Oversteps News 54

Oversteps News

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Oversteps News 54  November 2018

We are pleased to be publishing another collection by a poet who is new to Oversteps.

Life Class by Carol DeVaughn (ISBN 978-1-906856-81-6), price £8 plus p&p


Carol DeVaughn, an American-born prize-winning poet, has lived in London for many years, teaching English language and literature, practising T’ai Chi, working as a life-class model and performing her poetry at charity events. Life Class is her first collection

Carol has a keen eye for art, which she celebrates with poems about Michelangelo, van Gogh, Rembrandt, Rothco and others; and she has also experienced what it is like to be the focus of an artist’s eye, through sitting as a life-class model for several years.

Some of the events coming up in the next few weeks

4th November: Rebecca Gethin will be reading at Aldeburgh at a Poems around Climate Change event
7th November: Paul Surman will be reading at Wheatley Library, OX33 1XP, at 10.30am
10th and 17th November: Jennie Osborne will be guest poet for South Devon Singers at St Michael’s Church Teignmouth on 10th November and again in the Methodist Church in Ivybridge on 17th November.
11th November: Paul Surman will be reading at Peace Poets for the centenary of WW1 armistice, at Beckley village hall at 2.45pm
17th November: Richard Skinner and Alwyn Marriage will be reading with Lawrence Sail at Rhythms of Peace, a celebration of the Corrymeela Community at The Chapel, St Luke’s Campus, Heavitree, Exeter
30th November: Alwyn Marriage will be guest poet at Fox’s Barn, Godalming
22nd December: Alwyn Marriage will be reading at an Occam Singers Christmas concert in Guildford
5th January: Melanie Branton will be reading at a Good On Paper fundraising event in Stroud

Other news

Most months bring news of more successes by Oversteps poets, and this month it’s good to see two of our poets shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize: Mark Totterdell and Tony Watts.
Then there was a good crop of Oversteps poets among the prizewinners in the Torbay Poetry competition: 1st prize went to Giles Goodland and 3rd prize to Wendy Klein, and in addition Rebecca Gethin was Commended and both Jennie Osborne and Maggie Butt Highly Commended.
Helen Overell was Highly Commended in the Ver Poets Open competition and was a joint runner-up in the Poetry Stanza competition 2018
At the end of November, Oversteps poets Simon Williams and Susan Taylor are publishing an anthology entitled Play to help raise funds for a children’s playground in Totnes.
In the Poetry on the Lake competition, Maggie Butt came 3rd in the Short Poem category and Christopher North came 3rd in the Silver Wyvern

Keep warm as winter creeps up on us

Alwyn

 

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

Please send ….   copies of Life Class by Carol DeVaughn at £8 each plus p&p                           £
Between now and Christmas, with each copy of Life Class you order you may purchase any other book from our catalogue at half price, stock permitting.

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Oversteps News 53

September 2018

Oversteps Books Ltd, 6 Halwell House, South Pool, Nr Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2RX
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Let the wounded speak by Antony Mair (ISBN 978-1-906856-80-9), price £8 plus p&p

Antony Mair has enjoyed a varied working life, both in the legal profession and as an estate agent in France. His poetry ranges widely, touching on slavery, gay identity, the trauma of war, Muslim radicalisation and abuse in the Roman Catholic church. Despite his clear-sighted view of this wounded world, he is also hopeful that love brings healing and hope.

Antony will be reading at the Torbay Poetry Festival next month, so I am pleased to publish this book in time for him to present it at the festival.

I am careful not to swamp our readers with too frequent newsletters; but all being well there will be another new Oversteps book next month, before a bit of a break until the New Year. I hope you’ll find time to read ‘Let the wounded speak‘ before I write to announce the next one. Remember that you can click the Follow button in the right hand margin, to make sure you don’t miss any news.

Some dates coming up soon

22nd September    Oversteps Books will be at the Poetry Book Fair in Senate House, University of London
22nd September    Paul Surman, Melanie Branton, Ian Royce Chamberlain and Hilary Elfick will be reading at 2.20pm at the Poetry Book Fair, London
27th September     Ross Cogan will be reading with Anna Saunders at Words and Ears in Bradford on Avon
28th September     Jennie Osborne and Sue Proffitt will be reading at the Alice Cross Centre in Teignmouth with Susan Richardson
1st October             Susan Taylor and Simon Williams will be presenting poets from their forthcoming anthology, ‘Play’, at the City Gate Hotel, Exeter
5th October            Susan Taylor and Simon Williams will be performing their poetry show, ‘Weather House’ at the Swindon Poetry Festival
7th October            Alwyn Marriage is one of the poets in the launch of ‘Domestic Cherry’ at the Swindon Poetry Festival
19th October          Simon Williams and Susan Taylor, with young poets from Galmpton Primary School, will be appearing at the Torbay Poetry Festival
19th October          Antony Mair will be reading at the Torbay Poetry Festival
26th October         Alwyn Marriage and Susan Taylor will be the guest poets at Word Café at Cott Inn, Dartington
31st October           Ross Cogan will be reading at Pembroke College, Oxford at 6.00pm
17th November      Richard Skinner and Alwyn Marriage will be reading at a special Corrymeela Celebration at 7.00pm in St Luke’s Chapel, Exeter

best wishes

Alwyn

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

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Oversteps News 52

May 2018

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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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Many of the other Oversteps books that are for sale on http://www.overstepsbooks.com can be added to this order.
Money can be sent either by post to Oversteps, with cheques made payable to Oversteps Books Ltd;
or by email to alwynmarriage@overstepsbooks, using Paypal. We also welcome payment by bank transfer:
please contact me for bank details if you would like to pay by transfer.

