Oversteps News 52

Oversteps News 52

May 2018

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

 

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)

Postage and packing per book£1.80 in UK (£4 if ordering from abroad)                   £
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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.

 

 

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Oversteps News 51

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

 March 2018

Emerging from the snow, bringing sunshine from New Zealand, Hilary Elfick’s second Oversteps book carries the promise of spring.

A Christening Cake for Edgar Boaz by Hilary Elfick (ISBN 978-1-906856-78-6), price £8 plus p&p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hilary Elfick’s last Oversteps collection, ‘An Ordinary Storm’, shone fresh light on Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’, interpreting it in new and exciting ways. We are pleased now to be publishing a new collection, which sparkles with Hilary’s warmth, sensitivity and humour. Inspired by places as far apart as St Petersburg and North Norfolk, New Zealand and Spain, Hilary invites us to join us as she brings people, places and birds to vivid life.

Some of the events coming up in the next few weeks

5th March       Sally Festing is reading at Saltmarsh Poetry, North Norfolk
8th March         Caroline Carver & Alwyn Marriage will be reading at launch of Project Boast, Bristol
13th March      Melanie Branton reading at Trailers, Apples and Snakes, the Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter
17th March:    Rebecca Bilkau and Alwyn Marriage will be reading at Litfest in Lancaster
17th March: ‘Noble Dissent’, edited by Rebecca Bilkau, will be launched at Litfest in Lancaster
23rd March: Christine Whittemore will be reading in Cheltenham Community Arts Centre
28th March      Melanie Branton reading at Rhyme and Reason, Bath
20th April        Melanie Branton  at Kempley, Gloucestershire
9th May           Melanie Branton  at Speaker’s Corner, York
19th May          Alwyn Marriage  reading at  The Crypt, Islington

Looking ahead to summer days, please put Saturday 14th July in your diaries, and come to join us at another wonderful Oversteps Day at Ways with Words, Dartington.

Other news
A C Clarke
won 3rd prize in Sentinel Literary Quarterly, November 2017
Fokkina McDonnell was Commended in the 2017 Barnet Open Poetry Competition
Robert Stein had two poems longlisted in this year’s National Poetry Competition
David Broadbridge has been commissioned to write an Easter hymn, to be set to music by Richard Elfyn Jones.

Enjoy the spring, as it unfolds

Alwyn

 

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

Please send ….   copies of A Christening Cake for Edgar Boaz by Hilary Elfick at £8 each plus p&p    £

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 & 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.

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alwynmarriage@overstepsbooks.com

Oversteps News 50  January 2018

We start 2018 with new collections from two poets who have been published by Oversteps before.

With such a brilliant list of poets whom we’ve published in recent years, it’s not surprising that many of them come back to Oversteps in the hope of having a second, or even a third book published by us. If we accepted them all, there would never be a chance for new poets to be published, and we do believe in welcoming emerging writers if they are good enough. Following our Editorial meetings, it therefore sometimes falls to this unhappy Editor to write to poets who have become friends and whose books have received generous reviews and sold well, to tell them that their new book has not been accepted for publication. From this, you will realise that those who do get through to a subsequent publication must be very good – and that certainly applies to the two new ones this month.

Instructions for a quiet life by Rebecca Bilkau (ISBN 978-1-906856-76-2), price £8 plus p&p


Rebecca was born and bred in England, but now lives, for much of the time, in Germany. Her first Oversteps collection, ‘Weather Notes’, was published in 2012. As well as being a warm and sensitive poet, she is also the Editor of the Beautiful Dragons anthologies, the latest of which, ‘Noble Dissent’, will be launched at the Lancaster Litfest in March.

 

 

is a gateway by Jane Spiro (ISBN 978-1-906856-77-9), price £8 plus p&p

 

 

 

Jane’s second Oversteps collection continues some of the themes of her earlier book, ‘Playing for time’ (2015). She is sometimes moved to reflect on the tragic history of Eastern Europe; but her work also includes plenty of hope and transformation, and the beauty of the natural world.

 

Some of the events coming up in the next few weeks

27th January: Melanie Branton’s one-woman show will be performed as part of the Wolves Literature Festival in Wolverhampton
29th January: Melanie Branton will feature in Raise the Spotlight, in Bristol
2nd February: Sue Proffitt is organising a reading and fundraising event for Dementia Adventure in Exeter
22nd February: Denise McSheehy will be reading at Uncut, in Exeter
17th March: Rebecca Bilkau and Alwyn Marriage will be reading at Litfest in Lancaster
17th March: ‘Noble Dissent’, edited by Rebecca Bilkau, will be launched at Litfest in Lancaster
23rd March: Christine Whittemore will be reading in Cheltenham Community Arts Centre

Looking ahead to summer days, please put Saturday 14th July in your diaries, and come to join us at another wonderful Oversteps Day at Ways with Words, Dartington.

