How to Grow Matches front cover

How to Grow Matches (Against The Grain Press, March 2018)
Price £5


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‘What immediately strikes me in Leavesley’s poetry is that sense of being spoken to directly, forcefully. The anger – at impossible advice, at the hidden and neglected work, at mere survival against the odds – is always balanced with craft and an impeccable sense of timing, and a vision which ranges from the orchestra pit to the research laboratory, via geopolitics, extinction and the recurring nested image of the matryoshka doll. An essential pamphlet.’
– Luke Kennard

‘Uncomfortable, powerful, and compelling, these poems demand to be read. And to read them is to ride a discomfiting turbulent current expressed in images of clocks with disparate rhythms, clouds that dissolve into “dark angels of rain”, piles of spent matches that might make a bonfire. And burning is what these poems do: searing through skilfully controlled anger at the invisibility of women, their lack of a powerful role model to follow, they are ready to burst into flame, urging women to “reclaim their share”.’
– Gill McEvoy

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




Saturday, 31 March – Poetry Cafe, London – Launch of How to Grow Matches (Against the Grain Press)

Sarah will be reading from How to Grow Matches – a pamphlet inspired by strong women, the search for and conflicting female role models and the pressures women face in modern society. With guest readers: Linda Black, Joolz Sparkes and Hilaire.

6.30pm for a 7pm start at Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX.

Saturday, 19 May – Park’s Cafe, Droitwich – How to Grow Matches – A Live Lit Celebration

A launch that’s more like a celebration – for How to Grow Matches (poetry) LINK IN, hopefully Always Another Twist (novella) and spoken word, strong women and fabulous writers generally. More details on this to be revealed in April – featuring guest poets, an open mic with prizes and more!

Time & venue: 7-9.30pm, Park’s Cafe, 4 Victoria Square, Droitwich WR9 8DS