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Popular Spa poet to launch new collection
1:40pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
A DROITWICH Spa mum is celebrating the launch of her new book.
Prize-winning poet, Sarah Leavesley, who writes under the name Sarah James, is to launch her latest collection Be[yond] this September.
The book, which is published by internationally renowned press, Knives, Forks and Spoons, features poems set against the background of cityscapes and countryside, including the Worcestershire and Birmingham area.
Mrs Leavesley, from Vernon Grove, is a regular swimmer at Droitwich Leisure Centre and water features significantly in some of the opening narratives in the collection. Other poems centre around modern life interpretations and stories evoked through various elements.
Reading with her sons, who are pupils at St Peter’s First School and Westacre Middle School, has had an influence on her latest work. It also includes a poem of echoes, initially inspired by a workshop with Worcester Cathedral Poets in the cathedral chapter house.
The 38 year old, whose first collection Into the Yell (Circaidy Gregory Press, 2010) won third prize in the International Rubery Book Awards 2011, has already received great feedback on the poems.
She will be launching the book locally during this year’s town Salt Fest on September 14 at Park’s Café in Droitwich, where one of the poems from her collection is muralled on the wall. This will be followed by other launches and readings across the country.
The cover for her new book has further local input too, with artwork by Droitwich artists Sam Hutchcocks and Julie Haller of Moonlit Murals.
Mrs Leavesley, who runs the Worcestershire Poetry Society Stanza and is secretary of Droitwich Arts Network, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have this second collection out. This work marks a change in direction within my work, which is very exciting.
“It is also particularly wonderful to discover this year’s National Poetry Day theme is water, as this features quite heavily in the book, along with the other elements of air, earth, fire and ether – all set into a modern context.”
Knives, Forks and Spoons Press editor, Alec Newman, said: “Sarah James's background in Linguistics makes for exceptional poetry. The rhythm is beautifully handled at a phonological level, and the imagery is striking.”
Mrs Leavesley, who read alongside Bernard O’ Donoghue at this year’s Cheltenham Poetry Festival, gave her first readings from the collection in Cork and Limerick this year, after being chosen to take part in the 2013 Coventry – O B’heal twin city poets exchange.
Following her Droitwich launch of Be[yond] at Park’s Café on September 14, which will be from 7pm to 9pm, she will be reading in Leicester on September 16 and then Liverpool on September 21.
Copies of the book may be ordered from Knives, Forks and Spoons Press at knivesforksandspoonspress.co.uk or Mrs Leavesley directly through her website at sarah-james.co.uk
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