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Suz Winspear, known throughout Worcestershire and beyond for being a Worcestershire Poet Laureate and Worcester’s Gothic Queen, is launching her new collection!
The Awkward People, published by Black Pear Press (and available to buy here: https://blackpear.net/authors-and-books/worcestershire-litfest-fringe/suz-winspear/) is a true testament to Suz’s outstanding ability to capture the imagination and share uncanny observation.
The Awkward People book launch will be held at Drummonds (The Swan With Two Nicks) in Worcester on Sunday 14th January. Come along to celebrate Suz’s well deserved success, and enjoy some wonderful performances from some of Worcestershire’s finest. Doors open at 3.30PM for a Four O’clock start. There is a bar, and I heard it will be hosted by that handsome bald fellow you all love.
don’t censor that beautiful smile,
why mar that moment-meant mouth
You grip me,
when that smile comes from your eyes,
I cannot disguise my delight
when you appear without the mask,
the unnecessary makeup
that breaks up
the raw honesty of your performance.
don’t censor that beautiful smile,
your eyelashes laugh easily,
your moment-meant mouth
a momentary stall,
I catch my breath, suddenly realising,
I had not exhaled in a while.
don’t censor that beautiful smile.
Written for Nina Lewis (Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2017). This true sentiment applies to everyone. You are ALL beautiful the way you are.
Inspired! Roy McFarlane, former Birmingham Poet Laureate, blew us away at the Worcestershire Litfest & Fringe Speakeasy, performing poetry from his book; ‘Beginning With Your Last Breath’.
Roy’s performance was intimate, interactive, and ingenious. His poetry… superb. ‘Beginning With Your Last Breath’, published by Nine Arches Press, is a tale told twice. First, through the pages of this brilliant poet, then remembered, igniting something I never imagined.
You can get your hands on ‘Beginning With Your Last Breath here:
And I suggest you do!
Thank you! Thank you to Denise Wray, Sue Walster, Reuben Taylor and Holly Napier (all pictured below) from Daisychain Benevolent Fund, proudly promoting the Lacuna launch.
Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust’s aim is the preservation of health and the relief of sickness for children and young adults in the community. Inspiring work by a wonderful charity.
The Daisychain bookshop in St John’s (Worcester) is a delight to visit, their volunteers are friendly and helpful, and their selection of books is superb (don’t tell my wife, but I left with three beautiful books today!). With an impressive poetry selection and eye-catching displays of all genres, this is a booklover’s veritable Utopia.
Lacuna is the debut collection from prize-winning poet, Kieran Davis (also known as Baldypoems). The book is published by Black Pear Press and features cover art from Olympic torch bearer, Damien Davis. The book launch, sponsored by Innovate (who are providing the free cake) and the Worcestershire Literary Festival, takes place at 4PM on Sunday 14th August at Drummonds (New Street, Worcester).
As well as free cake (I mentioned free cake, right?) there will be poetry performances from The Magnificent Mike Alma, The Amazing Alan Durham, Perfect Poet, Polly Stretton and Worcestershire Poet Laureate; Suz Winspear.
Thank you to local superstar, Uwe Meier of H. Smith Butchers (Lowesmoor, Worcester). Uwe is proudly sporting the Lacuna book launch poster in his window!
H. Smith Butchers provide some of the finest cuts of meat to be found, impressive picnic treats (such as handmade pork pies) and the best pork scratchings in the area! No wonder I’ve put on weight!
Uwe is a friendly and funny guy, quick with a joke, and a genuine pleasure to visit. Thank you!
Lacuna is released by Black Pear Press on Sunday 14th August, at Drummonds (28 New Street, Worcester, WR1 2DP) – 4PM. The launch will include a book signing from me, Kieran – Baldypoems – Davis, an abundance of cake; and a party afterwards!
There will also be readings from The Amazing Alan Durham, The Magnificent Mike Alma, Perfect Poet, Polly Stretton, and this year’s Worcestershire Poet Laureate; Suz Winspear.
Everyone is welcome.
The sixth, sensational, Worcestershire Festival – exploded in to life, with the crowning of our new Worcestershire Laureate ; Suz Winspear! The opening night was magical, with readings from young writers, and cool compare; Matt Windle.
Shortlisted superstars, Charley Barnes and Peter Sutton, wowed us with their words. Peter’s performance was impressive and Charley’s was heartbreakingly beautiful.
Suz Winspear, Worcester’s ‘Resident Goth’ was almost speechless, after being shortlisted several times for the honour, this award was more than well deserved. Suz reminded the Worcester audience of our heritage, declaring that, as laureate; the poet will raise awareness of our modern poets and local talents, to ensure this generation leaves an impressive heritage for others.
Congratulations to Charley and Peter for a super achievement. And congratulations to Suz, Worcestershire’s Poet Laureate!