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Two new books from Vane Women Press

Saturday April 16th: two new books from Vane Women Press were launched at T-junction – Teesside International Poetry Festival – at mima, Middlesbrough (www.tjunctionfestival.co.uk).

NORTHbound

Published: April 2016
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NORTHbound An audience of fifty or more watched as Vane Women and Gillian Allnutt, Bob Beagrie, Jo Colley, Andy Croft, Cynthia Fuller, Ann Graal, Pippa Little, Lesley Mountain, Ellen Phethean, Lisa Matthews and Andy Willoughby launched NORTHbound.

This anthology celebrates the 25th anniversary of Vane Women, founded in 1991 to support the development and recognition of women writers. NORTHbound contains Pat Maycroft’s wonderfully evocative images with responses by Vane Women and guest writers who live in the North East and have been associated with us as our published authors or tutors of masterclasses. It represents the hard graft of image-making, writing and publishing and honours the camaraderie of writers who live in this region. What binds us all is a strong sense of place, of the North, of a landscape both beautiful and harsh. In times of change and erosion, in the spirit of collective voices, we celebrate what endures and refires.


Majuba Road

Majuba Road: author Julie Hogg and guest readers Jane Burn, Marilyn Longstaff and Annie Wright launched her first collection to a packed audience.

Julie Hogg has always lived in Redcar. East Cleveland is her homeland, Majuba Road her stunning first collection. The poems journey through the North East landscapes she inhabits. They chart urban and industrial decay, set against the constant ebb and pull of the sea – an edge ‘between lonely and alone’ to which the book keeps returning. The women who people this book know all about hard times. But they are strong survivors; their sense of humour sees them through. Her voice can be lyrical, startling, staccato and also exquisitely tender, urging us to ‘live like this’.

Published: April 2016
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