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Celebrations into summer!

BLOOD SUGAR, SEX, MAGIC

The collection is now officially launched! Thanks to everyone who came along to the Verve zoom reading with Kayleigh Campbell, Kathy Pimlott and Georgina Wilding also reading from their amazing new Verve collections. It was a cracking night, great fun and so lovely to share it with friends.

I’m also really pleased to be starting to get out and about with the collection. It was great to be part of the Live Canon lunchtime reading series online and I was headline poet at the fabulous Caffe Grande Slam in Dudley at the end of June – a cracking night, with fabulous hosts, and wonderful poems from the slammers. The evening was special not just in being my first in-person reading from Blood Sugar, Sex, Magic but my first in-person reading since covid! I’d forgotten how much of a buzz live performances are.

I’m also feeling extremely grateful for the generous reception the collection has had generally, from readers who’ve emailed me personally, those who’ve recommended it and reviewers.

Two of the more experimental poems in the collection, Diagnosis and How to be your own worst friend, feature in episode six of Poetry Worth Hearing. The poem texts can be found here and the podcast on various sites including anchor.fm here.

I’m delighted to have a one poem review in the June issue of The Lake here.

The collection has a wonderful detailed review on Everybody’s Reviewing too.

“James is an extraordinary poet. She is often wildly inventive but also respectful of traditional forms, imbuing each of her poems with a confessional tone that is reminiscent of Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton and Carol Ann Duffy. Like the very best of the female poets, she examines what it is to be a modern woman and alive to the potential of life, employing unique methods to share her experiences […]”
Paul Taylor-McCartneyEverybody’s Reviewing, full review here

I was also pleased to see Blood Sugar, Sex, Magic recommended by Teika Marija Smits.

“Sarah’s a fantastic poet, and this collection, which explores what it’s like to live with type 1 diabetes, is as well-crafted, eye-opening and inspiring as I’d expected it to be. But it’s also funny and tender and beautiful. Highly recommended.” Teika Marija Smits

The recommendation can be found here and you can sign up for her newsletter, which is always full of interesting creativity, by filling in the form on her website here.

I’m also really pleased to share another lovely review on Amazon. The wonderful generous response the collection has received over the past month has left me feeling so grateful!

“A beautiful collection of humane, tender and open-hearted poems that illuminate how it is to live in the 21st Century.[…] A gorgeous, poignant collection that left me inspired.”
Sarah Westcott, full review here.

I’m also delighted to have the collection feature on Reading in Bed Episode 54, where Andy N and Amanda Nicholson discuss the personal and hard-hitting nature of some of the pieces, plus a recoding of one of the poems.

“It’s really, really touching. […] With it being such a deep, and quite frankly emotional book, it’s not one that you can rush. […] It’s a really good book; I recommend it straight away.” Andy NReading in Bed Episode 54, full podcast review below (starting at around 35 mins in) and also available on AppleBandcamp and Spotify.
 
https://www.youtube.com/embed/lnCHMfC6mJY

A podcast interview with Andy N at Spoken Label, plus some sample poems from the collection, can also be enjoyed on various platforms, including YouTubeApple Podcasts and Spotify. (If anyone would like a link for the podcast on a different platform, please email Sarah on lifeislikeacherrytreeATyahooDOTcom for a full list of where the podcast be found.)

Blood Sugar, Sex, Magic is available from Verve here.

Distracting myself (from nerves/excitement!) ahead of my Verve launch, I spent some time playing with visual combos for one of my poems from Blood Sugar, Sex, Magic, ‘Balancing on the Swinging Hammock’. Balance(ing) is a word with extra significance for me as a diabetic trying to maintain balanced blood sugars. Full disclosure, neither of the poem layouts in these pix is the same as in the collection, where it does reach a place of (temporary) equilibrium/stillness. (If anyone has problems reading the poem in the photos and would like a text version of it, email me on lifeislikeacherrytreeATyahooDOTcom, and I can send a text only version.)

OTHER POETRY NEWS

My poem Half-Renovated won third place in the These 3 Streams Poetry Competition 2022. Another poem was also commended by the judges.

The I.T. Guy published on Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis on 26 May 2022.

Toothache Talisman published in the July issue of The Lake.

My poem Tectonic Time published in the July issue of streetcake.

I’ve also just had an acceptance that I’m really excited about, though I’m not sure I’m allowed to talk about it yet – so, definitely, a watch-this-space/blog moment!!!

FICTION NEWS

I’m delighted to have a flash, Strawberry Fields Forever, published on Black Nore Review.

READINGS/EVENTS

Friday, 16 September 2022, 7–9.30pm, Burton – Guest poet at Distraction

I will be guest poet at Distraction spoken word open mic night at Greenhouse Café, 1D Rolleston Road, Burton-on-Trent, DE13 0JT. Entry is £3.

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