Oversteps News 52

Oversteps News 52

May 2018

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


It is always a pleasure to introduce to the wider public a poet who has been writing and publishing for some time, but for whom this is the first collection.

Places by Paul Surman (ISBN 978-1-906856-79-3), price £8 plus p&p.

In his poetry, Paul is often ‘the observer unobserved’ as he introduces us to aspects of nature that we might well have otherwise missed. This role is fed by his enjoyment of walking in the Chilterns and his former experience as Reserve Manager of a nature reserve. He helps to organise poetry readings and workshops for Back Room Poets in Oxford.



Some of the events coming up in the next few weeks

19th May      Alwyn Marriage will be reading at The Crypt in Islington, with Martyn Crucefix and Will Stone
24th May      Melanie Branton is starring in a Comedy night at the Roxy Cinema, Axbridge
25th May      Denise McSheehy is Guest Reader at the Second Light Spring Festival
30th May      Melanie Branton is reading at Newcastle Literary Salon, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
3rd June       Paul Surman is reading at the Avington Arms in Beckley
4th June       Paul Surman will be reading at Pembroke College, Oxford
7th June       Oversteps at the Poetry Café will feature Maggie ButtSimon Richey, Alwyn Marriage and Ian Royce Chamberlain, with songs by Zoë Marriage and shorter readings by Anne Stewart, David Broadbridge, Jane Spiro, John Daniel and Graham High. 7.00 pm, Betterton Street, London
28th June-1st July Melanie Branton will be appearing at the Barnstable Fringe
2nd July       Melanie Branton will be reading at Wells Fountain Poets, Wells, Somerset
6th July       Denise McSheehy will be reading at Penzance Literary Festival, Acorn Barn Penzance
14th July     Oversteps Day at Ways with Words. This annual bonanza of readings by Oversteps poets will this year feature Ian Royce Chamberlain, Melanie Branton, Denise McSheehy, Hilary Elfick, Rebecca Bilkau, Jane Spiro, Sue Proffitt, Christopher North, Paul Surman, Jennie Osborne, Simon Williams, Susan Taylor and Alwyn Marriage. The day will start at 10.00am in the Duke’s Room, Dartington Hall, Devon
18th-22nd July Melanie Branton will be appearing at Buddhafield Festival, Somerset
27th-29th July  Melanie Branton will be appearing at WOMAD festival

When Anne Born, the former Managing Editor of Oversteps, died, she kindly left a legacy to the Poetry Society which has, for the past four years, provided mentoring for a promising poet. This is now coming to an end, and to celebrate the success of the scheme, we are offering copies of Anne’s last poetry collection, Singing Granites (rrp £12), co-authored by the Australian poet Glen Phillips at half-price (£6) with the purchase of any other Oversteps book, while stocks last. Let us know if you would like to receive one, and add £6 to your payment.

warm summer wishes


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

Please send …. copies of Places by Paul Surman at £8 each plus p&p

Please add … copies of Singing Granites by Anne Born and Glen Phillips at £6 (one per purchase of another Oversteps book)

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 and address ………………………

Many of the other Oversteps books that are for sale on http://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 to alwynmarriage@overstepsbooks, using Paypal. We also welcome payment by bank transfer:
please contact me for bank details if you would like to pay by transfer.



Oversteps News

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

Oversteps News 4o  March 2016

First I’d like to thank all our wonderful Oversteps poets who gave me the necessary space to take a mini-sabbatical for two months this winter. Maintaining a minimum of Oversteps work to keep things ticking over, I was able to travel Down Under, where I enjoyed a relaxing holiday in French Polynesia, time to visit relatives in New Zealand and Australia, and the opportunity to give readings in both those countries.

In Perth, Australia, I was warmly welcomed by Oversteps poet, Glen Phillips, who arranged a day of activities including a visit to his Language and Literature department at the Edith Cowan University, a half-hour radio interview, and a wonderful reading in the evening as a guest of the Fellowship of Australian Writers and Western Australia Poetry Inc. If you’d like to read more about these poetry events (or come to that, the rather exotic holiday I enjoyed in the South Pacific), you can do so by visiting my blog: http://alwynmarriage.wordpress.com .  I came back much refreshed, and am now working hard to make up for lost time. That’s why this month I’m launching not one, but two new books – and another two will be following hard on the heels of these two.

The Shadow Shop by Janet Loverseed (ISBN 978-1-906856-61.8), price £8 plus p&p
Portrait photograph by James Boardman

Shadow Shop front cover-1

It is our policy at Oversteps to make the final selection of manuscripts for publication blind. In other words, none of the Editorial Board (including me) know who the poets are until the final decisions have been made.

Imagine my delight, therefore, when I discovered that Janet Loverseed had been selected for publication. I had never met Janet, but recognised the name as someone who regularly buys our books. So her success is well-deserved on that count, but also because she writes wonderful poetry.

The other new publication this month is

Mood Indigo by Wendy Klein (ISBN 978-1-906856-62-5), price £8 plus p&p

wendy portrait

Wendy Klein brings a transatlantic tang to Oversteps. Born and brought up in California, she has since lived in Sweden, France, Germany and England, and her poems reflect this diversity of abode. The poetry is beautifully crafted and unfussy, celebrating family and society in equal measure.

Klein coverBoth of these books will be going up on the Oversteps website in the next few days, but are available for purchase as from today. While each book costs £8, it is possible to buy the two together for £14 plus p&p.



Forthcoming appearances by Oversteps poets

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

Tuesday 15th March: Sue Boyle will be the guest poet at the public library in Midsomer Norton

Thursday 17th March: Simon Williams and Susan Taylor in Well Met at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival, with music by Simon Barron

Saturday 19th March: Readings from The Book of Love and Loss at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival, including R V Bailey, Jennie Osborne, Alwyn Marriage and others.

Friday 27th March: Ann Segrave will be launching her latest collection, Persimmon, in Lewes

Saturday 9th April: Sue Boyle will be running a workshop in Bath on the poetry of Rilke, Lawrence and Pound

Saturday 16th April: Simon Richey will be giving a reading in Palmers Green

April 17-24: Anne Stewart and Alwyn Marriage will be part of a delegation of British poets visiting the University of Bucharest in Romania

More readings will be announced in the next newsletter, due out quite soon. For other news, please see the home page of 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.

I’ll be in touch again in a few weeks’ time, to tell you about the next two Oversteps publications.


Managing Editor, Oversteps Books


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

Please send ….   copies of The Shadow Shop by Janet Loverseed at £8 each plus p&p            £

….   copies of Mood Indigo by Wendy Klein at £8 each plus p&p                                               £

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

Postage and packing, for 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 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.


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).


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.

J Osborne Dartn

simon dartn

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.

susan dartna dartn 1z at Dartn 2

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’.