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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 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.

(e-mail Anne for availability to run workshops/give readings – see Contact)
Tues March 3rd, at Bell House in Dulwich, 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
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 which will feature at The Byre Theatre throughout the festival from 4th to 8th March. All about the StAnza festival
Celebrating International Women’s Day (8th March): Soho Radio (Poetry in the Parlour, presented by Anna Robinson), features Second Light and poet Katherine Gallagher. Anne is representing SL’s founder and co-ordinator, Dilys Wood.
Poetry Society Stanza meetings have ‘moved house’, and time and date: venue now Shortlands Tavern, 3rd Wednesdays of Feb to Jul and then Oct & Nov, starting at 7pm. These are now booked with the Shortlands Tavern a couple of months ahead each time, so check for postings at poetry p f events.
A fourth poetry p f delegation visit to Bucharest is in planning. This working visit is expected to take place in October. The proposed delegates are Caroline Carver, Wendy French, Jeremy Page, Anne Stewart, Vicky Wilson and Dorothy Yamamoto. We will be working with a team led by Prof. Dr. Lidia Vianu and with the students of the University of Bucharest (and beyond…)
Saturday 18th April, Anne was to be reading with Julian Bishop, Mimi Khalvati, Peter Phillips and Mark Roper at Poetry in Palmers Green, St John’s Parish Church. 6.45pm for 7.15 start. This regular event includes an Open Mic slot and is run by Myra Schneider and Katherine Gallagher. The April event will be compered by Myra Schneider. More at Facebook and at poetry p f events.
8th May: Anne is one of the readers scheduled at Ware Poets. PLEASE CHECK BEFORE ATTENDING AS IT IS LIKELY THAT THIS EVENT MAY BE CANCELLED
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Second Light Festival, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd May. As well as being there with her Administrator hat on, Anne will be running her “Not with a Bang…” workshop. The festival will include 4 workshops (led by Hannah Lowe, Caroline Price, Anne, and Sarah Westcott) and 4 guest poets (Anne Boileau, Lynne Hjelmgaard, Alison Mace and Caroline Maldonado) will lead the Open Mic (for readings by women poets) events from late in the afternoons.
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
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.
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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