Further Than It Looks

with Grey Hen Press

Saturday 16th November | 11:30 – 13:00 | Abbot Hall Social Centre

Awesome, immense, at once inviting and threatening, mountains have inspired painters and poets, challenged the adventurous and offered a hard-won living to local peoples. Here are poems that celebrate their splendour and explore our relationship with them.

Joy Howard's Grey Hen Press poets Kerry Darbishire, Kate Davis, Caroline Gilfillan, Geraldine Green and Hilary Tattershall join us to bring this anthology to life!

About Grey Hen Press

Grey Hen is a small independent press which publishes poetry by older women, concentrating in the first instance on producing themed anthologies. These showcase the particularity of women’s voices, and give less well-known poets the opportunity of having their work published alongside that of established writers.

The aim of the press is to collect  and share some of today’s exciting new work by older women; work that is perhaps not being taken up by mainstream publishers. For older women, it’s often the case that it is difficult to build up a publishing history in the expected way. Time is not on our side.

But though an older woman may not have years to play with before becoming an “overnight success”, she does have a special perspective – a lot of years and experience on which to reflect. Serious stuff – but again and again we find the sharpest of observations, leavened with a wicked sense of humour. Older women have a lot to say, and they say it with style!

Grey Hen Press was first set up by Joy Howard in 2007. She was encouraged and supported by the involvment of  her late partner Barbara Burford, who worked with her in the early days of setting up the press.

Joy Howard worked for many years in social services, innovating and developing new approaches to fostering. After retirement, she returned to her life-long love of poetry and launched a second career as a publisher with Grey Hen.

Joy’s poems have featured in several anthologies: Beautiful Barbarians (Onlywomen1986), Dancing the Tightrope (The Women’s Press 1987), Naming the Waves (Virago 1988), and Not for the Academy (Onlywomen 1999), The Argent Round (Pembrokeshire Press 2007)  The Listening Shell (Headland 2010),  Slants of Light (Four Point Press 2013), The Scratching of Pens and Sweet Breast and Acid Tongue ((Like This Press 2014), Five Words (Ó Bhéal 2014), The Book of Love and Loss (Belgrave Press 2014) and Wenlock Poetry Festival (Fair Acre Press 2015).