WooCommerce

Having spent the last few months building websites for other people I finally realised that I had abandoned my own. I’ve spent the last few days rectifying this, Ravenshead Press has had a revamp which although it isn’t finished is an improvement on the old site. The biggest problem was that when I put Ravenshead together there were very few choices of online stores to build into WordPress. I went for the most powerful WP Online store and spent days fighting it to link to…

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Seagulls and Spitfires

This October Southampton is putting on a Festival of Words called SO: To Speak. Running from the 23rd of October to the 1st of November the program is packed with exciting workshops and events to attend, with more still being added. If you’re in the area it will be worth checking out and if you’re not in the area then it’s a great time for a holiday. As if that wasn’t exciting enough the festival organisers have commissioned a chapbook by Southampton poet Matt West.…

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Poetry Book Fair

Once again Free Verse was outstanding. More publishers than ever crammed into one hall. Just looking at the books on offer was a treat. One highlight of the day was meeting Teika Bellamy founder of Mothers Milk Books (Facebook). I knew Teika around the period she was setting up the press, but through the Internet. It was lovely to meet her face to face and see how well the press has done. Apparently there were other people present who I knew but didn’t meet on…

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Portsmouth’s Tongues & Grooves Poetry Festival

Yesterday (10/11/2013) I had the pleasure of attending Portsmouth’s Tongues & Grooves Poetry Festival along with Sandra Gordon. Organised by local poet Maggie Sawkins it was a day full of poetry events. It was held in the Square Tower in Portsmouth. Which didn’t look so bright as the picture due to endless heavy rain. The day kicked off with an interesting talk by Neil Astley founder of Bloodaxe Press. Entitled Getting Published (Or Not), it covered the recent history of the book publishing trade and…

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Personal Poetry News (part 1)

Just over a year ago I attended the Poetry Book Fair in London as a volunteer. It was such an enjoyable day I volunteered again this year, but that comes later. My real point here was that after the fair I was chatting with Chrissy Williams about poetry events, I was bemoaning the general lack of poetry around the Hampshire area. (Warning number one: beware what you bemoan). I had already attended a couple of local open mics at this stage and enjoyed the evenings. What…

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If no news is good news…

…then my news must be bountiful. I believe it is. Ravenshead Press has been quiet since last December and here are the reasons why. 1. My full time job changed to a more demanding role in IT and suddenly my free time diminished. It was/is a role outside my comfort zone with computers and demanded plenty of hands on learning. 2. Early enthusiasm for starting a press doesn’t make up for gaps in knowledge. Some interesting discussions with other publishers have helped to fill in some…

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Box of books titled Making Contact

No news is good news

Although the blog might have seemed a little quiet of late much has been going on behind the scenes. Ravenshead Press has been busy working alongside the poets from the Poets’ Graves forum to produce a collection which captured a cross section of the poetry which passes through it. Many poems were submitted for possible inclusion and each received rigorous examination by the editors. Results were widely mixed with some poems getting equal yes and no votes, others fell into the maybe category. Quickly a…

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Opening of the Cultura Press Micro Gallery

Cultura Press

Last Friday I was lucky enough to attend the opening of the Micro Gallery in New Milton run by Cultura Press. This is a very exciting development for the New Forest as it helps to draw together the various artists working in the area. It also provides a central hub for finding out about local events.   The opening provided a testimony of how many people you can fit into a small space as artists, writers and musicians from around the area arrived. Among those…

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Free Verse 2012

Had a great day at Free Verse Poetry Book Fair yesterday. The health of poetry can’t be too bad when around fifty publishers from around the country can meet together and display their wares. The sole downside to the day was not being able to buy everything that caught my eye, as it was I returned home with far more than I had intended and I don’t think I’m the only one, at least one of the stall holders complained their case of books was…

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