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Poetry Day: Oversteps Press presents… Alwyn Marriage and Rebecca Bilkau

Saturday 17th March 12:30pm

Venue: The Sanctuary, Lancaster Library, 18 – 20 Market Street, Lancaster LA1 1HY

Tickets: £10/£8 or SPECIAL OFFER POETRY DAY COMBO £35/£30 for five events

Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways: AVAILABLE NOW!

Online here (Single event ticket) and here (Poetry Day Combo)

In Person: Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres

By phone: 01524 582394/ 01524 582808

We are delighted to open our poetry day this year with two poets from Oversteps Press—Alwyn Marriage and Rebecca Bilkau. Both of these poets have a widely varied background in poetry and bring all their experience to bear in their latest collections…


Alwyn Marriage’s ten books include poetry, non-fiction and a novel. She is widely represented in magazines, anthologies and on-line, and givesreadings all over the world. Formerly a university philosophy lecturer, Director of two international NGOs and Rockefeller Scholar, she’s currently Managing Editor of Oversteps Books and research fellow at Surrey University.



Rebecca Bilkau was born in the northwest of England, educated in London, Oxford and Lancaster. She worked in advertising and the media in the big smoke before turning peacenik going to Northern Ireland. Better late than never she married a German and now lives in Lower Saxony. The work in her first Oversteps collection, Weather Notes is defined by Graham Mort as poetry of ‘great formal beauty and musicality’ Neil Fulwood describes the poetry in her Wayleave pamphlet Sending for New Omens as ’empathetic and sensitive’ takes on old tales and hardscrabble lives in her adopted country. Her new Oversteps collection, Instructions for a quiet life launches here at Litfest, and we leave it to you to decide how to categorise it. Rebecca is also founder and collator of Beautiful Dragons Collaborations, an entirely quixotic anthology outfit.


Based in South Devon, Oversteps Books publishes work by poets from all over Britain and sometimes from abroad. The rigorous selection process and careful editing and design, result in high quality finished books that are a delight to read; so it is not surprising that so many of our best contemporary poets want to be published by Oversteps Books.