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Anne Stewart photo     presenting at Tongues & Grooves, Portsmouth, Romanian UK Tour, 2009

Anne Stewart is a poet and reviewer, and provider of service to poets and poetry organisations. She has judged several poetry competitions, run day-workshops on “Form and Creativity” and, as part of Poetry on the Lake festivals organised by Gabriel Griffin in Orta San Giulio, short writing workshops with Italian students. She has also led delegations on working visits to Munich and Bucharest (Ludwig Maximilians University and University of Bucharest).
Her poetry has won or been placed in several poetry competitions, including winning (and shortlistings in) the Bridport Prize, the Silver Wyvern (Poetry on the Lake, Italy) and the Southport Poetry Prize, and a long-listing (top 130) in the National Poetry Competition. In 2014, she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship. Her work has been widely published in poetry magazines and anthologies (to date, in at least one anthology every year since 2005). Her first collection, The Janus Hour was published by Oversteps Books in 2010 and her second full UK collection, The Last Parent by Second Light Publications (2019). Order Form or buy online from poetry p f. See Second Light Books for Book Club offer (6 copies for £40 + feedback).
Meantime, 2 small bilingual collections were published in Bucharest: Only Here till Friday (Bibliotheca Universalis), 25 poems, in English/Romanian in 2015 and in English/Spanish in 2016; in 2017, Let It Come to Us All, 17 poems, in English/Romanian, translations by Prof. Dr. Lidia Viana of the University of Bucharest, was published in print by Integral and in an illustrated online version by Contemporary Literature Press.
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Forthcoming & Recent  events/publications:

The Last Parent, Anne’s 2019 collection, from Second Light Publications, has been very well received. Read sample poems and see comments here.

