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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 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    £
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Oversteps News 43  November 2016

I’m pleased to announce that two new Oversteps books are being published this week. These and many others are for sale through the website, and this newsletter includes the offer of a free book with any two purchases.

A brief poetry of time by Richard Skinner (ISBN 978-1-906856-66-3), price £8 plus p&p.

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In a humorous side-reference to Stephen Hawking’s  ‘A brief history of time’, Richard Skinner offers us a collection of poetry around the theme of time. The first half of the book is wide-ranging in its subject matter, and then the second half is a sequence of fourteen elegant sonnets.

 

 


Another life
by Fokkina McDonnell (ISBN 978-1-906856-67-0), price £8 plus p&p

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Many of you will have seen Fokkina’s poetry published in magazines and anthologies, but this is her first solo collection. Her poetry is characterised by a clear, unsentimental eye, delicately softened by charm and humour.

 

 


Some snippets of recent news about Oversteps poets

Mark Totterdell was (again) on the shortlist of the Bridport Poetry Prize
Fokkina McDonnell
was highly commended in the annual Manchester Poetry competition, commended in the Havant Poetry competition and was one of six winners in the Poetry News Members’ competition
Robert Stein
 won 3rd prize in the Poetry London annual competition
Jennie Osborne was commended in the Second Light competition and was a runner-up in the Troubadour poetry competition
Alwyn Marriage was shortlisted in the Poetry on the Lake competition, commended in the South Bank poetry competition, and shortlisted in the Paragram Paradox poetry competition
Oz Hardwick was shortlisted in the Writer category of the York Culture awards
Sue Davies won 1st prize in the Royal Navy Museum competition, was highly commended in the Second Light competition and the Winchester Poetry competition, and received a prize in the Salopian Society competition
Tony Watts won 1st prize in the Writers’ Bureau limerick competition
Joan McGavin has a poem linked to a film as part of the ‘Elemental Dialogues’ films at a Vintage Cinema Bus in Southampton on Saturday 12th November as part of Southampton Film Week
A C Clarke was shortlisted for the formal class of Poetry on the Lake and commended in the Segora competition
Denise Bennett was awarded 3rd prize in the Grey Hen poetry competition and was commended in the Mslexia Poetry competition
Anne Stewart is one of the judges for the Barnet Poetry Competition. She runs the Poetry pf website

The Oversteps Day at Ways with Words, Dartington in July was one of the best ever.
Oversteps was also well represented at the Poetry Book Fair in September, when six of our poets gave an excellent and much-appreciated reading.

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The readers were (from left) Sally Festing, Simon Williams, Angela Stoner, Janet Loverseed, Wendy Klein and Susan Taylor.

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We sold plenty of Oversteps books from our stall, and also enjoyed meeting all the other publishers.

 

 


Coming up soon

Wendy Klein is taking part in the Poem-a-thon in aid of Medicines Sans Frontiers on 12th November
Fokkina McDonnell is reading at an experimental poetry event at Manchester Waterstones on Saturday 12th November
Jennie Osborne is leading a workshop from 10am-4pm on 19th November at the Pavilions in Teignmouth, and running a Poetry School course on the short poem in Exeter in January, called ‘Tiny Timebombs
A C Clarke is reading at the A K Bell Library in Perth on Saturday 19th November, and at the Off the Rails Arthouse, Ladybank Station on 3rd December
Michael Thomas is reading at Poetry at Janini’s, Whitchurch, Shropshire, on Monday 21st November, and at the Wolverhampton Literature Festival on 27th January
Cora Greenhill will be reading with Second Light at the Art Workers’ Guild on the afternoon of Friday 18th November, and at Wirksworth Library on Wednesday 23rd November
Jane Spiro and John Daniel are part of a poetry/photography exhibition at the Ariel Centre, Totnes from November 25th to December 3rd
Alwyn Marriage will be reading at South Bank Poetry at City Lit, on Saturday 3rd December

I hope you’ll consider ordering some of our books to give as Christmas presents this year; you can browse through them all on our website. As an added incentive, we’ll add a free copy of Kathleen Kummer’s book ‘Living below sea level’ if you buy any two books.

