Flambard Press turns 20 this year, and was championed last night by a reading at the Troubadour by eight of its poets: Wanda Barford, Nancy Mattson, SJ Litherland, Anna McKerrow, Cynthia Fuller, Rebecca Goss, Ellen Phethean, and me.
Yes, that’s an all-female line-up, which was by chance, but helps illustrate how supportive Flambard Press is of female writers.
The lovely Anne-Marie Fyfe, coffee-house poetry organizer, generously introduced Flambard, and then our delightful Managing Editor Will Mackie introduced the poets. I was lucky to get my anxiety over with early on, as I was first to read, and then relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the poets, none of whom I’d had the pleasure to hear before.
And an excellent, varied evening it was — a real demonstration of the breadth of Flambard’s creative talent. From science to sex, seasides to ice fishing, lust, love, and loss — from history to health, home, hearts, and husbands. It was a delight to be part of celebrating Flambard Press, and a delight to read at the famous Troubadour. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the event. Please do check out Flambard Press and buy a book — particularly by any of the eight poets above — in celebration of 20 years of excellent publishing!