Other news
We were delighted that David Broadbridge‘s poem, Adam’s fall, was set to music by Richard Elfyn Jones, and performed at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, on Christmas Eve.
One of the poems from Denise McSheehy‘s recent Oversteps collection was shortlisted in the Second Light Poetry Competition 2017.

Happy 2018 to you all

Alwyn

As usual when we publish two books close together, you can purchase them singly, or the two together for the reduced price of £15 plus p&p.

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

Please send ….   copies of Instructions for a quiet life by Rebecca Bilkau at £8 each plus p&p    £
Please send ….  copies of is a gateway by Jane Spiro at £8 each plus p&p                                      £
or
Please send copies of both books at £15 plus p&p                                                                             £

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P&p for 2 books, £2.50 (£5 abroad); 3 books £5  (£6 if ordering from abroad)                        £

Total                                                                                                                                                            £

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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.

Oversteps News

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alwynmarriage@overstepsbooks.com

Oversteps News 42  July 2016

I suspect that not many publishers have the pleasure of publishing new collections at once by two poets who are married; but that is what Oversteps is doing this month. Both Susan Taylor and Simon Williams have been published by Oversteps before, and we’re pleased to present their latest collections.

Temporal Bones by Susan Taylor (ISBN 978-1-906856-64-9), price £8 plus p&p

Susan's front cover

 

Bone Song - Susan (crop)

Susan Taylor has a light touch and a deep well of inspiration and stories. As well as poems based on myth, fairy tale and history, this new collection contains the whole of her Inuit-based Skeleton Woman sequence. Formerly a farmer in Lincolnshire, Susan now lives and writes on Dartmoor and is married to Simon Williams.

 

 

Inti by Simon Williams (ISBN 978-1-906856-65-6), pice £8 plus p&p.

Inti front coverSimon Williams greenery behind extra bgInti was the Inca name for the Sun, which space scientists have now given to a particle of dust collected by the Stardust probe from the Wild 2 comet. Some of Simon’s poems reflect his interest in science, others are much more down-to-earth, and many of them display his irrepressible humour and quirkiness. He is married to Susan Taylor and lives on Dartmoor.

Some forthcoming appearances by Oversteps poets

The major event of the summer is, of  course, the popular Oversteps Day at Ways with Words.

Saturday 16th July in the Duke’s Room
10.00am Welcome to Oversteps: Sally Festing, Wendy Klein, Janet Loverseed and Sue Boyle
11.30am  Happy Returns: Jane Spiro, Jennie Osborne, John Daniel and Angela Stoner
2.00pm  Globe-trotting: Rebecca Bilkau, Alwyn Marriage, Christopher North, Joan McGavin and Company
3.30pm  Partners in Poetry: Simon Williams and Susan Taylor, Jane Spiro and John Daniel. Two sets of married poets read their work and talk about living together as poets.

Other appearances by Oversteps poets at Ways with Words this year include
Sunday 10th July, 6.30pm   Susan Taylor and Simon Williams, with Simon Barron: Well Met – Poems and Songs of Sea and Shore
Monday 11th July, 9.30-11.30am   Christopher North leads a workshop: A journey into the Travel Journal
Friday 15th July, 12 noon in the Upper Gatehouse  Alwyn Marriage reads ‘Chiara: What the story of St Clare doesn’t tell’ at Word Circus, assisted by Simon Williams
3,00pm in the Upper Gatehouse  Stepping lightly: Oversteps poets share some light-hearted poems.

Other news

A C Clarke was recently highly commended in the Sentinel competition
Jennie Osborne has won the Ware Sonnet prize, and was shortlisted in the Grey Hen competition
Alwyn Marriage won first prize in the Jack Clemo poetry competition
Anne Stewart, Maggie Butt and Alwyn Marriage were part of a delegation of six British poets who spent a week working in Romania this spring
Featured poets on Romanian radio in the next few weeks include Alwyn Marriage (16-23 July), Mandy Pannett (30 July-6 August), Anne Stewart (27 August-3 September), Michael Swan (10-17 September) and A C Clarke (1-8 October).

I hope to see some of you at Ways with Words in Dartington in the next couple of weeks.

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 Temporal Bones by Susan Taylor at £8 each plus p&p            £

….   copies of Inti by Simon Williams 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;    3 books £3 (£5 / £6 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.

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Oversteps News 39    October 2015

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

Front cover

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

Please send ….   copies of Lighting the fire
by John Daniel at £8 each plus p&p                                                                                           £

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                                                                                                                                                      £

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.
If you’d like to pay by bank transfer, please email me to ask for our bank details.

Oversteps News

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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.  

Oversteps News

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

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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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