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Oversteps News 60 July 2020

Another new book from Oversteps, to ensure you’ve all got enough to read this summer.

Mute Swans on the Cam by Jan Harris (ISBN 978-1-906856-87-8), price £8 plus p&p.

The latest Oversteps book is a first collection by a poet with a keen eye for nature in all its forms, which she both celebrates and encourages us to value and protect. For Jan Harris, nothing is too mundane or ordinary – or rather, even the most ordinary creature or plant is recognised as special.

Jan recently took 3rd place in the Wales Poetry Award; and she was subsequently interviewed for their blog:  https://poetrywales.co.uk/jan-harris-on-the-poems-that-inspire-her/ .

Other recent news

A C Clarke was highly commended in the Sangschaw Scots language competition
highly commended in the Autumn Voices over 70s poetry competition and was
shortlisted for the inaugural Janet Coats award.
She was delighted that a bonus of being shortlisted for the Janet Coats award was that her poem was commented on and read on stage by Jackie Kay.

Sue Davies was awarded third prize in the Southdowns Poetry Festival/Binstead Prize Poetry Competition.

Michael Thomas was Highly Commended in the York Poetry Prize, 2020. As the award ceremony had to be cancelled because of C19, the organisers have put together a video showing the winning poets reading their poems.

Fokkina McDonnell was one of five poets to receive a 2020 Northern Writers Award from New Writing North.

Readings – ah yes, Readings! So many have been cancelled.

It’s July, the month in which I am normally rushing around organising and running the wonderful Oversteps Day at Ways with Words in Devon. The necessary cancellation of this annual event will hit Oversteps hard financially, as it’s one of the main opportunities for selling our lovely books; but that is not the only sadness. Oversteps Day is the one occasion of the year when a good number of our poets are able to meet and get to know each other better and to enjoy the privilege of reading to keen, appreciative audiences in the glorious setting of Dartington Hall. While the cancellation is disappointing to all of us, I also feel for the staff of Ways with Words, who work so hard to create these amazing literary events, and who will not see the fruit of their labours this summer.

On a more personal note, another event at Ways with Words was going to be the launch of my novel, The Elder Race.
I mentioned this in the last Oversteps News, and am really grateful to those of you who got in touch to order a copy of the book, and in many cases to write appreciative messages to me when you had read it. It seems that the book is being widely recommended by word of mouth and, again, many thanks to those who have shared the news with others. I still have copies available, if anyone else is running out of lockdown reading matter and would like to purchase one. If you contact me, with your snailmail address, at alwynmarriage@marriages.me.uk, I’ll post a copy and send information on how to pay. If you’re ordering an Oversteps book and would find it easier to add the £12 to your order, that’s fine. I’ll sort it out when the money arrives.

 

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Oversteps News 58  January 2020

The first Oversteps book of the new year is
Trace by Mary Robinson (ISBN  978-1-906856-85-4), price £8 plus p &p.

Mary Robinson has had two previous books and two pamphlets published, but this is her first Oversteps book. She grew up on an off-grid smallholding in Warwickshire, lectured in English Literature in Cumbria and now lives on the Llŷn Peninsular in North Wales.
Trace’ is a rich collection, full of careful observation.
A particularly rewarding section focuses on some of the characters in Shakespeare’s plays, which will delight lovers of the Bard

 

 

Some recent successes by Oversteps poets

Antony Mair came 2nd in the Hastings Litfest competition

Mark Totterdell won the Happenstance Press competition for blank verse
was highly commended for the Winchester Poetry Prize, judged by Helen Mort
and received special mention in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly poetry competition.

A C Clarke won first prize in the Beyond Borders competition
first prize in the Second Light competition, long poem category
was shortlisted in the Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary competition
and was commended in the Poets Meet Politics competition

Robert Stein was shortlisted in the Winchester Poetry competition
and shortlisted in the Bridport Prize

Ross Cogan was commended in the Cannon Poets, Sonnet or Not competition


Coming soon

Ian Royce Chamberlain will be headlining at the Lamb Inn, Sandford, near Crediton on Tuesday 21st January

Simon Williams will be performing at Apples and Snakes at a science-themed show at the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth, at 8.00pm on Thursday 23rd January

Rebecca Bilkau‘s poetry is featured in the cantata ‘The Blessed Round’, which will be performed at Jesus College, Oxford at 3.00pm on Saturday 1st February

Mary Robinson and Alwyn Marriage are guest poets at the Words by the Water Festival in Keswick, reading at 3.00pm on Wednesday 11th March

