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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).

 

Marriage Hearse

 

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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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The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society

The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society is now available to pre-order from our newly stocked shop. The collection is officially released on the 1 August 2019 and all July orders will be despatched to ensure that your receive your copy of the day of release.

To celebrate the news we have also created some very special offers for our Maytree Folk. Take a look in side our shop for more details.

News has been released today about tour project so look out for items in the media and help spread the word by liking and sharing our socials.

Thank you for your support.

 

The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society – Press Release

Poets from across the country, including the Marsden born Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, have joined together in a new society created by Marsden based publisher, Maytree Press. The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society is the title of a new poetry anthology featuring a wonderful collection of poems inspired by the South Pennine landscape, it’s towns and communities.

In his forward to the collection, poet and editor, David Coldwell poses the question as to whether The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society really does exist, which gives a hint to the playfulness of the title but also serves as an entertaining insight into the creative process and how the collection came together.

Maytree Press was formed by husband and wife team, David and Amanda Coldwell earlier this year and is already gaining a national reputation for producing beautiful poetry pamphlets featuring unique art covers.

The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society will be the publisher’s first anthology and profits from the sale of the book will go towards helping the work of Marsden Walkers are Welcome – a voluntary organisation that helps to look after and promote the sixty miles of footpaths around the village of Marsden as well as organising an annual walking festival each September.

Edited by David Coldwell and Mark Kelly and featuring poets from across the country including Simon Armitage, Sarah Watkinson, Alison Lock, Gaia Holmes, the collection serves as both a celebration of this unique area and a lament to the embattled countryside as the climate crisis continues.

Amanda says, ‘Whether you’re a poetry reader, a keen hill walker or simply looking for a unique gift as a reminder of this beautiful area, we believe there’s something for everyone in this truly wonderful collection. We’re very proud, not only to be able to bring so many amazing poets together but hopefully to be able to raise some vital funds for a local charity. Enabling people to access the countryside offers so many health and wellbeing benefits and in turn brings people to the village allowing businesses to thrive. We’re delighted as a local company to play our part.’

The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society will be available from the 1 August 2019 to order direct from the publisher’s website or from all good bookshops. The collection will be officially launched with readings from several of the featured poets during the Marsden Walking Festival in September.

 

The Hill Village

How long I’ve stood here looking
at this hillside, how it’s carved into blocks,
split for weavers’ cottages and pubs,
lintels and mullions, sawn into slabs,
remnant rocks made good for walls,
crushed into cobble to lay down rough tracks

Seeing how life takes on the colour of stone,
cheeks rose-ruddy, eyes soft in brown and blue,
the hard and dusty work that builds homes,
doorways rusted by nail, hammer-marked in white,
clarty with boot-muck and time’s graft,
braced for storms that lash yon windows still

How in finger-deep cracks of crumbling mortar
a shadow history is mapped in millimetres,
the etched cradles of damp yards hold stories
of all who’ve passed, a mill’s closure below,
a wildflower meadow, a birth, a rush of waters
rounding out the contours, a hill becoming a hill

 

M W Bewick

9781916038141

 

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A Wish for Summer

We are thrilled to announce the safe arrival of Katerina Neocleous’ debut pamphlet, Wish. This spellbinding collection will officially be released on Friday 28 June 2019 but if you can’t wait that long, then you can head over to our Village Shop now where the book is available for worldwide distribution. You’ll also get a free art card featuring the cover image with every order. Village Shop

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Wish by Katerina Neocleous

Here at Maytree we are delighted to be supporting such a wonderful new voice. Katerina, a former graduate of Norwich School of Arts, has been published widely in magazines and anthologies. She is currently assistant editor of the well established poetry journal, Obsessed With Pipework. Katerina will be launching the book in her home town of Preston later in the summer – we’ll announce details as soon as we have them. For now enjoy this wonderful review of the collection from Charles Johnson.

‘A glance at the contents list – a Neocleous poem in itself – puts you immediately in Katerina’s ambiguous world: is this everyday reality? Yes – but a real world on which this poet’s magic touch confers so many extra dimensions: bluebell woodscherry blossom and crows are here immediately as themselves, yet sit alongside and bleed into alchemynecromancy and a grimoireOnce read, these poems of desire and regret, like Katerina’sburr itself, will be snagged fast for weeks in your mind. What glorious words! What tear-washed colour! What a compelling music!’

 

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Wish – Katerina Neocleous

We are very excited to share with you our latest cover – get ready to dip into Katerina Neocleous’ sumptuous debut poetry pamphlet due out later this summer. The cover features the original painting, After the Fret by David Coldwell with design by Anita Kelly.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news about this and future releases including our very special anthology.

 

KN Wish

 

 

 

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Sea Without A Shore

We are thrilled to announce the safe arrival of Maytree 003. Sea Without A Shore by Holmfirth based writer, Tim Taylor is now available on-line from the Village Shop.

Sea Without A Shore

In his debut collection, Tim explores the transformative effect of the wild Yorkshire landscape he now calls home. He expertly immerses the reader in the landscapes and history of the South Pennines before challenging our senses with brave new perceptions from house plants to outer space. Set in two distinct parts, this is a debut pamphlet that takes the reader from the dark peaks of Bleaklow and Black Hill (Ungrimming) to the far reaches of our solar system (Pioneer) and back to the living room (The House Plant). Poetry at its very best, highly-innovative and effortless; a feast of words to transform your day.