I had hoped that this Advent Calender would be something of a journey of discovery, and sure enough, Day 4 features a publisher based in Devon who I’d not heard of, despite having lived on the same peninsula as them for 6 years! Day 4 is:
‘A Place where Odd Animals Stand’ by Simon Williams, Published by Oversteps Books
Oversteps Books, founded in 1992, prides itself on publishing some of the best in contemporary poetry, covering a wide range of established and new poets. They provide a voice for many poets who live in, or have strong connections with, the South West, but also publish collections by poets from elsewhere. Their writers give regular poetry readings at festivals and other events.
‘A Place Where Odd Animals Stand’ by Simon Williams is described as a “wise and witty” collection. And the author adds that:
“It represents the best of my poems written in the last five years and includes a section on autobiographical events, as well as a miscellany of ‘general purpose’ poems. As the title suggests, many of these are about odd aspects of the world and there are plenty with a light kick in their heels.”
You can read a couple of poems from the book on the Oversteps Books Website.
And you can buy it now for £9 by clicking here.
[Day 4 on the Poetry Advent Calendar is ‘The Little that Tells a Story’ by Jackie Hagan]