Oversteps News 59

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Oversteps News 59  April 2020

Despite the Lock-down, Oversteps is in business, and here’s our latest book

Substantial Ghosts by Doreen Hinchliffe (ISBN  978-1-906856-86-1), price £8 plus p &p.

Doreen Hinchliffe comes from Yorkshire, she taught English for several years before moving to London. Her poetry has been published in a number of magazines and she has previously had a novel published as well as an earlier poetry collection.

Doreen uses a variety of forms in this collection, including sonnets, rhyming sequences, a Golden Shovel, and villanelles. There is a particularly attractive set of seven sonnets based on the Christmas story, ‘The Pointing Star’.

 

Some recent successes by Oversteps poets

Sue Davies was the winner of the Edward Thomas Fellowship Poets Competition

Tony Watts won 1st prize in the Bedford International Writing Competition (poetry section)
and was shortlisted in the Littoral Press Nature Poetry competition

Rebecca Bilkau was the poet whose work formed the cantata, ‘A Blessed Round, which was performed at Jesus College, Oxford on 1st February

 

Other news

For obvious reasons, so many readings and launches have had to be cancelled. However, just before C19 hit us all bang in the face, Mary Robinson and Alwyn Marriage were guest poets at the Words by the Water festival in Keswick.

Sadly, another casualty of the Lock-down is that the Oversteps Day at Ways with Words in July will not now be taking place. We had some great plans for this ever-popular day, but for now will just have to look forward to the festival either being postponed to later in the year, or to a bumper festival in July 2021.

 

Some of you may by now be running out of good books to read, so I will take the liberty of including news of my latest novel, ‘The Elder Race, which, by catastrophic timing was due to be launched at the beginning of April. The launch has been delayed, but I have a good supply of copies, so please do email me if you would like one.

I’m getting wonderfully positive feedback from those who have already bought copies, so it would be really good to get some more out into the world while we wait for that world to return to some sort of normality.

Alwyn

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To Oversteps Books, 19 Harvey Road, Guildford GU1 3SE

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Oversteps News 58

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

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

Please send ….   copies of Trace by Mary Robinson at £8 each plus p&p                                       £
Postage and packing per book£1.80 in UK (£4.50 if ordering from abroad)                           £
P&p for 2 books, £2.50 (£5.20 abroad); 3 books £5  (£6.20 abroad)                                           £

Total                                                                                                                                                           £

Name & address: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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.