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 41  April 2016

Some of you may remember that I took two months off this winter. I have now made up for this absence by producing four books in two months! I won’t be starting any new ones for a little while, so I hope you’ll enjoy these latest two in the meantime.

Sally

Doors Opening by Sally Festing (ISBN 978-1-906856-63-2), price £8 plus p&p

Messages of Change[1]Monica Alvi has described Sally Festing’s poetry as bold and enquiring, taut and emotionally open. This is a good description of a book that opens doors for us, encouraging us to look anew at nature, human relationships and art. Sally lives in North Norfolk, and her work often has a whiff of that windy coast. She runs Salthouse Poetry in the Burnhams.

 

 

The Mazemaker’s Daughters by Angela Stoner (ISBN 978-1-906856-60-1), price £8 plus p&p

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Angela’s first collection, Weight and Flight was published by Oversteps in 2010. This new collection is very different from that, and indeed from any of our other publications.

Taking the myth of the Minotaur and the labyrinth as a starting point, Angela embellishes the story by imagining that, as well as his son Icarus, Daedalus had two daughters. I won’t spoil the story by divulging too much, but there is plenty of excitement and drama, blood and gore in this new take on an ancient myth. Angela lives in the far west of Cornwall and the landscape there is a major influence on much of her work. She is active in the vibrant Cornish poetry scene.

Other recent news

Jennie Osborne has won 2nd prize in the Guernsey International Poetry Competition

Mark Totterdell won 2nd prize in the Barnet Open Poetry Competition

Sue Davies and Christopher North were both long-listed in the National Poetry Competition

Simon Richey received a ‘special mention’ in the Editor’s Prize of the Magma Short Poem Competition

One of the poems in Sally Festing’s new Oversteps collection was commended in The Interpreter’s House competition

Some forthcoming appearances by Oversteps poets

Saturday 16th AprilSimon Richey will be giving a reading in Palmers Green

17th April at 7.30pm: Wendy Klein and Friends will be appearing at Albion Beatnik in Oxford

April 17-24Anne Stewart, Maggie Butt and Alwyn Marriage will be part of a delegation of British poets visiting Bucharest in Romania. As well as working with translators during the week, they will be guests at a reception at the British Embassy. They will give readings of their work and then lead a discussion on the importance of Shakespeare today, at the British Council on 23rd April

7th May, June 11th and July 9th: Advanced Café Writing Days at the Open House Centre in Bath, led by Sue Boyle

14th May: Alwyn Marriage will be reading at the New Writers’ Festival at GLive, Guildford

15th May: Susan Taylor and Simon Williams will be appearing at the St Ives Arts Club

16th May: Janet Loverseed will be launching The Shadow Shop at Manchester Central Library

20th May: A C Clarke will be reading at the Second Light Spring Festival

1st June at 2.00pm: Sue Boyle will be reading at Lite Reading for a Summer Afternoon, in the Village Hall, Hullavington

2nd June: Alwyn Marriage will be the guest poet at Fire River Poets in Taunton

24th June: Alwyn Marriage will be sharing in a Liminal reading at the St Clémentin Literary Festival, France

2nd July, 10.00am to 4.00pm: Helen Overell will be leading a poetry workshop, Light within, at the House of Prayer, East Molesey

16th July: Oversteps Day at Ways with Words, Dartingon.

More readings will be announced in the next newsletter, which will appear in a couple of months’ time. For other news, please see our website, which I attempt, with varying success, to keep up to date.

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

Enjoy the spring

Alwyn 

Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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Oversteps News 38    September 2015

Colouring outside the lines by Jennie Osborne  (ISBN 978-1-906856-58-8

 front coverJennie Osborne’s last collection, How to be Naked, was published by Oversteps in 2010 and has been very popular; so I’m sure readers will be pleased to see that we have just published her second collection, Colouring outside the lines.Jennie

Jennie lives in South Devon, where she is well-known as a poetry performer; and she is one of the poets behind the Teignmouth Poetry Festival. Earlier this year she won the Kent & Sussex Poetry Competition with her poem First to Blink, which is included in this collection

