Dempsey & Windle Publishing are showcasing six of their poets and their collections, in an exciting event hosted by Dónall Dempsey. This will be a night to remember for the sheer variety of the poems and the creative range of the poets reading.
Dónall Dempsey is originally from Ireland, but is well known on the London poetry scene for his lively performances. His collection of 100 new poems is “Gerry Sweeney’s Mammy”, titled for the warmth and love he remembers embodied in the “mammies’ of his childhood.
Alexandra Davis, from Felixstowe, was the winner of the Brian Dempsey Memorial Poetry Prize in July this year. Her work, published in her pamphlet “Sprouts”, has drawn praise from Ian McMillan and Rebecca Goss, among others, for her sharp observation and warmly created scenes of family.
Fiona Sinclair comes from Kent. She’s attracted to the overlooked, the odd and even peculiar aspects of modern life. Her pamphlet “A Talent for Hats” explores the “second skins” we assume in our social roles, with great wit and dry humour.
Marc Brightside is a young poet from Croydon whose book “Keep it in the Family” gains some inspiration from a difficult upbringing. There’s an undertow of anger, too, which he harnesses in powerful, wry poems about lies and deception at many levels.
Ian Clarke is, in his own words, “an ex-pat Fenland man”, now living in Yorkshire. He gained second place in the Brian Dempsey Memorial Poetry Prize this year with spare, sharply focused poems about the landscape and its seasons in the Fens, and the people there. His pamphlet, “Owl Lit” continues that theme.
Wendy Falla is originally from the Channel Islands. Her book, “The Venus Pool” is a celebration of Sark, the island where she lived as an adult. “A natural storyteller, she reminds us of more relaxed, less materialistic times in the 20th century on Sark, where even today no cars are permitted.