Oversteps News 58

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Oversteps News 58  January 2020

The first Oversteps book of the new year is
Trace by Mary Robinson (ISBN  978-1-906856-85-4), price £8 plus p &p.

Mary Robinson has had two previous books and two pamphlets published, but this is her first Oversteps book. She grew up on an off-grid smallholding in Warwickshire, lectured in English Literature in Cumbria and now lives on the Llŷn Peninsular in North Wales.
Trace’ is a rich collection, full of careful observation.
A particularly rewarding section focuses on some of the characters in Shakespeare’s plays, which will delight lovers of the Bard

 

 

Some recent successes by Oversteps poets

Antony Mair came 2nd in the Hastings Litfest competition

Mark Totterdell won the Happenstance Press competition for blank verse
was highly commended for the Winchester Poetry Prize, judged by Helen Mort
and received special mention in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly poetry competition.

A C Clarke won first prize in the Beyond Borders competition
first prize in the Second Light competition, long poem category
was shortlisted in the Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary competition
and was commended in the Poets Meet Politics competition

Robert Stein was shortlisted in the Winchester Poetry competition
and shortlisted in the Bridport Prize

Ross Cogan was commended in the Cannon Poets, Sonnet or Not competition


Coming soon

Ian Royce Chamberlain will be headlining at the Lamb Inn, Sandford, near Crediton on Tuesday 21st January

Simon Williams will be performing at Apples and Snakes at a science-themed show at the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth, at 8.00pm on Thursday 23rd January

Rebecca Bilkau‘s poetry is featured in the cantata ‘The Blessed Round’, which will be performed at Jesus College, Oxford at 3.00pm on Saturday 1st February

Mary Robinson and Alwyn Marriage are guest poets at the Words by the Water Festival in Keswick, reading at 3.00pm on Wednesday 11th March

Alwyn Marriage will be preaching on the subject of Theology and Poetry at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge at 6.00pm on Sunday 16th February

Susan Taylor, Simon Williams and Alwyn Marriage will be part of a group of Poets for the Planet, performing ‘Interbeings’ at the Lyra Festival, Bristol, on the afternoon of Sunday 15th March

Ian Royce Chamberlain and Jennie Osborne are leading lights in the organisation of the Teignmouth Poetry Festival, which runs from 19-22 March

Jennie Osborne will be reading at a Grey Hen event at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival on Sunday 22nd March

Mary Robinson will be reading her work and leading a discussion at Rosley Hall, Cumbria,  at 1.30pm on Friday 27th March.


In other news

This year’s Oversteps Day at Ways with Words, Dartington will be on Saturday 18th July

Alwyn Marriage has been elected to serve on the Society of Authors Poetry and Spoken Word Group committee

In the past, previous Oversteps poets have been listed in chronological order at the back of each book. Starting with ‘Trace’, this list is now in alphabet order, to make it easier to find particular poets who have been published by Oversteps.

if winter comes, can spring be far behind?

Alwyn

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Oversteps News 57 September 2019

 

We are delighted to publish a third collection by Elisabeth Rowe. Her previous Oversteps books were Thin Ice and Taking Shape.

Timewise by Elisabeth Rowe (ISBN  978-1-906856-84-7), price £8 plus p &p.

Elisabeth’s poems are often humorous, invariably sensitive, and always intelligent. Some of the poems in this collection reflect on the passage of time and the facts of ageing and mortality. Having experienced, and fortunately overcome, the danger imposed by cancer, Elisabeth does not take life for granted. Dartmoor, where Elisabeth has the good fortune to live, figures strongly, but so, also, does British Columbia and the Haida Gwaii, and the colonial India of an earlier age.

 

 

In other news
Many thanks to all those who helped to make this year’s Oversteps Day at Ways with Words in July another great success. we had wonderful readers and warm and appreciative audiences.

Jean Atkin won second prize and joint third prize in the Wolf Poetry competition

A C Clarke was runner-up in the St Petrock competition
selected for the Planet in Peril competition anthology
and highly commended in the Sangchaw competition for poetry in Scots

Rose Flint won the Littoral Press Nature Poetry Collection competition

Oz Hardwick won the International Rubery Book Award

Simon Richey was a prize-winner in the Poems on the Move category of the Guernsey International Poetry competition, 2019

Mark Totterdell had both a Highly Commended and a Commended in the YorkMix poetry competition, run by York Literature Festival
and won the Manning’s Pit Poetry competition

Tony Watts had a poem commended in the Binstead Prize competition, run by the South Downs Poetry Festival, 2019,
and was one of four shortlisted poets in the Littoral Press Nature Poetry collection competition

Jenny Osborne will be performing at Word Circus in the Barrel House, Totnes, at 7.30pm on 25th September

Several Oversteps poets will, again, be reading at Poetry on the Lake in Italy this autumn, including Elisabeth Rowe who will be launching her book in that beautiful venue.
As well as the normal readings, Alwyn Marriage will be representing Oversteps Books in a panel discussion on publishing poetry.

