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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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

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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

art, poetry

The Taking Part – Joe Williams

We are very pleased to reveal the cover for Joe William’s forthcoming Maytree collection, The Taking Part.

The Taking Part is a short collection of poems on the theme of sport and games, though as is often the case with poetry, most of it isn’t really about sport and games at all. The cover features the painting, Back Street by Northern artist, Walker Scott. The Taking Part will be released in late May with an official on-line launch event featuring some wonderful guest readers on the 29 May – we’ll have more information on how you can join in the fun nearer the time.

About the author:

Joe Williams is an award-winning writer and performing poet from Leeds. His latest book is the pamphlet ‘This is Virus’, a sequence of erasure poems made from Boris Johnson’s letter to the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic. His verse novella ‘An Otley Run’, published in 2018, was shortlisted in the Best Novella category at the 2019 Saboteur Awards. His poems and short stories have been included in numerous anthologies, and in magazines online and in print. Despite all of that, he is probably most widely read thanks to his contributions to Viz.

art, poetry

Shul – cover reveal

We are delighted to share the cover for F R Kesby’s forthcoming Maytree publication, Shul.

Shul will be released on the 23 April 2021. The word Shul is both a Yiddish word meaning synagogue (derived from the German for ‘school’) and a Buddhist concept of emptiness left behind when something has moved on; hollows left after houses have been removed, footprints on paths, the wearing of rocks by a river. In Buddhism this emptiness is sought out, the relief of the space left when one stops worrying about the emotional marks you have left.

In this collection of poems F R Kesby has sought to explore those marks they have left on their own world and the relationship between their memories of physical and emotional spaces. From comparing the memories of their home town compared to what it looks like now to viewing their relationship through one small bed to exploring places heard about every day in the news, each poem links place and soul in a way that respects the history of the word Shul, both Buddhist and Jewish, while being intensely personal.

The cover was inspired by a photograph taken by the author of a heart etched onto the road. Local sculptor, George Coldwell who specialises in working with concrete and found objects, was commissioned to create an image based on the photograph. We think you’ll agree that it’s an amazing piece of art that wonderfully captures the essence of the book.

F. R. Kesby is a poet and storyteller from Leeds.  They have creative writing credits including Strix, Writers Café, Riggwelter, Runcible Spoon, Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis, 100Thousand Poets For Change, The Pangolin Review, Wanton Fuckery, Leeds Disabled Peoples Organisation and Leeds Savage Club as well as non-fiction credits with Women’s Republic, Walking in a Wireless Wonderland and View From a Walking Frame.  They have also had a radio play featured in Chapel FM’s Writing on Air Festival, have done numerous guest spots and headlined for Stirred, Word Club, NeurodiVERSE and Verse Matters as well as winning the Stirred Invisible Disabilities Poetry Slam 2018 and the Leeds Lit Fest Flash Fiction Slam 2018 as well as running their own events independently and as part of Leeds Lit Fest and Leeds LGBT+ Virtual Lit Fest.  They and their partner also started their own inclusive arts organisation, AirEvents, through which they help run performance nights and art classes and are currently working on a range of children’s books about gender and sexuality.  They are also a life long learner with an interest in linguistics, especially its relationship to culture and politics, they are currently rounding up the worlds slowest degree and are already planning what modules to take on to their masters.  When not wrestling with language they work in the charity sector and are a proud bunny parents to Sherlock Fluffs.

Don’t forget – the Three Trees Portfolio Award is now open for entries for short poetry collections. Your chance to be part of our story – Three Trees Portfolio Award – Maytree Press