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

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Oversteps News 50

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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.

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

Please send ….   copies of Instructions for a quiet life by Rebecca Bilkau at £8 each plus p&p    £
Please send ….  copies of is a gateway by Jane Spiro at £8 each plus p&p                                      £
or
Please send copies of both books at £15 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.

Oversteps News, September 2017

Oversteps News

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Oversteps News 48  September 2017

Vertigo & Beeswax by Ian Royce Chamberlain (ISBN 978-1-906856-73-1), price £8 plus p&p.

Here’s a lovely new book to welcome you all back from your summer holidays.

 

Ian is well-known in Devon, where he performs frequently. He is a member of Moor Poets and a co-founder of the Teignmouth Poetry Festival which, although a relative newcomer to the festival scene, is drawing great poets and audiences to the little town of Teignmouth each spring. Ian’s poems are exact and carefully honed. Subjects covered in his book range from directions for catching a crow, to the extraction of a child’s milk tooth; and his love of the Devon countryside shines through many of the poems.

In other news, we had another wonderful Oversteps Day at Ways with Words in Dartington in July. It’s gratifying when, each year, we receive enthusiastic responses claiming that this year’s was the ‘best yet’. All the recently published Oversteps poets read during the day, and we had a fascinating and educational session on poetic forms.

Christine Whittemore was recently interviewed on Corinium Radio, for their programme ‘Writer’s Room’
Fokkina McDonnell was highly commended in this year’s Poetry on the Lake competition, and
Ross Cogan won 2nd prize in the Stanley Spencer competition

Maggie Butt is organising a Poem-a-thon on Sunday 1st October in Enfield. An amazing line-up of poets will read for 8 minutes each throughout the day, and the money raised from sponsorship of their readings will go to funding the re-settlement of Syrian refugees. Maggie and I are among the readers, so if you’d like to contribute to this really good cause, you can do so through JustGiving, https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/enfield–poem-a-thon, and put Maggie’s or Alwyn’s name in the message box.

Coming up in the next few weeks
18-23 September  Susan Taylor and Simon Williams will be leading a poetry  workshop entitled ‘The Joy of Making’, at the Garsdale Retreat Centre in Sedburgh.
23/24 September  Sally Festing  is reading at Salthouse Church in Norfolk.
25 September  The fifth edition of Simon Williams and Susan Taylor’s poetry newspaper, The Broadsheet, will be launched at the Exeter Poetry Festival. Oversteps poets included in this years Broadsheet are Sue Boyle, Caroline Carver, Rose Cook, Rebecca Gethin, Mary Maher, Alwyn Marriage, Jennie Osborne, Sue Proffitt and Mark Totterdell.
26 September  at 7.30pm, Ian Royce Chamberlain is launching ‘Vertigo & Beeswax’ at the Oystercatchers’ Café in Teignmouth.
30 September at 2.00pm in the Exeter Community Centre Sue Boyle is leading a workshop entitled ‘In praise of brevity’ at the Exeter Poetry Festival .
6-8 October  Alwyn Marriage will be reading from her most recent pamphlet, ‘In the Image’, at the Poetry on the Lake Festival in Italy.

Two more Oversteps books are nearing publication, so I’ll be in touch again in about a month’s time.

Because of the huge number of submissions we receive, both from new poets and from poets we have published before, we are not able to accept any new submissions at present. When I’ve caught up with some of the fantastic poets who are waiting for their work to be published, I’ll make it known that we are open for submissions again. I hope this does not disappoint too many poets. In the meantime, new books will continue to be published every couple of months or so.

best wishes

Alwyn

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

Please send ….   copies of Vertigo & Beeswax by Ian Royce Chamberlain 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;
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Oversteps News, March 2017

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Oversteps News 46  March 2017

Another two Oversteps books have been published this month

Open after dark by Sue Proffitt (ISBN 978-1-906856-70-0), price £8 plus p&p.

This is Sue Proffitt’s first collection. Sue, who now lives in a coastguard cottage in South Devon, has previously worked as an actor, a teacher and a psychotherapist. Through her poetry she now explores the beauty and mystery of the more-than-human world, and our relationship with it.

The day  on which I delivered Sue’s copies of her book to her also happened, by coincidence, to be the day she won first prize in the Teignmouth Poetry competition.

 

Sudden Arabesque by Christine Whittemore
(ISBN 978-1-906856-71-7), price £8 plus p&p.

This is another first collection.
Christine Whittemore has lived in Italy, France and, for many years, the USA, and she has been published and won awards on both sides of the Atlantic. Christine is evidently fascinated by different poetic forms, and she uses a number of them to wonderful effect in this collection.

 

A few of the readings by Oversteps poets coming up in the next couple of months

5th April: Michael Thomas will be reading at Poetry Refreshed, Smokey Joe’s Café, Cheltenham.
21 April: Susan Taylor is organising a Poetry Slam at Café Culture in Totnes
5th May: Sue Proffitt will be reading at Café Culture, Totnes, in the evening
11th May: Richard Skinner will be giving a reading with Chris Southgate at St Stephen’s, Exeter, 7.30pm
15th May: Christine Whittemore will be reading at Cheltenham Poetry Festival at 7.00pm
17th May: Jane Spiro will be reading at The Poetry Centre, Oxford Brookes University at 1.00pm
18th May: Alwyn Marriage will be reading at the St Ives Festival at 7.30pm,
and from her novel, ‘Rapeseed’ at 5.00pm
19th May: Alwyn Marriage reading at the launch of a Stanley Spencer anthology in Cookham.

The books by Sue Proffitt and Christine Whittemore, as well as many other Oversteps books, can be purchased through the Oversteps website.

Because of the huge number of submissions we receive, both from new poets and from poets we have published before, we are not able to accept any new submissions at present. When I have caught up with some of the fantastic poets who are waiting for their work to be published, I’ll make it known that we are open for submissions again. I hope this does not disappoint too many poets.

best wishes

Alwyn

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

Please send ….   copies of Open after dark by Sue Proffitt at £8 each plus p&p                      £

….   copies of Sudden Arabesque by Christine Whittemore at £8 each plus p&p                      £

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

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: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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.