Monday, 4 December 2017

'Readers of all types will find something marvellous here.'

'Perhaps this is the message she wants to leave us with, the importance of opening doors and allowing for reintegration within an individual as well as across relationships through decency and kindness. Readers of all types will find something marvellous here.'

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Gig Alert: Bad Ideas\Chemicals Cosmic Relaunch

I'll be reading a few poems at Lloyd Markham's event at the Full Moon with other performers and musicians... Come along! Here's the poster:


Following that I will be giving a lunchtime reading at Can Openers in Bristol on 1 December, and then hosting and reading at Brown's Poems & Pints in Laugharne on 7 December...


Then I'm taking a little festive season break before returning with gigs in Carmarthen, Bristol, Cardiff, Newport and more in 2018.

Susie x

Gig Alert: Wild Words at The Wheatsheaf


Hello Lovelies,

How are you all doing? Great, I hope! I am almost back to 100% and ready to kick off the tour again this Saturday 25 November by hosting Wild Words at The Wheatsheaf in Fitzrovia, London. This is the London launch for Better Houses, in my birth city, so I will also be reading, but before that I will be introducing some wonderful writers from Parthian Books and our friends. Here are the bits and bobs:

Join us for an afternoon of poetry from Wales and the World at The Wheatsheaf. We will be featuring poets with links to London and Wales and poetry in translation published by Parthian Books and their friends. 


Poets performing include Eleni Cay (A Butterfly's Trembling in the Digital Age, Parthian, 2017 in translation from Slovakian), Christina Thatcher (More than you were, Parthian Books, 2017), Rebecca Parfitt (The Days After, Listen Softly London, 2017), and Tracey Rhys (Teaching a Bird to Sing, Green Bottle Press, 2016).

More special guests TBA! Contact susie@parthianbooks.com if you'd like to read on the day too!

Social / Drinks from 2pm, readings start from 3pm and will wrap up by 7pm. Free entry, books for sale, CASH ONLY... BRING CASH!

The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB

ELENI CAY
Eleni Cay is a Slovakian-born poet living in Manchester, UK. Her poems were published in two pamphlets - Colours of the Swan and Autumn Dedications - and featured in MK Calling 2013 & 2015, anthologies (e.g. Mother's Milk); poetry magazines (e.g. Envoi, Atticus Review) and as the 'best poetry videos on the web' (Moving Poems). Eleni is currently studying the MA Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. Several of her poems have been re-imagined as poetryfilms, dancepoems or multimedia poems, shared widely on social media networks. She has performed her poems in bookshops, at local schools and poetry events in Slovakia, Germany, Austria, USA and England. A Butterfly's Trembling in the Digital Age has been translated into English for the first time by John Minahane.

CHRISTINA THATCHER:
Christina Thatcher is a PhD student and postgraduate tutor at Cardiff University where she studies how creative writing can impact the lives of people bereaved by addiction. Christina keeps busy off campus too by delivering creative writing workshops across south Wales, running projects for organisations including Making Minds and the Welsh Writers Trust and coordinating literature events for the Made in Roath Festival. Her poetry and short stories have featured in a number of publications including The London Magazine, Planet Magazine, Acumen and The Interpreter’s House.
To learn more about Christina’s work please visit her blog: https:// collectingwords.wordpress.com or follow her on Twitter: @writetoempower.

REBECCA PARFITT:
Rebecca Parfitt is originally from Brighton but now lives and works in Cardiff. She has been working in publishing for almost a decade, beginning her career in London before moving to Wales. She is Founder and Editor of the Ghastling – a literary magazine devoted to ghost stories, the macabre and the oh-so-strange. She has published many poems, short stories and reviews in anthologies and magazines. Some of her work has appeared in the Boston Poetry magazine, Dream Catcher, Story Shack, Silver Apples, Dagda, Cheval, Poetry Wales, Wales Arts Review and the Delinquent. She was shortlisted for the Bridport International Poetry Prize, (2010); the Cinnamon Press debut poetry collection award, (2013); she was a finalist for the Aesthetica Creative Writing awards in 2015. Rebecca has recently been given a ‘Writer at Work’ residency by Hay Festival and Arts Council Wales to develop a novel. Tipped as ‘one to watch’ by Cinnamon press who described her poems as: ‘poised images shimmer with clarity, making the everyday world of relationships brim with unsettling surprise.’

