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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 20 – Colin Bancroft

We are delighted to celebrate National Poetry Day 2020 with a new cover reveal for Colin Bancroft’s forthcoming publication, Impermanence.

Many of our readers will be familiar with Colin’s work within the poetry world which includes the hugely successful Poets Directory, the newly launched small press, Nine Pens and, of course, a huge track record of featured poems in a variety of magazines.

Colin originally hails from Manchester where he attended Manchester Metropolitan Univesity, completing a BA in English and MA in Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School. He now lives in the North Pennines where he is studying for a PhD on the Ecopoetics of Robert Frost.

As we publish our twentieth collection, we are also thrilled to be working once again with Marsden based artist, Kevin Threlfall. Kevin’s work previously featured on Pauline Rowe’s The Ghost Hospital which was shortlisted in the 2020 Saboteur Awards.

Impermanence will be released on the 30 October 2020 with pre-orders available direct from Colin from the 23 October.

https://poetsdirectory.co.uk/

https://www.threlfallart.co.uk/

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Maytree 008 – Pauline Rowe

We are delighted to welcome Pauline Rowe to Maytree Press.

This new collection features poems written during the time that Pauline has been studying for a PhD at the University of Liverpool under the supervision of Professor Deryn Rees-Jones and Professor David Pilgrim.

 

About Pauline:

Raised in Widnes, Pauline has lived and worked in Liverpool for most
of her adult life. As an experienced tutor she has worked in the community and health settings on many socially engaged, heritage and writing and wellbeing projects, as
well as in Further and Higher Education. She is interested in collaborative practice
with other artists. She developed the Liverpool charity North End Writers from
scratch (2006 – 2018). She has been published in anthologies and magazines,
including The Rialto, Smoke, The Reader, The Frogmore Papers, Staxtes etc., Her
pamphlet Playing Out Time was published by Driftwood Publications, her first
collection Waiting for the Brown Trout God was published by Headland Publications.
In 2014 Lapwing Publications published her collection Voices of the Benares. Her
collaborative exhibition Sleeping in the Middle, recorded poems in response to
photographs by AJ Wilkinson was shown at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, May 2018.
Her latest ongoing collaborative work The Allotments – with photographic artist
David Lockwood and artist, the late Arthur Lockwood – was shown as part of the
LOOK Biennial exhibition at the Victoria Gallery and Museum in Liverpool,
September 2019. Pauline has worked as Poet-in-Residence with Mersey Care NHS
Foundation Trust since 2013 and was the first Writer-in-Residence with Open Eye
Gallery, Liverpool (2016 – 2018).

The Ghost Hospital, featuring cover art by Marsden based artist, Kevin Threlfall, will be available from October 2019. More news about the collection coming very soon.

You can find out more about Kevin’s artwork here

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