Wayleave Readings

The Kendal Poetry Festival runs from 16th to 18th June this year. On Sunday 18th June it will feature Wayleave Press with readings from poets Ron Scowcroft (Moon Garden), Rebecca Bilkau (Choosing New Omens) and Paul Mills (Out of Deep Time), while Mike Barlow will talk briefly about the experience of editing and running the press. More details to follow.

The Lancaster and Scottish launches of Elizabeth Burns’ Lightkeepers were both very successful with full houses to hear engaging and moving presentations and readings from the editors Jane Routh and Gerrie Fellows, and Alan Rice, Elizabeth’s widower. In Scotland we were also joined by Alison Burns, Elizabeth’s sister. Sales were excellent too. Many thanks to both venues, The Meeting House in Lancaster and The Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh.

The proposed Wayleave London reading at The Poetry Café has now been postponed due to building work at the café. It is hoped to re-schedule when the dust has settled.

Forthcoming events

“Lightkeepers” Launches
The next Wayleave event is the celebratory launch of Elizabeth Burns’ Lightkeepers on Wednesday 14th December. This will take place at The Quaker Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster and will start at 7.30 pm. There will be readings from the book and a talk by the editors, Jane Routh and Gerrie Fellows, about the editorial process and Elizabeth’s work as a whole.

This will be followed by an Edinburgh launch at The Scottish Poetry Library on Wednesday 15th February. Elizabeth was well-known and highly regarded in Scotland, particularly in Edinburgh where she lived and wrote for a number of years before moving down to Lancaster. So it is very fitting that The Scottish Poetry Library are able to host this event.



Annual Wayleave Reading

Wayleave’s annual reading took place in Lancaster Library on 24th November with readings by Lynda Plater (Three Seasons for Burning), Martyn Halsall (Coronach), Chris Considine (The Island)and Paul Mills (Out of Deep Time). A fifth pamphlet published in 2016 was Plum by Elizabeth Burns. Despite Elizabeth not being with us to read, an appreciative audience bought copies of Plum as well as the other four publications. This was the first time Wayleave’s poets had all come from other parts of the country, some having travelled quite a distance, so it was good to have been able to give them an enthusiastic reception.


Awards (again)

News from The Callum Macdonald Awards ceremony, which took place in The National Library of Scotland, in Edinburgh, on Thursday 12th May: from a shortlist of 6, the winner was Shed Press with the pamphlet ‘Makkin-wires’ by Jenny Elliott.

But a great outcome for Wayleave Press was being runner-up, or second place as some reports refer to it, with ‘CLAY’ by Elizabeth Burns. Elizabeth was well-known and much respected in Scotland, so this particular success for her pamphlet feels very fitting.

The poets from each of the shortlisted pamphlets were invited to give a two-minute reading. In the case of ‘CLAY’, Alan Rice, Elizabeth’s husband, did the honours with a well-chosen selection.

It’s gratifying to feel that, as well as publishing quality poetry, Wayleave are getting things right with design and presentation. And the prize-money will give the finances a welcome nudge into the black.

Kendal Poetry Festival

Wayleave Press has been invited to have a bookstall at the first Kendal Poetry Festival, which takes place at the Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal from 24th to 26th June this year. This is a new festival organised by festival directors Pauline Yarwood and Kim Moore.

An exciting programme promises to make this an outstanding event and as well as established names Fiona Sampson, Greta Stoddart, Helen Mort, Clare Shaw, Mir Mahfuz Ali, Hilda Sheehan, Andy Forster, Jane Routh, Peter Sansom and Ann Sansom, there will be an opportunity to hear from Young Poet in Residence Hannah Hodgson, Dove Cottage Young Poets and Young Musician in Residence David Griffiths, trumpet player. There will also be writing workshops facilitated by Peter and Ann Sansom and Clare Shaw. Something for everyone.

For more information, bookings etc see website: http://www.kendalpoetryfestival.co.uk




Congratulations to David Morley whose Selected, ‘The Invisible Gift’, won The Ted Hughes Award.

CLAY is on a shortlist again, however. This time for the Callum Macdonald Award which “recognises outstanding examples of pamphlet poetry publishing with a connection to Scotland or Scottish culture.”

The six publishers shortlisted are:

Arc Publications for ‘Smithereens’ by Tariq Latif
Happenstance Press for ‘Only By Flying’ by Helen Evans
Hestan Isle Press for ‘Journey’ by John Horn
The Shed Press for ‘Makkin-wires’ by Jenny Elliott
Tapsalteerie for ‘Nae Flooers’ by Ann MacKinnon
Wayleave Press for ‘Clay’ by Elizabeth Burns.

The award ceremony will take place on Thursday 12th May at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh.


2015 Pamphlets Celebrated

A well-attended celebration of this year’s five new pamphlets took place on 26th November at Lancaster Library, with engaging readings from Jane Routh (The White Silence), William Gilson (Monkey Puzzle), Mark Carson (Hove-to is a State of Mind), Rebecca Bilkau (Choosing New Omens) and Alan Rice (Elizabeth Burns’ husband who read from Clay).

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Elizabeth Burns poem at large

Elizabeth’s poem Spiral has been installed on giant scaffolding overlooking The Royal Mile in Edinburgh. It was chosen by public vote from a shortlist of 5 in a project organised by The Scottish Poetry Library and was unveiled on National Poetry Day. It will remain in place for the next year. A great tribute to a fine poet.

The poem itself is published in the pamphlet ‘A Vessel Opening Out’ which complemented the joint exhibition ‘A Potter, a Painter and a Poet’. Click here to see the banner: