My debut pamphlet Fragile Houses was published by V. Press in 2016. It was a long process of writing and editing, which in real-time was perhaps 9 months but carried a time lapse of 18 months from acceptance to final manuscript. It was the nature of the work, the subject matter, that called for all the fine tuning, lifting it from memoir to someplace else.
I am delighted with the result and want to thank Sarah Leavesley and Ruth Stacey for their patience and commitment to this collection.
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Sarah Leavesley ©2016 – Free Verse The Poetry Book Fair, London
I am grateful to everyone who has bought Fragile Houses and love listening to reactions from readers.
Thanks go especially to Charley Barnes (Madhatter Reviews), Sam Smith (The Journal) and Rachel Stirling (Sabotage Reviews) for their reviews and Gram Joel Davies for the original tasting notes in his V. Press Chez Nous Recommendation.
http://sabotagereviews.com/2017/03/30/fragile-houses-nina-lewis/ Review by Rachel Stirling
http://www.freewebs.com/thesamsmith/index.htm#262567940 The Journal – Review by Sam Smith
http://vpresspoetry.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/reviews.html The Journal Reviews by Sam Smith
http://www.madhatterreviews.co.uk/books–e-books.html Charley Barnes writing for Madhatter Reviews.
http://vpresspoetry.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/chez-nous-recommendations-for-fragile.html Gram Joel Davies and his Chez Nous Recommendation
Read all about the BOOK LAUNCH at Waterstones, Birmingham.
I have made several poetry films from Fragile Houses, some of these were shown at The Book Party in November 2016, here is one to view.
A copy is housed at The Poetry Library, I have heard lots about this archive.
HEADLINE/EVENTS – Fragile Houses
Book Launch Fragile Houses, Waterstones Birmingham 3rd October 2016 with Guest Poets: Roy McFarlane, Antony Owen and Claire Walker.
Headline: Stirchley Speaks, Birmingham 4th October 2016
The Book Party – a Worcester Launch 24th November 2016
Headline: SpeakEasy, Worcester 8th December 2016
Headline: Quiet, Quiet Loud, Manchester, March 14th
I am currently organising festival events for Fragile Houses and other V. Press publications.
FESTIVALS: Stourbridge Literature Festival 30th April Voices From the Middle with David Calcutt, Kathy Gee, Nina Lewis and Claire Walker.
NB: Marketing on flyer – incorrectly states V Press presents, the event is organised independently from the publishers.
Following a successful bid I applied for, Kathy, Claire and myself are also working on a new festival event for June, more on that soon!
Premiered at Worcester LitFest on the 11th June. A poetry show/collaboration devised by three V. Press poets; Kathy Gee, Nina Lewis & Claire Walker.
Fragile Houses featured at:
Headlined Spoken Trend Kings Norton 28th June
Headlined Uncorked, Worcester 6th July
Droitwich Arts Festival Daytime Poetry Event 22nd July
Lakefest Poetry Tent, 12th August
Second Friday Stories, Evesham Library 8th September
Headlined Permission to Speak, Stourbridge, 13th September
Headlined SpeakEasy, Worcester 14th September
Birmingham Literature Festival, Literary Allsorts, 27th September
Free Verse, Poetry Book Fair, London V. Press reading with Stephen Daniels, 30th September
V Formation Swindon Poetry Festival booking with Stephen Daniels & Gram Joel Davies, 5th October
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