Chinese edition of Loss Adjustment launched

It’s with great pleasure I announce that the Chinese edition of my memoir Loss Adjustment, about the death by suicide of my 17-year-old daughter Victoria McLeod, was launched in June 2023. It is published by Beijing Guangchen, China’s biggest book influencer. The Chinese translation rights were purchased from my Singapore publisher, Ethos Books, in a deal brokered by Grayhawk Literary Agency.
Name of publisher: Beijing Guangchen Culture Communication Co., Ltd.
City of publication: Beijing, China
Date of publication: June 2023
Translator: Huang Yao



New poem
‘A bird i catch || to eat’
Second prize in the Mslexia Poetry Contest,

Read it in the print version of
Mslexia, no.93.

‘Language flies around the page … and
finally lands as a small bird.’

— Judge Pascale Petit

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Thrilled to have a poem in this Anglo-Portuguese collaboration.A Palace of Verandahs marks an annual poetry festival in Silves, Portugal, known as A Casa dos Poetas, which I was fortunate to attend in 2022.UK poet Naomi Foyle explains it better than I can. She writes: "A Casa dos Poetas 2024 was the 20th anniversary of ‘probably the first Anglo-Portuguese poetry festival’. To celebrate, festival director Peter Pegnall, working with Lesley Saunders, Gérard Noyau, Sarah Greenwood Jon Russell Herring and Hugo de Oliveira, produced a bilingual anthology of work by poets who have been involved down the years. A Palace of Verandas / Palácio das Varandas takes its name from a poem by Al-Mu’tamid (1040-1095), the famous Poet-King of Silves, ancient capital of the Algarve. It’s a gorgeous book, an artful production from Traça - Editora, and I’m touched that my tribute to ever-elegant poet Lee Harwood has found a balcony in its pages. His orchids perch alongside work by fine poets from Portugal, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Belgium, Mauritius, New Zealand and America - including Andrea Holland, Carla Moreira, Sharon Sinclair Moyra Donaldson Tess Adams, Joris Iven and more. Peter’s poem tenderly conjures the spirit of this deeply collaborative adventure." @naomifoylepoet @andreahollandpoet @sarah_translated @manuelnetodossantos @sueburge4
Launching in May: I've an essay in this anthology, Otherhood, which asks: Am I mother, or other? Mine, set in NZ and Singapore, looks at who you are if your child is no more. Contributors include former MP Golriz Ghahraman, LGBT activist Shaneel Lal, poet Hinemoa Baker and writer/MCW lecturer Paula Morris. @masseyuniversitypress @kathrynvanbeeknz @lilobrienwrites @alie33 @sarahscott @helen_heath @malpixo #essay #motherhood Pre-orders are open here:
Congrats to Dunedin poet Megan Kitching for her collection, At the Point of Seeing, being shortlisted for the poetry section of the @ockham_nz_book_award , judged by Diane Brown. I reviewed this beautiful collection for the NZ Review of Books.
Congrats to Norfolk poet and friend @sueburge4 for winning the UK's @mslexia Poetry Contest, judged by the incredible Fiona Benson. Sue is an amazing teacher of poetry, too, & has taught at @uealdc & @thepoetryschool. Doubly happy as I was runner-up in this contest two years ago. @naomifoylepoet @andreahollandpoet @patrickwiddess @poetrynonstop #poetry
Your weekend culture fix solved. Two friends chatting about poetry. In a podcast. Go to @poetrynonstop or see link below.Young poet Olivia Tuck shares with me her brilliant & often funny observations thanks to @poetrynon-stop run by the wonderful Patrick Widdess in Norwich. Liv and I are both grads of UEA's poetry MA. Just to clarify, We are not Mistresses of the Arts, whatever you think that might be. (Though maybe we are?);That is the name of Olivia's poetry manuscript, which seeks a home. Hint to publishers.Who is Olivia Tuck? (she/her) has had work published by the Poetry Society and Broken Sleep, and in several print and online journals. She was runner-up in the 2023 Jane Martin Poetry Prize awarded by Girton College Cambridge, and was longlisted for the 2022 Rebecca Swift Foundation Women Poets’ Prize. She is an Associate Editor at Tears in the Fence and at Lighthouse. Her pamphlet Things Only Borderlines Know was published by Black Rabbit Press in 2019. @patrickwiddess @tears.inthefence @perlakantarjian @lastpoetstandingnorwich @evediariden @merylpugh @salma_baalawy @bad.ri.ya @thebookhive @sarahcrowe65 #poetry #norwich
A Singapore colleague came across this much-loved, much-thumbed copy of my book, Loss Adjustment, in the upgraded Central Library. It even has Post-it notes! Grateful that the book is still out in the world, reaching those who need to read it. Photo credit: Suling Lin @sulingshoots #lossadjustment #memoir #suicideprevention #libraries #readersofinstagram @ethosbooks @malpixo @nationallibrarysg
The cover of the Chinese edition of my memoir, Loss Adjustment! Tx to Grayhawk Agency, Beijing Guangchen and @ethosbooks for making it happen. Adds to Singapore & NZ editions @awapress. Details in bio or see my (updated!) author site #memoir #lossadjustment #mentalhealthawareness #suicideprevention
Back in the saddle again, with Zinnie, a 5-year-old ex-racehorse with the patience of a saint. My thanks to Michaela Forsythe Equestrian Services for her excellent instruction. Zinnie is a beautiful soul. #horses #poetry
Pre-orders are open for this UK anthology which includes my good self being interviewed by poet Fiona Bennett and actor Michael Shaeffer for @thepoetryexchange . I talk about a poem that has been a friend to me, and also about writing #LossAdjustment and #SignLanguagefortheDeathofReason. Humbled to be among names including Brian Cox. @sarahcrowe65 @akshitan @thesocietyofauthors @nzsocietyofauthors @thepoetrysociety @gail_ingram_poet #poetry #poetrycommunity pre-order details in link :
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