Paul Stephenson’s debut pamphlet Those People, a winner in the recent Poetry Business Competition, is launched today (16th May) at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere. Judge Billy Collins said of Paul’s poems:
‘Funny and quite serious at the same time, these poems cast a fresh, ironic eye on contemporary life and find a wild variety of fields in which to play. The colloquial tone and satiric brilliance might make a reader wish to hear more, ideally over a pint or two.’
Those People is available to buy on the Poetry Business Website.
Member Paul Stephenson has been selected for the 2014/15 Book & Pamphlet Competition, as chosen by Billy Collins, who had this to say:
Funny and quite serious at the same time, these poems cast a fresh, ironic eye on contemporary life and find a wild variety of fields in which to play. The colloquial tone and satiric brilliance might make a reader wish to hear more, ideally over a pint or two.
Details of the winners’ collections will be available soon and the winning pamphlets will be launched at a reading at The Wordsworth Trust on Saturday 16th May.
Fantastic news, Paul! Well done.
Members Anne Ballard, Annemarie Cooper, Frances Galleymore, Anna Meryt, Vicky Olliver, and Robert Peake have poems in the 384-page anthology The Book of Love & Loss (Belgrave Press, 2014).
The anthology also features English laureates Andrew Motion and Carol Ann Duffy, Welsh laureate Gillian Clarke, children’s laureate Michael Rosen, and Frieda Hughes — daughter of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.
It is available at most major bookstores, and directly from Belgrave Press.
Member Sarah Doyle’s poetry sequence Dreaming Spheres: Poems of the Solar System, co-written with Allen Ashley, is now available from PS Publishing.
About the Book
Have you ever wondered what Planet Earth thinks of us? Or what the Moon has to say about the Earth? How about which astronomical bodies are going through an acrimonious custody battle, or coping with a prodigal satellite? Who is the clown of the Solar System? And just what is the deal with those pesky asteroids?
In Dreaming Spheres: Poems of the Solar System, Sarah Doyle and Allen Ashley answer all of these questions, and more. Incorporating science fiction speculation, science fact, fantastic extrapolation and mythology, these poems will take you on a voyage of discovery from the Sun at the centre of our great gyratory system all the way out to Pluto and beyond.
Member Anna Meryt has a favourable review of her collection Heartbroke in North London’s Gold Dust Magazine.
You can read the full review online here.
Member Sarah Doyle’s poem “The Ballad of Croydon Hill” (inspired by an old Exmoor ghost tale) has been published in Midnight Skies: Exmoor in Verse.
This new anthology of 60 contemporary Exmoor-themed poems is now available from Charmed Hole Publications.
Well done, Sarah!
Member Frances Galleymore’s poems “Magpie Jazz”, and “Wood, Metal, Plastic” and member Norbert Hirschhorn’s poems “Ode to My Old Passport Wallet”, and “Bob the Artist Feeling Sorry for Himself” appear in Peloton (Templar, 2013).
Across Frontiers (Camden Mews Translators, 2013), containing poetry from French and German edited by member Ruth Ingram and Graham Mummery, is now available.
Other volumes by Ruth and the Camden Mews Translators include:
‘In Exile’, an anthology of poems by exiled Jewish writers, translated by Ruth Ingram and published by Highgate Poets Press.
‘Over the Water’, an anthology of French and German poets, translated by Camden Mews Translators and published by Hearing Eye.
Copies of all three books can be obtained by contacting Ruth at email@example.com
No writer will ever be so closely read as by their translator. Translation is a deeply creative art of curiosity that looks to pay homage to the original by reinventing it in another language. The poet-translators assembled here have taken on a range of historical and modern poets, mostly German, from the eighteenth century Matthias Caudius, through Goethe, Heine, Trackl and Enzenberger but also Heredia and two major Surrealists Rene Char and Paul Eduard from the French. Across Frontiers, from the Camden Mews Translators, is a powerful, civilising and salutary collection. -George Szirtes
A book launch for To Sing Away the Darkest Days (Holland Park Press, 2013) by member Norbert Hirschhorn was held at the London Jewish Cultural Centre in Golders Green on June 11th.
Pictures and a writeup from the event are available here.
Mazel tov, Norbert!
Member Robert Peake’s short collection The Silence Teacher is now available to pre-order from Poetry Salzburg. The book ships in March, and is available in the US, UK, and througout Europe.