Local poets

Poetry from the Bed

‘These poems movingly demonstrate the sheer bravery and resilience of the human spirit. Inspirational.’ Clare Francis - President of Action for ME and internationally acclaimed novelist

Do you know someone with ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? The chances are you do - one out of every 250 people has it. But do you know what it is really like for them - and their families?

This collection of original and powerful poetry from Oxfordshire ME Group for Action (OMEGA) lets you see the view ‘from the bed’. Adults and children – some as young as six years old – speak movingly and honestly about their lives with ME/CFS in these beautiful, humorous and inspiring poems.

These poems were originally entered for a competition, and then displayed as part of an exhibition in Oxford.

‘I really enjoyed reading all the poems for the OMEGA Poetry Competition... So many resonated with me on how it feels to live with this illness at any age. I thought the winning poem was outstanding.’ Vivien Steels – Competition Judge, poet and illustrator

‘A moving, urgent and important collection. Hugely impressive.’ Harry Bingham – best-selling (Oxfordshire) author and carer of person with ME/CFS

£6.99 101pp pbk

Local poets

Does Nothing Rhyme with Charlbury?
Edited by Rob Stepney
An anthology of poems of all kinds by Charlbury people, including some with a past connection with the town. There is much on love – and loss. And anger. And beer. And cricket.
£8.99  128pp pbk

Because We Never Said Goodbye

Edited by Rob Stepney
More poems from Charlbury, some from the same poets as in the previous collection, and some new. Illustrated by Mick Rooney RA.
£9.99  132pp pbk

Poems from Grace Cottage
by Patricia Huth Ellis
These heart-felt poems are popular with those who attend Trish's readings. She lives in Charlbury and discovered her love of poetry as a teenager through the poems of Thomas Hardy.
£5.99  53pp pbk

Shout to the Sky: Poems of a Day

by Glyn Frewer
Glyn lives in Taston. His poems range widely: a deep love of the countryside, a love of books, memories of childhood and the poet's heartfelt reactions to the vicissitudes of life.
£6.99  63pp pbk

Dance to the Music: Poems of the Air
by Glyn Frewer
A long exploratory poem, Raison d'Etre, in the style of a fugue, together with a medley of short poems, some con anima, some scherzoso.
£6.99  64pp pbk

by June Osborne
June has been a winner in local poetry competitions: hers is a spoken poetry that comes from the heart. A teacher of art history by profession, June shows how light is brought to the darkest places by craftsmen, artists and poets.
£6.99  96pp pbk