Cinnamon Press Poetry Book Launch, June 25

Cinnamon Press should be proud to be nurturing, mentoring, editing, publishing and promoting such interesting and diverse poets as Hugh Dunkerley, Mark Fitzgerald, Lizzie Fincham and David Gilbert.

Unfortunately, Lizzie Fincham was unwell and unable to travel over from Wales, and was replaced, very generously, by David Gilbert. Jan Fortune of Cinnamon Press read one poem from Lizzie’s moving three-act collection Green Figs & Blue Jazz, which follows the seasons mapping loss, hope and resolution, so she wasn’t completely absent.

David’s poems made us laugh and touched us deeply, portraying as they did mental illness, family life and couple dynamics. His new collection, comprising these poems, will come out in the autumn.

Hugh Dunkerley’s book, Kin, is a series of poems and prose-poems on the theme of fatherhood from the first glimpse of the foetus in a scan to the unexpected birth of a premature son, and more via science, iconoclastic humour and domesticity, but always original and resonant in content and form.

Mark Fitzgerald read from his second collection for Cinnamon Press, Downburst, a very different voice and not just because Mark lives in Virginia and teaches in Maryland. ‘As rich in sound as in sense, the book is about finding magic in the ordinary, the afterglow of time, family inspirations and resurgences across seasons.’

Books available from Cinnamon Press’s own website and Amazon, or to order from bookshops.

Photos to follow, hopefully…

Events

Tuesday September 13 in-person at West Greenwich Library – 7 to 9pm (and possibly streamed)

50!

To celebrate the 50th in-words event (not counting all pre-2017 readings and launches), I have invited some of the poets who have been with me from the beginning – I wish I could have invited more… – to read from their latest collections.

You will recognise many of the names: Graham High, NJ Hynes, Rosie Johnston, Alex Josephy, Lorraine Mariner, Fiona Moore, Jane McLaughlin, Colin Pink and Sarah Westcott.

Nine diverse and distinctive voices, no particular theme but one or two will no doubt emerge as we listen.

I wish to thank Mick Delap, who will be unable to participate, for encouraging me to set off on this wonderful journey years ago. Thanks Mick!

If you can attend in person, there’s no need for tickets as it is as always a free event, but it would be good to have an idea of numbers, since I’m providing refreshments, so please drop me an email (irena@in-words.co.uk or irena.mh50@gmail.com) any time between now and September 10.

If you can only attend virtually, please email me your interest and I will send you any streaming details and info (assuming it’s possible to stream). Zoom will resume when the weather turns, later in the year….

I look forward to seeing many of you on this special occasion. And pass it on!

West Greenwich Library, 146 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8NN