Arachne’s Amsterdam poets are reading together (with others) this Sunday…
(From the facebook info…)
Sunday 20 May at 4pm Labyrinth is hosting a poetry afternoon. ‘Stranger in A Strange Land’.
English language poets living in and around Amsterdam present their work based on their experiences in their old and new homes. Presented by Jeremy Keighley,
Line up of Poets:
Featuring Poet Kate Foley, Abra Bertman, Vicky Enea, Simon Brod, Lisa Suess, Jeremy Keighley and Robin Winckel
The poetry critique group started about 15 years ago and is a varied group of people who meet twice a month to read, discuss and critique each other’s poetry with a view to encouraging and improving their poetry. Along with the Poetry Critique, the group organises occasional Readings and Workshops.
Labyrinth (Amstelveenseweg 53, 1075VT Amsterdam, Netherlands) is a cocktail, food & poetry bar based in Amsterdam Zuid next to the Vondelpark. Labyrinth serves delicious food, special cocktails and regularly organises poetry events. Through the art of poetry and spoken word Labyrinth aims to bring people in their diversity together.
A couple of pictures from last week’s launch of A Gift of Rivers at Waterstones in Amsterdam.
Kate kept everyone engaged despite feeling a bit below par, and Tim says he sold lots of books (Kate noticed some people buying more than one copy, which is always nice.) Wish I could have been there!
There are a handful of copies left in store so anyone in Amsterdam who missed it Tim will be very pleased to sell you a copy.
Also available at all bookshops that stock poetry, and can be ordered by any that don’t, and of course direct from us.
There will be more readings soon, in the UK. watch this space!
In the meantime here’s the first review, from London Grip
and the title poem
A GIFT OF RIVERS
Flying into Amsterdam
I see how a giant comb has pulled the hairs of the fields
into straight, wet lines, how the occasional hedge
runs on wiry feet away from the open,
how as the plane tilts
the edge of the water-land-water seems ghostly as the meniscus
an empty glass has left behind,
how the many transparent
voices of water thicken in canals
and the old windows in the city
are so like rolled water you wait for fish
to swim through their bubbles.
When I left the branches across our yard
were empty. Now small green fists
punch out space.
It just so happens that today is Lesbian Day of Visibility. What a great day to be publishing Kate Foley‘s new poetry collection, A Gift of Rivers.
A Gift of Rivers charts meeting, marriage and migration, in an extended love letter to Kate’s wife Tonnie.
Kate Foley with Tonnie at the Amsterdam launch of The Don’t Touch Garden
Now, I didn’t know that today was Lesbian Day of Visibility when I planned the publication date, sometimes things just happen like that. But why not get visible in your local bookshop by going in and asking for this lovely book?
Although I am wearing my A Gift of Rivers T-shirt to celebrate, there are no events planned for today, having already done a reading at Gay’s the Word
(more videos available on YouTube!)
and the launch is 1st May 7pm at Waterstone’s Amsterdam. Everyone welcome.
Other readings in the UK are in the offing and details will follow shortly.
The moment the book becomes ‘real’ for me as the publisher, is when I hold the ‘running sheets’ in my hand. These are an actual print of the book, unbound, sent from the printer for quality control purposes.
That’s the point I start gearing up for publicity and all that jazz.
As on this occasion the arrival of the running sheets has coincided with the last week of LGBT History Month, it is appropriate that the book in question is Kate Foley’s love letter to her wife, A Gift of Rivers.
Kate has to be in Amsterdam when the book is due out, so there will be a pre-publication ‘launch’ on 5th April at the lovely Gay’s the Word. Everyone welcome.Books will actually be available from us, by the end of March so feel free to preorder.
And Kate will also be speaking at the London Book Fair Poetry Collective at 17.30 on Tuesday 10th April.
We are looking at whether we can have an official launch-day party in Amsterdam on 26th April!