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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

 

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

Please send ….   copies of Life Class by Carol DeVaughn at £8 each plus p&p                           £
Between now and Christmas, with each copy of Life Class you order you may purchase any other book from our catalogue at half price, stock permitting.

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                                                                                                                                                            £

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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                                                                                                                                                      £

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

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The past month has seen the publication of two new books from Oversteps, both of which will, I am sure, be extremely popular and would make lovely Christmas presents this year..

The Point of Waking, is by Cora Greenhill (ISBN 978-1-906856-43-4, price £8).

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Cora, who grew up in  rural Ireland and now lives in the Peak District, also spends much of her time in Crete; and the book carries some of the light and colour of that beautiful island, its people and festivals. The poems also reflect on journeys as a kind of pilgrimage through time.

Waterwheel by John Torrance (ISBN 978-1-906856-44-1, price £8), contains some of the saddest, but most elegantly expressed, poems that I have had the opportunity to edit.

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John’s  book is in three sections: first there are poems about the death of his best friend (Jan Farquhason, who was, by coincidence, published by Oversteps some years ago); those are followed by poems about the descent into dementia and subsequent death of his wife; and finally come poems about his new partnership with the widow of the friend who died. It thus moves from grief to joy, and the reader will travel with John through the full range of emotions. Although some of the poems are undeniably sad, they are also very beautiful.

News and forthcoming events

Christopher North and Ann Segrave were both shortlisted for the prestigious Bridport Poetry Prize
Tony Watts was commended in the Buzzwords competition
The Moor Poets anthology number 3, published last month, contains poems by several Oversteps poets

Alwyn Marriage will be reading with Dannie Abse (in celebration of his 90th birthday) and with Oversteps poet R V Bailey at the Poetry Society AGM, which is also billed as a festive start to the season, at Keats House on November 27th
Cora Greenhill will be reading at The Sticky Bun Club at Friends’ Meeting House in Sheffield on December 10th
John Torrance will be launching Waterwheel in East Devon on Friday 29th November and in Exeter on Tuesday 3rd December

It’s been really encouraging to see how many of you have opted to follow this blog. Thank you very much indeed: it’s good to know that so many of you like to receive our news. If you have not done so yet, please remember that if you do not click ‘Follow’ on the blog this time, you will not receive any more newsletters from Oversteps. For those of you who are unfamiliar with blogging, all that will happen if you click the ‘Follow’ button is that you will receive an email to let you know when the next newsletter is up on the web. In other words, it’s just the same as getting an email from me to let you know!

The next batch of Oversteps books will be published early in the new year. In the meantime, I hope you all have a very happy Christmas. Don’t forget to consider buying some excellent poetry books to give away as gifts this year.

Alwyn
Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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1 book = £8 plus p&p,   2 books = £15 plus p&p,   3 books = £20 plus p&p

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

Please send

….   copies of The Point of Waking by Cora Greenhill at £8 each plus p&p                    £

….   copies of Waterwheel by John Torrance 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: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
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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.