Other recent news

Ways with Words: We had another wonderful Oversteps Day at Ways with Words at Dartington Hall in Devon in July
Tony Watts won second prize in this year’s Chipping Sodbury Festival poetry competition, and was commended in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly poetry competition
A C Clarke was highly commended in the Neil Gunn poetry competition and commended in the Segora poetry competition
Sue Davies was highly commended in the University of Winchester Writers’ Festival poetry competition, and won joint third prize in the Wilfred Owen International poetry competition
Helen Overell was longlisted in the RSPB/Rialto competition
A recording of Robert Cole‘s reading at Shakespeare and Company is available on Soundcloud and Twitter
James Turner was guest poet on the new radio show, Poetry Islanders on Soundart Radio (Totnes and surrounding area)
Mark Totterdell won third prize in the Poetry Pulse competition
Not poetry, but a novella by Michael Thomas, ‘Esp’, has been shortlisted for the UK Novella award. Results due in October
Jean Atkin was featured on Radio 4’s Something Understood on 23rd August
Alwyn Marriage was commended in the Hungry Hill Wild Atlantic competition and also in the Segora competition
There were several Oversteps successes in this year’s Poetry on the Lake competition: Hilary Elfick won second prize, Alwyn Marriage was listed and Michael Swan, Elisabeth Rowe and Alwyn Marriage were long-listed

 Some forthcoming events featuring Oversteps poets

3rd September: Jennie Osborne will be reading at the Creative Innovation Centre in Taunton
5th September: Cora Greenhill at Callander Poetry, 2.45pm
12th September: Mark Totterdell, Rebecca Gethin and Simon Williams will be reading at the Quiet Compere event in Exeter
12th September: Alwyn Marriage will be the featured poet on Romanian radio
18th September: Denise Bennett will be reading at the Spring Arts Centre in Havant, 7.30pm
26th September: Oversteps Books will be represented at the Free Verse Book Fair at Conway Hall in London
8th October: Cora Greenhill at Derby Poetry Society, Friends’ Meeting House, Derby, 7.30pm
9-11 October: Alwyn Marriage will be reading at the Poetry on the Lake Festival in Orta, Italy
23rd October: Oz Hardwick at Word Club, The Chemic Tavern, Leeds, 7.30pm
27th October: Cora Greenhill Leicester, Duffy’s Bar, 7,30pm

As you can see, there’s lots going on at Oversteps. I’ll be in touch with more news before long

Alwyn

Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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A new book to launch us into summer:

Safe Passage by Sue Boyle (ISBN 978-1-906856-56-4. £8)

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I first met Sue Boyle when she invited me to read at her festival in Bath, and I began to discover some of the wonderful work she has done for poetry in that city through her Bath Poetry Café with its programme of public performances and Poetry Writing Days. While working on behalf of other poets, she has also been developing her own considerable talent and has, in this book, produced a stunning collection of poetry. Sue has a keen intelligence, great style, a sharp eye, a musical ear and a sense of humour; and her wide experience of the world informs her poetry. With this book to accompany us, we can all be confident of a ‘Safe Passage’.

A new book by Jane Spiro will be appearing within the next few weeks; but in the meantime we’ve decided to offer some of our older for-and-against-naturestock at give-away prices from time to time. The first of these is For and Against Nature by the poet and artist Christopher Cook, published in 2000. While stocks last, this book will be available, with or without Sue’s book, for £1, plus £1.80 p&p.

Further information about Oversteps poets can be found on our website, where you can also order any of our books. http://www.overstepsbooks.com.

Other recent news

Chrisopher North was commended in the Torriano  competition, and won third prize in the Flash Fiction section of Bare Fiction Magazine
Jennie Osborne won First prize in the Kent and Sussex Poetry competition
National Poetry competition
A C Clarke, Robert Stein and Tony Watts were all long-listed
Tony Watts won First prize in the Four Counties Poetry Competition
Genista Lewes was highly commended in the first stage of the Bath Poetry competition
Jean Atkin 
was runner-up in the Prole Laureate competition and won First prize in the Fire River Poets competition
Elisabeth Rowe
won third prize in the Chagword Poetry competition
Alwyn Marriage won First prize in the Leeds Peace Poetry Prize competition

