I’m very excited by the new book coming out in November (Lace by Susan Wicks and Elizabeth Clayman), which caps off Stonewoods autumn events. And I also just wanted to let you know a few bits of nice news about a couple of our writers.
The wonderful Loose Muse will be featuring Di Slaney and Anna Robinson on the event on 11 November. They’ll be reading for around 20 mins each from their Stonewood collections, as well as other poems, and it will be followed by short Q&A. Loose Muse is great – there’s always a warm atmosphere, and an open mic so why not sign up and join in!
Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, WC2H 9BX.
Starting time: 8.00pm
Entry: £6.00 – £5.00 conc.
We’re really pleased by the news that Di Slaney has won first prize in the Four Corners Poetry Competition (St Cross College, Oxford) judged by the wonderful poet Mimi Khalvati for her poem Nottinghamshire Sheet XXIX N.W. – OS Edition of 1920 If you want to know more about the prize, and read Di’s winning poem click on the link below.
If that wasn’t enough…
… Di was also commended in the The McLellan Poetry Prize (awarded by the Arran Theatre and Arts Trust as part of the annual McLellan Arts Festival). Now in its seventh year, this year’s judge was Simon Armitage.
Source: Poetry Competition
While Di was busy winning all the prizes, Anna Robinson’s The Night Library was being reviewed by Kat Soini over at the fantastic LondonGrip
“Out of a list of books and pamphlets waiting for a review I chose Anna Robinson’s The Night Library for two reasons. One was my blatant positive discrimination for female writers due to the issues I’ve discussed… The second reason, however, was quite simply the intriguing title. Show me a writer who doesn’t love libraries and who doesn’t yearn to wander among the stacks in the dark stillness of the night and I’ll show you a liar…
…Anna Robinson’s well-crafted poems are accompanied by Martin Parker’s delicate drawings that effectively bring the collection to life, enhancing the dreamlike symbiosis of libraries and those of us who love to dwell in them. I recommend you step in to The Night Library and allow yourself to get indulgently lost.”
Stonewood is very excited to be publishing Lace by the wonderful Susan Wicks and Elizabeth Clayman this autumn.
“Together, the words and images here are a celebration of a fine aesthetic principle: that a tight, even exhaustive focus on the small thing, the simplest of stimuli, is not restriction but a liberation into a vast range of associations.” – Philip Gross
Susan’s poem is an imaginative journey directly provoked by the frayed shapes and often defective patterns of lace, as translated by Elizabeth’s drawings – carefully drawn with soft vine charcoal, which as Elizabeth says in the preface is “fugitive, like dust”, and mirrored the labour-intensive act of lace-making itself.
The launch will be on Thursday 19th Nov. 2015 from 8pm at The Houseman Room, UCL, Gower St, London WC1E 6BT – download the flier >here<