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New on-line store now open

Our sparkly new on-line store is now fully stocked and open for business.

You can find the link on the menu bar or enter here

We thought it would be a good idea to put things all under one roof, so to speak. Let us know what you think. We’ll be adding some further improvements as we go and featuring individual publications from our impressive catalogue – did we mention that there’s two award winning pamphlets already in our collection.

Our Big Cartel store will remain open for the next few weeks.

Best wishes

Team Maytree.

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Maytree 36 – Magdalena

For those who read our last post will have already had a sneak preview of the cover for Maytree 36 which features the photograph, Sunlit Tree by our very own, Roy Marshall. If you follow Roy on social media (and why wouldn’t you) you’ll know that as well as being a wonderful writer, poet, translator and editor, he’s also got a good eye for a great photograph.

Magdalena by Antony Christie started out about eight years ago as a reconstructed autobiography in verse of Mary Magdalene, based in part on the confusion of Maries in the New Testament, in part on the Apocryphal Gospels, and reinvigorated by a journey through the South of France that included sites associated with her.

The present text is an expansion of the original poems. The collection now includes
characters like the necromancer, who profits from superstitions and myths surrounding Mary who is herself, after death, still bound to her earthly existence, imprisoned in her own skull in the rituals that are associated with the annual procession it takes through the streets of Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume. The mention of a potent charm given to her by an admirer perhaps complicates the picture, as does her desire to find her own God reincarnated, which draws her, in the mid 20th century to Manubehn, the niece of Mahatma Ghandi.

So Mary is a character with whose humanity the reader can empathize, but also a mystic who takes out of body journeys, a devotee of her living God, an object of worship herself, a disembodied spirit, and through all her multi-faceted existence retains this humanity at her core.

Magdalena will be available from the 20 May 2022. Look out for news of launch events coming very soon.

About the author:

Antony divides his time between a farmhouse in the South Tyne Valley and a renovated one room school in Grey County in Ontario. His poetry has been published in magazines in England, Ireland and Canada, including Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, Smiths Knoll, Other Poetry and Poetry Ireland Review, in anthologies, three pamphlets and two full length collections. He has read his work in co-ops, bookstores, village halls, libraries, a farmers’ market, and at local and international festivals, including StAnza and the last Hollingwood Wordstock. His latest pamphlet, The Archaeologist’s Daughter, was published by Wayleave in April 2019.

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Past, Present, Future

As we mark the third anniversary of our first publication and look forward to the release of our thirty fifth book, we thought it would be a good excuse to celebrate all the wonderful collections we have had the privilege to work on over the past few years and offer you a little treat.

Looking back over our short life its incredible to see some of the amazing poets and artists we’ve worked with and come to know as our friends. It’s been a great adventure watching the Maytree family blossom.

The future looks just as exciting as we welcome our new editor, Roy Marshall to the fold, look forward to finalising work on our 2022 list, and start planning for 2023.

We will have a short open submissions window again in the autumn plus news of our portfolio awards and a new single poem award plus anthology.

Our cover reveals continue to make the news but we thought we would do something a little different for Maytree 36 and give you a sneak preview in our Future section.

Magdalena is the forthcoming collection from Antony Christie and features the image Sunlit Tree by our very own Roy Marshall. Magdalena is scheduled for release on the 20 May 2022 – look out for a more in-depth feature coming soon.

Don’t forget that you can subscribe to our Newsletter on the sign up page here

Our 2022 Portfolio Award closes in just 22 days. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be part of our story and see your work published later this year – enter now

And finally, all the above previously released titles are available from our online store here and to say thank you for your support we’d like to offer you 10% discount on all book orders for the rest of April. Please use the code April22 at the checkout.

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Roy Marshall joins Maytree

We are delighted to share the news that acclaimed poet and translator, Roy Marshall joins Maytree Press as part of our editorial team. 

Roy will be working with founding editors, Amanda and David to assist with our Portfolio Awards, forthcoming anthology submissions and open submissions.

Roy brings a wealth of experience to the team having published three celebrated poetry collections whilst also working as a creative writing lecturer.

For those who follow Roy on social media, you will also know that he has a keen eye for a good photograph and we are thrilled to be able to use one of Roy’s images on our next cover – look out for the Maytree 36 cover reveal coming soon – it’s simply stunning.

About Roy:

Roy’s first collection, The Sun Bathers (Shoestring Press, 2013) was short-listed for the Michael Murphy award. His second book, The Great Animator appeared in 2017 and a collection of his versions of the poems of the Italian poet Eugenio Montale, After Montale, was published in 2019. Roy’s poems and short stories have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies in the UK and Ireland, as well as featuring in Poems in The Waiting Room, New Zealand. Roy worked as a coronary care nurse for many years, and later, in adult education, most recently as a part time lecturer in creative writing.