Please note that Kent North West Stanza meetings are cancelled until further notice; Shortlands Poetry Circle meetings are taking place online until further notice (enquire to attend as visitor Contact); Second Light information is posted/updated at SecondLightLive. Anne’s readings for Enfield Poets and Poetry in Palmers Green, cancelled in 2020 due to lockdown, are likely to be rescheduled when restrictions are eased.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (and a far better 2021)…
                Christmas poem 2020
for 2021:
(e-mail Anne for availability to run workshops/give readings – see Contact)
2020: December: Originally planned for 8th May, Anne’s reading for Ware Poets, a very friendly and welcoming group, was rescheduled and took place online in December, with readings also from members.
November: Second Light’s Autumn festival workshops were rescheduled to take place online and included a workshop given by Anne, Not with a bang…; adapted from, but very different to!, the workshop given at the Torbay Festival in October 2019.
October: A new anthology from Grey Hen Press, Reflected Light … responses to the creative arts – Anne is one of 79 contemporary women poets whose work is included. This is a substantial anthology (168pp) featuring many well-known poets and with a ‘rave review’ by Dr R V Bailey forming the Foreword: “This is one of the most satisfying anthologies I’ve read for years … strong and characteristically original … I read Reflected Light in one go and at the end found myself unexpectedly excited, refreshed, as though my mind had just come out of the sea, clean, stimulated and energized”. Grey Hen Press books.
September: Issue 96 of the The Frogmore Papers features Anne’s poem Girl Talk, which had been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in the previous year. Several of Anne’s poems have been selected to appear in forthcoming anthologies and publications earlier in the year include ARTEMISpoetry (poems, artwork, articles, review), In Ziggy’s Footsteps (at Facebook. Poem and writing tips.), and she has worked with Prof Dr Lidia Vianu on translation of two books of work by Romanian poets, both pending publication.
July onwards, Romanian translation project: poetry p f and the University of Bucharest. A second series of translations of 50 pages of poetry (and/or fiction) by each of the 40 poets taking part is underway (30 poets took part in 2019). Initiated by Prof Dr Lidia Vianu, the year’s students are allocated a poet to translate and interview, forming their coursework/dissertation.
Celebrating International Women’s Day (8th March): Soho Radio (Poetry in the Parlour, presented by Anna Robinson), features Second Light and poet Katherine Gallagher, with Anne representing SL’s founder and co-ordinator, Dilys Wood.
The StAnza Festival in St Andrews: Anne is one of 6 poets who were commissioned to write a poem for the Red Letter Library exhibition, featured at The Byre Theatre throughout the festival from 4th to 8th March. All about the StAnza festival
Tues March 3rd, Anne was one of the guest poets at Bell House in Dulwich, reading with Chris Beckett, Lynne Hjelmgaard and Jane Kirwan, plus poets from the floor and music from Steve Haliwell. This twice-yearly event is hosted by Wendy French and Robert Hancock. Poetry and Music at Bell House, 27 College Road, SE21 9BG, 7:30 to 9:15p.m. See
Poem publications, in addition to the new collection The Last Parent included ARTEMISpoetry, Poems for the Binstead Prize, Spring of the Muses anthology (Avalanche books, ed. Deborah Gaye) and at Jamie Dedes’ The BeZine.
Anne ran the “Not with a Bang…” workshop at the ‘Swan Song’ Torbay Poetry Festival in October and gave a reading there from her collection The Last Parent. She took part in two “Four Local Poets: from Bromley to Burma” readings with Isabel Bermudez, Jean Ellis and Ruth Smith – in June at Petts Wood Methodist Church and in July at the Torriano Meeting House in Kentish Town. In October, she participated in the Poetry on the Lake Festival in Orta san Giulio, Italy. She read at the penultimate Fourth Friday event in October with Jeremy Kinston, hosted by the inimitable Hylda Sims, and, with Caroline Carver and Peter Phillips, at the Torriano Meeting House in November, in an event hosted by Katherine Gallagher.
Anne was invited to write a poem celebrating David Bowie and her poem, Starman, is one of 4 poems featured in the David Bowie art and sculpture exhibition, #ARTSLAB50, at the Ripley Arts Centre in Bromley throughout November and December. She read the poem to a (very small but dedicated!) group of fans participating in one of Kat Webb’s regular Beckenham walking tours: In Ziggy’s Footsteps (at Facebook)
Anne’s poem Girl Talk was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and her poem Across the Aisle was selected as Enfield Poets Poem of the Month and featured as a poster at The Dugdale Centre.
In July, the poetry pRO translation project, a collaboration between poetry p f and Prof Dr Lidia Vianu, University of Bucharest, began a new project: 50 poems by each of 30 poets translated by students at the university, and an interview with the poet, comprising the year’s coursework and being the basis for their dissertations.
Prior to that, the year’s events had started with a working visit to Falmouth Poetry Group in March, running a joint Creative Writing workshop with Katherine Gallagher, followed by readings, and the publication of Anne’s second full collection, The Last Parent (Second Light Publications, April), and a pre-launch reading from it in May for Ver Poets in St Albans, with co-readers Michael Bartholomew-Biggs (Poems in the Case, a murder mystery in poems and prose) and Nancy Mattson (latest collection, Vision on Platform 2). The London launch of The Last Parent took place at The Art Workers’s Guild in Queen Square, during Second Light’s Spring Festival, 24th & 25th May. Wendy French gave a wonderful introduction to each poet’s reading and there was a full-house audience. Co-readers Alison Brackenbury, Caroline Carver, Katherine Gallagher and Mimi Khalvati made it a truly memorable event.
All this and the regular events she’s involved with: the Kent North West Stanza group (meeting 8 times during the year); the Shortlands Poetry Circle (19 times), and Second Light’s annual residential course at Holland House, where she ran her usual series of “How do I…?” one-to-one tech-help sessions.
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Photo by Philippa Lawrence, taken when she and Anne were working on Philippa’s pamphlet collection, From Memory’s Wardrobe. Speaking nicely to misbehaving machines works more often than you might think! Or is it the ‘laying on of hands’?
Speaking nicely to the printer, Orpington, 2009

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Anne Stewart, 20 Clovelly Way, Orpington, Kent, BR6 0WD. UK.
Tel: +44(0) 1689 811394   Mobile: +44(0) 7850 537489    Skype: annestewart.poetrypf
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