Join us for the launch of the Sole2Soul digital resources

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Looking forward to reading my Sole2Soul commissioned poem at the launch event:

Originally posted on Click; Connect; Curate; Create:

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Thursday 27 November 2014, 16:00-5:30

Market Harborough Library and Harborough Museum,
The Symington Building, Adam and Eve Street,
MARKET HARBOROUGH, LE16 7LT

Discover the world of brogues, eyelets and toe lines. Experience writers’ responses to cursed shoes and abandoned shoe lasts.

Listen to the voice of deceased local shoemaker William Falkner (the third) and hear work from our Silver Champions and Creative Connectors

Look at the exhibit, play with our Falkner app and listen to our new radio programme.

Drinks supplied.

Register your place at sole2soul-launch.eventbrite.co.uk

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“Beyond the Tune” Jayne Stanton (Soundswrite Press) – poetry review

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Beyond the Tune gets its first review:

Originally posted on Emma Lee's Blog:

Beyond the Tune Jayne Stanton book cover

The title comes from the opening poem, “Grace Notes”, a journey to Ireland via ferry where the final stanza invites readers to

“Wave on your luggage, walk the only road there is
till it runs out of tarmac and the salt air draws you. Listen
for the notes between the notes. Slip beyond the tune.”

It’s an apposite title because most of the poems invite readers to look beyond the words on the page to the images and thoughts conjured within. For example in “Suave and debonair” a girl’s pride in her father glosses over but still recognises his faults:

“Daddy’s girl, my angle’s blind
to a thinning crown, the comb-over;
a weak heart under peacock swagger – and
you’re taller, somehow, out of overalls
in slacks with knife-edge creases down
to split and polish; hands in pockets
weighing small change possibilities.
You shrug your shoulders
into a hounds tooth…

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The launch in words and pictures

It was a lovely, lovely afternoon, filled with warmth, laughter and friendship.  Even the heavy rain gave way to sunshine.  And there was wine and nibbles (or, to be more precise, home-baked cheese and caraway seed nibbles and rosemary biscuits – thanks to Karin and Davina).

And poetry – did I mention the poetry?  A joint launch is a wonderful thing!  Karin Koller opened with a welcome and a few words about the story of Soundswrite Press to date.  Then it was my turn. I’d written my ‘lesson plan,’ rehearsed and timed my reading the night before (I like near deadlines). I think (I hope) I remembered to thank everyone – family, friends and fellow writers who’ve given me their time, love, support and honest feedback over the years.  There were no nerves to get in the way and everyone seemed to enjoy my reading.

I could then relax and really enjoy hearing Davina (D A) Prince talk about, then read her chosen poems from her second full HappenStance collection, Common Ground.  And I got my copy signed (already having devoured it, from cover to cover).

Then there was time to chat, sign copies of Beyond the Tune, enjoy the nibbles.  And do none of the work involved.  A big vote of thanks is due to fellow Soundswriters and two husbands for manning the book table, setting up, tidying away, serving refreshments, taking photographs, etc.  And to my wonderful husband, David, for being there – and enjoying it, too!

And here are a few photographs, courtesy of David Prince and Karen Powell:

Sporting my pamphletPamphlets on sale

 

Pamphlet signingKarin greetsDavina's launch readingDavina's Common GroundChatting at the book tableElizabeth and Marilyn

 

 

Only Write What Only You Can Write

With National Poetry Day falling slap-bang in the middle of Leicester’s Everybody’s Reading festival, I wish I could send out little pieces of me to all the concurrent events I’m missing, in order to attend/participate in others.  Buy, hey, what a social whirl it makes for (and, for those who know me well, my poetry social life is a standing joke – in a nice way, of course)!

Last night, nine women attended Cathy Grindrod’s workshop, Only Write What Only You Can Write, hosted by Soundswrite women’s poetry group as part of Everybody’s Reading festival – one of two free and open-to-all events we received funding for, this year.  (2013’s ER workshop with Kim Moore was packed to the rafters).

Cathy Grindrod is a widely-published poet and former Derbyshire Poet Laureate.  She also writes plays, scripts and literary fiction and works as a literature consultant, poetry tutor and mentor.  I met her a couple of years ago when she ran a workshop for shortlisted candidates for a mentorship programme.  (Under her guidance, I was able to hone my rather vague aspirations as an ‘emerging poet’ into a finite list of achievable short-term aims).

photo credit: writingeastmidlands.co.uk

                                                  photo credit: writingeastmidlands.co.uk

 

By way of introduction, we shared ways in which we, as writers, ‘keep the faith.’ These included attending writing groups to give and receive honest feedback, co-mentoring, and reading/sharing published work by others.  During the course of the two and a half hour workshop, we explored ten ways that Cathy has found useful in her writing life.

We spent some time reflecting on our personal beliefs and whether we felt these were evident in our writing.  We were also invited to consider who we write for, and writing with the reader in mind.  For me, this was a reminder of how easy it is too become too inwardly focused, to say nothing of the lure of publication in highly-regarded poetry magazines.

