Tuesday, 3 August 2021

'Driftwood by Starlight' Online Launch

Tin-mining country, Minions Moor, Cornwall

My first full length poetry collection, Driftwood by Starlight (The Seventh Quarry Press, June 2021), is being launched via Zoom this evening, Tuesday 3 August 2021. 

Driftwood by Starlight can be purchased for £6.99 (UK price) from the online shop at The Seventh Quarry Press website - here.


Peter Thabit Jones, my publisher, will introduce The Seventh Quarry Press. I have invited Peter to read one of his 'Edward Thomas' poems in the first half. 

I will read a selection of poems (East Anglia, Wales, Cornwall ...) from the book. Guest readers, Susan Richarson and Jean Salkilld, will each read one of their poems. David (Gill) will also read one of his poems.

Jean's collection, The Familiar Road, was published by The Seventh Quarry Press in 2016. (The Suffolk poem Jean is due to read is not actually in this collection.)

Susan Richardson's poem comes from Words the Turtle Taught Me (Cinnamon Press, 2018), shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award

My thanks to photographer, Laurence Hartwell, for his night-time photograph of Cadgwith on the front cover.

Thank you also to Maria Lloyd whose questions about the collection will appear in a future post on my blog ... with my answers! 

Update, 4 Aug 2021: my sincere thanks to Juliet Wilson who has posted a review on her Crafty Green Poet blog here.



My poems included in the online launch:

  • The Serpentine Stile, p.9
  • Zennor Voices, p.19
  • Preseli Blue, p.37
  • Monte Testaccio, Mound of Potsherds, p.35
  • Treasure Hulk p.36 (For interest: the Scallop can be seen here.)
  • The Ocean's Tears, p.24
  • Isabella Tiger Moth Greets the Woolly Bear Caterpillar, p.34
  • Two Penguins and a Pebble, p.44
  • The Ceilidh House, p.16
  • Rhossili: Writing The Worm (extracts), p.38
  • Moonshine, p.27

 I refer to my two 'Edward Thomas' tribute poems. These are:

  • Lost, p.12
  • Dunwich in Winter, p.14

My poem, 'Rhossili: Writing The Worm', was first published in Hidden Dragons/Gwir a Grymus (Parthian Books, 2004) after I had taken part in The Write Stuff, a Disability Arts Cymru initiative. I attended launches at the Hay Festival, Ty Llyn/The Dyan Thomas Centre and the National Botanic garden of Wales. 


'Hidden Dragons/Gwir a Grymus' (Parthian Books) launch at the Hay Festival, 2004

  I have invited ...

Peter Thabit Jones to read his poem, 'The Edward Thomas Stone in Steep' from Peter's new book, GARDEN OF CLOUDS New and Selected Poems. You can read about it and buy a copy here. There are some sample poems here and here.

Jean Salkilld to read her poem, 'At Saint Edmundsbury Cathedral'.

David Gill to read his 'Adlestrop'-inspired poem, 'Gloucestershire in the Negev', first published in The Seventh Quarry poetry magazine (2008). See also here.

I refer to the poem, 'Words' by Edward Thomas. 


Launch day, Tuesday 3 August 2021

Caroline in Cadgwith, June 2021

My website: Caroline Gill: Poetry

Find me on Twitter: @coastcard

My chapbook: The Holy Place (2012), shared with John Dotson,  and published by The Seventh Quarry Press in conjunction with Cross-Cultural Communications, New York. John was the first poet-in-residence at the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation in Carmel, California.

1 comment:

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Caroline, Hope the launch went well!