Oversteps News 51

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

 March 2018

Emerging from the snow, bringing sunshine from New Zealand, Hilary Elfick’s second Oversteps book carries the promise of spring.

A Christening Cake for Edgar Boaz by Hilary Elfick (ISBN 978-1-906856-78-6), price £8 plus p&p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hilary Elfick’s last Oversteps collection, ‘An Ordinary Storm’, shone fresh light on Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’, interpreting it in new and exciting ways. We are pleased now to be publishing a new collection, which sparkles with Hilary’s warmth, sensitivity and humour. Inspired by places as far apart as St Petersburg and North Norfolk, New Zealand and Spain, Hilary invites us to join us as she brings people, places and birds to vivid life.

Some of the events coming up in the next few weeks

5th March       Sally Festing is reading at Saltmarsh Poetry, North Norfolk
8th March         Caroline Carver & Alwyn Marriage will be reading at launch of Project Boast, Bristol
13th March      Melanie Branton reading at Trailers, Apples and Snakes, the Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter
17th March:    Rebecca Bilkau and Alwyn Marriage will be reading at Litfest in Lancaster
17th March: ‘Noble Dissent’, edited by Rebecca Bilkau, will be launched at Litfest in Lancaster
23rd March: Christine Whittemore will be reading in Cheltenham Community Arts Centre
28th March      Melanie Branton reading at Rhyme and Reason, Bath
20th April        Melanie Branton  at Kempley, Gloucestershire
9th May           Melanie Branton  at Speaker’s Corner, York
19th May          Alwyn Marriage  reading at  The Crypt, Islington

Looking ahead to summer days, please put Saturday 14th July in your diaries, and come to join us at another wonderful Oversteps Day at Ways with Words, Dartington.

Other news
A C Clarke
won 3rd prize in Sentinel Literary Quarterly, November 2017
Fokkina McDonnell was Commended in the 2017 Barnet Open Poetry Competition
Robert Stein had two poems longlisted in this year’s National Poetry Competition
David Broadbridge has been commissioned to write an Easter hymn, to be set to music by Richard Elfyn Jones.

Enjoy the spring, as it unfolds

Alwyn

 

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

Please send ….   copies of A Christening Cake for Edgar Boaz by Hilary Elfick 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 (£5 abroad); 3 books £5  (£6 if ordering from abroad)                        £

Total                                                                                                                                                            £

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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.

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

Oversteps News 50  January 2018

We start 2018 with new collections from two poets who have been published by Oversteps before.

With such a brilliant list of poets whom we’ve published in recent years, it’s not surprising that many of them come back to Oversteps in the hope of having a second, or even a third book published by us. If we accepted them all, there would never be a chance for new poets to be published, and we do believe in welcoming emerging writers if they are good enough. Following our Editorial meetings, it therefore sometimes falls to this unhappy Editor to write to poets who have become friends and whose books have received generous reviews and sold well, to tell them that their new book has not been accepted for publication. From this, you will realise that those who do get through to a subsequent publication must be very good – and that certainly applies to the two new ones this month.

Instructions for a quiet life by Rebecca Bilkau (ISBN 978-1-906856-76-2), price £8 plus p&p


Rebecca was born and bred in England, but now lives, for much of the time, in Germany. Her first Oversteps collection, ‘Weather Notes’, was published in 2012. As well as being a warm and sensitive poet, she is also the Editor of the Beautiful Dragons anthologies, the latest of which, ‘Noble Dissent’, will be launched at the Lancaster Litfest in March.

 

 

is a gateway by Jane Spiro (ISBN 978-1-906856-77-9), price £8 plus p&p

 

 

 

Jane’s second Oversteps collection continues some of the themes of her earlier book, ‘Playing for time’ (2015). She is sometimes moved to reflect on the tragic history of Eastern Europe; but her work also includes plenty of hope and transformation, and the beauty of the natural world.

 

Some of the events coming up in the next few weeks

27th January: Melanie Branton’s one-woman show will be performed as part of the Wolves Literature Festival in Wolverhampton
29th January: Melanie Branton will feature in Raise the Spotlight, in Bristol
2nd February: Sue Proffitt is organising a reading and fundraising event for Dementia Adventure in Exeter
22nd February: Denise McSheehy will be reading at Uncut, in Exeter
17th March: Rebecca Bilkau and Alwyn Marriage will be reading at Litfest in Lancaster
17th March: ‘Noble Dissent’, edited by Rebecca Bilkau, will be launched at Litfest in Lancaster
23rd March: Christine Whittemore will be reading in Cheltenham Community Arts Centre

Looking ahead to summer days, please put Saturday 14th July in your diaries, and come to join us at another wonderful Oversteps Day at Ways with Words, Dartington.

Other news
We were delighted that David Broadbridge‘s poem, Adam’s fall, was set to music by Richard Elfyn Jones, and performed at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, on Christmas Eve.
One of the poems from Denise McSheehy‘s recent Oversteps collection was shortlisted in the Second Light Poetry Competition 2017.

Happy 2018 to you all

Alwyn

As usual when we publish two books close together, you can purchase them singly, or the two together for the reduced price of £15 plus p&p.

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

Please send ….   copies of Instructions for a quiet life by Rebecca Bilkau at £8 each plus p&p    £
Please send ….  copies of is a gateway by Jane Spiro at £8 each plus p&p                                      £
or
Please send copies of both books at £15 plus p&p                                                                             £

Postage and packing per book£1.80 in UK (£4 if ordering from abroad)                                  £
P&p for 2 books, £2.50 (£5 abroad); 3 books £5  (£6 if ordering from abroad)                        £

Total                                                                                                                                                            £

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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.

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

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                                                                  £

Postage and packing per book£1.80 in UK (£4 if ordering from abroad)                                  £
P&p for 2 books, £2.50 (£5 abroad); 3 books £5  (£6 if ordering from abroad)                       £

Total                                                                                                                                                            £

Name & address: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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.

 

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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.

Mike 14 07 13   front cover

 

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.

Maggie front cover           snapshot of cover, smaller

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                      £
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.