And we discussed the importance of being ‘in the world’ and learning from others.  I know I’ve benefitted most from writing groups that are outward-looking and have a keen interest in all that is current in the world of poetry, as well as the wealth of its past.

At number four on the list was ‘recognising poetic snobbery’ – how refreshing!  We each had our own view of what this constitutes.  If we recognise it for what it is, we can set it aside.

We also engaged in some short writing exercises.  As well as coming away with a nugget or two, I’ve discovered new ways into a poem that I’m keen to use again.  For now, will I be able to leave those nuggets alone for long enough to come back to them with a reader’s objectivity?

My pamphlet launch

Following last week’s pre-launch at Leicester Shindig, I’m really looking forward to the launch proper of my pamphlet, Beyond the Tune (see here).

Here’s the launch flyer as two jpegs:

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It’s also featured in Leicester’s Everybody’s Reading festival programme (see page 30, here).

And here’s the Facebook event – more for your info than for firm numbers, as it’s an open event anyway – just turn up!

It would make my afternoon if you were able to come along.

 

My pamphlet pre-launch

Monday night at The Western pub saw a Leicester Shindig!-with-a-difference.

In a change from the customary format, Jane Commane hosted an open-mic-only first half (with the usual bar-set-high readings, I must add).  A Soundswrite Press showcase, hosted by Maria Taylor and compered by Karin Koller, comprised the second half of the evening.

Karin opened with a few words about Soundswrite women’s poetry group.  You can find out more here, but I’d like to add that I’m immensely grateful for the insightful feedback, support, friendship, open discussion and love of good poetry that characterises our twice-monthly meetings.

It was good to see so many fellow Soundswriters in attendance and to hear them read a diverse selection of poems, many of which I remember first encountering as early drafts.

Caroline Cook co-featured with a reading of poems from her pamphlet, Primer, launched last March.  For me, it was a nudge to re-visit my favourites in this primer-painted slim volume.

The evening being a kind of pre-launch event, too, I co-featured with a reading from my debut pamphlet, Beyond the Tune (Soundswrite Press).  As most of those gathered had workshopped many of its poems as early drafts and/or heard them at the open mic, I changed my mind several times when I was planning which ones to read on the night.  In the end, I decided on a sort of journey through the pamphlet, reading eight of the twenty-seven poems by way of a thank you and as an invitation to the reader.  And I also read a new poem (recently workshopped at Soundswrite) because there is a writing life after sending out a body of your own work into the world (although there were times when I did wonder).

Photo: Jane Commane

Photo: Jane Commane

It was an evening filled with warmth and friendship as much as poetry.  And wonderful to sign copies of my pamphlet, too!  My thanks to those who came and to those who were there in spirit.  It means a lot.

I’m now looking forward to the launch proper on Saturday October 4th (post to follow).  I’m thrilled that it’s to be a joint launch with D A Prince for her second full collection, Common Ground (HappenStance Press), not least because she has been my main editor (and oh so much more) over the past year or so.  It’s a free event, open to all, as part of Leicester’s Everybody’s Reading festival, too.  I’d love to say hi to you there if you’re able to make it.

After yesterday’s ICT woes and various pleas for help via email and messaging (many thanks – you know who you are!), to say nowt of the step-by-step (read idiot-proof) guide on WordPress Help, I’ve managed to get a Buy Now button functioning on this blog.  So a signed copy of my little pamphlet (plus a bonus poem-on-a-postcard) is available to (ahem) buy now by clicking here, or you can buy direct from Soundswrite Press here.

If you’re operating a no-buy year/policy, you can read a copy at any of the following:

Saison Poetry Library, level 5, Royal Festival Hall, London

Boston Spa Reading Room, British Library, London

There are also the usual legal deposit copies in the Bodleian library in Oxford, Cambridge University, National Library of Scotland, Trinity College Dublin and National Library of Wales.  (Imagine!)  Or you could request a copy at your local library.

Pamphlet diary date #2: Everybody’s Reading festival

Leicester is cranking up the gears for a week of (largely) free events with the aim (as it says on the tin) of getting everybody reading.  There’s so much to choose from, catering for all ages and appetites from the avid to the most reluctant of readers. 

ER festival 2014

So, if you’re local, or within easy travelling distance of Leicester between 27th September and 5th October, why not click here to view or download the programme.

And there’s an event on page 30 that I’m rather excited about: the launch of my pamphlet, Beyond the Tune (Soundswrite Press).  It’s a joint launch with Davina (D A) Prince, whose new collection, Common Ground, is hot off the HappenStance press.  I’m delighted and flattered, and really looking forward to meeting Helena Nelson, too, if she’s able to make it on the day.  And I’m assured there will be cake and liquid refreshment (I’m hoping for Earl Grey tea) and cake.  It’ll make my poetry day to see you there, or at Shindig on September 15th, or both!

There’s a launch flyer in the offing, to feature in my next blog post and further updates on Facebook and Twitter.

As both diary dates are fast approaching, my To Do list Top 10 includes planning which poems to read and what to say.  Any launch tips, via the comments box below, will be gratefully received.