Geoff Stevens was born at West Bromwich 4th June 1942. He worked as an industrial chemist until 1995.
In 1976 he launched his own poetry magazine, Purple Patch, a successful and long-running magazine, called 'a national treasure' by The Guardian, which closed with his death in February 2012.
Geoff was also a successful poet in his own right being published in many magazines both in UK and overseas. We were lucky enough to be his friend and publisher, his last Indigo publication, Sleeping With You, being published just one month before he died. He saw it, he loved it, and wrote: "I’m glad that Indigo Dreams is so busy – it means the UK’s best poetry publisher is being successful." Totally over the top, but hey, who cares?
A great lover of poetry, a great man to know. We will keep his name alive as long as Indigo Dreams continues to exist.
Geoff Stevens 04/06/1942 - 02/02/2012
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Thank you all for taking such time with your writing and submitting. Every collection was read and every collection was discussed. Some collections were read over 5 times before a decision could be made. If you weren't one of the named then please do not feel too downhearted - the standard of writing was breathtaking. We read with a view to finding something that Geoff would have loved to read, to have written or to have supported, conscious always of that warm Black Country drawl and good humour in the background.
Just by taking part you are keeping his sort of poetry and encouragement alive.
DIFFICULT WOMEN - NICOLA JACKSON and ELASTIC MAN - PAUL McGRANE
THE TENDER - MICHAEL BROWN
HOMECOMING - OAK AYLING
A WORM OF ROBINS - JILL MUNROE
ADDICTED TO BLUE - CHRISSY BANKS
BOI - NICOLA BRAY
SPEAKING CONSTELLATIONS - RUTH AYLETT
THE WAY TO STAY BEAUTIFUL - K V SKENE
ON THE WAY HOME - HEATHER DECKNER
THE DRIFTWOOD HORSES - ISOBEL THRILLING
WHITE COAT SYNDROME - PENNY SHUTT
EUTHANISE THE CREATURE - DEAN RHETORIC
ARE WE THERE YET? - MARY ANNE SMITH
ARRESTING BREAKS - CARL GRIFFIN
CLAY HEART BRIMMING - CAROL McKAY
ADVERSE CAMBER - PAT EDWARDS
BLOOD LINES - MAEVE HENRY
GREEN FIRE IN THE FAR WOODS - ALISON JONES