Next reading: not poetry for once!


2008 Reporting from Palestine 1943-44, by Barbara Board. My edition of my mother’s still amazingly topical posthumous manuscript, published by Five Leaves Publications (UK) ISBN 978-1-905512-32-4 is just OUT.  I have quite a few events going to publicise it...


25 April, Librairie du Rivage, rue Aristide Briand, Royan. 6 pm. Talking not only about the book but my trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories last November, to research the background.


27 May. Talking to NUJ members Paris about the book, during our monthly meeting.


22 September at Shakespeare and Co. bookshop, 37, rue de la Bûcherie (across the bridge from Notre Dame) 7 pm...reading and signing and generally talking about the book...  


London Launch? Date and venue to be fixed... but not far off now. Maybe this autumn... will keep you posted


If you want to order the book, you can order from any UK bookshop or via the Fiveleaves website:

If you are in France:

- Shakespeare & Co. 37, Ph/ Fax: 01 43 25 40 93, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 75005

- Le Rivage, Royan,







Previous readings:

2007 British Association of Women Writers and Journalists, in Deauville.



Here, reading in both English and French to a mixed audience in Thénezay, at

L'Arbre du Livre, February

Photo © Beryl Brennan


La Rochelle, Salon de la Poésie


2006 : Les Amis de la Poésie, Bergerac, The Flying Goose Café, Chilwell, Nottingham, bilingual reading at the book fair, L'Arbre au Livre, Thénezay and Printemps des Poètes à Royan, la Librairie du Rivage



Exeter Uncut; Southend Writers' group with Derek Adams...


2004 Patio Poétique, La Rochelle, several readings in English and French; The Bull Theatre, Barnet, launch of Sudden Maraschinos.

Torriano Meeting House, Kentish Town with Dilys Wood; Salisbury House, Enfield

Patio Poétique, La Rochelle, readings my translations of UA Fanthorpe and Ruth Fainlight. 



A big thank-you to all the groups who have invited me and given me such a warm welcome! Thanks especially to Anne Delperier (Bergerac), Maryvonne Beauchamp and Beryl Brennan ( Thenezay), Ross Bradshaw and John Lucas ( Nottingham), to Dilys Wood, John Rety, Anthony Fisher, (London) François Garros ( La Rochelle), the two Exeter Jameses, Derek Adams (Southend) and Katherine Gallagher (Barnet) for inviting me and / or organising things so well at these various events. Each has been a special occasion for me.




2006 Scintilla Long Poem Competition, commended for Found in Translation, a sequence inspired by Romania.

2005 Nottingham Open Poetry Competition, Merit Prize "Building the Alder Fence" ( a poem that got written too late for inclusion in Sudden Maraschinos, but it is part of the Kolodno diary sequence... click on Poems and you can read it)

2004 Biscuit Poetry Prize: 5 poems in the Top Ten for Poetry; published in Biscuit Anthology, The Nude is Miss Mae's Bedroom

2004 Essex Poetry Festival, commended for "Scented Caraway" Published in Nature and the Spirit, Issue 2, Littoral Press.

2004 Torbay Festival commended for "Moules Marinière». Published in Acumen 51.