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Brighton Stanza Poets Anthology 2013

Brighton Stanza Poets Anthology 2013

A Mair, A Davidson, M Patrick eds.

The Poetry Library and the Poetry Café may be in London, and the Poetry Society itself headquartered in Covent Garden, but member poets are found throughout the United Kingdom. Run voluntarily by Poetry Society members, local Stanza groups bring writers together in local areas for discussions, workshops and readings.This anthology represents the diverse work of the Brighton Stanza, a fluid group that began in 2007 for monthly workshops, and has gone on to prosper. Its members include performers and prize winners.

The anthology includes contributions from 26 different poets in the Brighton area, ranging in age from 17 to 72, and from a wide variety of backgrounds.

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A Love Less Ordinary

A Love Less Ordinary
sharing life, laughter and handbags with my transgender partner

Laura Newman

‘... we all lose ourselves amongst the constant expectations that modern life throws at us ...’

This is my story of having woken up, I realised I was not living my life for me. It’s about the perspective I’ve gained of what a healthy relationship can and should be. My relationship just happens to be with someone who identifies as transgender.

It is about how I realised if transgender people can find the strength to be open with the world about who they are, considering all the challenges this presents, couldn’t we all find the courage to be honest with the world about who we really are?

The heart and essence of this book is about more than being the partner of someone who is transgender. It’s about learning to be true to yourself. To love yourself and live the life that you want. To be free – truly free – as the person you are meant to be.

Laura’s website

Angel and Princess

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To Oz and Back

To Oz and Back

Larry Garner

Mine worker-cum-author Larry Garner has turned his adventures in Australia’s mining boom into this hilarious new book.

From Buderim on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Larry arrived in Australia from England in 1973 as a ‘Ten Pound Pom’ – eager to ply his trade as a fitter and seek his fortune. He never dreamed he’d soon be living in rough and ready mining settlements across Australia, working 18-hour shifts in searing temperatures.

Read how he lived through a riot, a strike, a cyclone, a gold rush in the Tanami desert, met a python in Papua New Guinea – and bought a camel a beer in the outback. Hell-raising escapades with the characters he worked and traveled with are intercut with affectionate anecdotes of the father who inspired him to make the most of himself.

When he is not writing, Larry Garner still works as a mining supervisor in the industry where he has spent most of his adult life, most recently on projects in Laos, China and Papua New Guinea.

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Realisations

Realisations

Andie Davidson

The transgender experience is highly diverse, and no writing can truly encompass it. At the same time, prose narrative can leave you outside the reality, always as an observer. This collection of poetry reflects the realisation – the ‘real I’ discovery – of coming to terms with being transgender, and how this journey into self impacts on family, friends and the wider world.

Each section is prefaced by a short introduction that explains some of the transgender issues for the less familiar reader.

Contents

A Sense of gender; Facing change; Appearances; Social awareness; It’s personal! The shock; Family acceptance; Finding resolution.

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Grrl Alex: A personal journey to a transgender identity

Grrl Alex: A personal journey to a transgender identity

Alex Drummond

A moving, emotional and true story.

From the moment of our birth we are told which of two groups we will be assigned to – and that’s gonna be either boy-or-girl. But what if the grown ups got it wrong – what if you figure you should really be in the other group? This is not an easy equation for a young child to figure – especially when certain behaviours that seem natural get you into mega trouble – playing with the ‘wrong toys’, wanting to wear ‘the wrong clothes’, – doing stuff that only apply to ‘the opposite sex’. Awareness of the possibility of being ‘transgender’ is still a relatively new phenomenon and for a long time people who questioned their gender had to figure if they were ‘transsexuals’, ‘cross-dressers’ or ‘transvestites’. These definitions are of course old fashioned now, caught up in scary psychiatric diagnosis, and based on heterosexual assumptions – for a long time a transsexual would be refused surgery if they revealed opposite sex attraction – no chance of being a lesbian transsexual in the 1980’s! As we are now learning more about how gender sits within the brain as both biological and socialised traits we realise that the equation is far more complex, that gender identity and sexual orientation are separate issues and that the gender of the brain can be quite separate from sexual anatomy. This book describes the process of exploring and becoming transgender – how the author came to make sense of a disparity between the internal felt sense of gender and the expectations placed on hir for having what is seen as a male body. And then, went out and worked out what was possible in terms of ‘doing transgender’.

This book really does break new ground in terms of exploring what is possible in terms of gender presentation and as the author reveals, it turns out to be more possible than many would imagine.

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Dreams of Gold

Dreams of Gold

Jonathan Chamberlain

How the London 2012 Olympics were saved from the bizarre schemes of a mad dictator.

‘P.G.Wodehouse meets Tom Sharpe with a dash of Spike Milligan.’

Wales – the land of poets and sporting heroes. Rowan Jones, the up-and-coming Welsh poet, accidentally finds himself attracting a motley crew of disaffected athletes from all over the world to his eccentric farmhouse deep in the heart of Wales.

There’s Jeremiah the Tennessee backwoodsman, Marguerite the existentialist, Yoshi and Toshi the Japanese identical twins, Leonardo the Italian hunk, Solomon the Hassidic weightlifter, and Mad Mike and Jade and Kono and Ayesha and all the rest of them ...

And then there is the mad dictator, Osmanakhian. And Perkins, the quintessential English butler, is not all he seems. And what about Anna? Well, Anna is ... Oh dear, it’s much too complicated. I’m afraid you’ll just have to read this book to find out.

Cancer: the Complete Recovery Guide

The Complete Recovery Guide Series : Books 1-8

Jonathan Chamberlain

This series of books tell you what cancer is; what the pros and cons are of diagnostic tests, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy; what the other new mainstream treatments are; why cancer research is failing and what the alternative therapies are that many people are doing – often with great success: the additional diagnostic tests you might want to consider; the detox regimes; the diets, herbs, vitamins, supplements and other approaches that have helped. And it tells you about the pioneers that have been vilified despite anecdotal reports of success-and so on. This series aims to provide a complete picture of the world of cancer. And it does so without hectoring or vilifying people who hold different opinions. It recognises that we are all different and will make different choices. I researched this book as a result of my wife dying from cancer (and from the direct effects of the treatment she submitted to). I vowed that I would not go the same way – but I needed to know what the options were. This book was written above all to inform myself. In the book I tell the stories of more than two dozen people who recovered from their cancers using alternative approaches – and they used different approaches so I think it is fair to say there are dozens of cures for cancer – but you can’t do them if you don’t know what they are. And what works for some may not necessarily work for others. Above all this book is written to be accessible. One reader wrote to me:

‘I devoured the entire [book] in one sitting. As I read hope grew and grew. I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. You gave us hope when all we could see was despair and you gave us a path when we thought all was lost.’

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Whitebait & Tofu

Whitebait & Tofu

Jonathan Chamberlain

Noir. A story of erotic and philosophic intrigue – Photographer, Sam Leinster, is a lost soul in the big city on the American West Coast. Then a mysterious beautiful Japanese woman enters his life and everything changes. He is caught up in an intricate web of deceit But who exactly are the conspirators? What are they trying to do? And whose side is he on? a crisp-as-haiku tale of love and sex and death.

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