Alwyn Marriage will be preaching on the subject of Theology and Poetry at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge at 6.00pm on Sunday 16th February

Susan Taylor, Simon Williams and Alwyn Marriage will be part of a group of Poets for the Planet, performing ‘Interbeings’ at the Lyra Festival, Bristol, on the afternoon of Sunday 15th March

Ian Royce Chamberlain and Jennie Osborne are leading lights in the organisation of the Teignmouth Poetry Festival, which runs from 19-22 March

Jennie Osborne will be reading at a Grey Hen event at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival on Sunday 22nd March

Mary Robinson will be reading her work and leading a discussion at Rosley Hall, Cumbria,  at 1.30pm on Friday 27th March.


In other news

This year’s Oversteps Day at Ways with Words, Dartington will be on Saturday 18th July

Alwyn Marriage has been elected to serve on the Society of Authors Poetry and Spoken Word Group committee

In the past, previous Oversteps poets have been listed in chronological order at the back of each book. Starting with ‘Trace’, this list is now in alphabet order, to make it easier to find particular poets who have been published by Oversteps.

if winter comes, can spring be far behind?

Alwyn

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

Please send ….   copies of Trace by Mary Robinson at £8 each plus p&p                                       £
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Oversteps News 44  January 2017

I’m pleased to announce the first new Oversteps book of 2017:

Passing Arcadia Close by Joan McGavin (ISBN 978-1-906856-68-7) price £8 plus p&p.

passing-arcadia-close-full This is Joan’s second Oversteps collection, the first one, ‘Flannelgraphs’ having bjoan-portraiteen published in 2011. In the meantime she has been working as an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester, held the role of Hampshire Poet (2014) and enjoyed a spell as a Hawthornden fellow in 2012. Originally from Scotland, Joan has lived for many years in Southampton.

 

Oversteps readings in the next few weeks

Mark Totterdell’s collection from Oversteps, ‘This Patter of Traces’ was shortlisted for the Fledgling Award for debut collections by poets over the age of 40
Jennie Osborne 
will be headline poet at Stanza Extravaganza in Torquay on Monday 23rd January
Jennie Osborne
is teaching a Poetry School course in Exeter this term, ‘Tiny Timebombs’, starting on Tuesday 24th January
Michael Thomas
 will be reading at the Wolverhampton Literature Festival on Friday 27th January
Anne Stewart and Alwyn Marriage will be reading at Torriano Meeting House, in North London, on Sunday 5th February
Simon Williams and Susan Taylor are guest readers at Poetry Island in the Blue Walnut Café in Torquay on Thursday February 9th
Alwyn Marriage’s debut novel will be launched in York on Saturday 11th March, during International Women’s Week
Susan Taylor and Simon Williams will be leading a poetry and performance workshop, ‘Taking the Stage’, at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival in The Ice Factory, Teignmouth, on Friday March 17th

Other recent news
Helen Overell won first prize in the Federation of Writers (Scotland) Vernal Equinox competition
Fokkina McDonnell was highly commended in the annual Manchester Poetry competition
Sue Davies won first prize in the National Navy Museum competition and was highly commended in both the Second Light and the Winchester Poetry competitions
Mark Totterdel won first prize in the Poetry Pulse annual competition
Christopher North was awarded 2nd prize in the Yeovil Literary prize competition
Ross Cogan was commended in the McLellan competition
A C Clarke was highly commended in the Sentinel competition
Jennie Osborne won the Ware sonnet prize

Erratum: Due to an over-enthusiastic auto-correct, I’m afraid that Cora Greenhill’s name was incorrectly spelled in the last newsletter.

I’ll be in touch with two more new books from Oversteps within the next few weeks. In the meantime, here comes the Spring.

Alwyn 

Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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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            £

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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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Money can be sent either by post to Oversteps, with cheques made payable to Oversteps Books Ltd;
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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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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                        £

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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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Oversteps News 37    June 2015

Here’s a really beautiful book to take with you on holiday – or enjoy at home if you’re not going away.`

Playing for Time by Jane Spiro (ISBN 978-1-906856-57-1. £8)

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As well as writing fine poetry, Jane has been involved in a number of poetry projects, including exhibitions of poetry and photographs, poetry on the Oxford buses and the first poetry as a foreign language competition. Her writing is lyrical and intelligent, travels from Devon to Hawaii and back, is not afraid to tackle dark subjects as well as bright ones, and revels in the sounds of language. Jane is currently Reader in Language Education at Oxford Brookes University.

