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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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Unfolded

It’s always a special day here at Maytree HQ when we reveal a new cover – the promise of a wonderful collection of poems lovingly presented in one of our unique cover designs –  the perfect antidote to this strange world we find ourselves witnessing.

Every cover is special but non more so when you invite a favourite artist to create a work uniquely for the project. For unfolded we asked the brilliant Alice Parker – who many will remember created the image for the award winning, The Collective Nouns For Birds – to respond to some of Olivia’s poetry.

Alice chose a particular favourite poem of ours and created the wonderful enigmatic image, Unstil.

Unfolded by Olivia Dawson will be released in September. Look out for more information very soon and don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter to get news of all our new releases, offers and submissions direct to your inbox Join our mailing list

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Because…

We are delighted to announce the release of our second special Three Trees Edition, Because of the War by Aziz Dixon.

Available worldwide from the 26 June 2020, Because of the War is a poignant debut featuring a moving collection of poems in which the poet explores his own response to war whilst championing peace and love. This is quite simply a beautiful and, at times, heartbreaking book that both challenges and questions our history and future.

The cover features the stunning image, Remembrance by Marsden based photographer, Ian Ladbrooke. The photograph was taken at the Marsden Memorial placed on Pule Hill – also home for Simon Armitage’s Snow Poem – and features two local characters who had completed the steep climb to pay their respects. We’re delighted to have been able, through the wonders of social media, to have traced both these gentlemen and look forward to presenting them and their families with copies of the book when it’s safe to do so.

During the writing of the book, Aziz also worked with composer, Nathan Pallotto to create a new work for the Leeds Lieder Festival.

The poem Remont features as a centre point in the book and we’re delighted to be able to share both the Music and the score with you below. You can find out more about Nathan from his website nathanpallatto

Because of the War is now available both direct from Aziz and online from our store.

Aziz will be hosting an intimate online launch on Saturday 4 July – please contact Aziz direct via his Facebook page if you’d like an invite to the celebration AzizDixonPoet

To find out more about our Three Trees Editions take a look at our previous post Three Trees Edition

Follow the link for the sheet music – Pallotto-Remont-

Remont
Road works, Tuzla

Hooded crow cracks open
a walnut skull. Stray dogs
trip the watchmen who work
on the road. Gang-woman
harangues the three
who dig. Six look on,
drag on a fag, as the driller
cuts the water supply.

This place rebuilds itself
between genocides. Today
it is sunny. Nobody
bombs the blocks in this street,
leaves us without food
or water for months.

 

Anderson shelter  

Rust on the sill
ghosts the lock.
Stairs long since rotted
into the chalk. Soil whispers
through gaps in your memory.
Corrugated iron slips
where the fox had her cubs.

Your Midas bottles still in crates
hug the walls, prop the ceiling,
vintage labels curl, crumble.
These wines your grave goods,
treasures for a civil service
warrior, now lost
in pre-digital archives.

 

 

About the Author

Originally a student of archaeology, Aziz turned for inspiration to natural and historic landscapes, particularly Pennine and Welsh. More recently he has been drawn to the landscapes of the heart, and to a search for meaning in patterns of family behaviour.

Because of the war is his first published collection.

 

 

 

 

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First Kiss, First Prize

In case you didn’t hear our exciting news from the weekend, Maytree Press is now not only home to some of the most wonderful poetry pamphlets available but also officially the home of award winning poetry.

For a small press just over a year old we were absolutely thrilled to see two of our books on the shortlist for best poetry pamphlet at the recent Saboteur Awards but imagine our amazement when one of them actually came home with the top prize.

Amanda Huggins’ wonderful debut, The Collective Nouns for Birds featuring cover art by Leeds University student, Alice Parker was crowned the 2020 best poetry pamphlet which, considering that we only launched the book in February, is an incredible result.

Commiserations to Pauline Rowe, whose heartbreaking collection, The Ghost Hospital equally deserved top prize but unfortunately on the day only one title could win – thankfully it was a Maytree one!

We were, of course, saddened not to be at the awards supporting our poets. Had things been different, Maytree had been booked to be there throughout the day celebrating our books and publishing journey so to have a winner would have been a nice end to the day – perhaps next year.

As a reminder, we can only continue to publish these award winning collections if people buy them. Please take a look at our shop where you’ll find all our books available with free postage together with some great offers. We don’t keep your details and you won’t receive any marketing or spam.

In other news, let’s now raise another glass to (fingers crossed) a future award winner:

First Kiss is the fantastic debut from Cara L McKee and if you enjoyed The Collective Nouns for Birds then you will love this collection.

Poems of love, loss, coming of age and independence, Cara vividly explores memories of adolescence and young adulthood with writing that is both accessible and enriching.

Originally from Ilkley in West Yorkshire, Cara now lives on the West Coast of Scotland.

First Kiss is release world wide on the 22 May 2020 – you can join Cara for a on-line launch via her Instagram page – more information here

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