An Outbreak of Peace: Sarah Tait

Sarah Tait is a Ramsgate Poet, beach-walker and haiku fan. An active member of her local poetry scene in Thanet, Kent, Sarah has been published in a number of magazines, as well as regularly performing her own work.

Sarah will read her poem The Grass is Waking in the Ground at the An Outbreak of Peace launch at Housman’s TODAY 7pm

An Outbreak of Peace: Peter Kenny

Peter Kenny is a poet and playwright, and was co-founder of Telltale Press, and co-editor of Truths, A Telltale Press Anthology. His poetry publications include The Nightwork (Telltale Press 2014) and A Guernsey Double (2010, Guernsey Arts Commission). His latest comedy for theatre was A Glass of Nothing. He blogs at peterkenny.co.uk

Peter will read his poem, War diary in 1/72 scale, at the An Outbreak of Peace launch at Housmans TODAY 14th November 7pm

An Outbreak of Peace: Clare Owen

After working as an actor and arts administrator in London, Clare married a boat builder and moved to Cornwall.  She promptly had three children and set up an improvised theatre company, re-enacting the stories of their audiences around the county.  More recently she has co-written and performed with the all women ensemble, ‘Riot of the Freelance Mind’ and she regularly reads her short fiction at spoken word events and local festivals.  She has just finished her first YA novel Zed and the Cormorants, which will be published by Arachne Press in  2019/20

Clare will read from her story The Cormorant at the An Outbreak of Peace Launch at Housmans TOMORROW 14th December 7pm

AND

at Lost in Books, Quay Street, Lostwithiel, PL22 0BS

on 16th November 2018 6pm

An Outbreak of Peace: Valerie Bence

After a career in academia, Valerie Bence finished a doctorate in her mid-fifties and then moved from academic to creative writing, completing an MA in Poetry in 2016. She works mainly with objects and artworks but writes ekphrastic poems in its broadest sense, encompassing truth, memory, place and time. Time is an especially powerful focus and she finds that writing on significant anniversaries or in real-time brings another dimension to the writing process.

Her first collection Falling in Love With a Dead Man (based on Rembrandt artworks) is to be published in 2019. Valerie lives and works in Bucks.

Valerie will be reading her poem, Light at the London launch of An Outbreak of Peace

at Housmans on 14th November 7pm

An Outbreak of Peace: Karen Ankers

Karen Ankers is a poet, playwright and novelist who lives in Anglesey.  Her poetry collection, One Word At A Time was published in 2017.  Her one-act plays have been performed in the UK, America, Australia and Malaysia.  Her first novel, The Crossing Place, was published in January 2018 by Stepping Stones Publishing. Poems published in Indiana Voice Journal

Karen will read her poem Poppy Day at the An Outbreak of Peace launch at Housmans 14th November 7pm

An Outbreak of Peace: Katy Darby

Katy Darby co-runs the award winning Live Literature event, Liars’ League (www.liarsleague.com) and teaches writing at City University, London. Her first novel, The Whores’ Asylum, was published by Penguin in February 2012. Her personal website is www.katydarby.com.Katy is the co-editor of London Lies, Lovers’ Lies, Weird Lies adn We/She

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She has provided us with several stories: Keep Calm and Carry On for London Lies The Horror, the Horror for  StationsCharacter Study and The Fool’s Tale for Liberty Tales,  Hunt and Pray and In the Blind for Shortest Day, Longest Night and Comeback Special for We/She. Katy regularly reads for us in her acting capacity, and runs workshops for other writers on performing their work.

Katy will read from her story, Canary Girl at the An Outbreak of Peace launch at Housmans 14th November 7pm

An Outbreak of Peace: CB Droege

CB Droege is an author and voice actor from the Queen City living in the Millionendorf. His latest book is Peacemaker and Other Stories. Other Recent publications include work in Nature Futures and Science Fiction Daily. Learn more at cbdroege.com

CB has a story in Shortest Day, Longest Night and wil read his story Sown, at the An Outbreak of Peace Launch at Housman’s 14th November 7pm

It’s publication day!

In shops today, in time for the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, An Outbreak of Peace, stories and poems in response to the end of WWI.

A collection of work from writers all over the world, and both sides of the conflict.

The brief was ‘no trenches’ and for the stories and poems to address, grief, relief and hope not vengeance, hatred or triumphalism. We were deeply moved and impressed by what we were sent, and picking the best of those for this book has been a particular pleasure.

You can order the book from us direct in our web shop (post free), or come to one of the launches –

Three launch events for An Outbreak of Peace

LONDON! Housmans 14th November

The official publication date for this anthology of new short stories and poems in response to the end of WWI, An Outbreak of Peace is the 8th November, but we are having the launch party on

Wednesday 14th, at Housmans radical bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX,

with readings from Clare Owen, CB Droege, Katy Darby, Chantal Heaven (fiction);

Karen Ankers, Valerie Bence, Peter Kenny, Sarah Tait (poetry).

There will also be a poppy-seed cake, and other, liquid, refreshments.

£3 on the door, redeemable against purchase of the book. (It would help our pre-event nerves if you let us know you are coming)

Manchester! Blackwells 30th November

As our authors are spread all over the globe, we are trying to give as many of them as possible an opportunity to celebrate the launch in person. We can’t afford to jaunt off to the US and Australia, or even Germany or France, but we can manage Manchester!

Northern fans of poetry and short fiction are invited to join us at Blackwells, Manchester. Near Arthur Lewis Building, The University of Manchester Bridgeford Street, M13 9PL

on 30th November at 6.30pm

There will be readings from

Rebecca SkipwithLily Peters, (fiction)

Ness Owen, Sarah Tait, Mantz Yorke, and Valerie Bence, (poetry)

and cake and liquid refreshment.

Tickets are free. https://bit.ly/2CQcuVT

And finally, for now, a reading

by Clare Owen of her story from the collection, The Cormorant,

at Lost in Books, Quay Street, Lostwithiel, PL22 0BS

on 16th November 2018 6pm

Coming up: An Outbreak of Peace

LONDON! Housmans 14th November

The official publication date for this anthology of new short stories and poems in response to the end of WWI, An Outbreak of Peace is the 8th November, but we are having the launch party on

7pm Wednesday 14th, at Housmans radical bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX,

with readings from Clare Owen, CB Droege, Katy Darby, Chantal Heaven (fiction);

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Karen Ankers, Valerie Bence, Peter Kenny, Sarah Tait (poetry).

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There will also be a poppy-seed cake, and other, liquid, refreshments.

£3 on the door, redeemable against purchase of the book.

An Outbreak of Peace contributors announced

Subject to confirmation from the writers, issuing of contracts and so on, we have the line-up for An Outbreak of Peace, our anthology responding to the centenary of the ending of WWI, which will be published in November.

They are:

Ellery Akers
Karen Ankers
Annelise Balsamo
Valerie Bence
Anne Bevan
Elinor Brooks
Katy Darby
Peter DeVille
Sarah Deckro
CB Droege
Ken Farrell
Corie Feiner
Norman Franke
David Guy
Chantal Heaven
Anwar jaber
Steven Jackson
Peter Kenny
Peter Shaver
Julie Laing
Katy Lee
Gerald McCarthy
Nicholas McGaughey
Nina Murray
Ness Owen
Clare Owen
Lily Peters
Nick Rawlinson
Rebecca Skipwith
Lucy Smith
Sarah Tait
James Toupin
Rob Walton
Nick Westerman
Martin Willitts, Jr
Mantz Yorke

We have an eclectic mix of poems and short stories some of which deal with WWI, some with the ending of other wars, and some not about war at all, as such, which is as it should be.