While on the subject of summer holidays, I wonder if any of you would like a copy of ‘Blue Water Café’ by Sue Davies (rrp £8)? Between now and the end of July it will be availablefront cover
at £6 if bought by itself, or £2 if added to an order for ‘Playing for Time’. Stocks may run out before then, so don’t delay.

One of the other great delights of summer is, of course, the Oversteps Day at Ways with Words at Dartington Hall in Devon. This year it will be held on Saturday 11th July, and there will, as usual, be a whole day of rich and varied readings in the Duke’s Room. It would be lovely to welcome some of you to this special day, so here’s the programme, in case you can make it to some or all of the events.

The morning readings will be by poets whom we have published this year.

 10.00am   Starting out and Returning
11.30am     New to Oversteps

In the afternoon we will be ‘Here, There and Everywhere’
2.30pm     Birds, Beasts and Botany
4.00pm    The Great Escape

Poets reading during the day will be: Ann Segrave, Mark Totterdell, Robert Cole, Denise Bennett, Helen Overell, James Turner, Rose Flint, Michael Thomas, Jennie Osborne, Christopher North and Alwyn Marriage.

Single tickets ar £6 each, or you can buy a whole day ticket for £20 (www.wayswithwords.co.uk).

We tend to relax in party mood after the final session; and in the odd free moments during the day it is possible to wander through the lovely Dartington gardens.

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Other recent news includes the fact that a number of Oversteps poets were successful in the Poetry on the Lake competition. Hilary Elfick won second prize; Alwyn Marriage was shortlisted; Michael Swan, Elisabeth Rowe and Alwyn Marriage were long listed; and A C Clarke was highly commended in the formal category.

I hope you all enjoy the summer

Alwyn

Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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A new book to launch us into summer:

Safe Passage by Sue Boyle (ISBN 978-1-906856-56-4. £8)

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I first met Sue Boyle when she invited me to read at her festival in Bath, and I began to discover some of the wonderful work she has done for poetry in that city through her Bath Poetry Café with its programme of public performances and Poetry Writing Days. While working on behalf of other poets, she has also been developing her own considerable talent and has, in this book, produced a stunning collection of poetry. Sue has a keen intelligence, great style, a sharp eye, a musical ear and a sense of humour; and her wide experience of the world informs her poetry. With this book to accompany us, we can all be confident of a ‘Safe Passage’.

A new book by Jane Spiro will be appearing within the next few weeks; but in the meantime we’ve decided to offer some of our older for-and-against-naturestock at give-away prices from time to time. The first of these is For and Against Nature by the poet and artist Christopher Cook, published in 2000. While stocks last, this book will be available, with or without Sue’s book, for £1, plus £1.80 p&p.

Further information about Oversteps poets can be found on our website, where you can also order any of our books. http://www.overstepsbooks.com.

Other recent news

Chrisopher North was commended in the Torriano  competition, and won third prize in the Flash Fiction section of Bare Fiction Magazine
Jennie Osborne won First prize in the Kent and Sussex Poetry competition
National Poetry competition
A C Clarke, Robert Stein and Tony Watts were all long-listed
Tony Watts won First prize in the Four Counties Poetry Competition
Genista Lewes was highly commended in the first stage of the Bath Poetry competition
Jean Atkin 
was runner-up in the Prole Laureate competition and won First prize in the Fire River Poets competition
Elisabeth Rowe
won third prize in the Chagword Poetry competition
Alwyn Marriage won First prize in the Leeds Peace Poetry Prize competition

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

Wednesday 13th May: Mark Totterdell will be reading at the St Ives Arts Club at 7.30pm, as part of the St Ives Literature Festival
15th/16th May: Sue Davies will read her prize-winning poem and others at 5.30pm at the Second Light Spring Festival in London
Monday 25th May: Christopher North
 will read one of his poems at the Troubadour in London
Saturday 30th May: Elisabeth Rowe, Mark Totterdell and Alwyn Marriage will read at 1.30pm at the Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival
Saturday 6th June: Helen Overell 
will be doing a book-signing at Barton’s Bookshop in Leatherhead
Sunday 14th June: Anne Segrave 
will be joined by Mandy Pannett, Robin Houghton and Jeremy Page for an afternoon of poetry at St Anne’s Church, Lewes

And looking just a little further ahead, this year’s Oversteps Day at Ways with Words in Dartington will be on Saturday 11th July. Put it in your diaries now.

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.

Alwyn 

Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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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.

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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.

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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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Please send ….   copies of Come to Pass by Michael Thomas at £8 each plus p&p                    £
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