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Amanda Huggins

We are delighted to welcome Amanda Huggins to Maytree. Amanda will be releasing her delightfully titled debut collection of poetry, The Collective Nouns For Birds with us in February 2020.

The Collective Nouns For Birds is filled with glimpses of teenage dreams, lost loves, chance encounters and what-might-have-beens; a nostalgic journey through life’s quiet and pivotal moments. Frequently taking inspiration from the natural world, this collection of memories is often imbued with a melancholy longing or the search for reparation, yet also resonates with beauty and hope. Look out for more information in the new year.

The cover features the original painting, The Charm by Alice Parker. Alice is a Huddersfield based artist who specialises in creating stunning images from the natural world and we’re absolutely thrilled to have been able to work with her on this project.

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About Amanda:

Amanda Huggins is the award-winning Yorkshire author of the short story collection, Separated From the Sea (Retreat West Books), which received a Special Mention in the 2019 Saboteur Awards.

She has also published a flash fiction collection, Brightly Coloured Horses (Chapeltown Books) and her short fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies, literary journals, newspapers and magazines. Her travel writing has won several awards, including the BGTW New Travel Writer of the Year in 2014, and her short stories and poetry are regularly placed and listed in competitions.

In 2018 she was awarded third prize in the Costa Short Story Award, was commended in the Bath and InkTears flash awards, shortlisted for the Walter Swan Poetry Prize, the Colm Toibin International Short Story Award and the Fish and Bridport prizes. Her poetry was also chosen for the Northern Poetry Library’s Poem of the North.

Amanda has had a number of poems published in anthologies – in 2018 these included Poems for the NHS (Onslaught Press), Words for the Wild (Charity Anthology for ADD Campaign), and Reflections (Cleckheaton Literature Festival Anthology). She also has a poem in the 2019 anthology, The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society.

Her new short story collection, Scratched Enamel Heart, will also be published next spring by Retreat West Books.

Join Us:

If you’d like to join our growing list of authors then please get in touch. We are proud to have an open door policy at Maytree and look forward to receiving your submissions. Whilst we can’t promise publication, we will always take time reviewing your submission and let you know the outcome in a timely manner.

The best way to find out what we do is to have a look at some of our previous publications. You can purchase directly from our on-line shop safely through our PayPal buttons where we are currently offering free postage. Alternatively head on over to Amazon or other major retailers.

 

 

 

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Lucy Newlyn

To launch our 2020 list we are thrilled to welcome Lucy Newlyn to Maytree with the release of her intriguing collection, The Marriage Hearse.

Lucy’s pamphlet will be available towards the end of January 2020 – please check back for more details next year.

We are also delighted to welcome artist Wil Rowlands who has generously provided the wonderful cover art for Lucy’s pamphlet. We’ve long been fans of Wil’s work and we’re absolutely made up that he’s agreed to work with the press.

You can find out more about Lucy from her website here

Find out more about Wil and his wonderful world here

About Lucy:

Lucy Newlyn was Fellow in English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, for thirty-two years, until her retirement in 2017. She has published widely on English Romanticism. She is also a published poet with two collections to her name and two further ones forthcoming. Ginnel, her first collection, was published by Carcanet in 2005; and Earth’s Almanac came out with Enitharmon in 2015. Her collection of 133 sonnets about the Wordsworths, Vital Stream, will be published by Carcanet in November 2019, and Yale University Press will be publishing a further collection, The Craft of Poetry: A Primer in Verse, in autumn 2020. She is also the author of a memoir in poetry and prose, Diary of a Bipolar Explorer (Signal, 2018).

 

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Clint Wastling

Today we welcome the very talented Clint Wastling to our Maytree home.

We are delighted to announce that Clint’s debut poetry collection, Layers, will be released towards the end of 2019. Layers will be Maytree 009 and be published to coincide with our first birthday celebrations in December. It’s been an amazing year so far and we can’t thank everyone enough for the overwhelming support for our independent publishing project.

As well as being a widely published poet, Clint is the author of two novels and several radio plays.

We’re sure that Clint’s pamphlet will be a fitting end to our first year. Featuring wonderful cover art by Ian Burdall, Layers is an extraordinary exploration of both the physical, metaphysical and emotional layers of our lives both past and present.

You can find out more about Clint and his previous work here

And there’s a link to information about Ian and his Facebook page here

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Keepsake – Kayleigh Campbell

We are thrilled to announce that Keepsake, the debut collection by Kayleigh Campbell, is now available from our on-line shop. We’ll have more news very soon of the official launch for this wonderful new addition to the Maytree catalogue.

A haunting debut collection, vividly illustrating the journey of a young women into parenthood. Themes of loss, love, anxiety and transition are underscored by the brutality of post-natal depression and family break-up. Written with heartbreaking honesty, this is a collection that will stay with you long after the last page. 

 

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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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Lift Off!

It’s Yorkshire Day and what better way to celebrate than with the official launch of our wonderful anthology, The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society.

Featuring forty seven poems by a selection of our favourite contemporary poets; you’ll find poems inspired by the South Pennine landscape, the people, the places and those moments that only poetry can capture. This is a collection that will enthrall readers for many years. Don’t miss out on your limited edition first edition copy – order now from our on-line shop.

What’s more every copy sold helps raise fund for Marsden Walkers are Welcome.

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Making a winter coat

I am bringing these things to you,
memories from the stone house
where we walked out from doors to moorland.
I, a child of violet heather who gazed over

the backs of sheep, who saw big skies in small shoes,
where light expands forever in skulls.
All the potions and herbs were gathered
into a pouch, a daily duty like baking bread.
I, a child am bringing these things to you.

When time came to knit the fur from heather buds
and sheep tufts, to card and comb them
by hand and fingers, it was always in the light,
the spotlight on bog pools full of rain.
Here was the act of making the coat,

the girl to woman, the waking nights of visions,
the seeing of dark sky, Orion’s belt, the Bear,
stars to pluck, to pull down knowledge,
to weave them as jewels into fur and skin.

I, a child, weave yellow gorse flowers,
cotton tops, black juniper berries,
to proof the coat, to grow me,
to humanise me into new skin.
Here then, I bring my coat to you.

 

Penny Sharman

 

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Kayleigh Campbell

 

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We are delighted to welcome Kayleigh Campbell to Maytree HQ and look forward to launching her debut pamphlet, Keepsake, in September 2019.

Kayleigh is a Leeds based writer who is a Creative Writing PhD Researcher at The University of Huddersfield. Kayleigh is also an Editorial Assistant for Stand Magazine.

Her poetry has been published online and in print, including Black Bough Poetry, Eye Flash Poetry and Yaffle Press. She was commended for the Geoff Stevens Prize and recently, shortlisted for the Streetcake Magazine Experimental Poetry Prize.

We are also delighted to have been working with the Saltaire based artist, Caroline Brown in developing the cover for Kayleigh’s pamphlet. The featured image is titled, Reverie and is available direct from Caroline’s studio.

You can see more of Caroline’s work on her Instagram page: carolinebrownartist.

Look out for more details about Kayleigh’s pamphlet coming very soon.

 

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