The Alchemy of 42 Launch

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the online  launch of ‘The Alchemy of 42’ on Zoom. It was a special evening.

‘The Alchemy of 42’ by Polly Stretton is dark, speculative, and sometimes bizarre—these are her lenses and through them we view scenes that comfort and distress, thrill and mesmerise.

Written to 42Worcester prompts, there are, fittingly, 42 poems included. What is 42Worcester? It is the only alternative genre spoken word event in Worcestershire. ‘The Alchemy of 42’ is written for fans of gothic, horror, sci-fi and fantasy—described as omni-directional, dark and lyrical, ‘these poems ambush the senses’.

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Polly is delighted to be joined by poetry friends Charley Barnes, Nina Lewis and Michael W. Thomas as guest readers. It’s set up to be an ace evening 😊

We look forward to seeing you there.

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“Celebrating 42Worcester with a collection is a thrill,” Polly said, “I’m planning to collate an anthology of poems from the 42Worcester poets and writers next year and have another of my own collections ‘Growing Places’ scheduled for next March.”

Eminent poet, reviewer and University lecturer, Michael W. Thomas, said, “Here, we share afresh the terrors of Le Fanu’s Maud. There, we witness a sentinel-crone at the junction of this world and the next as she prepares a treat for a spectral trio. A ‘circus of chaos’ offers not the joy of parti-coloured distraction but an insupportable sense of loneliness. Faerie folk ‘suck on columbine, nectar, blood’ as they caper and madden in the corner of our eye. Circe of the many-hued hands delights equally in fragrant herbal beds and the torment of libidinous sailors. More happily, in the dusk of a carpet museum, revenant lovers unite, as they never could in harsh, uncaring life.”

 

An Invitation to the Launch of Call and Response

You are invited to the launch of ‘Call and Response’, the result of a project run by Worcester Cathedral Poet-in-Residence Amanda Bonnick. Amanda called for poems about the Cathedral and this pamphlet shows the response by Worcestershire poets.

We will be launching the pamphlet in a Zoom meeting starting at 7pm Wednesday 5 August 2020. If you would like to attend, please ask for the link by emailing: ps@blackpear.net or go to the Facebook event page on the day to see the invitation and link there.

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Poets featured in this pamphlet include: Amanda Bonnick, Michael W. Thomas, Mike Alma, David Pamment, Kevin Brooke, Steve Quick, Tim Cranmore, Leena Batchelor, Mark Kilburn, Brian Comber, Roz Levens, Charley Barnes, Anne Hodnette, Ade Couper, Siân Mitchell, Nina Lewis and Polly Stretton. There will be readings from the pamphlet during the evening.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Pack of Lies—Roz Levens

Roz Levens’ debut novel ‘Pack of Lies’ was launched via Zoom in June 2020. Roz featured a quiz at her launch and the winners’ names appear below.

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Graham has taken one risk too many. Now he owes a lot of money to the wrong people, and he is running for his life. Will the women he has duped unite to save him? Is he even worth saving?

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“Roz Levens’ work is vicious, in the best way! She has a marvellous tendency to combine crime and comedy with brilliant results and she blends this with wonderfully distinct characters too…There is something unique about the way Levens puts a story together and she always manages to introduce the unexpected in her plots —and at exactly the right time.”

Dr Charley Barnes
Writer in Residence at The Swan Theatre
Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2019-2020
Managing Director | Sabotage Reviews

“Sara, Martha, Jude. Their one common link is Graham Parker…but they don’t know it. Then the letters arrive, the photographs, the documents, dropping through their letterboxes into wire baskets, onto doormats. Yes, that’s him…but who’s that with him, whose is that name alongside his? And who is Micaela? Is she just a bit-player in this mystery…or does she know more? Does she know all of them? How? Is she the one gradually drawing them together and, if so, to what end?

“In this skilfully constructed tale, Roz Levens deftly reveals the many lives of Graham Parker: lives invented, juggled or plain thrown away. But such casualness can come at a price…and that price can mean real danger. …we learn that Graham was a whizz at English: ‘His teacher said he had the most wonderful imagination…she’d never met a child with such a grasp of the importance of a plot.’ Now, it seems, he is learning that plots backfire. Truly, he needs help. But one question looms ever larger throughout this assured page-turner—will those he’s discarded be willing to give it?”

Michael W. Thomas, author of The Girl from Midfoxfields, The Portswick Imp: Collected Stories 2001-2016 and The Stations of the Day.

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Roz’s Quiz—winner: Kathy Haynes, runner-up Ellie Myers, third place, so many that Roz put the recipe prize up on Facebook.

The Bad Birthdays Club–Olivia Camozzi

A double treat for you: two book launches in one event.

Olivia Camozzi will be launching her new novella, The Bad Birthdays Club, which won the University of Worcester Black Pear Press Prize for Fiction 2019. ‘An engrossing and thought-provoking story’, this books comes with a trigger warning as it deals with teenage suicide attempts and depression.

Kelly Williams will be launching her new poetry collection, Ynygordna, which won the University of Worcester V. Press Prize for Poetry 2019. John Kinsman says, “Ynygordna is not a twee poetry collection for your kitschy coffee table display – this is a no-holds-barred fistfight with blood, guts and strap-ons. Williams is a true warrior poet and these poems will wound you. You’ve been warned.”

The virtual launch event was held on Zoom in May 2020. There were readings from both works and audience Q&A sessions.

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You can get your copy of Olivia’s novella here priced at £5 +P&P:

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and Kelly’s pamphlet is available here: V Press

Sunita Thind—The Barging Buddhi and Other Poems—Virtual Book Launch

Debut poet Sunita Thind explores the Indian, female perspective and gives an insight into Punjabi culture in the UK today. Poetry like this is not usually visible in the mainstream and provides readings of lush and exotic imaginings.

Drawing immensely from her dual Punjabi and UK heritage to display poems layered in dense imagery, a battle plan for the future. How to emancipate yourself from centuries of right and rituals to cast a new light on multicultural Britain.

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The virtual launch of ‘The Barging Buddhi and Other Poems’  took place April 2020. Sunita said ‘It’s going to be exotically intoxicating!’ And it was 😀

Later in the year it’s hoped there will be a book launch at the Quad Derby – be sure to come along and get your book signed by Sunita!
Entry will be free of charge—voluntary donations to a Ovarian Cancer Charity (as she is a survivor of this) and some Indian food bites—free on a first come-first serve basis.

 

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