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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.

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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

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Maytree 24 – The Sound Recordist

It’s cover reveal time and we are thrilled to again be working with Saltaire based artist, Paula Dunn.

The Sound Recordist by Seán Street (Maytree 24) features the wonderful image, Evening Stillness created by Paula in 2020. The collection will be released on the 26 March 2021.

Seán describes the book as a sequence based on a life’s work in radio and a fascinating insight into British broadcasting.

About the author:

Seán Street is a poet, radio practitioner, teacher, and a writer of many prose
works that explore the philosophical nature of sound. He spent his schooldays
in Sheffield and student years in Birmingham where he embarked on a career
as an actor, initially at the old Birmingham Repertory Theatre, before moving
into radio. He has published nine full collections of poems, the latest of which,
Camera Obscura (Rockingham Press, May 2016,) examines his
preoccupation with time, space and communication, as did his anthology of
radio poems, Radio Waves (Enitharmon , 2004). His latest prose work is The
Sound of a Room: Memory and the Auditory Presence of Place. (Routledge,
2020.) Between 2017 and 2019, Palgrave Macmillan published his Sound
Poetics trilogy: Sound Poetics (2017) Sound at the Edge of Perception (2018)
and The Sound Inside the Silence (2019). Other prose includes The Poetry
of Radio – The Colour of Sound (Routledge, 2013), which was published in
2013, followed by The Memory of Sound – Preserving the Sonic Past, also by
Routledge, (2014). In 2015 Rowman and Littlefield published an updated,
extended and revised edition of his 2006 work, The Historical Dictionary of
British Radio. Other prose includes The Dymock Poets (Seren, 1994, new
edition, 2014) and The Wreck of the Deutschland (Souvenir Press, 1993), an
historical study of events surrounding the writing of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s
great poem. He is a regular collaborator with the English choral composer,
Cecilia McDowall and their work is published by Oxford University Press.
Cecilia and Seán are currently engaged on a major three-part work
commissioned by Glasgow School of Art Choir, to be premiered in 2022. In
the Spring of 2020, BBC Radio 3 commissioned their work, Photo 51, about
the crystallographer Rosalind Franklin.

Seán sees no divide between his practice as a radio writer, producer and
presenter, his research into sound aesthetics, and his poetry, pointing to the
subtitle of the second of his Palgrave trilogy to underline the fact that his
interest above all is ‘the aural minutiae of sand and other worldly
murmurings,’ and how deep listening helps to explain living. His most recent
poetry grows out of a lifetime working with sound, reflecting on its crucial
place within and around us, and this new sequence comes directly from
listening, using the metaphor of the microphone and recording machine as a
non-judgemental witness to Place and history, through pain and cruelty to the
consolations and inspirations of art and music and the natural world, finally
moving towards a quest for silence and stillness. Isolation, alienation, exile
and loneliness are themes; but above all the human voice – its dialects,
timbres and its sense of communicating a self – is a recurring motif.

Seán is Emeritus Professor at Bournemouth University, where he
gained his PhD in 2003. He now lives in Liverpool.

Sean Street | Home

Paula Dunn Artist

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The Weight of Snow – Pauline Rowe

We are delighted to reveal our first cover of 2021 and welcome back Pauline Rowe.

Author of the 2020 Saboteur Awards shortlisted, The Ghost Hospital, Pauline returns with another poignant and moving collection, The Weight of Snow.

Described as a family story of bereavement, the book focuses on the accidental death of a child and the reverberations of loss over generations and how grief becomes emotional inheritance and impacts upon formation and love.

The cover features the painting, Untitled by David Coldwell.

The Weight of Snow will be available from the 26 February 2021

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Catching Air

We are delighted to introduce Vinny Glynn-Steed who will be launching his debut pamphlet with Maytree in early December.

Vinny, from Galway, is widely published in poetry journals and anthologies both in Ireland and abroad. His work has recently featured in Crannóg, Ofi Press Magazine, Boyne Berries, Windows 25th edition and the Cinnamon Press anthology. He was recently the featured writer in the American based journal Parhelion.

The cover features the painting, The Valley by David Coldwell.

Look out for more information on this stunning lyrical collection in the near future.