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Coming of Age – Maytree 21

It’s now two years since the first Maytree was planted and in early spring of 2019 we saw the pale green leaves of Maytree 001 in the form of Swn y Morloi by Hannah Stone reach out to the poetry community with critical acclaim.

Swn y Morloi

We are delighted that over the course of the last two years, what followed Hannah’s wonderful collection has been a series of pamphlets and anthologies that we have been so proud to help bring into the world.

Included in our publications have been the award winning The Collective Nouns for Birds by the brilliant Amanda Huggins and the Saboteur Awards shortlisted, The Ghost Hospital by Pauline Rowe.

We are now delighted to reveal our coming of age publication.

January by Sarah Barr will be our 21st publication and penultimate one of 2020.

Sarah was born in London, studied English at London University, Social Sciences at Southampton University and now lives in Dorset where she writes poetry and fiction, teaches writing, mentors writers and leads a Stanza group. Her poems have twice won the Dorset Award in the Bridport Prize. She has worked as a counsellor and as an Open University tutor of social sciences and creative writing. Sarah often writes about relationships and has particular interests in psychological, social and environmental issues.

January is a deeply moving collection where the reader is transported from snow-bound English landscapes to the watery reflections of Venice where profound moments are mirrored by time and place.

The cover is another Maytree special this time featuring the wonderful original artwork of Saddleworth based artist, Richard Clare.

Maytree is the folk name for the Hawthorn Tree. Named after the month in which the tree blooms, the leaves are often the first to appear in spring signifying new life. When naming our press we felt it was the perfect name to encompass both our environmental and publishing ambitions.

However, that was then. No one could have dreamed of the world we now find ourselves part of when we celebrated those first steps into the world of publishing. Then a world of new curiosity fueled by a resurgence of independent pubs, cafes, bookshops and cultural outlets. A world where public buildings and libraries had rallied against political sabotage and been saved from extinction by local groups of like minded folk who brought craft, literature, music, theatre, dance and a sense of belonging back to the heart of communities. And now…

As Maytree is entirely self-funded (and hopes to remain that way), the last few months have been challenging. Our ambition to produce upwards of fourteen books in the last year has been tested but we have weathered the storm and continued to support our authors and contributors. We’ve had some wonderful successes along the way and we’ll be able to share news of some of some of these highs in the new year.

With the ongoing situation look set to continue we took the difficult decision to reduce our output for 2021. This was made even harder by the huge response we had during our short submissions window. The record for the earliest submission following the opening at midnight on the 01 August was at 3 minutes past midnight. In total we received 118 amazing submissions and since closing our window, continue to receive enquires. All we can say is thank you for trusting us with your work and allowing us the opportunity to publish. The list of 118 was whittled down to a shortlist of twenty which the final list was drawn from – it’s no exaggeration that, second to software issues, this was the most difficult task we’ve faced in the last two years.

Those who have read our newsletter will already be familiar with our 2021 list of featured poets – for those who aren’t signed up, here’s the news:

  • Pauline Rowe – The Weight of Snow
  • Ruth Aylett – Queen of Infinite Space
  • Barbara Hickson – A Kind of Silence
  • Sean Street – The Sound Recordist
  • Joe Williams – The Taking Part
  • Fay Kesby – Shul
  • Nicola Warwick – Naming the Land

We’re now busy working on the schedules for these publications which we can guarantee are all incredible. We’ll also have publications from Anne Steward and a further opportunity for one poet’s work to feature as the next Three Trees Edition.

And finally – just a reminder that all our wonderful publications are now available in our shiny new on-line shop. Your support is really appreciated. Thank you.

https://maytreepress.bigcartel.com/

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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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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

unfolded cover

 

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Green Fields

Missing Glastonbury and all the other summer festivals? Fear not as we have the perfect collection of poems for you to enjoy and while away those long summer evenings.

Green Fields – sorted for poems celebrates music and the music festival. Featuring thirty six new poems from some of your favourite contemporary poets, let us transport you from the desert festivals to the green field of Glastonbury via the Isle of White.

With poems inspired by Marsden Jazz Festival, Underneath the Stars, Leeds and Reading and V98 there is something for every music and festival lover in this unique collection.

Normally priced at £10.00, to celebrate what would have been Glastonbury’s 50th festival the book is now available for a limited time for only £8.00 from our on-line shop. Price includes free UK post and packing.

Click here to our on-line shop

Enjoy!

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Jonathan Humble – Cover Reveal

It’s always an exciting time here at Maytree HQ when we release a new cover out into the world but even more so when it features artwork by one of our favourite artists that we’ve been keeping under wraps for the last eight months.

For Jonathan’s cover there was certainly a case of a wind change after a butterfly had flapped its wings somewhere. We had known from an early stage, possibly as soon as we had received Jonathan’s manuscript, that we wanted to use Suzi Thompson’s artwork on the cover. Both David and Amanda are huge fans of Suzi’s work and have had the privilege of visiting her at her South Yorkshire studio as well as indulging in some prints which are strongly represented at galleries local to Maytree’s home.

The decision to use Suzi’s work was way back in those heady free days of summer 2019 so in many ways the idea was firmly put to the back of our minds whilst other work took priority. That was until the Marsden Jazz Festival in October when Jonathan made the journey across the Pennines and also stumbled into those same galleries and was introduced to Suzi’s work. We’d already had the go ahead from Suzi so imagine our delight when Jonathan began mentioning how much he enjoyed her work – we’re rubbish at keeping secrets so had to let him know that his new found favourite artist was also going to be his cover artist. I think we made a poet very happy that day. Fledge features the artwork, Edgelands. We had to crop the original version a tiny bit so that it would fit so here’s the original version:

edgelands

Fledge will be released on the 31 July 2020. It’s a wonderful evocative collection with it’s heart set firmly in the natural world. A delightful read for summer 2020.

Many of our regular readers will be familiar with Jonathan’s work, particularly as a reviewer but for those who have missed out you can find out more from his entertaining blog northern jim

Suzi is represented by galleries across the UK and also has a wonderful website and online gallery which you can find here

fledge cover