Janice and Dónall Dempsey (Dempsey & Windle Publishing) showcase 4 recent publications: two debut collections and two by more established poets.
Nicky Phillips’s “Jam in Aisle 3” is a pamphlet of 26 modern sonnets. Carole Bromley comments: “Whether writing about relationships and home or tackling darker subjects such as suicide and loss, here is a poet whose strong, humane and yet often humorous voice is consistently authentic and engaging.”
Kathleen Strafford’s “Her Own Language” is a first collection. Hannah Stone has commented: “Strafford’s poetry sings to women. It is perceptive and challenging. The words just seem to flow from her, forcing the emotions to erupt. It is rhythmic and beautifully poignant. It is laugh out loud and deeply moving”.
Mark G. Pennington’s “Barren Stories of Moonlit Mannequins” is also his debut. Ann Grant describes the book: “This collection is the poetry of a young man who has experienced life and whose reflections are passionate and uninhibited. His poetry, both urgent and magical, is delivered in a strong soulful voice.”
Julie Sampson’s latest collection is “It Was When it Was when it Was” Sue Sims says: “Julie Sampson writes of the ties that bind and the threads that link us to our ancestors and the natural world, with an enviable fluidity. Her attention to detail evokes worlds within worlds”
There will be a limited number of floor spots – poets who would like to read should message or email Janice Dempsey.