Oversteps News 54

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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.

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

Please send ….   copies of A brief poetry of time by Richard Skinner at £8 each plus p&p            £

….   copies of Another life by Fokkina McDonnell 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                         £
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.

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alwynmarriage@overstepsbooks.com

Oversteps News 42  July 2016

I suspect that not many publishers have the pleasure of publishing new collections at once by two poets who are married; but that is what Oversteps is doing this month. Both Susan Taylor and Simon Williams have been published by Oversteps before, and we’re pleased to present their latest collections.

Temporal Bones by Susan Taylor (ISBN 978-1-906856-64-9), price £8 plus p&p

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Susan Taylor has a light touch and a deep well of inspiration and stories. As well as poems based on myth, fairy tale and history, this new collection contains the whole of her Inuit-based Skeleton Woman sequence. Formerly a farmer in Lincolnshire, Susan now lives and writes on Dartmoor and is married to Simon Williams.

 

 

Inti by Simon Williams (ISBN 978-1-906856-65-6), pice £8 plus p&p.

Inti front coverSimon Williams greenery behind extra bgInti was the Inca name for the Sun, which space scientists have now given to a particle of dust collected by the Stardust probe from the Wild 2 comet. Some of Simon’s poems reflect his interest in science, others are much more down-to-earth, and many of them display his irrepressible humour and quirkiness. He is married to Susan Taylor and lives on Dartmoor.

Some forthcoming appearances by Oversteps poets

The major event of the summer is, of  course, the popular Oversteps Day at Ways with Words.

Saturday 16th July in the Duke’s Room
10.00am Welcome to Oversteps: Sally Festing, Wendy Klein, Janet Loverseed and Sue Boyle
11.30am  Happy Returns: Jane Spiro, Jennie Osborne, John Daniel and Angela Stoner
2.00pm  Globe-trotting: Rebecca Bilkau, Alwyn Marriage, Christopher North, Joan McGavin and Company
3.30pm  Partners in Poetry: Simon Williams and Susan Taylor, Jane Spiro and John Daniel. Two sets of married poets read their work and talk about living together as poets.

Other appearances by Oversteps poets at Ways with Words this year include
Sunday 10th July, 6.30pm   Susan Taylor and Simon Williams, with Simon Barron: Well Met – Poems and Songs of Sea and Shore
Monday 11th July, 9.30-11.30am   Christopher North leads a workshop: A journey into the Travel Journal
Friday 15th July, 12 noon in the Upper Gatehouse  Alwyn Marriage reads ‘Chiara: What the story of St Clare doesn’t tell’ at Word Circus, assisted by Simon Williams
3,00pm in the Upper Gatehouse  Stepping lightly: Oversteps poets share some light-hearted poems.

Other news

A C Clarke was recently highly commended in the Sentinel competition
Jennie Osborne has won the Ware Sonnet prize, and was shortlisted in the Grey Hen competition
Alwyn Marriage won first prize in the Jack Clemo poetry competition
Anne Stewart, Maggie Butt and Alwyn Marriage were part of a delegation of six British poets who spent a week working in Romania this spring
Featured poets on Romanian radio in the next few weeks include Alwyn Marriage (16-23 July), Mandy Pannett (30 July-6 August), Anne Stewart (27 August-3 September), Michael Swan (10-17 September) and A C Clarke (1-8 October).

I hope to see some of you at Ways with Words in Dartington in the next couple of weeks.

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 Temporal Bones by Susan Taylor at £8 each plus p&p            £

….   copies of Inti by Simon Williams 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                 £
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.

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alwynmarriage@overstepsbooks.com

Oversteps News 4o  March 2016

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

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

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

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

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

The other new publication this month is

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

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

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

 

 

Forthcoming appearances by Oversteps poets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More readings will be announced in the next newsletter, due out quite soon. For other news, please see the home page of our website, which I attempt, with varying success, to keep up to date.

Further information about all these poets, and many others, can be found on our website, where you can also order any of our books.

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

Alwyn 

Managing Editor, Oversteps Books

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

Please send ….   copies of The Shadow Shop by Janet Loverseed at £8 each plus p&p            £

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

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

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