None of us has any idea what state our poor country will be in by the time I send out the next Oversteps News. Whatever happens, try to stay sane by reading good poetry.

Alwyn

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Oversteps News 39    October 2015

Lighting the fire by John Daniel  (ISBN 978-1-906856-59-5)

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John Daniel’s first Oversteps collection, Skinning the Bull, was published in 2012. We are now pleased to present his new book, Lighting the fire.

John is both a poet and an artist, and in designing these two collections, I have used paintings by him for the front covers. He has a strong, clear poetic voice, his subjects range from chess to shrimps to Chinese kidneys, and his interest in the finer details of the English language can be observed in poems such as Dr Johnson’s Dictionary and Punctuation. 

John lives in Totnes and Oxford and is married to Oversteps poet Jane Spiro, whose collection, Playing for Time, we published this last summer.

Other recent news

Jean Atkin had a poem commended in the Battered Moons competition, and read it at Swindon Poetry festival in October
Helen Overell was selected in this year’s Ver Poets Open competition, and highly commended in the Roundel Poetry competition
Tony Watts won first prize in the Four Counties’ Poetry competition
Michael Thomas won first prize in the Cheltenham Buzzwords poetry competition
Sue Davies won first prize in the Royal Navy Museum Poetry competition

As in other years, Oversteps poets were very well represented at the Poetry on the Lake festival on Lake Orta in Italy this October, with readings by, among others, Elisabeth Rowe, Anne Stewart, Michael Swan, Caroline Carver, Hilary Elfick, Rebecca Bilkau and Alwyn Marriage. We enjoyed readings by Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke and Imtiaz Dharker, and basked in the warm Italian sunshine, and several of us also enjoyed swimming in the lake. The Sunday morning readings were on the Sacro Monte, which you can see in this picture, courtesy of Poetry on the Lake:

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Some forthcoming events featuring Oversteps poets

Oz Hardwick will be appearing at Word Club at the Chemic Tavern, Leeds, on 23rd October
Ross Cogan is reading at Madhatter Books in Oxfordshire on 24th October
Cora Greenhill will be reading at Duffy’s Bar in Leicester on 27th October
Alwyn Marriage will be reading poetry and the song-writer Zoë Marriage performing some of her songs at the Thrive Café in Totnes on November 6th
Cora Greenhill will be reading with the Derbyshire Stanza at the Derwent Poetry Festival in Matlock between 6th and 8th November,
at Writers in The Bath, Sheffield, on November 10th and
at Shindig! in The Western in Leicester, on November 16th
Oz Hardwick will be reading at Spoken Word Shindig at Nelson’s Bar, Hebden Bridge, on 17th November
Joan McGavin, Denise Bennett and Alwyn Marriage will be reading at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton on November 20th
Rose Flint will be reading at Words and Ears at the Swan Hotel in Bradford on Avon on 26th November
Oversteps in Oxford will take place on 5th December at Albion Beatnik

 

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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Oversteps News 37    June 2015

Here’s a really beautiful book to take with you on holiday – or enjoy at home if you’re not going away.`

Playing for Time by Jane Spiro (ISBN 978-1-906856-57-1. £8)

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As well as writing fine poetry, Jane has been involved in a number of poetry projects, including exhibitions of poetry and photographs, poetry on the Oxford buses and the first poetry as a foreign language competition. Her writing is lyrical and intelligent, travels from Devon to Hawaii and back, is not afraid to tackle dark subjects as well as bright ones, and revels in the sounds of language. Jane is currently Reader in Language Education at Oxford Brookes University.

While on the subject of summer holidays, I wonder if any of you would like a copy of ‘Blue Water Café’ by Sue Davies (rrp £8)? Between now and the end of July it will be availablefront cover
at £6 if bought by itself, or £2 if added to an order for ‘Playing for Time’. Stocks may run out before then, so don’t delay.

One of the other great delights of summer is, of course, the Oversteps Day at Ways with Words at Dartington Hall in Devon. This year it will be held on Saturday 11th July, and there will, as usual, be a whole day of rich and varied readings in the Duke’s Room. It would be lovely to welcome some of you to this special day, so here’s the programme, in case you can make it to some or all of the events.

The morning readings will be by poets whom we have published this year.