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

Wednesday 13th May: Mark Totterdell will be reading at the St Ives Arts Club at 7.30pm, as part of the St Ives Literature Festival
15th/16th May: Sue Davies will read her prize-winning poem and others at 5.30pm at the Second Light Spring Festival in London
Monday 25th May: Christopher North
 will read one of his poems at the Troubadour in London
Saturday 30th May: Elisabeth Rowe, Mark Totterdell and Alwyn Marriage will read at 1.30pm at the Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival
Saturday 6th June: Helen Overell 
will be doing a book-signing at Barton’s Bookshop in Leatherhead
Sunday 14th June: Anne Segrave 
will be joined by Mandy Pannett, Robin Houghton and Jeremy Page for an afternoon of poetry at St Anne’s Church, Lewes

And looking just a little further ahead, this year’s Oversteps Day at Ways with Words in Dartington will be on Saturday 11th July. Put it in your diaries now.

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.

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 Safe Passage by Sue Boyle at £8 each plus p&p                          £

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If you’d like to pay by bank transfer, email me to ask for our bank details.

Oversteps Day 2013

We had a wonderful day in Dartington earlier this month, when a number of Oversteps poets  took part in another Oversteps Day at the Ways with Words Festival. Many thanks, once more, to Kay and Steve, who so kindly invite us to take part in the festival and give us a free hand in what we do.

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Because of the re-organisation of rooms at Dartington, which resulted in Waterstones taking over the Upper Gatehouse, we were not able to use that lovely hall this year; but the Duke’s Room provided a space and atmosphere that was both elegant and cosy – especially as we read to capacity audiences.

In earlier years we have presented five sessions during the day, but for the sake of our poets and to spread the delights out evenly over the day, we decided to offer just four this year.

In the first event, ‘Hot off the Press’, four of our most recent poets read from their new collections: John Daniel (Skinning the Bull), Kathleen Kummer (Living below Sea Level), Jean Atkin (Not Lost Since Last Time) and Charles Bennett (Evenlode).

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This was followed by ‘A toast to absent friends’, in which Oversteps poets who were at the festival introduced and read the poetry of some of the poets who were not able, for various reasons, to be with us. John Daniel read from both Elisabeth Rowe’s books  (Thin Ice and Taking Shape), Oz Hardwick shared the poetry of A C Clarke (Messages of Change and Fr Meslier’s Confession), Susan Taylor read from W H Petty’s collection (But Someone Liked Them), Simon Wiliams charmed us with the work of Marie Marshall (I am not a fish) and Christopher North celebrated the poetry of Anne Born and Glen Phillips (Singing Granites). The Ways with Words artist, Jennifer Johnson, was sketching in the room during this session, producing a page of poet portraits.

After lunch our thoughts moved to holidays and travel, as we invited the audience onto our magic carpet. The pilots, Oz Hardwick (The Illuminated Dreamer), Alwyn Marriage (Touching Earth and Festo) and Christopher North (Explaining the Circumstances and Al Otro Lado del Aguilar) were supported by Jennie Osborne (How to be Naked) and Kathleen Kummer (Living below Sea Level), and while the poems ranged over many countries, we were eventually brought safely back to Britain.

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Our final event of the day was a new departure for us, as it included several musical items. Charles Bennett (Evenlode) began the session by talking about the libretto he wrote for last year’s BBC Proms in a joint commission with Bob Chilcot; Susan Taylor (The Suspension of the Moon and A Small Wave for your Form), Jennie Osborne (How to be Naked) and Alwyn Marriage (Touching Earth and Festo) read music-inspired poems, and Simon Williams (Quirks and A Place Where Odd Animals Stand) and Zoë Marriage, with her songs about capoiera and about RD Congo, extended the range of poetry into that which is sung.

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Both performers and audiences enjoyed the day, and we hope we can bring another programme to Dartington next year.

There were several other events by Oversteps poets at the festival as well. Christopher North facilitated a workshop, Susan Taylor took part in the amazing performance of ‘Skeleton Woman’, Simon Williams introduced a Tradewinds session and launched a new book, and Miriam Darlington spoke about her nature book, ‘Otter Country’.