 

 

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    £

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Many of the other Oversteps books that are for sale on www.overstepsbooks.com can be added to this order.
Money can be sent either by post to Oversteps, with cheques made payable to Oversteps Books Ltd;
or by email: sales@overstepsbooks.com, using Paypal. Please contact me for details, if you’d like to pay by bank transfer.

 

 

Oversteps News, March 2017

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Oversteps News 46  March 2017

Another two Oversteps books have been published this month

Open after dark by Sue Proffitt (ISBN 978-1-906856-70-0), price £8 plus p&p.

This is Sue Proffitt’s first collection. Sue, who now lives in a coastguard cottage in South Devon, has previously worked as an actor, a teacher and a psychotherapist. Through her poetry she now explores the beauty and mystery of the more-than-human world, and our relationship with it.

The day  on which I delivered Sue’s copies of her book to her also happened, by coincidence, to be the day she won first prize in the Teignmouth Poetry competition.

 

Sudden Arabesque by Christine Whittemore
(ISBN 978-1-906856-71-7), price £8 plus p&p.

This is another first collection.
Christine Whittemore has lived in Italy, France and, for many years, the USA, and she has been published and won awards on both sides of the Atlantic. Christine is evidently fascinated by different poetic forms, and she uses a number of them to wonderful effect in this collection.

 

A few of the readings by Oversteps poets coming up in the next couple of months

5th April: Michael Thomas will be reading at Poetry Refreshed, Smokey Joe’s Café, Cheltenham.
21 April: Susan Taylor is organising a Poetry Slam at Café Culture in Totnes
5th May: Sue Proffitt will be reading at Café Culture, Totnes, in the evening
11th May: Richard Skinner will be giving a reading with Chris Southgate at St Stephen’s, Exeter, 7.30pm
15th May: Christine Whittemore will be reading at Cheltenham Poetry Festival at 7.00pm
17th May: Jane Spiro will be reading at The Poetry Centre, Oxford Brookes University at 1.00pm
18th May: Alwyn Marriage will be reading at the St Ives Festival at 7.30pm,
and from her novel, ‘Rapeseed’ at 5.00pm
19th May: Alwyn Marriage reading at the launch of a Stanley Spencer anthology in Cookham.

The books by Sue Proffitt and Christine Whittemore, as well as many other Oversteps books, can be purchased through the Oversteps website.

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 have 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.

best wishes

Alwyn

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

Please send ….   copies of Open after dark by Sue Proffitt at £8 each plus p&p                      £

….   copies of Sudden Arabesque by Christine Whittemore at £8 each plus p&p                      £

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

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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.

 

Oversteps News, February 2017

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Oversteps News 45  February 2017

The next new collection from Oversteps is

Something in Writing by David Broadbridge (ISBN 978-1-906856-69-4), price £8 plus p&p.

David Broaddavid-broadbridgesomething-in-writing-fullbridge’s last book was a translation of Danish mediaeval ballads, which was long listed for the Popescu prize in 2011. We are pleased to be publishing a collection of his thoughtful, finely-crafted poems in English. Given the musicality of the poetry, it is not surprising to learn that a number of his poems have been set to music by Christopher Gower and Richard Elfyn Jones.


Some recent successes

Christopher North won 3rd prize and a highly commended place in the Barnet poetry competition
Alwyn Marriage was commended in the South Bank Poetry competition and shortlisted in the Paragram Poetry Prize
Ross Cogan won 2nd prize in the Sentinel Poetry Prize, and had another highly commended.

Other news and forthcoming readings
Alwyn Marriage’s debut novel will be launched in York on Saturday 11th March, during International Women’s Week
Jennie Osborne is part of the organising team for the Teignmouth Poetry Festival, which runs from 16th to 20th March
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.
Michael Thomas will be reading at Poetry Refreshed, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Cheltenham on 5th April
Jane Spiro will be reading at The Poetry Centre in Oxford in May

I’ll send information about another two books next month. In the meantime, may poetry spring up everywhere,

Alwyn 

Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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Please send ….  copies of Something in Writing by David Broadbridge 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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To Oversteps Books, 6 Halwell House, South Pool, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2RX

Please send ….   copies of Passing Arcadia Close by Joan McGavin 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;    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.