Oversteps News 56

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Oversteps News 56 April 2019

 

It’s always a pleasure to introduce a new poet, and this month Oversteps has pleasure in publishing a first collection by Patricia Leighton, from Worcestershire.

Hidden by Patricia Leighton (ISBN  978-1-906856-83-0), price £8 plus p &p.

The collection includes reflections on such subjects as how a blind man describes rain, how dusk creeps in to swallow day, the power of words and the poet’s meeting with a six hundred million year-old woodlouse in the form of a trilobite.

 

 

In other news

Oversteps poets continue to bring in the prizes in competitions. Here are a few that I’ve noticed recently:

Christopher North was highly commended in the Café Writers’ competition 2018
Mark Totterdell was highly commended in the Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival poetry competition
Tony Watts was awarded a joint third prize in the Barnett Open poetry competition,
a commendation in the Sentinel Literary quarterly poetry competition, and
was one of four shortlisted in the Littoral Press Nature Poetry Collection competition
Rose Flint won the Littoral Press Nature Poetry Collection competition
Ian Royce Chamberlain had three poems shortlisted in the Plough poetry competition

Congratulations to Teignmouth Poetry Festival for another splendid weekend of events. The team at Teignmouth, who work so hard and creatively, includes Oversteps poets Ian Royce Chamberlain and Jennie Osborne.

Coming soon

Carol DeVaughn will be reading from her recent collection, Life Class, at Ver Poets in St Albans on 12th April
Graham High has an exhibition of bronze portrait sculptures of modern poets, along with poems on the subject of, and in the style of, each poet. The exhibition will be at the White Box Gallery, Blackheath, 13th-28th April, including Easter.
Carol DeVaughn will be reading at Enfield Poets at the Dugdale Centre on Saturday 4th May
Jenny Hockey will be launching her Oversteps book, Going to bed with the moon at the South Yorkshire Poetry Festival on Tuesday 21st May
Jenny Hockey will launch her Oversteps book at the Sheffield’s Sheaf Festival on Friday 24th May.

Please put Saturday 6th July in your diaries now, so that you don’t miss this year’s Oversteps Day at Ways with Words.

In these difficult times, keep sane by reading lots of poetry.

Alwyn

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

Please send ….   copies of Hidden by Patricia Leighton at £8 each plus p&p     £
Postage and packing per book£1.80 in UK (£4 if ordering from abroad)                                  £
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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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May 2018

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

Alwyn

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)

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Oversteps News 49  October 2017

I’m really pleased to introduce the latest two Oversteps poets and their books. They are very different from each other, but both are unusual and exciting .

My Cloth-Eared Heart by Melanie Branton (ISBN 978-1-906856-74-8), price £8 plus p&p

These poems are witty, sometimes cheeky, but also thoughtful and challenging. Melanie is a successful performance poet, who excels at poetry slams, and recently represented Bristol at the Hammer and Tongue National Slam Final.

 

 

 

The Plate Spinner by Denise McSheehy (ISBN 978-1-906856-75-5), price £8 plus p&p

I have always loved Denise McSheehy’s poetry. She is adept at the delicate touch, the understatement that says so much more than volumes of words. Many of the poems are luminous, and they all tend to leave the reader wanting more.

 

It is so good to welcome Melanie and Denise to Oversteps, and I’m sure there will be plenty of opportunities to hear them read in the coming months. In the meantime, do buy their books. They cost £8 each, but can be bought as a pair for £15 plus p&p.

In other news

When Oversteps poet, Maggie Butt, invited some of us to perform in a Poem-a-thon in Enfield, to raise money to settle a Syrian refugee family, we thought we were aiming to raise £4,500 to resettle one family. We sailed past that target, galloped past £9,000 and we have now raised over £14,000 and the money is still coming in, enabling us to contribute something worthwhile to at least three Syrian families. Many thanks to all who helped us achieve this magnificent result. Apart from Maggie and myself, there was a wide range of readers, covering 9 hours of constant poetry. The day started with John Hegley and finished with George Szirtes, and there were many gems in between.

We enjoyed fantastic weather at Poetry on the Lake in Italy last weekend, with a number of Oversteps poets attending and sharing their poetry. Oz Hardwick and myself took the stage on Sunday afternoon,  when he talked about The Medieval Fox, and I read from my collection of poems about mediaeval women, In the Image.

Tony Watts has been busy and successful recently. He had a poem commended in the Poetry Space competition 2017, and another highly commended in the Barn Owl Trust, wildlife poetry competition. He recently won 1st prize in the Wax Poetry and Art Poetry Contest, and 3rd prize in the Waltraud Field Open poetry competition. He was a runner-up in the Wundor Poetry contest 2017, and shortlisted for the Magic Oxygen Literary prize.
Fokkina McDonnell won 2nd prize in the Waltraud Field open poetry competition and was highly commended in the short poem category of the Poetry on the Lake competition.
Christopher North was commended in the Winchester Poetry Prize

Several Oversteps poets will be reading at the Torbay Poetry Festival this coming weekend
     21st October      2.15pm Maggie Butt
                                     3.30pm Miriam Darlington
     22nd October    10.25am Alwyn Marriage
     23rd October     10.30am  Jennie Osborne and Ian Royce Chamberlain will talk about the Teignmouth Poetry Festival

Melanie Branton has a number of events coming up, to launch her book:
   26th October  she will be performing with Brian Patten at Word Café at Cott Inn, Dartington
   28th October  taking part in the Great Book Busk in Bristol
   31st October    reading at Berkeley Square Poetry Review at the Square Club in Bristol
   2nd November performing at Uncorked in Worcester
   4th November reading in Weston-super-Mare

Alwyn Marriage My next few readings include:
    7th November  Guildford Institute
    25th November  Tribute reading for Indigo Dreams in Tavistock
    28th November Uncut, Exeter
    2nd December   Kingsbridge Library
    16th December   Harbour Bookshop, Kingsbridge with Sue Proffitt and Susan Jordan.

Also coming up
24th October   Sally Festing
 will be reading to Wells Men’s Discussion Group at Wells Quaker Meeting House at 7.30pm
26th October   Ian Royce Chamberlain will be reading at Uncut in Exeter at 7.30pm
3rd November Graham High, Sally Festing and Wendy Klein will be performing at the Aldeburgh Festival at 4.15pm
6th November  Jennie Osborne will be presenting her second drop-in Poetry Playtime sessions, at 2.30pm at Teignmouth Library
14th December  Fokkina McDonnell will be reading at York Explore

best wishes

Alwyn

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

Please send ….   copies of My Cloth-Eared Heart by Melanie Branton at £8 each plus p&p    £
Please send ….  copies of The Plate Spinner by Denise McSheehy at £8 each plus p&p    £
or
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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.

 

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

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)

Simon Richey cropped

naming-the-tree-full

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

Please send ….   copies of Naming the Tree by Simon Richey at £8 each plus p&p                     £
….   copies of A brush with poetry by Lynn Roberts at £12 each plus p&p                              £
Postage and packing, for per book£1.20 in UK;   £3.50 if ordering from abroad        £
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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.