There won’t be another Newsletter until the New Year, so I’ll wish you a rather early Happy Christmas.

Alwyn 

Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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Please send ….   copies of A brief poetry of time by Richard Skinner at £8 each plus p&p            £

….   copies of Another life by Fokkina McDonnell at £8 each plus p&p                                        £

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

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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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Please send ….   copies of Lighting the fire
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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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To Oversteps Books, 6 Halwell House, South Pool, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2RX

Please send ….   copies of Colouring outside the lines
by Jennie Osborne at £8 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, please email me to ask for our bank details.

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Oversteps News 35  March 2015

There has been a flurry of activity at Oversteps, with five new books published since Christmas. Here are the latest two:

Parachute Silk by Denise Bennett (ISBN 978-1-906856-55-7)

xFlo23       Parachute Silk cover     Denise’s last book, Planting the Snow Queen was published by Oversteps in 2011, and sold well. In that book we were introduced to Denise’s elderly mother, Ada, in honest, tender poems. Ada appears again in this new collection, as she reaches the great age of 102, and subsequently dies. The book also contains a number of historical poems, including sequences on the Foundling Hospital in London and on the shipwreck of the Royal George and the Royal Oak. This latter subject forms a presentation that Denise gives to organisations interested in marine and naval history.

A Chance of Love by James Turner (ISBN 978-1-906856-52-6)

james-turner      A Chance of Love cover    This is a collection of James’s sonnets, written over two decades. While remaining true to the sonnet form, James has introduced intriguing variations. There are poems about Pavlov, reflections on an affair, a cheeky address to a competition judge, a shaped sonnet leaning over to the right and many more skilful and honest poems – not all of which are of fourteen lines, but you’ll have to read the book to see how he does that without losing the form.

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

Other recent news

Mark Totterdell has been highly commended, and Oz Hardwick commended in the Sentinel poetry competition
Mark has also won one of the three third prizes in the Barnet Poetry competition, so will be reading at their prize giving on 14th March
Jean Atkin has been highly commended in the Bristol Poetry Prize competition
James Turner has been appointed the poetry Grand Slam Exeter Champion 2014/2015
Ally Pally Prison Camp‘ by Maggie Butt has now been made into a film, which can be viewed at Alexandra Palace
Oz Harkwick‘s ‘The Divinity of Monkeys’ was broadcast on Something Understood on Radio 4 on 1st March
Jean Atkin will be Poet in Residence for Wenlock Poetry Festival in April. She will be interviewed by Roz Goddard on 26th April, and there will be an exhibition of her poetry with photography by Andrew Fusek Peters throughout the festival

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

Thursday 5th March: Mark Totterdell will be the guest poet at Fire River Poets.
Monday 9th March: Jean Atkin will be reading at Red Parrot Poetry at the Wine Bar in Presteigne at 7.30pm.
Friday 20th March: Helen Overell will be reading at the Little Chapel, Dorking URC, with music performed by Lynda Chang and Brigitte Furze
Friday 20th March: Robert Cole
will be reading at Shakespeare & Co in Paris
Friday 27th March: Ann Segrave  will be launching her latest collection, Persimmon, at the Needlemakers’ Café in Lewes
Sunday 26 April: Jenny Hope, Cora Greenhill, Susan Taylor and Alwyn Marriage will be giving a reading at the Wenlock Poetry Festival
Sunday 26 AprilJean Atkin will be reading with Carol Ann Duffy and Imtiaz Dharker at the closing Gala Performance at Wenlock Poetry Festival
Monday 27 April: Michael Bayley will be reading in Falmouth
Tuesday 28 April: Ann Segrave will be reading at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival

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.

There won’t be any more new books now until after Easter.

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 Parachute Silk by Denise Bennett at £8 each plus p&p                 £

….   copies of A Chance of Love by James Turner at £8 each plus p&p                                      £

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

Postage and packing, per book£1.80 in UK;   £4 if ordering from abroad                        £
P&p for 2 books, £2.50;     (£5 if ordering from abroad)                                                        £

Total                                                                                                                                                      £

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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.

