fine writing by lesbians and gay men since 1999
Slivers of Silver
poems by gay men and women, edited by
Jeffrey Doorn and Adrian Risdon
This anthology of slivers with the guiding themes of 'silver' and 'celebration' brings together 14 poets, some well-established, some up-and-coming. They celebrate youth, age, love, sex, monogamy, promiscuity, desire and its fulfilment or frustration -
The 34 poems give fragmentary views of the world from the life experience of gay men and women -
Landscape, cityscape, creativity, destruction, joy and rage - celebrated and re-interpreted by voices at times calm, angry, blissful -
Memories of the past, commemorations in the present, visions of the future -
Whether you are gay, straight, bi, trans, don't know or don't care; whether you crave a brief sensation, quest for a key to bind the slivers into an organix whole or simply plunge in at the deep end, seeking silver sands beyond, you are sure to find in this collection something to lift or stir the spirit.
ISBN: 978 1 904585 05 3
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About the editors:
Jeffrey Doorn's work has appeared in Gawp and Gaze, Queer Words, Gazebo, Mandate, and Queer Haunts. Other activities include acting, directing plays and organising art shows and cultural events. Born in New Jersey, USA, he now lives with his partner Stephen in South London, where he is active in the local community.
Adrian Risdon's heyday was in the 1970s, when he directed Antony Gormley in verse-drama, drank with Peter Ackroyd and commenced his role of amanuensis to the blind poet John Heath-Stubbs. From 1980 onward, however, Adrian's luck deserted him. He now scrounges food etc from a Salvation Army centre in Bristol.
About the contributors:
Beth Cassandra is a member of Gemma and Gay Authors Workshop in London. Now retired and writing several books, she has won awards for poetry. Beth is passionately fond of gardening and growing exotic fruits, flowers and vegetables, to view leisurely, producing the plants to do so; and when it rains, it's off to the computer to compose and write.
Georgina Belper comes from a long line of Derbyshire millhands, and is convinced that ancestry informs her character. When not working (as careers counsellor), weeding the garden or writing she enjoys gymnastics, gastronomy and gallivanting with her girlfriend.
C J Cass-Horne, Dutch poet and author, is a member of GAW in London. After being very successful with his first work, a book of poems Dandelion Tea, he recently published his book 17 short stories Tulip Tears, which was well received. His novel Desire and Deliver is near completion.
Michael Harth has always had a fondness for intimate revue, and wrote the words and music for Going Gay, produced on the Edinburgh and London fringes. His work her is in the same tradition, demonstrating his affection for rhyme and rhythm (and a regrettably frivolous attitude to life). He is also the author of three collections of short stories published by Paradise Press: A Little Chat, The Picnic and The Physent
Zekria Ibrahimi writes "I am a schizophrenic - someone always in fear of being sectioned. The psychiatric establishment is about middle-class conformity. I am doubly disadvantage - mentally disabled, and swarthy and ethnic, under a racist British society that cannot accept difference.
Keith Klein was born in Bremen, Germany in 1944. Encouraged to write in English by his German / French parents, Keith developed into a very successful writer. Publications includ four volumes of poetry, a whodunit and children's stories. However, having been an actor in the '60s, his first love has always been writing dialogue. He has had several stage plays, radio plays and a musical produced. Keith lives in Plymouth, Devon and current has two radio plays, a television drama and a comedy series being considered for production.
Patricia Knowles was born in Brisbane - father Australian and mother English - but has lived in the UK most of her adult life. She has now happily overcome the considerable emotional trauma, conflict and guilt experienced when she realised her sexual orientation in her late teens. She has always loved nature and animals, and became a Buddhist (Tibetan) about twenty years ago.
Zanna C Mayhew has been writing fiction for even longer than she has been part of the gay liberation movement. She won't say how long that is. In between tapping away on her laptop, going to the races and being on committees, she spends her spare time working as a freelance project manager and pottering slowly about Epping Forest on horseback.
David X Pointer is an occasional poet who more usually works on wryly reflective short stories. He is half-French, pan-European and all gay, and travels about setting up computer networks and keeping them running. He tries to remember he is not so old as he sometimes feels, particularly on Monday mornings or after seeing too much of the insides of airports.
Henry D Robertson was born in Glasgow but raised and educated in Aberdeen. After graduating from university, he taught in schools in Scotland, in an Army boarding-school in Germany and finally in a London comprehensive. He has always had an interest in writing and has had several items published in Gay Scotland magazine.
Ian Stewart joined Gay Authors Workshop on moving to London from Canada in 1996. His 2002 collection Cocksuckery was awarded as a book prize to the Ukraine's 'Nash Mir' collective, through the fourth world conference of the International Lesbian and Gay Cultural Network. Watch for his forthcoming Paradise Press novel, Parable with Foreskin and Redheads.
James von der Voelsungen a farmer's son, was schooled in Lincolnshire and studied in London and Sweden. Since graduating, he has worked as an arts manager. James is currently chairman of the Volsung Institute, a charitable association for the development of literature about Northern Europe and Masculinities.