|The event is to launch three new poetry collections: ‘The Gun-Runner’s Daughter’ by Susan Castillo Street; White Roads by Alex Josephy and Instructions for a Quiet Life by Rebecca Biklau There will also be some invited guest readers.Susan is Harriet Beecher Stowe Professor Emerita, King’s College London. She has published three collections of poems, The Candlewoman’s Trade (Diehard Press, 2003), Abiding Chemistry, (Aldrich Press, 2015), The Gun-Runner’s Daughter, (Aldrich, 2018) and a pamphlet, Constellations (Three Drops Press, 2016). Her poetry has appeared in Southern Quarterly, Prole, The High Window, Ink Sweat & Tears, Messages in a Bottle, The Missing Slate, Clear Poetry, Three Drops from a Cauldron, Foliate Oak, The Yellow Chair Review, Poetry Shed, The Lake, Smeuse, Algebra of Owls, Picaroon, Riggwelter, and other journals and anthologies. Her poem ‘Bird of God’ recently won first place in the 2018 Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Competition. Her blog The Salamander and the Raven (www.thesalamanderandtheraven. Blogspot.co.uk) has had more than 105,000 hits in 39 countries.
Alex lives in London and Italy. Her poetry pamphlet Other Blackbirds was published by Cinnamon Press in 2016 and her collection White Roads is due out with Paekakariki Press in 2018. She was poet in residence at Rainham Hall, Essex in June 2016, and in Markham Square, London, in 2017. She is currently writing poems about bumblebees for Fifty Bees (#fiftybees, @Fiftybees), a multi-media arts and ecology collaboration.
Rebecca is co-founder and current editor of Beautiful Dragons Collaborations, a poetry press which brings established and new poets together to stanza their stuff on specific themes. So far they’ve covered every chemical element (My dear Watson) every current UK county and some that have been abolished (The Bees Breakfast) and a passionate call to thought (Noble Dissent). Her new collection Instructions for a Quiet Life (Ovesteps, 2017), follows Calling for New Omens (Wayleave, 2015) and Weather Notes (Oversteps 2012). She is poet in residence for Faith magazine. She spends half her time in Wolfenbüttel, wide-eyed at European achievement and tragedy, and half in Cumbria, where she eats crumpets and watches lapwings.