art, poetry

morphine | bone | dream

We are delighted to announce a very special project with our long time collaborator, Nick Allen.

In spring 2021, set against the backdrop of the raging Covid pandemic and a government presiding over 125,000 deaths, Nick became seriously ill, requiring urgent medical attention that would lead to him spending several days in hospital.

morphine | bone | dream is Nick’s story. A story of personal adversity that intertwines with a national crisis. An unflinching account of a life held in balance when nothing could be taken for granted.

Illustrated with photographs by David Coldwell, the book will be available exclusively as a limited edition from the 29 October 2021. All proceeds from sales of the book will go towards NHS charities.

art, poetry

A Kind of Silence – cover reveal

We are delighted to reveal the cover of Barbara Hickson’s forthcoming Maytree collection, A Kind of Silence.

The pamphlet, which will be available from the 01/10/21, features the wonderfully evocative painting, Silver Lines, Iona by Cumbrian based artist, Tracy Levine.

A Kind of Silence reflects on our intimate relationship with nature and place. Whether exploring the site of a Dark Age settlement, or encountering deer in a forest, these poems meditate on our need to belong. There are poems of empathy, loss and regret. There are poems of celebration which examine the seemingly ordinary in closely observed detail. Above all, these poems acknowledge the many kinds of silence and how we, as humans, respond.

About the Author

Barbara Hickson lives in Lancaster and has an MA (Distinction) in Poetry from Manchester Metropolitan University.
 
Her poems focus primarily on our relationship with nature and place and have appeared widely in magazines, anthologies and on-line journals. Her work has been placed and commended in several competitions including Magma Editors’ Choice and The Plough Prize. In 2019 she had twelve poems published in a shared collection entitled Rugged Rocks Running Rascals – poems for complicated times, published by DragonSpawn Press.


When she’s not reading, writing or attending poetry events, Barbara can usually be found in her garden, where she completely loses track of time. And if she’s not there, she’s probably out fell walking or cycling around the countryside with her husband.

About the Artist

Award winning artist Tracy Levine is a painter and printmaker who works from her purpose built studio with gallery space in the South Lakes area of Cumbria.

Her studio is located in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) of Arnside and Silverdale, with stunning views over the Kent Estuary to the hills of the Lake District, a perfect peaceful and inspirational place for an artist.

Tracy has a long list of successful solo exhibitions and has won several awards. Tracy is an elected member of the prestigious Lake Artists Society.

http://www.tracylevine.co.uk

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Three Trees Portfolio Award – The Winner

We are delighted to announce the winner if the inaugural Three Trees Portfolio Award 2021.

Congratulations to Susan Jordan whose collection, Last of the Line will be published as a special Three Trees Edition in October 2021.

We would also like to congratulate the following poets whose work was shortlisted:

Susanna Harding
Charles Eager
Sue Wallace-Shaddad
Isabel Bermudez
Janet Hatherley
Nigel King
Votey Cheav
Abigail Wyatt
Caroline Maldonado

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who submitted – we were overwhelmed with the numbers, variety of subject and the quality of writing.

Our submissions window will open again in the autumn and the second Three Trees Award will be announced in the new year.

Thank you.

art, poetry

Naming the Land – cover reveal

We are delighted to reveal the cover of our twenty eighth publication, Naming the Land by Nicola Warwick which features the stunning artwork of London based artist, Samantha Read.

Naming the Land is Nicola’s third collection and will be released on the 30 July. If you can’t wait that long then don’t despair. We are thrilled that Nicola will be joining Anne Steward on Friday 2 July to help celebrate the official launch of The Colour of Light as well as giving us a sneak preview of her forthcoming collection.

You can join both Nicola and Anne on-line at 7pm by simply emailing maytreepress@gmail.com with the word LIGHT in the title field and we’ll send your invite the day before.

You can read more about Samantha here: Sam Read – Byard Art and follow her on Instagram @sam_read_artist

art, poetry

The Colour of Light

We are thrilled to finally reveal the cover for Anne Steward’s forthcoming Maytree collection, The Colour of Light.

Initially delayed due to the events of 2020, we’re sure you’ll agree that this wonderful pamphlet has been worth the wait. With cover art supplied by Claire Jefferson, the book is already receiving some wonderful plaudits from the writing community.

The Colour of Light will be released on the 25 June 2021 but don’t despair if this is too long to wait as we are delighted to announce that Anne will be joining fellow Maytree poet, Joe Williams as his guest during the launch of his new collection, The Taking Part.

Join both Joe and Anne for what promises to be a wonderful afternoon of poetry on the 29 May at 2pm – details here:  https://fb.me/e/1XF2ZhoyY

Anne Steward

‘Anne Steward’s poetry is a miracle of observation. Her photographer’s eye and philosophical mindset give us writing to feed both the senses and the soul’. James Nash