It’s always a special day here at Maytree HQ when we reveal a new cover – the promise of a wonderful collection of poems lovingly presented in one of our unique cover designs – the perfect antidote to this strange world we find ourselves witnessing.
Every cover is special but non more so when you invite a favourite artist to create a work uniquely for the project. For unfolded we asked the brilliant Alice Parker – who many will remember created the image for the award winning, The Collective Nouns For Birds – to respond to some of Olivia’s poetry.
Alice chose a particular favourite poem of ours and created the wonderful enigmatic image, Unstil.
Unfolded by Olivia Dawson will be released in September. Look out for more information very soon and don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter to get news of all our new releases, offers and submissions direct to your inbox Join our mailing list
We are delighted to announce the release of our second special Three Trees Edition, Because of the War by Aziz Dixon.
Available worldwide from the 26 June 2020, Because of the War is a poignant debut featuring a moving collection of poems in which the poet explores his own response to war whilst championing peace and love. This is quite simply a beautiful and, at times, heartbreaking book that both challenges and questions our history and future.
The cover features the stunning image, Remembrance by Marsden based photographer, Ian Ladbrooke. The photograph was taken at the Marsden Memorial placed on Pule Hill – also home for Simon Armitage’s Snow Poem – and features two local characters who had completed the steep climb to pay their respects. We’re delighted to have been able, through the wonders of social media, to have traced both these gentlemen and look forward to presenting them and their families with copies of the book when it’s safe to do so.
During the writing of the book, Aziz also worked with composer, Nathan Pallotto to create a new work for the Leeds Lieder Festival.
The poem Remont features as a centre point in the book and we’re delighted to be able to share both the Music and the score with you below. You can find out more about Nathan from his website nathanpallatto
Because of the War is now available both direct from Aziz and online from our store.
Aziz will be hosting an intimate online launch on Saturday 4 July – please contact Aziz direct via his Facebook page if you’d like an invite to the celebration AzizDixonPoet
To find out more about our Three Trees Editions take a look at our previous post Three Trees Edition
Hooded crow cracks open
a walnut skull. Stray dogs
trip the watchmen who work
on the road. Gang-woman
harangues the three
who dig. Six look on,
drag on a fag, as the driller
cuts the water supply.
This place rebuilds itself
between genocides. Today
it is sunny. Nobody
bombs the blocks in this street,
leaves us without food
or water for months.
Rust on the sill
ghosts the lock.
Stairs long since rotted
into the chalk. Soil whispers
through gaps in your memory.
Corrugated iron slips
where the fox had her cubs.
Your Midas bottles still in crates
hug the walls, prop the ceiling,
vintage labels curl, crumble.
These wines your grave goods,
treasures for a civil service
warrior, now lost
in pre-digital archives.
About the Author
Originally a student of archaeology, Aziz turned for inspiration to natural and historic landscapes, particularly Pennine and Welsh. More recently he has been drawn to the landscapes of the heart, and to a search for meaning in patterns of family behaviour.
Because of the war is his first published collection.
Missing Glastonbury and all the other summer festivals? Fear not as we have the perfect collection of poems for you to enjoy and while away those long summer evenings.
Green Fields – sorted for poems celebrates music and the music festival. Featuring thirty six new poems from some of your favourite contemporary poets, let us transport you from the desert festivals to the green field of Glastonbury via the Isle of White.
With poems inspired by Marsden Jazz Festival, Underneath the Stars, Leeds and Reading and V98 there is something for every music and festival lover in this unique collection.
Normally priced at £10.00, to celebrate what would have been Glastonbury’s 50th festival the book is now available for a limited time for only £8.00 from our on-line shop. Price includes free UK post and packing.
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It’s always an exciting time here at Maytree HQ when we release a new cover out into the world but even more so when it features artwork by one of our favourite artists that we’ve been keeping under wraps for the last eight months.
For Jonathan’s cover there was certainly a case of a wind change after a butterfly had flapped its wings somewhere. We had known from an early stage, possibly as soon as we had received Jonathan’s manuscript, that we wanted to use Suzi Thompson’s artwork on the cover. Both David and Amanda are huge fans of Suzi’s work and have had the privilege of visiting her at her South Yorkshire studio as well as indulging in some prints which are strongly represented at galleries local to Maytree’s home.
The decision to use Suzi’s work was way back in those heady free days of summer 2019 so in many ways the idea was firmly put to the back of our minds whilst other work took priority. That was until the Marsden Jazz Festival in October when Jonathan made the journey across the Pennines and also stumbled into those same galleries and was introduced to Suzi’s work. We’d already had the go ahead from Suzi so imagine our delight when Jonathan began mentioning how much he enjoyed her work – we’re rubbish at keeping secrets so had to let him know that his new found favourite artist was also going to be his cover artist. I think we made a poet very happy that day. Fledge features the artwork, Edgelands. We had to crop the original version a tiny bit so that it would fit so here’s the original version:
Fledge will be released on the 31 July 2020. It’s a wonderful evocative collection with it’s heart set firmly in the natural world. A delightful read for summer 2020.
Many of our regular readers will be familiar with Jonathan’s work, particularly as a reviewer but for those who have missed out you can find out more from his entertaining blog northern jim
Suzi is represented by galleries across the UK and also has a wonderful website and online gallery which you can find here