynmarriage@overstepsbooks.com

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.

a-brief-poetry-of-time-full

richard-skinner
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

fokkina-mcdonnell

another-life-full
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.

poetrybookfair2016-1

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

poetrybookfair2016-2

 

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

—————————————————————

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

Please send ….   copies of A brief poetry of time by Richard Skinner at £8 each plus p&p            £

….   copies of Another life by Fokkina McDonnell at £8 each plus p&p                                        £

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

Postage and packing per book£1.80 in UK;   £4 if ordering from abroad                         £
P&p for 2 books, £2.50;    3 books £3 (£5 / £6 if ordering from abroad)                             £

Total                                                                                                                                                      £

Name & address: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Any other Oversteps books that are for sale on www.overstepsbooks.com can be added to this order.
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.

Oversteps News

 Oversteps Books Ltd, 6 Halwell House, South Pool, Nr Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2RX
alwynmarriage@overstepsbooks.com

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

—————————————————————

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

Please send ….   copies of Parachute Silk by Denise Bennett at £8 each plus p&p                 £

….   copies of A Chance of Love by James Turner at £8 each plus p&p                                      £

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

Postage and packing, per book£1.80 in UK;   £4 if ordering from abroad                        £
P&p for 2 books, £2.50;     (£5 if ordering from abroad)                                                        £

Total                                                                                                                                                      £

Name & address: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Any other Oversteps books that are for sale on www.overstepsbooks.com can be added to this order.
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.
If you’d like to pay by bank transfer, email me to ask for our bank details.

 

Oversteps News

Oversteps Books Ltd, 6 Halwell House, South Pool, Nr Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2RX alwynmarriage@overstepsbooks.com

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

 —————————————————————

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                       £
….   copies of This Patter of Traces by Mark Totterdell at £8 each plus p&p                              £

Postage and packing, for per book£1.20 in UK;   £3.50 if ordering from abroad               £
P&p for 2 books, £2;    3 books £2.50 (£4.50 / £5 if ordering from abroad)                         £

Total                                                                                                                                                       £

Name & address: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Any other Oversteps books that are for sale on www.overstepsbooks.com can be added to this order.
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.