Oversteps News 49

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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
Please send copies of both books at £15 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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Oversteps News, September 2017

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Oversteps News 48  September 2017

Vertigo & Beeswax by Ian Royce Chamberlain (ISBN 978-1-906856-73-1), price £8 plus p&p.

Here’s a lovely new book to welcome you all back from your summer holidays.

 

Ian is well-known in Devon, where he performs frequently. He is a member of Moor Poets and a co-founder of the Teignmouth Poetry Festival which, although a relative newcomer to the festival scene, is drawing great poets and audiences to the little town of Teignmouth each spring. Ian’s poems are exact and carefully honed. Subjects covered in his book range from directions for catching a crow, to the extraction of a child’s milk tooth; and his love of the Devon countryside shines through many of the poems.

In other news, we had another wonderful Oversteps Day at Ways with Words in Dartington in July. It’s gratifying when, each year, we receive enthusiastic responses claiming that this year’s was the ‘best yet’. All the recently published Oversteps poets read during the day, and we had a fascinating and educational session on poetic forms.

Christine Whittemore was recently interviewed on Corinium Radio, for their programme ‘Writer’s Room’
Fokkina McDonnell was highly commended in this year’s Poetry on the Lake competition, and
Ross Cogan won 2nd prize in the Stanley Spencer competition

Maggie Butt is organising a Poem-a-thon on Sunday 1st October in Enfield. An amazing line-up of poets will read for 8 minutes each throughout the day, and the money raised from sponsorship of their readings will go to funding the re-settlement of Syrian refugees. Maggie and I are among the readers, so if you’d like to contribute to this really good cause, you can do so through JustGiving, https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/enfield–poem-a-thon, and put Maggie’s or Alwyn’s name in the message box.

Coming up in the next few weeks
18-23 September  Susan Taylor and Simon Williams will be leading a poetry  workshop entitled ‘The Joy of Making’, at the Garsdale Retreat Centre in Sedburgh.
23/24 September  Sally Festing  is reading at Salthouse Church in Norfolk.
25 September  The fifth edition of Simon Williams and Susan Taylor’s poetry newspaper, The Broadsheet, will be launched at the Exeter Poetry Festival. Oversteps poets included in this years Broadsheet are Sue Boyle, Caroline Carver, Rose Cook, Rebecca Gethin, Mary Maher, Alwyn Marriage, Jennie Osborne, Sue Proffitt and Mark Totterdell.
26 September  at 7.30pm, Ian Royce Chamberlain is launching ‘Vertigo & Beeswax’ at the Oystercatchers’ Café in Teignmouth.
30 September at 2.00pm in the Exeter Community Centre Sue Boyle is leading a workshop entitled ‘In praise of brevity’ at the Exeter Poetry Festival .
6-8 October  Alwyn Marriage will be reading from her most recent pamphlet, ‘In the Image’, at the Poetry on the Lake Festival in Italy.

Two more Oversteps books are nearing publication, so I’ll be in touch again in about a month’s time.

Because of the huge number of submissions we receive, both from new poets and from poets we have published before, we are not able to accept any new submissions at present. When I’ve caught up with some of the fantastic poets who are waiting for their work to be published, I’ll make it known that we are open for submissions again. I hope this does not disappoint too many poets. In the meantime, new books will continue to be published every couple of months or so.

best wishes

Alwyn

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

Please send ….   copies of Vertigo & Beeswax by Ian Royce Chamberlain 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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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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To Oversteps Books, 6 Halwell House, South Pool, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2RX

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                                          £

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                                                                                                                                                      £

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.

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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

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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                                                                                                                                                      £

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.

 

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Oversteps News 41  April 2016

Some of you may remember that I took two months off this winter. I have now made up for this absence by producing four books in two months! I won’t be starting any new ones for a little while, so I hope you’ll enjoy these latest two in the meantime.

Sally

Doors Opening by Sally Festing (ISBN 978-1-906856-63-2), price £8 plus p&p

Messages of Change[1]Monica Alvi has described Sally Festing’s poetry as bold and enquiring, taut and emotionally open. This is a good description of a book that opens doors for us, encouraging us to look anew at nature, human relationships and art. Sally lives in North Norfolk, and her work often has a whiff of that windy coast. She runs Salthouse Poetry in the Burnhams.

 

 

The Mazemaker’s Daughters by Angela Stoner (ISBN 978-1-906856-60-1), price £8 plus p&p

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Angela’s first collection, Weight and Flight was published by Oversteps in 2010. This new collection is very different from that, and indeed from any of our other publications.

Taking the myth of the Minotaur and the labyrinth as a starting point, Angela embellishes the story by imagining that, as well as his son Icarus, Daedalus had two daughters. I won’t spoil the story by divulging too much, but there is plenty of excitement and drama, blood and gore in this new take on an ancient myth. Angela lives in the far west of Cornwall and the landscape there is a major influence on much of her work. She is active in the vibrant Cornish poetry scene.

Other recent news

Jennie Osborne has won 2nd prize in the Guernsey International Poetry Competition

Mark Totterdell won 2nd prize in the Barnet Open Poetry Competition

Sue Davies and Christopher North were both long-listed in the National Poetry Competition

Simon Richey received a ‘special mention’ in the Editor’s Prize of the Magma Short Poem Competition

One of the poems in Sally Festing’s new Oversteps collection was commended in The Interpreter’s House competition

Some forthcoming appearances by Oversteps poets

Saturday 16th AprilSimon Richey will be giving a reading in Palmers Green

17th April at 7.30pm: Wendy Klein and Friends will be appearing at Albion Beatnik in Oxford

April 17-24Anne Stewart, Maggie Butt and Alwyn Marriage will be part of a delegation of British poets visiting Bucharest in Romania. As well as working with translators during the week, they will be guests at a reception at the British Embassy. They will give readings of their work and then lead a discussion on the importance of Shakespeare today, at the British Council on 23rd April

7th May, June 11th and July 9th: Advanced Café Writing Days at the Open House Centre in Bath, led by Sue Boyle

14th May: Alwyn Marriage will be reading at the New Writers’ Festival at GLive, Guildford

15th May: Susan Taylor and Simon Williams will be appearing at the St Ives Arts Club

16th May: Janet Loverseed will be launching The Shadow Shop at Manchester Central Library

20th May: A C Clarke will be reading at the Second Light Spring Festival

1st June at 2.00pm: Sue Boyle will be reading at Lite Reading for a Summer Afternoon, in the Village Hall, Hullavington

2nd June: Alwyn Marriage will be the guest poet at Fire River Poets in Taunton

24th June: Alwyn Marriage will be sharing in a Liminal reading at the St Clémentin Literary Festival, France

2nd July, 10.00am to 4.00pm: Helen Overell will be leading a poetry workshop, Light within, at the House of Prayer, East Molesey

16th July: Oversteps Day at Ways with Words, Dartingon.

More readings will be announced in the next newsletter, which will appear in a couple of months’ time. For other news, please see 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.

Enjoy the spring

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 Doors Opening by Sally Festing at £8 each plus p&p            £

….   copies of The Mazemaker’s Daughters by Angela stoner 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                                                                                                                                                      £

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.