"It's always fascinating to see how the same spark of inspiration ignites in so many different ways in the minds of different writers. Give a number of poets the same starting point, ask them to write something, and what each of them ends up with will be unique, as this collection amply demonstrates. In many ways it is a more organic book than a lot of poetry collections I've come across - the idea to collect all the poems togather came after Bartok's Duke Bluebeard's Castle, and the Bluebeard myth in general, inspired these writers to be so prolific". -Sophie Hannah in the Foreword to Bluebeard's Wives
Bluebeard's Wives is an anthology of poetry from women in the West Midlands which is to be published by the Heaventree Press in August 2007. I am co-editing the anthology along with the poet, Julie Boden, who started the project when she became poet in residence at Birmingham Symphony Hall. Here is how she describes its beginnings in the afterword of the book:
Initially involved as a writer responding to the Bluebeard story, I was later taken on as an editor of an anthology representing the project and my role was to act as a mentor to the writers offering feedback and encouragment. The Bluebeard’s Wives are: Jo Bell, Julie Boden, Rosemary Bosworth, Zoë Brigley, Sue Brown, Christine Coleman, Jane Commane, Rachel David, Helen Dennis, Roz Goddard, Natasha Godfrey, Penny Harper, Helena Hempstead, Hazell Hills, Jane Holland, Rosie Miles, Anouk Mishti, Cathy Perry, Emma Pursehouse, Connie Ramsay-Bott, Jo Roberts, Dorothy Rose, Sibyl Ruth, Jane Seabourne, Judy Tweddle, Catherine Whittaker, Diane Wiggett, Jan Wild, Helen Yendall and Diyan Zora. Although not everyone was able to get a poem ready in time for the anthology, they are all valuable members of the collective.