Oversteps News 57

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

Please send ….   copies of Timewise by Elisabeth Rowe at £8 each plus p&p     £
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It is always a pleasure to introduce to the wider public a poet who has been writing and publishing for some time, but for whom this is the first collection.

Places by Paul Surman (ISBN 978-1-906856-79-3), price £8 plus p&p.

In his poetry, Paul is often ‘the observer unobserved’ as he introduces us to aspects of nature that we might well have otherwise missed. This role is fed by his enjoyment of walking in the Chilterns and his former experience as Reserve Manager of a nature reserve. He helps to organise poetry readings and workshops for Back Room Poets in Oxford.

 

 

Some of the events coming up in the next few weeks

19th May      Alwyn Marriage will be reading at The Crypt in Islington, with Martyn Crucefix and Will Stone
24th May      Melanie Branton is starring in a Comedy night at the Roxy Cinema, Axbridge
25th May      Denise McSheehy is Guest Reader at the Second Light Spring Festival
30th May      Melanie Branton is reading at Newcastle Literary Salon, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
3rd June       Paul Surman is reading at the Avington Arms in Beckley
4th June       Paul Surman will be reading at Pembroke College, Oxford
7th June       Oversteps at the Poetry Café will feature Maggie ButtSimon Richey, Alwyn Marriage and Ian Royce Chamberlain, with songs by Zoë Marriage and shorter readings by Anne Stewart, David Broadbridge, Jane Spiro, John Daniel and Graham High. 7.00 pm, Betterton Street, London
28th June-1st July Melanie Branton will be appearing at the Barnstable Fringe
2nd July       Melanie Branton will be reading at Wells Fountain Poets, Wells, Somerset
6th July       Denise McSheehy will be reading at Penzance Literary Festival, Acorn Barn Penzance
14th July     Oversteps Day at Ways with Words. This annual bonanza of readings by Oversteps poets will this year feature Ian Royce Chamberlain, Melanie Branton, Denise McSheehy, Hilary Elfick, Rebecca Bilkau, Jane Spiro, Sue Proffitt, Christopher North, Paul Surman, Jennie Osborne, Simon Williams, Susan Taylor and Alwyn Marriage. The day will start at 10.00am in the Duke’s Room, Dartington Hall, Devon
18th-22nd July Melanie Branton will be appearing at Buddhafield Festival, Somerset
27th-29th July  Melanie Branton will be appearing at WOMAD festival

When Anne Born, the former Managing Editor of Oversteps, died, she kindly left a legacy to the Poetry Society which has, for the past four years, provided mentoring for a promising poet. This is now coming to an end, and to celebrate the success of the scheme, we are offering copies of Anne’s last poetry collection, Singing Granites (rrp £12), co-authored by the Australian poet Glen Phillips at half-price (£6) with the purchase of any other Oversteps book, while stocks last. Let us know if you would like to receive one, and add £6 to your payment.

warm summer wishes

Alwyn

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

Please send …. copies of Places by Paul Surman at £8 each plus p&p

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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                 £
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Oversteps News 4o  March 2016

First I’d like to thank all our wonderful Oversteps poets who gave me the necessary space to take a mini-sabbatical for two months this winter. Maintaining a minimum of Oversteps work to keep things ticking over, I was able to travel Down Under, where I enjoyed a relaxing holiday in French Polynesia, time to visit relatives in New Zealand and Australia, and the opportunity to give readings in both those countries.

In Perth, Australia, I was warmly welcomed by Oversteps poet, Glen Phillips, who arranged a day of activities including a visit to his Language and Literature department at the Edith Cowan University, a half-hour radio interview, and a wonderful reading in the evening as a guest of the Fellowship of Australian Writers and Western Australia Poetry Inc. If you’d like to read more about these poetry events (or come to that, the rather exotic holiday I enjoyed in the South Pacific), you can do so by visiting my blog: http://alwynmarriage.wordpress.com .  I came back much refreshed, and am now working hard to make up for lost time. That’s why this month I’m launching not one, but two new books – and another two will be following hard on the heels of these two.

The Shadow Shop by Janet Loverseed (ISBN 978-1-906856-61.8), price £8 plus p&p
Portrait photograph by James Boardman

Shadow Shop front cover-1


It is our policy at Oversteps to make the final selection of manuscripts for publication blind. In other words, none of the Editorial Board (including me) know who the poets are until the final decisions have been made.

Imagine my delight, therefore, when I discovered that Janet Loverseed had been selected for publication. I had never met Janet, but recognised the name as someone who regularly buys our books. So her success is well-deserved on that count, but also because she writes wonderful poetry.

The other new publication this month is

Mood Indigo by Wendy Klein (ISBN 978-1-906856-62-5), price £8 plus p&p

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Wendy Klein brings a transatlantic tang to Oversteps. Born and brought up in California, she has since lived in Sweden, France, Germany and England, and her poems reflect this diversity of abode. The poetry is beautifully crafted and unfussy, celebrating family and society in equal measure.

