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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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The wait is over

Thank you for your interest in Maytree Press.

Submissions are now open for our 2021 list.

If you have a collection of between 20 and 25 poems then we would love to hear from you.

Submissions by email only sent as a single word attachment to maytreepress@gmail.com. Please include a third person biography and brief synopsis if your collection is based on a theme.

Please head on over to our submissions page to read the full Q and A before submitted.

 

 

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First Kiss, First Prize

In case you didn’t hear our exciting news from the weekend, Maytree Press is now not only home to some of the most wonderful poetry pamphlets available but also officially the home of award winning poetry.

For a small press just over a year old we were absolutely thrilled to see two of our books on the shortlist for best poetry pamphlet at the recent Saboteur Awards but imagine our amazement when one of them actually came home with the top prize.

Amanda Huggins’ wonderful debut, The Collective Nouns for Birds featuring cover art by Leeds University student, Alice Parker was crowned the 2020 best poetry pamphlet which, considering that we only launched the book in February, is an incredible result.

Commiserations to Pauline Rowe, whose heartbreaking collection, The Ghost Hospital equally deserved top prize but unfortunately on the day only one title could win – thankfully it was a Maytree one!

We were, of course, saddened not to be at the awards supporting our poets. Had things been different, Maytree had been booked to be there throughout the day celebrating our books and publishing journey so to have a winner would have been a nice end to the day – perhaps next year.

As a reminder, we can only continue to publish these award winning collections if people buy them. Please take a look at our shop where you’ll find all our books available with free postage together with some great offers. We don’t keep your details and you won’t receive any marketing or spam.

In other news, let’s now raise another glass to (fingers crossed) a future award winner:

First Kiss is the fantastic debut from Cara L McKee and if you enjoyed The Collective Nouns for Birds then you will love this collection.

Poems of love, loss, coming of age and independence, Cara vividly explores memories of adolescence and young adulthood with writing that is both accessible and enriching.

Originally from Ilkley in West Yorkshire, Cara now lives on the West Coast of Scotland.

First Kiss is release world wide on the 22 May 2020 – you can join Cara for a on-line launch via her Instagram page – more information here

first kiss

 

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Cover News

New cover reveals are always special but we are particularly proud of Johanna Boal’s Fizz and Hiss as it also sees the launch of our new Three Trees Editions. If you missed our previous post about Three Trees then you can catch up here.

Fizz

As well as a wonderful cover, Johanna’s book features a remarkable collection of playful poems drawing on wonderful images that will surprise and startle in equal measure – we can’t wait for it’s release in mid-March.

It’s been a busy start to the year here at Maytree HQ. As well as putting the final touches to our groovy musical feast, Green Fields, we’re also ready to release our first full collection to the world.

Many of you will be familiar with poet and academic, Lucy Newlyn and we are delighted to be publishing Lucy’s fourth full collection of poetry.

 

The Marriage Hearse

The Marriage Hearse is structured around a narrative of a young Edwardian couple who are unable to conceive children. A heartbreaking collection that deserves to be read cover to cover and then read again. The Marriage Hearse is released world-wide on February 14 2020.

To end February we have the long awaited debut poetry collection by award winning writer, Amanda Huggins. Recently described in one review as a ‘gorgeous collection’ we have to be honest and confess that we agree. Love, loss and growing up in a seaside town, the poems in The Collective Nouns for Birds are universal in their appeal.

The cover features our first collaboration with Leeds University, offering art and design students the opportunity to work with us on our cover designs. As soon as we saw Alice Parker’s, The Charm we knew it would work wonderfully and I think you’ll agree that we made a good choice.

The Collective Nouns for Birds is released on the 28 February 2020.

amanda huggins final

We are delighted to announce that we now have a full publishing schedule for 2020. Take a look below at the marvellous writers that we’ll be publishing throughout the year. We’ll be opening submissions again in mid-summer for 2021 with additional information about how you can feature as a Three Trees author. In the meantime if you’d like any further information then please get in touch via our contact page – we’re always open.

Maytree 2020

Lucy Newlyn – February
Amanda Huggins – February
Green Fields Anthology – March
Johanna Boal – March – three trees edition
Matt Duggan – April
Cara L Mckee – May
Anne Steward – June
Aziz Dixon – July – three trees edition
Jonathan Humble – August
Olivia Dawson – September
Colin Bancroft – October
Sarah Barr – November
Vinny Steed – November