I’m very pleased to announce I’m launching my new book of poetry “Creative Waste” on Febuary 24th at Southcart Books in Walsall. I’m even more excited to announce that my fellow poetry chums Matt Humphries and Paul Morris will also be launching their new books alongside me making the event a triple spectacular. More details and interviews with Paul and Matt to come nearer to the time.
When I was a child there was a way
To make my little face light up.
That was simply to let me enjoy
Reading one of my favourite books.
From toddler to balding parent
From big books to small.
I’d while away any spare time
Trying to read them all.
Sadly as I got older I became fickle,
My love of print began to dwindle.
I fancied a new cheap thrill,
So I began an affair with a Kindle.
She was willing I have to say
We’d be at it every night.
My eager finger tracing her slim lines,
As we frolicked in her dim electric light.
But flings like this never last,
I longed for something finer in my hands.
My forgiving books welcomed me back
I knew they would understand.
They didn’t care I’d been unfaithful,
That for years I’d not given them a look.
I swore we would never part again,
As I was reunited with my books.
So from that day forward,
Though I don’t really like to brag.
I’m doing a book a day or more,
At last books again are my bag.
Support your local independent bookshop, I’m supporting Southcart Books.
It seems I just can’t print copies of Diverse Verse 2 fast enough because as soon as I get them to Southcart Books they’re sold out and I have to order some more. I shouldn’t complain though as that’s more money plus what will be made this month in digital sales that can be donated to Cancer Research UK.
Part of this success story is due to Southcart itself, this is a shop that supports local authors, writers, musicians, photograhers and more. They have a local author table and shelves full of great works by talented folk from Walsall and beyond plus they hold a regular open mic. ( Last Saturday of the month but the next one’s on the 1st July.)
If you’re a local author, poet etc with a book or CD out then you can’t go wrong getting in touch with Scott and Amy who run the shop (email@example.com) and see what they can do for you. Even better why not pop along with your books to the next open mic and give everyone a taste of your work. You’ll be glad you did.
Yesterday the poetry book I’ve compiled for charity “Diverse Verse 2” was launched at Southcart Books in Walsall, and I’m pleased to say the event was a roaring success.
20 poets including myself turned up to read and with the audience that came to support the launch and enjoy the great poems at times it was hard to move. The book’s sales will support Cancer Research UK and yesterday we raised £115 and sold every single copy I’d had printed.
Here’s some photos from the event and after them I’ll let you know where the book can be bought from.
These poems come courtesy of Elaine Christie and Scott Carter
Speaking of Southcart Books I will be having some more copies printed soon and delivered to the shop, keep an eye on their Facebook page if you are local and want to reserve one. Price will be £8.
I’d just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported this book, all who sent in poems, Southcart Books for allowing me to use their open mic as a launch, everyone who read or came to listen at the launch and everyone who shared the book’s details via social media and more. Now to get working on my next book and who knows maybe Diverse Verse 3 soon?
So Diverse Verse 2 the poetry collection for charity I’ve been working on is now out and available to buy.
It will firstly be available at Southcart Books from today onwards towards the official launch this Saturday,then online for everyone who can’t make it to the shop.
Pictures taken by Scott Carter.
Late last year I launched a call for poets for a poetry anthology for charity entitled “Diverse Verse 2.” I’m pleased to say the book is at the printers and we have a launch date.
On the 27th May as part of Southcart Book’s open mic “Diverse Verse 2” will be launched. The official Facebook event is here if you are interested, it should be a great day with lots of superb poets reading and hopefully I’ll sell a few books for charity.
Southcart Books my local bookshop and supporter of the arts in Walsall needs your help. I’ll let them explain and introduce Project Mayhem.
WHAT IS PROJECT MAYHEM ?
Right then here we go with an explanation , apologise for it being overlong but I feel a proper explanation is needed.
Here at Southcart books we have constantly been bombarded with stock both paid for and donated and we feel it’s getting out of control , I’m giving 100s of books away every month & we still can’t cope , we now have about 3 times as much books in the storeroom & kitchen than whats on display on the shop floor & we would love people to eventually get to see them , no good having all those books if they can’t be seen is it ?
What we would like to do is open 3/4 of the storeroom (an extra 200sq ft ) , to customers as additional shop floor space , as you can imagine this comes with considerable cost so we are hitting it 3 fold.
1. a long running online sale to raise extra capital
2. seeking community based funding from the government ( blood out of a stone I know )
3. launching a crowdfunding scheme to raise capital.
What the money would be spent on…we have a couple of plans depending on how much we get.
Low funding…block off the kitchen and fill the storeroom with bookcases.
Medium funding…make the storeroom look the same as the main shop floor , bookcases plus all the additional trimmings.
High funding…remove part of the shops wall to really open up the shop space.
We are not asking for money off you directly in this economic climate and we fully understand that some people do not agree with crowdfunding businesses so if you can’t help us financially we would really appreciate you sharing our ideas and funding links.
If you can help financially we are offering you stock for pledges like we did last summer plus people/businesses can sponsor areas and bookcases.
Many thanks for reading & we always encourage your feedback , here is the link.
plus here is the link to our online sale with up to 95% off some higher priced items
So can you help? You don’t have to donate money – though that would be cool – even if it’s just liking the Facebook Page and spreading the word every bit helps. At the same time why not support your local independent book shop, pop in and see what you can offer.
Catch me tomorrow at Southcart Books in Walsall as part of their great free event, Things that go bump in the night. I’ll be performing some spooky poems and there will be some great talks from Sage Paranormal.
Its going to be a busy couple of weeks as I hit the road and get out supporting my friends and favourite shops.
Tonight I’ll be at the Ort Cafe supporting my good friend and great poet Pixievic…
Saturday I’ll be performing at Southcart Books as part of their great Valentine’s Day Massacre…
Finally on the 19th February I’ll be part of the Birmingham Stanza Poets, performing at Waterstones In Birmingham as part of the Verve Poetry Festival.
Hope to catch you at one of these fab events
Southcart Books in Walsall where I held my latest book launch have themselves launched a book of short stories entitled Southcart Tales. This is an excellent book with some great work from talented local authors, sold to raise money to support the shop.
Here’s the Amazon info
Southcart Book Shop is one of the few thriving independent book shops in the West Midlands, if not the UK as a whole. In this modern era of computers, video games, social media and reality TV, books are becoming an ever more precious commodity.
At Southcart Book Shop, Scott and Amy aren’t content to simply sell books. They are building a community of book lovers, regularly holding events with readings from authors, themed days and always a warm welcome.
The nine authors featured in this collection are all Southcart regulars, and royalties from the sales of this book are going direct to Southcart Book Shop, to help Scott and Amy continue their fantastic work of spreading the love of reading.
Fantasy author Stan Nicholls kindly provides the introduction to a great collection which will have you shaking in your socks or holding your sides with laughter. Having read the book I must say it is a vibrant mix of story types, from fantasy to horror, from real life to sci-fi and is an excellent read and worthy of your attention.
If you want to support an independent bookshop and read some great tales then you might like to pick up a copy, here’s some handy links so you can do just that.
Or if you are in Walsall why not pop in to Southcart Books and pick up the book direct from them, they might even have some signed copies.
Author photo courtesy of Rob Grimes