Klein coverBoth of these books will be going up on the Oversteps website in the next few days, but are available for purchase as from today. While each book costs £8, it is possible to buy the two together for £14 plus p&p.

 

 

Forthcoming appearances by Oversteps poets

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

Tuesday 15th March: Sue Boyle will be the guest poet at the public library in Midsomer Norton

Thursday 17th March: Simon Williams and Susan Taylor in Well Met at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival, with music by Simon Barron

Saturday 19th March: Readings from The Book of Love and Loss at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival, including R V Bailey, Jennie Osborne, Alwyn Marriage and others.

Friday 27th March: Ann Segrave will be launching her latest collection, Persimmon, in Lewes

Saturday 9th April: Sue Boyle will be running a workshop in Bath on the poetry of Rilke, Lawrence and Pound

Saturday 16th April: Simon Richey will be giving a reading in Palmers Green

April 17-24: Anne Stewart and Alwyn Marriage will be part of a delegation of British poets visiting the University of Bucharest in Romania

More readings will be announced in the next newsletter, due out quite soon. For other news, please see the home page of 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.

I’ll be in touch again in a few weeks’ time, to tell you about the next two Oversteps publications.

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 The Shadow Shop by Janet Loverseed at £8 each plus p&p            £

….   copies of Mood Indigo by Wendy Klein at £8 each plus p&p                                               £

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

Postage and packing, for per book£1.80 in UK;   £4 if ordering from abroad                 £
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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 34  February 2015

I’m writing to let you know about the two new collections Oversteps has so far published in 2015.

Thumbprints by Helen Overell (ISBN 978-1-906856-53-3)

thumbprints-full      Portrait Helen Overell
There is a wealth of subject matter in this new collection from Helen Overell, including compassionate poems about the residents of a care home, descriptions of Helen’s travels in Jordan, a celebration of a cave painting in South Africa and even the joy of planting seedling leeks; and throughout the collection there is evidence of a deep and informed love of music. The variety and depth of these poems will bring delight to readers.

A Prism for the Sun by Rose Flint (ISBN 978-1-906856-54-0)

rose-flint      Rose Flint front cover
Rose is a prize-winning poet who has spent many years working as a creative writing tutor in health care, and this is reflected in her recent work such as the sequence of fifteen poems entitled Elements of Healing. In this new collection Rose celebrates the interconnections between poetry, landscape and health; and her poems are both musical and perceptive.

Other recent news

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

Sunday 8th February: Ann Stewart  will feature on Channel Radio: http://www.poetrypfevents.co.uk/events/view/Channel_Radio_604.

Thursday 19th February: John Daniel and Michael Thomas will be reading at the Albion Beatnik bookshop in Oxford, at 7.30pm.

Wednesday 25th February: Helen Overell will be launching ‘Thumbprints’ at the Queen’s Larder pub, London WC1N 3AR, at 6.30pm.

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 27th March: Ann Segrave will be launching her latest collection, Persimmon, in Lewes

More readings will be announced in the next newsletter, due out quite soon. For other forthcoming readings, please see the home page of 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.

I’ll be in touch again in a few weeks’ time, to tell you about the next two Oversteps publications.

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 Thumbprints by Helen Overell at £8 each plus p&p                     £

….   copies of A Prism for the Sun by Rose Flint at £8 each plus p&p                                     £

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

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                                                                                                                                                      £

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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;
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Oversteps News 30 June 2014

There were slight delays in publishing both our two latest books: the first (Naming the Tree) because we needed to wait until Poetry Review was published as two of the poems from Simon Richey’s collection were in the journal this spring; and the second (A brush with poetry) because we were making sure the reproductions of pictures from the National Gallery were of the highest quality possible.

Naming the Tree by Simon Richey (ISBN 978-1-906856-46-5; price £8)

Simon Richey cropped

naming-the-tree-full

Simon’s book was recently launched at London Review Bookshop. Nearly 70 people crowded into the bookshop to hear Simon read, and well over half of them bought his book. If you are members of the Poetry Society, and read Poetry Review, you’ll have seen two of Simon’s poems in the spring issue and will, I’m sure, jump at the opportunity to read more of his work.

A brush with poetry: in the National Gallery, London by Lynn Roberts (ISBN 978-0-9567806-2-1; price £12)

Lynn Roberts, smaller                    Lynn's front cover cropped

This is a beautiful collection of poems based on paintings in the National Gallery, with thirty full-colour pictures accompanying the poems. We are grateful to the National Gallery for allowing us to use the reproductions, and I know the book will be hugely appreciated both for its poetry and for the images.

