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Update re Launch of ‘Pressed Flowers’


A wonderful, touching launch evening with all the poets who wrote for Pressed Flowers. This anthology of poems is a gorgeously uplifting collection of poetry from poets in Worcestershire and beyond. Pressed Flowers, collated by Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2019 Charley Barnes in cahoots with Polly Stretton of Black Pear Press is full of joy and beauty.

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Launch of ‘Pressed Flowers’

So thrilled to have joined Charley Barnes Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2019 to collate this wonderful poetry anthology. The launch is at Parks Cafe in Droitwich Wednesday 13 November – so excited, I can’t wait!


Turkish Delight

An ekphrasic poem, written to the delightful painting by Bob Addy as part of the Droitwich Arts Network event in 2018. Many thanks to Bob for the image and to Nina Lewis for organising the poets attending the event.

Turkish Dancer - Bob Addy

‘Turkish Dancer’ with acknowledgement and thanks to Bob Addy

Turkish Delight

Like a whirling dervish,
lost in the power of dance,
exuberance defined
by movement to music,
alizarine, paynes grey, vermilion, green gold,
heard or unheard
song of the soul,
rhythm in the whole,
mad, wild, joy;
fierce, furious, fabulous.
See wine spill from her cup,
splash her outstretched arm.
Plaits flying, eyes flare,
she whirls, twirls, is a girl
showing what she can do
in the sateen sheen
of the artist’s acrylic paint.
Love her energy,
from the Topkapı Palace
to the Blue Mosque
—all before and all since—
clattering beads, silent flowers,
harem pants and cymbals
clash as she goes.

Polly Stretton © 2018

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‘Copycat’ by C. S. Barnes

Can’t wait to read it!


Copycat: a mind blowing mystery thriller by [Barnes, C.S.]Synopsis

When the body of a young woman, Jenni Grantham, is found abandoned, DI Melanie Watton and her team are called to investigate. It soon becomes apparent that the murder, the method and the appearance of the victim, is something they have seen before.

With the help of Medical Examiner George Waller, DI Watton uncovers the case history of Michael Richards – a local murderer who killed five women before turning himself in.

Further investigations reveal that Jenni was recently reported missing by her parents. And when Jenni’s personal effects are explored, shocking discoveries are made about the victim’s fascination with the original killings.

However, when the ME makes a surprise discovery, DI Watton realises that Jenni was perhaps not the only local with a fixation on these infamous killings.

With a copycat killer on the loose, the team know it is only a matter of time before another body…

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