Contained within this book are poems and short stories by SaveAs writers. The submissions published here show real, raw energy coexisting alongside technically excellent writing. This volume invites readers to enjoy a varied collection of poetry and short prose. Along the way, each piece should create a different imaginary world, in words that map out a myriad of subjects, characters and emotions. This anthology represents all that is great about the SaveAs writing group, mainly the diverse skill of its members.
The Anatomist is a profoundly moving collection of poems, destined to introduce a very fine poet to a wider readership in this, its third edition. Also included for the first time are two new works: The Blatant Exposure of Internal Organs and History Recalls How Cruel the Flood Can Be. These poems complement and expand on themes tackled in earlier editions. In turning his attention to social and bodily trauma, Luigi Marchini has sought and found beauty in those liminal spaces between skin and bone, the living and the dead, the man and the animal. Whether the subject is riding the wave of a biblical deluge, losing a new-born child or undergoing a medical scan, Marchini displays a sensitivity to colour, light and movement which provides both a balm and an imperative to stand witness.
War is one of the most difficult subjects to tackle, especially a war so deeply embedded in the national consciousness, and about which so much brilliant and heart-wringing writing has already been produced, particularly by men and women with first-hand experience. For the modern writer to put him - or herself - in that context demands an almost impossible feat of imagination. Then there is the task of translating that experience into words: the physical brutality and sordidness, the high emotions any war engenders, would overwhelm if not ‘contained’ by the literary skills of the poet or storyteller. This book is made up of poems and short stories written to mark the centenary of the outset of the Great War
Follow Luigi where 'the Earth bends away/from its people' and 'too many rain dogs huddle', before he begins the arduous 'rest/climb/rest/climb' which will eventually take him to the summit.
Alongside these lovely poems the book is illustrated in colour with Luigi's own photographs. And it's a most pleasing square shape. And all profits from sales go to Dementia UK, for which charity he undertook his sponsored trek in 2012 and raised a magnificent £3,500. In fact this book is a wonderful thing to own on so many levels.
Siege Of Canterbury: Millennial Creative Writing Competition
Anthology of prose and poetry based around the siege and subsequent sack of Canterbury by the Vikings in eleventh century. Commissioned works as well as winning and short-listed entries in the international competition run by SaveAsWriters in 2011.
Words, Words, Words: Anthology of writing based on Shakespeare and his works
The year 2013 marked the sexcentenary of the death of King Henry IV, who chose to have his remains interred in the heart of Canterbury Cathedral close to the shrine of St Thomas Becket. The Canterbury-based SaveAsWriters, passionate about promoting Kent’s literary and cultural heritage, launched an International Shakespeare Writing Competition to mark the anniversary. Writers and poets were invited to produce works using Shakespeare and his works as inspiration.
Missed Heartbeats brings together some of the very best of today’s poetry in one volume. Marilyn Donovan’s wise and nimble writing delights in its rich and playful investigations; Nicky Gould’s poems deliver, with passion and clarity, invaluable insights into the workings of the mind and heart; Louise McCudden unmasks the delicious, dark and disturbing truths of human experience that sparkle beneath the thin veneer of civility. This is a great opportunity to explore the work of these three talented poets.
Inspired by Spanish artists from the 15th century to the 21st, The Other Guernica invites us into worlds of violence and love, war and domesticity, in a collection that is both a coherent homage to the painting of Spain, and a daring exploration of what might emerge when word meets image. Read with or without the images that inspired them, Derek Sellen’s poems are equally powerful.
These poems are inspired by items from the collection of The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge in Canterbury, bringing to life the curious voices of objects with a deftness of touch enhanced by the accompanying drawings.
For Jeffrey Loffman, it is our relations with each other and the landscape which surrounds us. It is in exertions over hills, moorland, beauty, vision and mortality. It is in the horror of state violence which includes war and suffering, and it is in a gallery of portraits whose various heroisms inspire the breath-taking.