Oversteps News 53

September 2018

Oversteps Books Ltd, 6 Halwell House, South Pool, Nr Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2RX
alwynmarriage@overstepsbooks.com

 

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

Please send …. copies of Let the wounded speak by Antony Mair at £8 each plus p&p

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Oversteps News 49  October 2017

I’m really pleased to introduce the latest two Oversteps poets and their books. They are very different from each other, but both are unusual and exciting .

My Cloth-Eared Heart by Melanie Branton (ISBN 978-1-906856-74-8), price £8 plus p&p

These poems are witty, sometimes cheeky, but also thoughtful and challenging. Melanie is a successful performance poet, who excels at poetry slams, and recently represented Bristol at the Hammer and Tongue National Slam Final.

 

 

 

The Plate Spinner by Denise McSheehy (ISBN 978-1-906856-75-5), price £8 plus p&p

I have always loved Denise McSheehy’s poetry. She is adept at the delicate touch, the understatement that says so much more than volumes of words. Many of the poems are luminous, and they all tend to leave the reader wanting more.

 

It is so good to welcome Melanie and Denise to Oversteps, and I’m sure there will be plenty of opportunities to hear them read in the coming months. In the meantime, do buy their books. They cost £8 each, but can be bought as a pair for £15 plus p&p.

In other news

When Oversteps poet, Maggie Butt, invited some of us to perform in a Poem-a-thon in Enfield, to raise money to settle a Syrian refugee family, we thought we were aiming to raise £4,500 to resettle one family. We sailed past that target, galloped past £9,000 and we have now raised over £14,000 and the money is still coming in, enabling us to contribute something worthwhile to at least three Syrian families. Many thanks to all who helped us achieve this magnificent result. Apart from Maggie and myself, there was a wide range of readers, covering 9 hours of constant poetry. The day started with John Hegley and finished with George Szirtes, and there were many gems in between.

We enjoyed fantastic weather at Poetry on the Lake in Italy last weekend, with a number of Oversteps poets attending and sharing their poetry. Oz Hardwick and myself took the stage on Sunday afternoon,  when he talked about The Medieval Fox, and I read from my collection of poems about mediaeval women, In the Image.

Tony Watts has been busy and successful recently. He had a poem commended in the Poetry Space competition 2017, and another highly commended in the Barn Owl Trust, wildlife poetry competition. He recently won 1st prize in the Wax Poetry and Art Poetry Contest, and 3rd prize in the Waltraud Field Open poetry competition. He was a runner-up in the Wundor Poetry contest 2017, and shortlisted for the Magic Oxygen Literary prize.
Fokkina McDonnell won 2nd prize in the Waltraud Field open poetry competition and was highly commended in the short poem category of the Poetry on the Lake competition.
Christopher North was commended in the Winchester Poetry Prize

Several Oversteps poets will be reading at the Torbay Poetry Festival this coming weekend
     21st October      2.15pm Maggie Butt
                                     3.30pm Miriam Darlington
     22nd October    10.25am Alwyn Marriage
     23rd October     10.30am  Jennie Osborne and Ian Royce Chamberlain will talk about the Teignmouth Poetry Festival

Melanie Branton has a number of events coming up, to launch her book:
   26th October  she will be performing with Brian Patten at Word Café at Cott Inn, Dartington
   28th October  taking part in the Great Book Busk in Bristol
   31st October    reading at Berkeley Square Poetry Review at the Square Club in Bristol
   2nd November performing at Uncorked in Worcester
   4th November reading in Weston-super-Mare

Alwyn Marriage My next few readings include:
    7th November  Guildford Institute
    25th November  Tribute reading for Indigo Dreams in Tavistock
    28th November Uncut, Exeter
    2nd December   Kingsbridge Library
    16th December   Harbour Bookshop, Kingsbridge with Sue Proffitt and Susan Jordan.

Also coming up
24th October   Sally Festing
 will be reading to Wells Men’s Discussion Group at Wells Quaker Meeting House at 7.30pm
26th October   Ian Royce Chamberlain will be reading at Uncut in Exeter at 7.30pm
3rd November Graham High, Sally Festing and Wendy Klein will be performing at the Aldeburgh Festival at 4.15pm
6th November  Jennie Osborne will be presenting her second drop-in Poetry Playtime sessions, at 2.30pm at Teignmouth Library
14th December  Fokkina McDonnell will be reading at York Explore

best wishes

Alwyn

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

Please send ….   copies of My Cloth-Eared Heart by Melanie Branton at £8 each plus p&p    £
Please send ….  copies of The Plate Spinner by Denise McSheehy at £8 each plus p&p    £
or
Please send copies of both books at £15 plus p&p                                                                  £

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P&p for 2 books, £2.50 (£5 abroad); 3 books £5  (£6 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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alwynmarriage@overstepsbooks.com

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

Please send ….   copies of Come to Pass by Michael Thomas at £8 each plus p&p                    £
….   copies of Ally Pally Prison Camp by Maggie Butt at £10 each plus p&p                              £
….   copies of Notes from a Camper van by Alwyn Marriage at £7 each plus p&p                  £

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

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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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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.

                                                                                                                                        Alwyn
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1 book = £8, plus p&p,  2 books – £15, plus p&p,  3 books = £20, plus p&p
Postage and packing, for one book: £1.20 in UK; £3 if ordering from abroad
P & P for 2 books = £2; 3 books = £2.50  (£4 for 2 and £4.50 for 3 if ordering from abroad)

Order

Please send

…….   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

Total:   ……..

Name and address:  ………………………………………………………
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Any other Oversteps books that are on 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: sales@overstepsbooks.com, using Paypal.

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