Over on the site for the e-zine the zen space (edited by our client Marie Marshall) spring is stirring. What has stirred it is a collection of haiku and ‘short-burst’ poetry by some of the best modern exponents, plus a translation of a classical greek fragment, and a collection of marker-pen mandalas.
Do you write haiku, or any form of short poetry? Would you like to submit something? Marie says “I am always on the lookout for fresh talent.” She told us, “Contributors should email me if they have something for my consideration. Please don’t leave a contribution in a comment box – I have to delete those, I’m afraid, as they don’t go through the editorial process. Anyhow, I tell people be bright, be light, be dark, be profound, but be brief!”
the zen space Spring Showcase may be found here.
Just a handful of interesting folk I had the pleasure of seeing at StAnza over the past few days.
Many thanks to the organisers of StAnza for a really interesting five days.
Scotland’s premier poetry festival – StAnza, at St Andrews – starts today. We hope to have a presence there for three days this year, so look out for Paul amongst the crowds. More news as it happens.
… and cheer yourself up. Our client informs us that the Poets Collective has just published its cheerful anthology Abandon the Shadows. Marie has a poem included, by invitation, and recommended the book to us, saying: “I know several of the poets involved and I rate them very highly.” You can find the book on Amazon or via the collective’s own web site.
If you can make it to Wicklow, Ireland, on 12th April, be sure to do so, and drop in to Bridge Street Books where Pub Talk, the new book by poet David Tich Ennis, will be launched. It all kicks off at 3pm sharp, and the advanced publicity says ‘All welcome – Hear a song, a poem, a reading – Bring friends!’ Or, as David himself puts it:
When yesterday is two weeks
Come one, come all,
do drop in
Wine and words are waiting there,
it is no sin.
Some of you are far away,
you cannot make the scene,
be there in spirit, anyway,
welcome to a dream.
What kind of poet is David Ennis. Well, the jingle above shows a touch of his sense of humour. He has a simple approach, writes for the person in the street, in the pub, on the bus, on the hill; he has a sense of mockery that is a bit hard on himself but gentle on others. If you’re lucky, he might bring the bloke with the gong…
StAnza, the annual poetry festival held in St Andrews, Fife, is under threat from Fife Council spending cuts. Not good news. Read StAnza’s blog here.
Our client Marie Marshall reports that The Phoenix Rising from the Ashes, the first major anthology of sonnets of the early third millennium is now published. Marie is Deputy Editor of this magnum opus; details can be found here, and will be up-dated as often as necessary. There are still some eBook copies of Marie’s novel Lupa available for free download at P’kaboo Publishers; look for the link which says ‘Winning Title! Limited Free Download’.
Marie also reports that her novel for older children, The Everywhen Angels, is still in the preparation stage. She has finished her new teen-vampire novella, and is in talks not only with her publisher, but also with an illustrator with a view to presenting it as a graphic novel. More news as it is available.
The Aval-Ballan Poetry Competition is long over, but occasionally their web site receives selfies from the prizewinners with their prizes. Here’s one from Sam Smith.
There is a new concern that hosts selected books with an adult content. It goes under the name of HoneyMead Books, and you can find its wed site by clicking the logo at the bottom of this update. It is by no means a come-as-you-please self-publishing site. Ian Rossouw of HoneyMead says that each book they publish as an eBook will be carefully vetted for strong story-lines that must take the forefront. Also all books that go through HoneyMead Books still undergo editing etc. as with every traditional publisher and unlike self-publishing sites. Worth keeping an eye on this publisher if you write adult-themed fiction.