Publishing

Maytree 39 – cover reveal

We are thrilled to release the cover for Maytree 39 featuring stunning new artwork by our friend Caroline Brown. Night after Night in the Quiet House by Sarah Hemings will be released on Thursday 6 October 2022 as part of our celebration for National Poetry Day 2022.

The collection was chosen from our open submission window in 2021 and will be Sarah’s debut pamphlet. The poems focus on the different methods used to process loss over time and how we can gradually realign ourselves to a new set of circumstances.

Kate Bush fans may recognise the title as a line from one of her earlier songs – no prizes but you’re welcome to comment below. You never know, we might get another Kate song to number one.

Sarah Hemings is a Poet and Chartered Librarian from Bristol. In 2019 she won First Prize in the Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Poetry Competition for her poem, ‘vestry’, and again in 2021 for ‘Eastertide’. Sarah is a member of The Poetry Society and Trowbridge Stanza and tweets at @SarahHemings1. From March-July 2021 she was mentored by Fiona Benson, under the Dialect Mentoring Scheme (a competitive scheme funded by Arts Council England).

You can find out more about the artist, Caroline Brown here Caroline Brown artist

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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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Maytree 35 – cover reveal

We are very excited to reveal the cover for our thirty fifth publication: Jane Kite’s stunning new collection, The Blanket.

Jane may be familiar to many of our readers as not only is she a wonderful poet but was also part of the successful team behind Half-Moon Books, the publishing house responsible for launching the careers of many fine poets including a few who have since joined the Maytree family.

In The Blanket we find a sequence of poems in which the author tells the story of making a crocheted blanket and the thoughts and memories that the work evoked during it’s completion. Memories are weaved between the crocheted squares like faded photographs of dwellings, relatives, friends and neighbours found in a secret keepsake.

Jane explains that the sequence was written for her daughter in the lead up to her fiftieth birthday. Part memoir, part instruction, part gift, The Blanket is a collection that is instantly accessibly and incredibly enjoyable.

The Blanket was previously performed as a live event as part of the Chapel FM Writing on Air Festival.

The cover features the painting, Moorland Mist by our friend, Kevin Threlfall. We were delighted to be able to work with Kevin again on this collection. Many of the poems deal with time and place and together with Kevin’s expressive brushwork creating a woollen textured landscape, we thought the mystery of the painting worked beautifully for the collection.

The Blanket will be officially released on the 22 April 2022 and Jane will be appearing at a number of launch events during May – more news on this later.

You can find out more about Jane here

A link to Kevin’s online store here

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Maytree 34 – cover reveal

We are thrilled to welcome back Huddersfield based author, Tim Taylor with his second collection of poems, LifeTimes.

LifeTimes will be officially released on the 26 March 2022 and you’ll be able to catch Tim at a number of events throughout April – more details later.

We’ve had great fun working with Tim on the cover and we look forward to revealing more about the book in the coming weeks.

In the mean time you can still purchase Tim’s first collection, Sea Without a Shore featuring stunning cover art by Paula Dunn from our online store for only £6.00.