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'Hey Bert is a powerful blend of the past and the present, of one’s journey through the dark tunnels of trauma.' – Desi Tsvetkova, New Welsh Reader

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Hey Bert, the debut poetry collection by Roberto Pastore, is available now from our online store for £9 and free P&P.

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Christina Thatcher, How to Carry Fire, News, Poems, Poetry, poets -

So many lovely comments have been flooding in for Christina Thatcher's second poetry collection 'How to Carry Fire' over the weekend. Look at this blazing spread in the Western Mail Weekend supplement on Saturday by Jenny White. ‘The resulting work cements Thatcher’s position as a distinctive, powerful and unerring authentic new poetic voice - a stall she first set out with More Than You Were, her 2017 debut collection which explored the legacy of her father’s addiction and death. 'While many of her poems deal with gritty topics, they are also strikingly beautiful in the purity of the love they convey. There...

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Blog Tour, Christina Thatcher, How to Carry Fire, Poetry, poets -

Back in 2012, I was asked to design and run a blog-writing course for a community organisation in South Wales. Although I was no expert, I said yes! and started reading blogs every day to prepare. I loved the versatility of this form and feeling connected to people through their posts. It wasn’t long before I decided to start my own blog, Collecting Words, where I shared my experiences as an American writer living in Wales. I posted about the ups and downs of freelance projects, celebrated successes and included lots of poems and photos.

Since then, my little blog has changed enormously—existing now as a part of my professional website. I still read blogs on everything from true crime and British history to funeral directing and PhD life. However, the blogs I return to most are about books. I love finding out what people are reading and seeing the transformative power of literature in action. Perhaps this is why I am so excited to take part in my first blog tour for one of my own books

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Poetry, Reviews -

'This is profound poetry, spiritual and wise and while engaging with difficult themes (life often being a difficult business) it does so with grace and some humour.'

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Events, Poetry -

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Christina Thatcher's second poetry collection How to Carry Fire on 6 April at The Gate, Keppoch Street, Cardiff. There will be a reading and Q&A as well as music by Steven Kenward (a.k.a. The Warden) who will be playing songs based on the collection. Free entry, all welcome. 7.30pm.

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