HOW TO GROW MATCHES – A STRIKING LAUNCH & REVIEWS

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I had an amazing time in London on Saturday for the Against The Grain Press launch of my new poetry pamphlet How to Grow Matches. Big thanks to the team at ATG – Abegail Morley, Jessica Mookherjee and Karen Dennison. Big thanks too to Hilaire, Joolz Sparkes and Linda Black for reading at the event, and to everyone who came. It was lovely to combine the launch with catching up with a friends, and hope to also catch up with those who were away for Easter soon.

The Cloud Appreciation Society has featured a poetryfilm of one of the pamphlet poems ‘Her cumuli collector’ on their home page and here.

I’m also very pleased to share two reviews of How to Grow Matches.

The first on Goodreads: “Leavesley’s poems challenge each of us to choose our paths in life with care, and courage — and to treat our fellow human beings with compassion and respect…These are polished, intelligent poems. Five stars.” E.E. Nobbs, Goodreads, the full review here.

‘This collection looks at everywoman through myths, legends, art and the everyday such as shopping lists. It looks at timeless, classical women and those who post selfies on social media. It refuses to define a woman by her status as a mother or singledom. The title poem is timely for the #MeToo era, starting with an instruction to take a match…

‘“How to Grow Matches” is a timely pamphlet that explores the roles and expectations foisted on women along the with reams of unsolicited advice which also restricts and places limitations on women. The pamphlet also looks at women in story-telling and myths. The poems highlight without complaining and touch on potential role models, enabling women to move from victimhood to survivors who can take control.’ Emma Lee, the full review with wonderfully detailed analysis of several poems in the pamphlet can be found here.

Another lovely snippet also from The Hedgehog Poetry Press

How to Grow Matches is available to pre-order now from the Against The Grain Press shop here!

OTHER POETRY NEWS

‘Life of a Fish’ accepted for publication in The Dark Horse, 39, due out in May.

CREATIVE NON-FICTION and FICTION

I’m delighted that my ‘Love-Affair, Moi?’ was chosen for Litro’s #essaysaturday last weekend. The piece features literary love(s), London lowness and life-saving lyricism – amongst other things!!!

I’m also very pleased to have had ‘How wet is wet? Why Rain Matters’ accepted for publication on Riggwelter in April. This piece is a mixture of essay and creative writing, ranging across topics of nature, outdoor exercise, health, eco-concerns, poetry and photography.

Sticking with my eco-lit/cli-fi interests, my story ‘When it sleets’ has also been accepted for the forthcoming Mantle Lane Press anthology It Came from Beneath the Waves.

NEW EVENTS

Thursday, April 26 – V. PRESS STABLEMATES, The Poetry Cafe, London

Jill Abrams has invited V. Press poets Stephen Daniels and David Clarke , and me, to share poetry (& maybe a few words on running the press) from their recent pamphlets and collections: Tell Mistakes I Love Them, Scare Stories, plenty-fish and How to Grow Matches.

Doors open 7pm, poetry starts promptly at 7.30. Venue: The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton St, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9BX. Tickets are £6 in advance from Buy Now button on the Stablemates website here or £8 (cash only) on the door.

Thursday, 10 May – Worcester SpeakEasy Guest Poet

I’m delighted to be guest poet at May’s Worcester SpeakEasy, the monthly spoken word event of Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe. At Cafe Bliss, Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome St, Worcester WR1 1UH. 7.30pm start.

V. PRESS

V. Press is now open to poetry submissions (April/May), with flash fiction submissions open in July and lots of other exciting news, events, reviews and awards. More information on the V. Press website here.

My 500-word blogpost ‘A Flash Guide to V. Press‘ is also now live on the Flash Fiction Festival website, ahead of this July’s festival where V. Press will have a showcase.

INTERVIEWS

I was also very pleased to be invited to answer a few questions about my own writing, V. Press, aching fingers, writing advice, handling success and failure and more over on ZeroFlash. My interview can be found here.