Riversmeet has recently embarked on a new venture as a small press publishing books we feel should be out in the world and which fit with our aims and ethos.
Savannah and her Thirteen Moons
Our second book Savannah and her Thirteen Moons has been beautifully crafted by London based Irish poet and children's novelist Shaun Traynor.
These thirteen exquisite poems celebrate the significance each month's moon has for humanity, together with the poet's own sensibility. They are dedicated to his granddaughter Savannah - as well as the Earth itself. Shaun Traynor wrote these poems month by month, to post on Facebook. Now they are gathered together into this booklet, in collaboration with artist Roelof Bakker.
We received the very sad news that our much loved author Shaun Traynor, poet and writer (Savannah and Her Thirteen Moons) has died. Our thoughts are with his wife Ursula and the rest of the family. In the near future we will feature a full appreciation of Shaun’s life on our Publications page. A full appreciation of Shaun's life and work can be found here.
Below is a reading from 'Savannah and Her Thirteen Moons'. Narrated by Aidan Casey, Costa Chard, Celeste DeVeazey, Shane Noone and Gilles Madan.
Shaun Traynor was born in County Derry, Ireland and is the author of several poetry collections including The Hardening Ground and Images in Winter. He is a poet, critic, children’s novelist and storyteller. His novels for children include Hugo O’Huge, The Children’s Giant and The Lost City of Belfast. He has also edited The Poolebeg Book of Irish Poetry for Children.
Shaun Traynor’s writing for children exudes love and tenderness towards children and their earth. His modern fairytales with their contemporary settings capture children’s imagination from the beginning - Irish Children’s Book Trust Guide to Children’s Books
His poetry is an act of faith, his rhythms a gift of grace. Traynor takes chances, there is a sense of risk in his poetry, a sense that this business of writing poetry actually matters - Robert Welch, Literary Review
Book design - Roelof Bakker
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Stories - short and long- setting ordinary people against big themes; love, war, loss, contemporary politics and the search for fulfilment. Like the author’s first collection Fugues on a Funny Bone they are funny, witty and acerbic as well as serious. Stormlight includes her Royal Court short play 'You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know' examining the Blair legacy. Stories range from a Rambler’s Christmas day walk, a childless senior sneaking into a mothers’ and babies’ only film, a bitter family argument over the EU
referendum, management consultant wonkery and the down but not quite out of homeless street life. All are rooted in experience and activism. Jan Woolf is also a playwright and has been honoured to be included in the Royal Society of Literature's Only Connect lockdown series in July 2020. Read more about this here.
Spry, alert and heartful, Jan Woolf’s writing pulses with the quick of life.
This latest collection from Jan Woolf is like a Swiss army penknife. Each blade is of a different length and intention but all gleam with an incisiveness that will impress even the most casual reader.
Paul Simon, Morning Star
Book design - Roelof Bakker
Cover painting by Harry Adams, 2016 Storm Sky I Image courtesy of L-13 Light Industrial Workshop
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