Black Pear Press is delighted to announce the publication of ‘A Tale of Two Cities II: An Anthology’ the result of Nina Lewis’s revisit to one of her major laureate projects. Poets in Worcester UK and Worcester USA present their call-and-response poems. It is available here, just follow the link or click on the image below.
He’s one half of The Antipoet, he’s a fabulous entertainer and the writer of this new collection. He’s Paul Eccentric. Black Pear Press is delighted to announce his latest book, ‘Lyrical Quibble and Quip: The Collected Ramblings of Paul Eccentric’.
ATOTC II The Video – poets from Worcester UK and Worcester USA read their call-and-response poems – this is part two of the wonderful project first seen in 2018 organised by the 2017-2018 Worcestershire Poet Laureate Nina Lewis. An anthology will be produced soon, you’ll see links to it here when it becomes available.
Pam Keevil first launched Virgin At Fifty in January 2018 and by popular demand has just launched the second edition.
Pam has written since childhood. After a career in primary education and in leadership training, she completed an MA in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Gloucestershire in 2016. Pam had assumed she would write for children. But found that she prefers romance and murder. She has won several prizes for short stories and been shortlisted in Flash Fiction competitions but prefers to write novels. This is her first full-length novel for adults.
Just what do you do when you’ve got no job, no family, no friends and the world you are plunged into is unfamiliar? This is the challenge for Angie Jarvis when she loses her faith and has to leave the safety and comfort of the convent she joined as a young woman, over thirty years ago. But in her quest to create a new life for herself, there is one certainty; she plans to have sex and plenty of it.
Nina Lewis, a former Worcestershire Poet Laureate, organised a second edition of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ (ATOTC). Many will remember the wonderful project back in 2017-18 when Nina invited poets from Worcester UK and Worcester USA to pair up and write call-and-response poems about their city.
We were thrilled to see it repeated – poets from Worcester UK and Worcester USA paired up to write open-themed call-and-response poems this year.
In the original project there was a UK launch and a USA reading, but thanks to the wonders of technology an online event united UK and USA poets for an afternoon / evening of shared poetry.
Black Pear Press were delighted to host the online event.
The original project was published as a Special Edition of Contour magazine and involved over 40 poets, read the issue here.
There will be an anthology produced for ATOTC II and details will be shown here when available.
Pam Keevil’s new novel Wild Girls is here! And while we’re at it, check out the new cover for Pam’s debut novel Virgin at Fifty.
The launch of Wild Girls took place in October 2022, a hybrid event at a smart venue with an appreciative audience online.
An unconventional American, Mona, flees an abusive relationship for the healing peace of the English countryside.
Sheila’s life has followed a more traditional pattern.
They’re unprepared for the impact as two cultures collide. To overcome their life frustrations, they strive to reconcile their own needs with the demands and expectations of family, friends, society and social media. Add to the mix a disaffected husband, a jealous ex, a possible love interest, the suicide of a friend and the threat of developers despoiling their village—peace and quiet are in short supply.
‘A warmhearted book about old troubles and new beginnings—you can never keep a Wild Girl down for long! An ideal beach read.’
—Roz Levens, novelist and short story writer