On the Streets, Making Time and Quiet Celebrations

July 22, 2021 sarahjameswrites

POETRY

I was absolutely delighted to hear that my poem Tectonic Time was one of the two winners of the TORCH and Oxford University Poetry Society deep time poetry competition associated with this year’s The Humanities in Deep Time conference.

I’ve also had three haiku (senryu) spray-painted on the streets of Worcester as part of Same But Different, the City Speaks project on Monday, July 19. The poems, two in St Martin’s Quarter and one by the river at South Quay Riverside, were painted using stencils and eco paint. Googlemaps with all the poems’ locations marked as pins and audio recordings of myself and other poets reading their poems can be found here.

More pictures of these can be found on my website here.

FICTION

I’m really pleased too that my micro Killing Time has won the Tortive Theatre #FlashFiction101 May 2021 competition.

It has been an unusually good few weeks for me on the flash fiction front, as my flash Shivering also won second prize in the Foxes’ Retreat Flash Fiction Summer Solstice Competition.

And, I’m chuffed to have my flash Flamingos in Plastic Heels published in Briefly Writes Zine, issue 5.

PHOTOGRAPHY/ART

I’m proud to have my A Mosaic of Modern Worcestershire, which was part of the ‘From the Art Gallery with Love’ project commissioned by Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, funded by Arts Council England, used as the cover art for the Museums Worcestershire Annual Review 2020-2021. The original full commission here or on my website here.

I’m also very pleased to share three acrylic-based pieces of art with an eco-angle –Loneliness// In the Woods // Blizzard – published in The Lumiere Review issue 5 here. The woman with the red parasol features in many of my images that play with seasonal disturbances.

BBC RADIO

I was delighted to be invited back onto BBC Hereford and Worcestershire to talk to Kate Justice on the evening show on Tuesday, 6 July. The show is available (for a limited time) on BBC Sounds here. Around 3hrs, 20 mins in, you can catch me chatting about my news on my ‘From the Art Gallery with Love’ project commissioned by Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, funded by Arts Council England. Also, my joy at having haiku spray-painted on Worcester streets for the Arches Festival and about the inspiration provided by the Tortive Theatre #FlashFiction101 competition. I read my ‘From the Art Gallery with Love’ poem ‘Still Splendid’ at 3hrs, 24 mins, 50s in. Then, at 3hrs, 35 mins, there’s my take on getting back out and about as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, plus my reading of my Tortive Theatre #FlashFiction101 May contest winning piece ‘Killing Time’.

BOOKS

Earlier this year, I found out my Nine Arches Press collection plenty-fish was now sold out on the press website!

I thought I was also down to my last two copies here. But then I came across a box of books that I’d taken to a book fair and not unpacked – complete with a handful of plenty-fish! So, if anyone would like one of these last copies, there’s a paypal link on my website here.

(Do also message me on lifeislikeacherrytreeATyahooDOTcom if you’d like this signed or if you’d like to buy a copy of one of my other collections at the same time, so that I can work out a special rate for you.)
 
 
 

REVIEWING

Tiffany Atkinson, Lumen (poetry collection, Bloodaxe Books, 2021) on The High Window. I’ve so loved not just reviewing but re-reading this collection since. I’d really recommend it – check out the review for some of the reasons why!

EVENTS

Sunday, 15 August 2021 – Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival – Arrival at Elsewhere


2.20pm-3.45pm on Zoom

Details: here
Tickets: here

I’m absolutely delighted to be reading in the Against The Grain Poetry Press Arrival at Elsewhere event at Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival. I’ll be sharing a section from the collaborative covid-19 poem Arrival at Elsewhere and a couple of my other poems.

Hope to see you there!

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