The Broadsheet Issue 2 – 2014

The fantabulous second issue of The Broadsheet edited by Simon Williams and Susan Taylor was launched at Exeter Poetry Festival on Monday night. It’s  beautifully designed and chocabloc with a remarkable mix of poetry, an orchestra of different kinds of poetic instruments. So expertly type-set by Simon who has ensured that no line of writing runs along a crease!

Broadsheet

I am thrilled that one of my own poems is secreted among the folds, with others by Harry Guest, Penny Shuttle and Carrie Etter to name but a few. Like a map of poetry of the South West this broadsheet charts spaces between Heavy Tree in Exeter to France and Germany and way beyond anywhere into the imagination.  But a woman is not a cave, a paw print is not a cat and someone doesn’t care they weren’t invited to Buckingham Palace while someone else writes silence.

Simon and Susan joked it is the largest magazine around and I jest not when I think it must stand out as one of the best. Judging by the number of poets who arrived to take part in the Broadsheet’s celebration I am not alone.  It was a fast-paced performance with an incredible 30 poets taking part: slick and speedy with Simon adjusting the mic each time just as he had lovingly hand-folded each copy.  At only £3 it is a veritable snip. You get a delightful peacock and some wrens who write with peacock feathers by Dru Marland. It’s for sale at the pop-up poetry shop at the Phoenix in Exeter and from www.thebroadsheet.moonfruit.com

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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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4 Responses to The Broadsheet Issue 2 – 2014

  1. E.E. Nobbs says:

    Seems to me that The Broadsheet & its launches are major happenings!! What a great format – it looks beautifully done.

  2. Susan Taylor says:

    Hello Becky, I am so happy that The Broadsheet is being received with open arms. (You do need open arms to read it, of course.) Simon’s vision was for the magazine to make a statement on the train, on the bus, on the underground, on a plane… and it is happening on National Poetry Day in at least two of these places so far. Make no mistake, these are poems to get noticed with!!!

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