A Handful of Water’s launch May 30th

Please join me for the launch of                                            

  A Handful of Water

@ the beautiful studio of Lydia Corbett (aka Picasso’s muse, Sylvette Davide) 
on Thursday May 30th 7 p.m.
@ The Ark, 2 Cherry Trees, Culver Lane, Rattery, Devon, TQ10 9LJ
Free event with drinks.
Directions to follow on News and Events.  
All welcome for an evening of poetry, music and art.
Published by Cinnamon Press
You can read Caroline Davies’ nice blog about it here:
or read other things kind people have said so far about the collection:
  • ‘I read the collection in a sitting (didn’t want to stop!) Beautiful, sharp, zingy, compressed and loaded poems – between the prisoners, the soldiers, the islands, the creatures and those inner and outer weathers – I have many favourites and will read them all again soon, but slower – as you would when anticipating a really good wine…’  Chris Waters
  • More than a Handful by Mavis Gulliver

on reading  ‘A Handful of Water’

I took your book to the bath,

early morning indulgence of hot water,

time to ponder on a poem – or two.


I read and read

soaked up familiar words

Islay, Rathlin, otter, chough.


Flinched at the unfamiliar,

nervous footfalls in the Somme,

prison and cell shock.


I read and read,

didn’t notice until the end

that the water had grown cold.


  • They’re super – concise, interesting, accurate.’  Jean Harrison
  • ‘…..how assured and strong this new collection is. I liked the last one, but this
    seems to have taken a quantum leap, as they say. It feels more skilled, more
    crafted, more subtle and stronger too – poised and confident and at times very
    moving.‘   Roselle Angwin



About Rebecca Gethin

Rebecca Gethin is a poet and a novelist. Cinnamon Press published her third collection, All the Time in the World in 2017. Another pamphlet is forthcoming with Three Drops Press. Her second novel, What the horses heard, was published by Cinnamon Press in May 2014. Her second poetry collection - A Handful of Water - was published by Cinnamon in 2013. Her first - River is the Plural of Rain - was published by Oversteps Books in 2009. Her novel Liar Dice won the Cinnamon Press Novel Writing Award in 2010 and was published in 2011. She lives on Dartmoor and writes occasional pieces about wildlife and nature. Her poems appear in a variety of poetry magazines and in several anthologies.
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9 Responses to A Handful of Water’s launch May 30th

  1. Thank you for the invitation. I’ll come if I’m at home, but I may possibly be in Oxford then.


  2. If I lived nearer to you I’d be there. Have a wonderful launch. I’ll be with you in spirit.

  3. E.E. Nobbs says:

    I’ve ordered my copy and looking forward to seeing it very much. Wish I could be at your launch xx

  4. Penny says:

    Hi Rebecca, loving your book, loving the focus on place, and insight, and memory, it is shot through with light and weather. Alas i’ll be in Dorset on 30th May on a Hardy pilgrimage, but wishing you a great launch. Px

  5. susanrouchard says:

    Dear Rebecca,
    thanks for the invite…too far away unfortunately. Have a great launch. Be with you in spirit. Take care. X Susan.

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