 10.00am   Starting out and Returning
11.30am     New to Oversteps

In the afternoon we will be ‘Here, There and Everywhere’
2.30pm     Birds, Beasts and Botany
4.00pm    The Great Escape

Poets reading during the day will be: Ann Segrave, Mark Totterdell, Robert Cole, Denise Bennett, Helen Overell, James Turner, Rose Flint, Michael Thomas, Jennie Osborne, Christopher North and Alwyn Marriage.

Single tickets ar £6 each, or you can buy a whole day ticket for £20 (www.wayswithwords.co.uk).

We tend to relax in party mood after the final session; and in the odd free moments during the day it is possible to wander through the lovely Dartington gardens.

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Other recent news includes the fact that a number of Oversteps poets were successful in the Poetry on the Lake competition. Hilary Elfick won second prize; Alwyn Marriage was shortlisted; Michael Swan, Elisabeth Rowe and Alwyn Marriage were long listed; and A C Clarke was highly commended in the formal category.

I hope you all enjoy the summer

Alwyn

Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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Please send ….   copies of Playing for Time by Jane Spiro 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.

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A new book to launch us into summer:

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

safe-passage-full     sue-boyle

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                          £

….   copies of For and Against Nature by Christopher Cook at £1 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.
If you’d like to pay by bank transfer, email me to ask for our bank details.

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Oversteps News 30 June 2014

There were slight delays in publishing both our two latest books: the first (Naming the Tree) because we needed to wait until Poetry Review was published as two of the poems from Simon Richey’s collection were in the journal this spring; and the second (A brush with poetry) because we were making sure the reproductions of pictures from the National Gallery were of the highest quality possible.

Naming the Tree by Simon Richey (ISBN 978-1-906856-46-5; price £8)

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Simon’s book was recently launched at London Review Bookshop. Nearly 70 people crowded into the bookshop to hear Simon read, and well over half of them bought his book. If you are members of the Poetry Society, and read Poetry Review, you’ll have seen two of Simon’s poems in the spring issue and will, I’m sure, jump at the opportunity to read more of his work.

A brush with poetry: in the National Gallery, London by Lynn Roberts (ISBN 978-0-9567806-2-1; price £12)

Lynn Roberts, smaller                    Lynn's front cover cropped

This is a beautiful collection of poems based on paintings in the National Gallery, with thirty full-colour pictures accompanying the poems. We are grateful to the National Gallery for allowing us to use the reproductions, and I know the book will be hugely appreciated both for its poetry and for the images.

Both of these poets are appearing at the Oversteps Day at Ways with Words, Dartington on Sunday July 6th, so I hope some of you will be able to get along to hear them – and all the other Oversteps poets who are reading that day. In case you  haven’t seen the programme yet, I’ll add it here:

 Sunday 6th July in Duke’s Room Oversteps Day,
arranged and introduced by Alwyn Marriage

Morning   Recent publications
10. 00 – 11.00   Brand new
Readings by some of the latest poets to be published by Oversteps: Cora Greenhill, Ken Head, Simon Richey, Michael Bayley, Lynn Roberts and John Torrance.
11.30 – 12.30    Worth repeating
We sometimes publish second (or even third) collections by our poets. This morning we invite some of these poets to share their new work: Christopher North, Elisabeth Rowe,
A C ClarkeSusan Taylor and Simon Williams.
Afternoon    Extending our horizons
2.30 – 3.30     Poetry and Art,
Illustrated readings Poetry and art are close sisters, and we often find an overlap between the visual arts and the written word. This afternoon, poets and artists will show examples of art and read the poems relating to them.
Graham High is an artist and sculptor
Alwyn Marriage has been Poet in Residence at a major Arts Festival in Winchester, and
Lynn Roberts has written a whole collection in celebration of particular works of art in the National Gallery,
4.00 – 5.00     Crossing borders
Several of our poets divide their time between Britain and another country. Sharing poetry inspired by France, Greece, Germany, Spain and New Zealand, Cora Greenhill, Rebecca Bilkau, John Torrance, Christopher North, Hilary Elfick and Charlie Hadfield will take us on some international journeys as they bring the Oversteps Day 2014 to a close.
A few other snippets of news from Oversteps poets:
Robert Stein has been appointed as Head of Communications at the Society of Authors.
Jean Atkin is Poet in Residence at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm in Shropshire; and she will be reading at the Ledbury Poetry Festival with Myra Schneider and Deborah Alma.
I will be judging this year’s Big Up Poetry Competition
An earlier pamphlet by Lynn Roberts, The days of war, was highly commended in the Munster Lit, A Fool for Poetry competition
Some of our poets will be involved in the Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival on 28th and 29th June.
We hope to see some of you at the Oversteps Day on July 6th.

Alwyn Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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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’.