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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Please send ….   copies of Hidden by Patricia Leighton 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;
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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

 

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September 2013

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Years ago I used to edit a journal and, as with Oversteps, the work had to be done on a shoestring. Every quarter my lovely family, friends and neighbours would get together round my kitchen table to pack all the copies of the journal and send them out to the subscribers. Life, and technology, have moved on marvellously, and in sending out the Oversteps Newsletters I have done it by email.

However, this, too, can be fairly labour-intensive, so I am now moving on, and will in the coming months experiment with posting the newsletters on a blog. If you are reading this, you have already opened the blog. May I encourage you, please, to Follow the blog, so that you receive notification when I post a new one?

After a slight lull over the summer, I’m pleased to report that we have two Oversteps books out this week.

Prospero’s Bowl by Ken Head (ISBN978-1-906856-41-0) £8

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 Ken Head reviews regularly for Ink, Sweat & Tears. George Simmers, the Editor of Snakeskin, writes of Ken’s work: Ken   Head’s poems give us life unvarnished, its difficulties, its pains, its consolations. True.

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Spool by Robert Cole (ISBN 978-1-906856-40-3) £8

Robert Cole has lived in India, Mexico, England and France, and his poetry reflects these different countries and cultures. He was, for ten years, the Editor of the magazine Chimera.

All Oversteps books, along with a sample poem from each collection, can be seen on our website, and can
be ordered either by post or on-line from http://www.overstepsbooks.com.

Oversteps events coming soon

Several Oversteps poets wil be reading at the launch of Broadsheet as part of the Exeter Poetry Festival, 30th September
Alwyn Marriage is reading at the Prize-winners’ event at Ace Art Gallery, Andover on Thursday 3rd October
Christopher North will read at Spanish Tapas at the Torbay Poetry Festival on 24th October
Rebecca Gethin will read at the Torbay Poetry Festival on 28th October
Alwyn Marriage will be leading a workshop as Poet in Residence at Winchester Cathedral on 31st October
Alwyn Marriage will be reading in Winchester Cathedral on Friday 1st November, then discussing the Creative Collisions project with artists with whom she has been collaborating.

Recent prizes and other news

Simon Williams and Susan Taylor have launched a new poetry publication, called Broadsheet
Joan McGavin was Runner-up in the High Cross House poetry competition run by the National Trust
Ross Cogan was commended in the Ware competition
A C Clarke came second in the Segora competition
Christopher North was awarded second prize in the latest Poetry on the Lake competition,
and Michael Swan, Kathleen Kummer and Hilary Elfick were shortlisted
Alwyn Marriage won the BigUp Words poetry competition
Joan McGavin has become a trustee for the new Winchester Poetry Festival, starting in September 2014
Mandy Pannett has been appointed Poetry Editor of Sentinel Literary Quarterly
Alwyn Marriage is Poet in Residence at the Winchester 10 Days Arts Festival this Autumn
Prospero’s Bowl, by one of our new poets, Ken Head, will be featured in Issue 202 of the ezine Snakeskin.

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1 book = £8, plus p&p,  2 books – £15, plus p&p,  3 books = £20, plus p&p
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…….   copies of Prospero’s Bowl by Ken Head, at £8 each plus p&p

……    copies of Spool by Robert Cole, at £8 each plus p&p

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