TRACEY RHYS:
'By turns tender and outraged, these poems are written from the perspectives of both mother and her autistic child. Tracey Rhys is developing into a superb poet and her first collection contains several powerful pieces that celebrate one child’s life and his vivid imagination. Moving, funny, true and imbued with a gorgeous lyricism, Tracey Rhys’s poems are the real thing. Highly recommended.' – Robert Minhinnick
'Tracey Rhys displays a lyrically inventive and unique voice in these touching yet unsentimental poems about her autistic son, from his birth to his diagnosis. A wonderful debut from a distinctive Welsh poet.' – Rhian Edwards

SUSIE WILD:
'These poems are spells whose words bewitch the ordinary and transform the objects and routines of our human world with their word-magic.' – Gillian Clarke
'The world shifts and transforms itself in these subtly disconcerting poems: words into bees, surgical stitches into mascaraed eyelashes, a fossil oyster into a lover's toenails. The effect can be darkly sinister or exuberantly witty, but it's always new and refreshing. This is an exciting and assured poetic debut.' – Matthew Francis
‘Susie Wild writes with poise and precision about the places we inhabit, casting a benevolent spell over her reader.’ – Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch
'The voice is concentrated, urgent; the material is often tender, even domestic. There is no contradiction in this. The poems come from raw edges of the spaces between people, and a sense of how provisional the tender things can be.' – Philip Gross
'Poems carefully built to be inhabited.' – Cynan Jones

Friday, 17 November 2017

Do Not Go Gentle

Back to Swansea we went, for my third Better Houses tour gig in the city... this time at Do Not Go Gentle festival, which had made the move from the Uplands to the city centre.

I was reading with the excellent Emily Blewitt, and it always a pleasure to share the stage with her. We were upstairs at No Sign Wine Bar. I used to work as a waitress in a cocktail bar (Indigo, which was part of the building) when I was an undergraduate (my glamorous youth).

Thanks to Pierre for booking us and all who came along to see me perform my words in a slightly more nervous than usual manner (Mother was visiting).

Les, who stored my furniture for me during one of the many moving times of my life also came along and bought a book! (I've only been inviting him to my readings for 12 years! (It was lovely to see him)).

I didn't take any photos, but it did happen.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Berkeley Square Poetry Review

It was wonderful to return to Bristol, where I lived when finishing my first book The Art of Contraception quite a few years back now. I had been invited by Charles and Tim to be the guest feature at the Berkeley Square Poetry Revue at cocktail bar and arts and media hub The Square Club and had planned a tenuously-linked set of Halloween poems – at least I had the Jaws one, and one that mentioned spiders, another blood, and so on – but the audience seemed non-plussed by Halloween so I read the love poems and the house poems and the courgette crisis poems instead.


I was glad I'd only opted for witchy tights rather than a full costume, and for making it in time to also catch the Grayson Perry exhibition at the Arnolfini beforehand, and for the 1:30am train home as the gig finished too late for the 11pm which meant I had to call in to my favourite theatre bar on the way home, the shame.








Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Photo Blog: Dylan's Birthday

On 27 October, I celebrated both Dylan's Birthday and my Swansea book launch at the Dylan Thomas Birthplace in dear Swansea, reading poems from Better Houses to a lovely, receptive audience and then sleeping in Dylan's boyhood bed afterwards. It was a gorgeous gig – thanks for booking me, the accommodation and the wine Geoff Haden! – and I'm dead happy to have been there. Great to hear from Uplands' urban sketcher Bill Bytheway too!

Here are some snaps:


Action Shot: Crowd

Bill Bytheway










Dylan's Bed





























Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Photo Blog: Penarth Acoustic Club / Jaws in Concert

Hello Lovelies,

I am just starting to feel more human after a break in the tour schedule (catching up with the day job, press and events and award ceremonies for the excellent authors I work with including Alys Conran who scored a hat trick at Wales Book of the Year yesterday, winning the People's Prize, the fiction category and the overall award for her debut novel Pigeon).

Today you find me at my desk, overlooking the dwindling foliage of the cherry tree, most carpeting the path and lawn. My cat, Hooper, sharing the desk space with me, hoping for more blackbird sightings. Since the last update I have four more gigs, so I'll tell you a little bit about the first of those now...

So, after a splendid friendly literary house party at the Diana Rooms on the Tuesday, I popped on a train to Penarth to read poems at a packed Penarth Acoustic Club on the Friday.

 Continuing her tour from Germany, Australian blues and folk singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalinst Chris O kicked off the evening with her toe-tapping covers of the songs of a bygone era and her own contemporary roots originals. Chris tours Europe annually, and in 2016 was New South Wales Solo Blues Artist of the Year representing Sydney Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge, and the National Women in Blues Showcase in Memphis, Tennessee. 


Then yours truly got up and read some poems from Better Houses to a lovely reception (I even got bought drinks) before the interval. 

I kicked off the second half with some more poems to a hushed and respectful audience before the act they'd all been waiting for, the wonderful Canadian singer Sarah-Jane Scouten and her 4-piece band took to the stage. She is, according to Folk Radio UK, "A sterling example of the top grade Americana coming out of Canada." With flavours of Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffiths and Iris Dement, and a wealth of early country music, the two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and recent Western Canadian Music Award nominee's songs are faithful to a long-standing folk music tradition. 


Here are some phone snaps:




The day after we went off on a long-booked adventure to That London to take in some art and see Jaws in Concert in the Albert Hall with Quint and friends. If you read Better Houses you'll work out the Jaws connections a bit more, for now here are a couple of snaps:

Beth at the Saatchi

Quint. The Most Photographed Man in London.

Gilbert and George