 

Oversteps News

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

Oversteps News 32  October 2014

Come to Pass by Michael Thomas (ISBN 978-1-906856-50-2)

Michael Thomas has had both poetry collections and novels published before, and this collection represents a mature approach to his varied subjects. Most of the poems are of some length, several present an unusual slant on a familiar story, and and most of them form part of sequences or discrete sections.

Mike 14 07 13   front cover

 

Both publisher and poet have a part to play in publicising and marketing Oversteps books, and a book’s success is at least partly the result of the poet arranging a full programme of readings. Since being published in 2011, Maggie Butt has done sterling work in selling copies of her book at readings, lectures and exhibitions, and we have had to reprint Ally Pally Prison Camp a number of times. It is an attractive, illustrated book that is of interest to both poets and historians, but sales would not have been so excellent if Maggie had not taken the initiative whenever possible. In view of the large number of books she has sold, she has recently been awarded a prize by Oversteps. She was invited to choose a book from our list, and she chose The Book I never Wrote by Ross Cogan.

Maggie front cover           snapshot of cover, smaller

Having spent the last six years promoting other people’s poetry through Oversteps, I hope no one will mind if I put in a plug for my own latest collection, even though it’s not an Oversteps publication.

Notes from a Camper van by Alwyn Marriage (ISBN 978-0-9930443-0-4)front cover

This collection includes poems about the joys and frustrations of driving, the wonders of the natural world from the snow line of Mt Blanc to the wilds of Dartmoor, campsites and
deserted free camping spots, and such leisure activities as ‘cycling, partying and swimming. The book costs £7 and, for the sake of simplicity, can be bought through Oversteps.

 

 

Other news

As ever, there is plenty of news from Oversteps poets. Here is a selection of recent successes and forthcoming readings:

Mark Totterdell and I will both be reading with the Moor Poets at Torbay Poetry Festival on 27th October
Mark is one of the two guest readers at Uncut in Exeter on 30th October, when he will share the stage with Ian Mortimer
Mark has won first prize in the Poems Please Me competition, in which two of his other poems were shortlisted.

Denise Bennett will be reading at the Portsmouth Bookfest, Havant Literary Festival and Grey Hen poets
She was recently highly commended in Poetry News summer edition, and in the last couple of years she has won the Havant Literary Festival competition and the Hastings poetry competition.

Jean Atkin completed her Arts Council England-funded residency at Acton Scott in the summer, with a celebration reading. This winter she will be Reader in Residence at Southwater Library in Telford.

Alwyn Marriage was commended in this year’s Poetry Stanza competition, and was one of the winners of the Miracle Poetry competition.
She will be reading at the Torbay Poetry Festival, once with the Moor Poets and once at the launch of the anthology Love and Loss, edited by R V Bailey and June Hall. She will also be guest poet at Bar des Arts in November.

Sue Davies won 3rd prize in the Wilfred Owen competition, and Rebecca Bilkau was a runner-up.

Cora Greenhill is reading at the Tears in the Fence festival in Dorset, which runs from 24th to 26th October, and then at the Bath Hotel in Sheffield on 11th November.

Genista Lewes recently won 2nd prize in the Taachi Morris competition, and both she and A C Clarke were among the selected poets for the Ver poetry competition.

Anne Stewart won the Poetry on the Lake’s Silver Wyvern competition, and is now on a Hawthornden fellowship in Scotland.

John Torrance is reading at Sharpham House, Ashprington on 18th October (when there will also be music), and at the Poetry Café in London on 30th October.

Maggie Butt was special guest at Rhyme & Rhythm at the Dugdale Centre in Enfield on 19th October.

David Grubb was commended in the Torbay Poetry Festival competition.

We have just heard that Mark Totterdell and Oz Hardwick have both had poems commended in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly poetry competition.

 

The cost of postage continues to rise, and we have been making a bit of a loss when we send books out. While this seems unwise, I do want to keep the books to a reasonable price. I have, however, now increased the price of postage a little and hope that this won’t deter anyone. It is, of course, better value to order more than one book!

 

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

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 Come to Pass by Michael Thomas at £8 each plus p&p                    £
….   copies of Ally Pally Prison Camp by Maggie Butt at £10 each plus p&p                              £
….   copies of Notes from a Camper van by Alwyn Marriage at £7 each plus p&p                  £

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.