Welcome – Tim Taylor

Maytree is delighted to welcome Holmfirth based writer, Tim Taylor who will be releasing his poetry pamphlet with the press in early summer 2019.

Tim has previously published two novels: Zeus of Ithome (a finalist in the 2014 Chaucer Awards for historical fiction) follows the struggle of the ancient Messenian people to free themselves from Sparta. His second, Revolution Day, is about an ageing dictator who is losing his grip as his vice-President plots against him. He has also published a non-fiction book, Knowing What is Good For You (Palgrave Macmillan 2012), on the philosophy of well-being.

Maytree 003 will be Tim’s debut collection of poetry.

The collection, which takes its reader on a journey from the dark hills of the Pennines to the far reaches of outer space, deals with landscape, people and events through themes of transformation.

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Tim Taylor

You can find out more about Tim and follow his blog here: Tim’s Blog



World Poetry Day

It’s World Poetry Day and what better way to celebrate than with a cover reveal for our second publication.

…an ache in each welcoming kiss by Maria Isakova Bennett features a selection of poems predominantly written during visits to the Walker and Lady Lever galleries on Merseyside. During this period, Opalka was written for Tate Liverpool as part of An Imagined Museum.

Themes linked to absence and ideas around elegy developed as the sequence progressed and whilst the poems complement the works cited, the poetry reflects universal themes of the day.

…an ache in each welcoming kiss will be published on 3 May 2019 – look out for more news and how you can pre-order to be the first to receive this stunning collection.

The cover features the painting, Hope (1886) by George Watts (© Tate) which inspired the poem, Broken Lyre. Design work by Anita Kelly.


mib cover


Two Pamphlets

Swn y Morloi by Hannah Stone and …an ache in each welcoming kiss by Maria Isakova Bennett will be the first two pamphlets to take their fledgling steps from the Maytree. Here’s a taster from Hannah’s paean to the wilds of Pembrokeshire.
Pwll Deri II. Gwestai
The hill above my rented home
is just called ‘big’ on the map,
and, cheek by jowl, in gothic script,
an enigmatic ‘fort’ is marked.

Seagulls are king of this castle,
a comfortless bastion unroofed by clouds,
a perch for Allied troops watching for the Bosch;
welcome windbreak for walkers.

Below me, smoke rises from the chimney
of Sŵn y Morloi cottage –
the stove is temperamental,
but the farm cats welcoming,

and Ginger himself waits on the doorstep
to invite me to take the best seat in the house;
it’s time to sip a glass of wine,
and watch the sun quench itself in the Irish Sea.