presenting at Tongues & Grooves, Portsmouth, Romanian UK Tour, 2009
Anne Stewart is a poet and reviewer, and provider of service to poets and poetry organisations. She has judged several poetry competitions and led delegations on working visits to Munich and Bucharest (Ludwig Maximilians University and University of Bucharest).
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Her poetry has won or been placed in several poetry competitions, including winning the Bridport Prize, the Silver Wyvern (Poetry on the Lake, Italy) and the Southport Poetry Prize, and a long-listing (top 130) in the National Poetry Competition. In 2014, she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship. Her work has been widely published in poetry magazines and anthologies (to date, in at least one anthology every year since 2005). Her first collection, The Janus Hour was published by Oversteps Books in 2010 and her second, Only Here till Friday, was published by Bibliotheca Universalis (Bucharest) in Eng/Rom in 2015 and in Eng/Sp in 2016. Integral (Bucharest) published her 3rd collection Let It Come to Us All, in Eng/Rom, translations by Prof. Dr. Lidia Viana of the University of Bucharest, in January 2017.
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2017 so far…
January: the year began with turning in the results of judging for the Barnet Arts poetry competition. The adjudication will take place on 18th March.
A 3rd collection, Let It Come to Us All, Eng/Rom, translated by Prof Dr Lidia Vianu of the University of Bucharest, published by Integral. More here.
Anne joined the Poetic Voices project run by Anthony Fisher and Summer Read and 3 poems, read by Anne, are published there – see Anne elsewhere.
Prof Vianu published three follow-up volumes to the poetry pRO delegation visit to the University in April 2016:
a 283-page anthology of work by Romanian poets, translated by the MA students (polishing by the ‘Six British Poets’;
a volume of ‘Diary Notes’ written by members of the delegation;
the ‘larger planned volume’, under the title of Six English Poets in Bucharest,
also translated by Ioana Ieronim.
All of these are available, in dual-language, as free downloads from Contemporary Literature Press:
Contemporary Romanian Poetry Diary Notes Six English Poets in Bucharest
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5th February, reading and panel discussion, Meet the Editors, with Alwyn Marriage (Oversteps Books) and Jeremy Page (The Frogmore Press), hosted by Peter Phillips, at the Torriano Meeting House, Kentish Town. More here.
8th to 15th May, 2nd poetry pRO delegation to University of Bucharest, working with students on their fiction translations into English. The other 5 participants this year are: Wendy French, Joan Michelson, Graham Mummery, Peter Phillips and Maggie Sawkins. All of these poets are listed at the poetry p f website.
19th May: Anne is one of two guest readers at the Second Light Spring Festival, ‘The Other Side’. More details (and festival booking’s) at the Second Light website.
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Readings at two Ver Poets events in St Albans in February (for Second Light) and March, at the competition adjudication. About Ver Poets and, in April, At More Poetry. She attended and read at the Poetry on the Lake festival (more below) and at the launches of Long Poem Magazine and the new anthology from Grey Hen Press Extraordinary Forms (fondly known as ‘the beasties book’!).
In April, she led a delegation of poetry pRO poets on a week’s visit to work with Romanian poets and translators at the University of Bucharest – The other 5 participants were Maggie Butt, Katherine Gallagher, Alwyn Marriage, Jeremy Page and Peter Phillips. A short ‘sampler’, of a larger planned anthology, was published during the visit by Integral (Bucharest) called Six British Poets, in Eng/Rom, with translations by Romanian poet, Ioana Ieronim. In January 2017, Prof Vianu published three follow-up volumes (details and links in ‘2017’ above):
Publications included ARTEMISpoetry (Issues 16 & 17), The Frogmore Papers, Long Poem Magazine, Extraordinary Forms (Grey Hen Press anthology) and, having been shortlisted for Canterbury Poets ‘Poet of the Year’, in the resulting anthology.
She contributed a hand-written, signed, specially-written poem to a unique, beautifully bound, manuscript presented to the Mayor for the townspeople of Orta San Giulio, Novara, Italy, in October. The manuscript was the idea of, and was compiled by, Rebecca Bilkau. Bilkau had suggested the idea as a means of the festival’s participants over the years saying Thank You for their support and generosity. Also see Poetry on the Lake, and about the festival’s founder and organiser, Gabriel Griffin
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And, with her Administrator/Participant hat(s) on:
Kent North West Stanza monthly (mostly!) evening meetings: Poetry & discussion, workshopping and so on. 8pm in The Two Doves, 37 Oakley Road, Bromley Common. Dates and more information here.
Shortlands Poetry Circle twice-monthly (mostly!) afternoon meetings: Poetry appreciation group at the Ripley Arts Centre in Bromley. Anne’s three year Presidential term is at an end. This reading group comes highly recommended to anyone who enjoys poetry, whether that includes writing it or not… Events here, More about the Circle here.
May & November Second Light Spring and Autumn Festivals at The Art Workers Guild near Russell Square, London.
August: Second Light’s residential week at Holland House in Worcestershire.
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Photo by Philippa Lawrence, taken when she and Anne were working on Philippa’s pamphlet collection, From Memory’s Wardrobe. Speaking nicely to misbehaving machines works more often than you might think! Or is it the ‘laying on of hands’?
to buy From Memory’s Wardrobe: poetry p f shop online (and type ‘Wardrobe’ into the filter box)
Anne Stewart, 20 Clovelly Way, Orpington, Kent, BR6 0WD. UK.
Tel: +44(0) 1689 811394 Mobile: +44(0) 7850 537489