Both of these poets are appearing at the Oversteps Day at Ways with Words, Dartington on Sunday July 6th, so I hope some of you will be able to get along to hear them – and all the other Oversteps poets who are reading that day. In case you  haven’t seen the programme yet, I’ll add it here:

 Sunday 6th July in Duke’s Room Oversteps Day,
arranged and introduced by Alwyn Marriage

Morning   Recent publications
10. 00 – 11.00   Brand new
Readings by some of the latest poets to be published by Oversteps: Cora Greenhill, Ken Head, Simon Richey, Michael Bayley, Lynn Roberts and John Torrance.
11.30 – 12.30    Worth repeating
We sometimes publish second (or even third) collections by our poets. This morning we invite some of these poets to share their new work: Christopher North, Elisabeth Rowe,
A C ClarkeSusan Taylor and Simon Williams.
Afternoon    Extending our horizons
2.30 – 3.30     Poetry and Art,
Illustrated readings Poetry and art are close sisters, and we often find an overlap between the visual arts and the written word. This afternoon, poets and artists will show examples of art and read the poems relating to them.
Graham High is an artist and sculptor
Alwyn Marriage has been Poet in Residence at a major Arts Festival in Winchester, and
Lynn Roberts has written a whole collection in celebration of particular works of art in the National Gallery,
4.00 – 5.00     Crossing borders
Several of our poets divide their time between Britain and another country. Sharing poetry inspired by France, Greece, Germany, Spain and New Zealand, Cora Greenhill, Rebecca Bilkau, John Torrance, Christopher North, Hilary Elfick and Charlie Hadfield will take us on some international journeys as they bring the Oversteps Day 2014 to a close.
A few other snippets of news from Oversteps poets:
Robert Stein has been appointed as Head of Communications at the Society of Authors.
Jean Atkin is Poet in Residence at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm in Shropshire; and she will be reading at the Ledbury Poetry Festival with Myra Schneider and Deborah Alma.
I will be judging this year’s Big Up Poetry Competition
An earlier pamphlet by Lynn Roberts, The days of war, was highly commended in the Munster Lit, A Fool for Poetry competition
Some of our poets will be involved in the Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival on 28th and 29th June.
We hope to see some of you at the Oversteps Day on July 6th.

Alwyn Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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

Please send ….   copies of Naming the Tree by Simon Richey at £8 each plus p&p                     £
….   copies of A brush with poetry by Lynn Roberts at £12 each plus p&p                              £
Postage and packing, for per book£1.20 in UK;   £3.50 if ordering from abroad        £
P&p for 2 books, £2;    3 books £2.50 (£4.50 / £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.      

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Oversteps News 29

As spring erupts in joyful colours and the song of birds, two new Oversteps books fly the nest and go on sale.

The Art of the Handkerchief by Michael Bayley (ISBN 978-1-906856-47-2; price £8)

Michael Bayley

        Photo of cover

Penelope Shuttle writes of this book ‘Michael Bayley’s long-awaited first full-length collection reveals a poet of assurance and fluid deliberation.’ The book celebrates the natural world and the world of art and includes a delightful section on animals called ‘A Brief Summary of Animal Husbandry’.

The Night Surveyor by Christopher North (ISBN 978-1-906856-45-8; price £8)

     CNFor Night SurveyorEXP          North cover

Christopher North has been published by Oversteps twice before – once in a solo collection (Explaining the Circumstances) and once jointly with Terry Gifford in a bi-lingual English-Spanish work entitled Al Otro Lado del Aguilar. Christopher’s name crops up frequently in prize-winners lists, which is confirmation, if any were needed, that people enjoy reading his poems.

News and forthcoming events

A C Clarke was commended in both the Troubadour Prize competition and the ‘Sonnet or Not’ competition, and
Ross Cogan was commended in the Troubadour Prize competition and won first prize in the ‘Sonnet or Not’ competition.

In recent months Rebecca Bilkau has been shortlisted for both the Sentinel Poetry Prize and the Plough Poetry competition.

John Torrance gave a reading from Waterwheel to the Third Plymouth Dementia Conference at the end of January.

Following her time as Poet in Residence in Winchester, an extended profile of Alwyn Marriage was recently featured on the back page of the Church Times (file:///Users/alwynmarriage/Desktop/Church%20Times%20interview.webarchive –  see back page).

Joan McGavin has been selected to be the Hampshire Poet for 2014. She will also be involved with the Winchester Poetry Festival from 12th to 14th September.

Jennie Osborne will be reading at a Poetry  Day for Spring at the Brixham Theatre Coffee Lounge at 2.30pm on Sunday 16th March.

One of Alwyn Marriage’s poems has been selected for the Poetry on the Buses in Guernsey, and will be launched at the Guernsey Literature Festival in May.

There was recently an interview with Oversteps poet, Robert Cole, in the recent issue of the Central Brittany Journal.

Naming the Tree by Simon Richey and A Brush with Poetry by Lynn Roberts will both be published in April.

The launch of Naming the Tree by Simon Richey will be at the London Review Bookshop at the end of April (by invitation only).

Oversteps Day at Ways with Words

It is worth noting now that this year’s special full day of Oversteps events at Dartington will be slightly earlier than it has been the last few years. It will be on Sunday 6th July, and we’ve got a fascinating programme planned. Do put the date in your diaries now, and come along for another feast of poetry.

In the meantime, enjoy the spring and read as much poetry as possible – including the two books recommended above.

Alwyn
Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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