Thursday 26 April 2012

Event Alert (1): Raiders of the Lost Art at UCS with David Gill

Philadelphia, Jan. 2012: David Gill receives his Outstanding Public Service Award

If you live within range of Ipswich, you might care to join us on Wednesday 2 May. As part of the UCS Academy Lecture series, David Gill (my husband) will be discussing his research on collecting antiquities. The evening, entitled 'Raiders of the Lost Art' and hosted by Mark Murphy of BBC Radio Suffolk, will take place at the University Campus Suffolk Waterfront Building in Ipswich, starting at 17.30 with registration and refreshments and closing with a canapé reception from 19.30.

We very much hope you will be able to join us for this event. If you would like to come, it would be appreciated if you would reserve a place: further details can be found here on David's Looting Matters blog and here (with contact email) on the UCS website.

You may also be interested to hear of David's recent appearance in The Independent's 2012 list of '100 People who make Britain a much, much better place' for his work on returning looted antiquities.

Outside the UCS Waterfront Building, Ipswich, venue for the event on 2 May

Wednesday 18 April 2012

Anthology Alert (11): Antologia Launch in Bucharest

Editor-in-chief, Daniel Dragomirescu (centre) with members of the editorial team

My thanks to Daniel Dragomirescu, editor-in-chief of Orizont Literar Contemporan / Contemporary Literary Horizon magazine, for this photograph of the recent launch event of the Antologia / Anthology at the Muzeul Literaturii / Museum of Literature in Bucharest, Romania. You can read more here (in Romanian) and here (from Rosetta Savelli in Italy) and here (from me in the UK!).


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Thursday 5 April 2012

Anthology Alert (10): Ten Forward, Carillon's 10th Anniversary Publication

Ten Forward ~ Celebrating ten years of Carillon Magazine

Carillon is celebrating its 10th birthday, no small achievement for a literary magazine in the current climate. Editor, Graham Rippon, has done a terrific job in producing a glossy anniversary perfect-bound book edition, with the positive title, Ten Forward. I love the way in which the bursting bud on the front cover becomes a full-blown and flamboyant poppy on the reverse. Spring has indeed sprung in South Yorkshire!

I recall the early editions of the magazine, and indeed the welcome small payments that were made for work that was selected. We all know how few small press magazines are able to pay their authors and poets, but it is always a boon when a cheque arrives in the post or, for that matter, a contributor's copy. It is not only the contributors who are well looked after, for Carillon readers are treated to a rich variety of subject and writing style.

Ten Forward is divided into three sections: (1) poetry, (2) prose and (3) 'Bookmark' and other competition winners. Carol Thistlethwaite has been reviewing books for the magazine for some time, and Graham Rippon has also included his review of her delightful poetry collection, From the Field Book.

I feel privileged to have two of my 'Bookmark' poems, 'Through the Door of Wishful Thinking' and 'Dartmoor: the Call of the Wild' included alongside work by familiar names such as Gerald Hampshire, June Drake, Michael Newman, Pat Jourdan and Neil Leadbeater.

Poems that made a particular impact on me include 'The Slave' by Barbara Robinson, 'Sighing the Deep' by Angela Bradley - and 'Daybreak' by Lorna Grinter, in which 'the air is stitched with birdsong'.

If you would like to find out more about Carillon or if you would like to order a copy of the anthology for yourself, you can visit the Carillon website here - or you can click here for a list of contributors. Thank you, Graham, for a fine and beautifully produced anthology.

And when you next see a red poppy on your travels, don't forget that (in the words of Gordon Scapens),

'it waves a message'.  

Wednesday 4 April 2012

Publication Pointer (6): Launch of Antologia ii in Bucharest, Romania

I am sorry to be missing this exciting launch event of the second 'Antologia', a multi-lingual publication arising out of Orizont Literar Contemporan / Contemporary Literary Horizon magazine produced in Bucharest, Romania. The editor-in-chief is Daniel Dragomirescu, and the translation work is largely undertaken by students of the MTTLC in the University of Bucharest, under the direction of Professor Lidia Vianu. The launch takes place on 7 April 2012 at the National Museum of Romanian Literature. Two of my poems feature in the Antologia.

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