An afternoon of poetry at Beltie

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Poetry lovers in Wigtown are in for a treat on Wednesday, March 2 when two Dumfries and Galloway poets will be reading to a lunchtime audience in Beltie Books.

It is the Wigtownshire launch of The Odd Sock Exchange by David Mark Williams, who beat off competition from over a thousand authors who submitted manuscripts to publishers Cinnamon Press.

“I was overwhelmed when the publisher contacted me to offer me a contract,” he says. “I had more or less given up hope knowing how many manuscripts they had received.”

His first collection has garnered positive reviews: poet Terry Jones (Ver Poets Poetry World) says: “It is an impressive debut comprising over 50 poems of consistently high standard…it’s the variety of imaginative approaches that impresses” while editor Sam Smith (The Journal) says: “A master of the telling indirect, the sideways significant…there are crafted poems here I loved”.

Cinnamon press describe The Odd Sock Exchange as a “finely tuned debut. From the intriguing title piece the scene is set for a collection that will challenge, entertain and surprise.”

Joining David Mark Williams is Castle Douglas-based author and poet Mary Smith. Mary will read some new work as well as from her collection, Thousands Pass Here Every Day published by Indigo Dreams.

The event starts at 12 noon on Wednesday, March 02 at Beltie Books, 6 Bank Street, Wigtown.