A mixed bag of a blogpost from me this week, as I’ve so many different things to share.

First a massive thank you to the wonderful guest poets and everyone who came to my first plenty-fish launch on Saturday. It was a lovely night marking the end of a week which saw me performing four different poetry sets and one powerpoint presentation in just five days! (All great fun, though slightly gulping for fresh air towards the end!)

Post-launch celebrations included seeing my new twin baby nieces for the first time – yes very cute, and remarkably quiet…so far at least! Also my Dad’s birthday and a poem up on the fabulous three drops from a cauldron website.

Ye Olde Tavern

Forget press gangs. It were never the King’s men
who pushed a man in his drink to join the Navy.

There’s a good reason for pubs’ wooden bars:
our full​ rack of plump breasts serving up pints…”

Read more here.

Other news includes a poem on last week’s Radio Wildfire live broadcast and a lovely review of Be[yond] by Robin Houghton on her blog ukpoetgal:

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I can also now announce that I will be judging the poetry and children’s poetry sections of this year’s Writing Prize for Mother’s Milk Books. The theme is ‘Love’ (within the context of family life) and I’d really urge you to enter. I know people sometimes worry about entering if they know the judge, but please don’t let this stop you from sending a poem. So long as I’ve not seen a draft of the actual poem submitted before and you follow the guidelines for the competition (as can be found here) you are very eligible for the competition.

Other news? Well, I’m busy as ever over at V. Press and looking forward to taking a stand to this year’s Poetry Book Fair on from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday, September 26 at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL.

My plenty-fish launch readings continue with:

Friday, September 18 Nine Arches/Birmingham launch of plenty-fish. Sarah will be reading from plenty-fish as part of the Nine Arches Press event also launching books by David Clarke, Myra Connell and David Hart in the Pinsent room at the MAC Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, West Midlands B12 9QH from 7-9pm. The event is free but tickets should be booked here.

Monday, September 21 – Sarah will be a guest poet, reading from her Nine Arches collection plenty-fish at Leicester Shindig at The Western Pub, 70, Western Road, LE3 0GA.


Then, while I am at the Poetry Book Fair, I will also be doing a reading for Mother’s Milk Books:

Saturday, September 26 Sarah will be reading at London’s Poetry Book Fair at 2.30pm at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL.

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V. Press & Mother’s Milk
Found: Two Women, Two Presses, Two Voices
Sarah James shares poems from the Mother’s Milk Books’ pamphlet Hearth, written with Angela Topping and inspired by objects found around home’s hearth, while, in contrast, Jacqui Rowe reads from her V. Press pamphlet, Ransom Notes, which crafts found texts and poem drafts into poetry fictions that are simultaneously very serendipitous and very idiosyncratic.