Excellent news from Nancy Mattson, whose collection Writing with Mercury we published in 2006. Nancy has a new collection out with the excellent Arrowhead Press: Finns and Amazons follows on from last summer’s pamphlet, Lines from Karelia. Nancy is appearing at the Edmonton International Poetry Festival in April.
There’s a new poem by Olivia Byard in the latest New Statesman, chosen as their International Women’s Day poem. Olivia’s collection, Strange Horses, was published by Flambard at the end of last year and selected by Mark Sanderson in the Telegraph as one of the best new poetry collections, alongside new books by John Kinsella and W G Sebald.
Congratulations too to Mary Robinson, who has just won the Notting Hill Editions/Words by the Water essay competition. The fascinating ‘Age and Creativity’ is highly recommened and can be read here. Mary has a new pamphlet called Uist Waulking Song coming soon and is reading at these venues over the next few months:
Thursday, 15 March 7 p.m. Grange over Sands library: poetry reading (with Malcolm Carson). Admission charge, refreshments. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 01539 532749
Wednesday, 25 April 7.30 p.m. Poems for an April Evening: poetry reading at Ireby WI hall (not a WI meeting). £4 including refreshments.
Thursday, 24 May 7 p.m. Penrith Wordsworth Bookshop (St Andrew’s Churchyard): poetry reading (with Jeremy Over). Email email@example.com 01768 210604
Our poet Rebecca Goss was highly commended in the Mirehouse Poetry Competition for ‘Ants’, which you can read here. Well done to Rebecca, who was also a runner-up in the recent Torriano competition and longlisted for the Plough Prize.