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 33 – cover reveal

Happy New Year folks!

We’re delighted to be back for another year of poetry and publishing adventures.

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It’s always a joy to share a new cover with you and Maytree 33 is no exception.

Hunger by Kathleen Jones will be released in February and features the painting, House in a Field by London based artist, Lydia Bauman. We have been huge fans of Lydia’s work for many years so we are absolutely thrilled to be working with her on this wonderful collection.

We’ll have more news about the book in the coming weeks.

You can find out about Lydia and see more of her wonderful work here – Gallery


A Winter Maytree

Winter at Maytree and news of our 2022 new authors.

If you were one of the many folks who joined us to celebrate the launch of our 2021 Portfolio Award Winning pamphlet, Last of the Line by Susan Jordan then you will have also witnessed one of the Zoom moments of the year. Of course, I’m referring to Susan’s wonderful readings and, in particularly when she was joined by Ian Royce Chamberlain for a joint rendition of the poem, Father and Daughter. The audience was simply mesmerised by what can only be described as the standout moment during an evening filled with love, laughter and celebration.

We’ll be adding the launch to our You Tube channel soon so keep an eye on our social media.

Don’t miss out on your chance to own this very special Three Trees Edition. You can also complete your collection with Fizz and Hiss by Johanna Boal and Because of the War by Aziz Dixon – two unique Three Trees Editions.

Throughout November we offered readers the opportunity to purchase a ‘lucky dip’ of five books from our back catalogue. This proved popular and as we’re all about trying to introduce new writers to new readers we thought we’d carry the offer on throughout December – simply order a Maytree Famous Five for only £20.00 (with free p and p) and let us do the rest. Don’t worry if you’ve already purchased books – simply let us know as part of your order and we’ll avoid duplication. You can find the offer here: The Maytree Famous Five | Maytree Press ( Dare we say – stocking filler!

Despite the current difficult conditions, our commitment to publishing the best new poetry remains and we’d like to introduce you to our new authors who will be releasing short collections with Maytree during 2022. We’re also delighted to be welcoming back Maytree favourites, Tim Taylor and Colin Bancroft who will both publish second collections with the press. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who submitted to the press during our short reading window. We received just short of 150 submissions and eventually shortlisted 25 before deciding on the final six new voices for 22. 

Kathleen Jones – February
Tim Taylor – March
Jane Kite – April
Antony Christie – May
Christopher James – June
Tom Clucas – July
Sarah Hemings/Colin Bancroft – October
Three Trees Portfolio Award – November

And finally for this month, and this year, for the keen eyed observers you will have seen that we already have next year’s Three Trees winner’s party planned for November. The Award will launch on the 22/02/22 and close at the end of March. So if you missed out in our open window or have a short collection nearly ready then put the date in your diary. 

As always, all our books are available online and come specially gift wrapped with lots of love as we really do appreciate every sale. Please order before the 18 December the if you require your books for Christmas.
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A huge thank you to our neighbour, Jon Mitchell for the wonderful picture of the lone snow covered Maytree – we couldn’t resist it for our winter newsletter (and probably many more to come).

Snow Maytree by Jon Mitchell

Thank you all for your support and see you for more Maytree merriness next year.

Best wishes

David and the team.

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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.


Three Trees Portfolio Award – The Winner

We are delighted to announce the winner if the inaugural Three Trees Portfolio Award 2021.

Congratulations to Susan Jordan whose collection, Last of the Line will be published as a special Three Trees Edition in October 2021.

We would also like to congratulate the following poets whose work was shortlisted:

Susanna Harding
Charles Eager
Sue Wallace-Shaddad
Isabel Bermudez
Janet Hatherley
Nigel King
Votey Cheav
Abigail Wyatt
Caroline Maldonado

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who submitted – we were overwhelmed with the numbers, variety of subject and the quality of writing.

Our submissions window will open again in the autumn and the second Three Trees Award will be announced in the new year.

Thank you.