oakley’s first poetry collection will be launched Sunday 4 March. oakley is a poet, playwright, writer and performer from the West Midlands and the former Worcestershire Young Poet Laureate (2017) Sunday 4 March, 4pm, Drummonds Bar, The Swan With Two Nicks, 28 New Street, Worcester WR1 2DP – free entry and books will be available. oakley […]
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.
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!
Delighted, Baldy got his hands on ‘Fragile Houses’ (and his pal, poet, Nina Lewis)! Nina’s debut pamphlet, published by V. Press, is an extraordinary journey through family history and relationships, penned with poetic precision. There was a subtle sense of peeking at secrets and the joyous jog of pages read, and read again in one sitting, I loved ‘Fragile Houses’.
I felt connected to ‘Connections’ and thoroughly absorbed the other poems. I was already a fan of Nina Lewis, enjoying her performances at a great many spoke word events, and melting into her eyes when she read to me privately during the Worcestershire Literary Festival & Fringe’s ‘Poetry Salon’. To have a copy of Nina’s perfectly penned pages, is wonderful. Inspiring.
You can get a copy of Nina Lewis’ ‘Fragile Houses’ here:
And I suggest you do!
I am delighted! A friend of the family, photographer, Andrew Miller; kindly sent me pictures of the Lacuna book launch. I am very pleased to share these with Mr Miller’s kind permission.
Poets, performers, and personal heroes of mine. My friends, Mike Alma, Alan Durham and Polly Stretton; kindly read at the Lacuna launch.
Worcestershire Poet Laureate, Suz Winspear, wowed the audience.
My youngest son, Oscar Davis, read his favourite poem: ‘A Good Boy’ by Robert Louis Stevenson. Oscar truly stole the show, people are still talking about his performance!
Alan, Mike, Polly and I read my poem, ‘Beyond the Realms of Redemption’ together. A wonderful performance, I loved every second of it.
I celebrated with family and friends, including Worcestershire Literary Festival Poetry Slam Champion, Charley Barnes (pictured right) and Worcestershire Poet Laureate, Suz Winspear (left). I am blessed to be pals with such talented and lovely ladies.
This is my brother, Damien (who took the amazing picture for Lacuna’s front cover) and my beautiful niece, Ellie (Uncle Baldy’s Princess).
My editor, the brilliant poet, Polly Stretton, with Oscar. They just taught my eldest daughter, Willow, ‘jazz hands’!
Signing some books!
And kissing gorgeous girls! This is the photographer, Andrew Miller’s wife, Karen. ‘Kazzie’ looks after our children when we are at work and they are not at school or nursery, we would be lost without her, and love her dearly.
Wonderful day, luckiest man alive. Thank you to my publisher, Black Pear Press, and to all who came to the launch. Memories that will last a life-time.
Those who still want to get their hands on a copy of Lacuna get one here:
Best wishes and much love from Baldy.
Delighted to say my publisher, Black Pear Press, has now released Lacuna on Amazon.
A big thank you to all those who have already got their copy, and especially – to all who have supported and encouraged me throughout the publication process and subsequent promotion. Thank you!
Delighted to be interviewed by Worcester News, and over the moon to discover I was in their newspaper today!
Delighted to release the official promotional material for the launch of my book, Lacuna (available from Black Pear Press and Amazon soon!). A big thank you to Martin Driscoll, who put this together, and to The Worcestershire Literary Festival and Fringe for making my book launch one of their events. Thank you also, to Innovate, the company I work for. Innovate are kindly sponsoring the event by providing the cake (so it really will be free!).
I hope you can all come. There will be performances from Polly Stretton, Alan Durham, Mike Alma and, of course, me! We might even read a couple of silly poems! There will be cake, prepared by Super Chef, Steve Kilmartin and a party afterwards (including karaoke from the infamous Big Nick).
I am so proud of the book. Brilliantly prepared by Black Pear Press, edited by Polly Stretton, Lacuna boasts bespoke cover art from photographer, Damien Davis (who must admit that not even carrying the Olympic torch can compare to how amazing it is being related to me!). Best wishes to all and lots of love.
I am delighted to tell you that my book, Lacuna, will be released by Black Pear Press on Sunday 14th August. There will be a book launch, including a book signing and poetry readings from myself, the amazing Alan Durham, the magnificent Mike Alma and perfect poet; Polly Stretton.
The launch will start at 4pm at Drummonds (28 New St, Worcester WR1 2DP) and end around 6pm. You may want to book Monday the 15th August off work as there will be one heck of a party afterwards (same venue).
I hope to see as many of you as possible, thank you all, the support has been welcome and humbling.
Delighted to say I have two poems published in Issue 44 of Carillon (ISSN: 1474-7340).
Thank you to editor, Graham Rippon, for the continued belief and yet another great book.
One of the poems, ‘Discovery Beyond Recovery’ will also feature in my book, ‘Lacuna’, available from Black Pear Press this Summer.
Baldy’s on a roll!