art, poetry

Queen of Infinite Space – cover reveal

Maytree 32, our final publication of 2021 embarks on the journey of a woman’s life, from childhood, growing up, work, parenthood, the deaths of family members, to growing old.

Queen of Infinite Space by Ruth Aylett chronicles a life filled with promises, passion and love. A collection in which the author takes the reader from the empty carless streets of her childhood, the simple pleasures of family life to the rigours of parenthood and the inevitability of old age. A remarkable honest collection that saviours the past without dipping into the pool of nostalgia and one where the author unflinchingly attacks the present.

The cover features the original painting, Revealed by Yorkshire based artist, Bren Head. The Maytree team have only recently been introduced to Bren’s work which we think is fabulous and couldn’t believe our luck with the perfect fit for Ruth’s work. You can find out more about Bren below.

Queen of Infinite Space will be on general release from the 10 December 2021.

Pilgrimage

Dodging the cars with my breath
I have skate-boarded motorways
leaping top to bottom down steps
with you in my arms;
pulled you towards the bus
that never stops long enough
to let us on board,
piled possessions
in the vestibule of trains
whose doors close quickly
when I get off, leaving
them and you inside.

Opening my eyes
from these dreams
but still in a dream
you are standing there
wearing a green jumper
doing nothing in particular.
Because you are there
I can close my eyes again;
everything will be all right.
Brakes jam on,
wheels stop turning
the trains and buses
branch, bud; become forest.

About the author

Ruth Aylett teaches and researches computing in Edinburgh. She is widely
published in poetry magazines – for example The North, Butcher’s Dog, Prole,
Agenda, South Bank Review, and in anthologies, most recently Scotia
Extremis (Luath), Umbrellas of Edinburgh, and Mancunian Way (forthcoming).
She won the 2016 Poets meet Politics competition and the 2020 Poetry of
Science Competition.

Her poetry has appeared in the Morning Star and the
Scottish Daily Herald. She was jointly authored a pamphlet Handfast
(Mother’s Milk) and has read at many events, most recently in Berlin at the
Haus für Poesie. For more see http://macs.hw.ac.uk/~ruth/writing.html

About the artist

Bren Head

After a life spent working in the catering trade and running her own business Bren went ‘from pans to paint’ and in 2003 gained a B.A. Hons degree in Fine Art from the University of Hull.

Although now recognised for her sensitive and haunting portraits her painting is taking a new direction.

Working from a new studio in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire, she is developing a series of abstract mixed media paintings.

Influenced by the Pennine landscape and the textile history of the area she continues to explore materials and their properties adding to the tactile quality of her work.

She will, of course, continue to paint portraits.

Website: https://brenheadartist.co.uk/

I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not
that I have bad dreams. – Hamlet, II

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

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

first kiss

 

poetry

Fizz and Hiss

March sees the release of our first Three Trees special edition, Fizz and Hiss by Johanna Boal.

Three Trees editions are not only unique for their striking black and white designs but Maytree Press has promised to donate a minimum of twenty books to chosen schools, libraries and community groups. The recipients have been chosen in consultation with the author. We are delighted that our first batch have already been sent off to the library at HMP Humber and we can’t wait to contact to the two schools that Johanna has chosen to receive future copies.

Priced at only £7.00 with free UK postage, you can now order Fizz and Hiss direct from Johanna or from our on-line store.

Don’t miss this opportunity to start your truly unique Three Trees collection of beautiful poetry pamphlets.

Fizz cover

poetry

The Charm

It may be cold and wet outside but with spring just round the corner what better way to celebrate than with a charm of greenfinch.

The Collective Nouns For Birds is a stunning debut collection featuring twenty four poems from award winning short story writer, Amanda Huggins.

Love, loss, family and relationships are explored between the elemental rhythms of the sea and a backdrop of the natural world.

Featuring wonderful cover art from Alice Parker, The Collective Nouns For Birds has already become another Maytree classic. Don’t just take our word though – read the reviews on our updated Reviews page.

The Collective Nouns For Birds is now available to order from our shop for delivery on its official release date, 28 February 2020.

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