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Paper Swans Press gets Best of British

Best-of-British-cover[1]Best of British is a daring title for an anthology in these post-Brexit days, but co-editors Sarah Miles and Jill Munro are a safe and experienced pair of hands.

“It’s a wonderful anthology of accessible, varied and memorable poems,” writes Costa poetry prize winner Jonathan Edwards. “These are poems for and about people as much as about place.”

Best of British launchThe anthology includes work by Rebecca Bird, Claire Booker, Michael Brown, Claire Collison, Karen Izod, Sarah James, Angela Readman, Maggie Sawkins, Derek Sellen, Elisabeth Sennitt Clough, Paul Stephenson, Alison Stone, Alex Toms and Jules Whiting among others.

Subjects are wide and various, ranging from Viking museums, London rivers and stolen pavements, to citizenship tests, motorways and Scottish fish gutters.

Best of British was given a rousing launch at The George, Tunbridge Wells, with readings from Carole Bromley, Claire Collinson, Karen Izod, Ed Broom, Lawrence Wilson, Susan Evans, Claire Booker, Sue Spiers and Maggie Sawkins. PaperSwan's Press British launch

To buy a copy, or find out more about the award-winning Paper Swans Press, please visit: Paper Swans Press

 

 

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Ho,ho,ho – it’s the season to celebrate!

Icy winds may moan (and by golly they do) but nothing stops good poetry reaching its readers.

South Bank Poetry - front coverClaire Booker had plenty to celebrate this month, with poems published in South Bank Poetry and Prole literary magazines.

South Bank Poetry launched its 14th issue to a packed audience at the Poetry Cafe last week  – so crowded I got shoe-horned in behind the lift!  Along with a number of other contributors, including Paul Stephenson, Chris Hardy and Peter Ebsworth, I was invited to read my poems:  ‘Sudden Snow’ explores the existential aspects of building a snowman, whilst ‘Forbidden Fruit, SW16’ is a cautionary tale of elderberry-picking on a south London street.

South Bank Poetry magazine is available from a number of bookshops, including Foyles at the Royal Festival Hall, and the National Theatre bookshop. Or you can order from South Bank Poetry, 74 Sylvan Road, SE19 2RZ (price £4.30 incl p&p).

Prole (Issue 9)The ever excellent Prole notched up issue number 9 this month, which includes a Claire Booker poem about South Africa alongside work by Wendy Pratt, Maitreyabandhu and Rafael Miguel Montes.

Visit the Prole website at:  www.prolebooks.co.uk to order a copy of Issue 9, or to set up a subscription.