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The Colour of Light

We are thrilled to finally reveal the cover for Anne Steward’s forthcoming Maytree collection, The Colour of Light.

Initially delayed due to the events of 2020, we’re sure you’ll agree that this wonderful pamphlet has been worth the wait. With cover art supplied by Claire Jefferson, the book is already receiving some wonderful plaudits from the writing community.

The Colour of Light will be released on the 25 June 2021 but don’t despair if this is too long to wait as we are delighted to announce that Anne will be joining fellow Maytree poet, Joe Williams as his guest during the launch of his new collection, The Taking Part.

Join both Joe and Anne for what promises to be a wonderful afternoon of poetry on the 29 May at 2pm – details here:  https://fb.me/e/1XF2ZhoyY

Anne Steward

‘Anne Steward’s poetry is a miracle of observation. Her photographer’s eye and philosophical mindset give us writing to feed both the senses and the soul’. James Nash

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The Taking Part – Joe Williams

We are very pleased to reveal the cover for Joe William’s forthcoming Maytree collection, The Taking Part.

The Taking Part is a short collection of poems on the theme of sport and games, though as is often the case with poetry, most of it isn’t really about sport and games at all. The cover features the painting, Back Street by Northern artist, Walker Scott. The Taking Part will be released in late May with an official on-line launch event featuring some wonderful guest readers on the 29 May – we’ll have more information on how you can join in the fun nearer the time.

About the author:

Joe Williams is an award-winning writer and performing poet from Leeds. His latest book is the pamphlet ‘This is Virus’, a sequence of erasure poems made from Boris Johnson’s letter to the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic. His verse novella ‘An Otley Run’, published in 2018, was shortlisted in the Best Novella category at the 2019 Saboteur Awards. His poems and short stories have been included in numerous anthologies, and in magazines online and in print. Despite all of that, he is probably most widely read thanks to his contributions to Viz.

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The Beekeeper

For those who didn’t receive our newsletter earlier in the week will have missed the news of a surprise release for March.

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by David Coldwell had initially been planned for release in April 2020 but… well, we all know what happened.

Many of our regular readers will be familiar with David’s work as both editor at The Poetry Village and here at Maytree Press and as an award winning poet and visual artist. As David had to take a step back from editing duties for this publication we were thrilled to work with some of our Maytree authors and friends creating a book that has been described as a poignant and beautiful collection.

The poems in The Beekeeper’s Apprentice have been written over a number of years and and are now brought together for the first time. Together they form a deeply emotional sequence exploring the author’s personal family relationships and his bond with the natural world where poems are set against vivid landscapes of wild moorland, remote mountains and tidal rivers.

Featuring cover art by Maytree favourite, Alice Parker and also supplied with unique art card, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice will initially be limited to 100 signed copies so don’t miss out.

Out, out.

I had nothing left to say.
Take the long way:
out, through Oxenhope, out
past farms into sky

filled with curlew, grouse 
and clouds forced into shapes
by a wind that beat living 
things out of sight, back
into the moor, back to earth.

Out, out, across the moor
I counted the milestones hidden
by the wayside,
changeling crayons, crumbling.

Milestone upon milestone,
cut by ghost hands
that traced our journey;
winter ghostlings
marked by cuts, numbers.

Northerlies turned April showers to snow
as it inched before us like scattered ashes
over roads with the memory
of wind in the lee of walls and trees

and the barriers of modern day
that cut deep into our view.
The milk glass tinged with green
before a landscape scarred
by man. Snow left us,

and we freewheeled from sky
leaving holy ghosts in moorland mists;
our journey slowly slipping from one world
into the shadow of another.

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The Weight of Snow – Pauline Rowe

We are delighted to reveal our first cover of 2021 and welcome back Pauline Rowe.

Author of the 2020 Saboteur Awards shortlisted, The Ghost Hospital, Pauline returns with another poignant and moving collection, The Weight of Snow.

Described as a family story of bereavement, the book focuses on the accidental death of a child and the reverberations of loss over generations and how grief becomes emotional inheritance and impacts upon formation and love.

The cover features the painting, Untitled by David Coldwell.

The Weight of Snow will be available from the 26 February 2021

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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.

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