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The Charm

It may be cold and wet outside but with spring just round the corner what better way to celebrate than with a charm of greenfinch.

The Collective Nouns For Birds is a stunning debut collection featuring twenty four poems from award winning short story writer, Amanda Huggins.

Love, loss, family and relationships are explored between the elemental rhythms of the sea and a backdrop of the natural world.

Featuring wonderful cover art from Alice Parker, The Collective Nouns For Birds has already become another Maytree classic. Don’t just take our word though – read the reviews on our updated Reviews page.

The Collective Nouns For Birds is now available to order from our shop for delivery on its official release date, 28 February 2020.

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The Marriage Hearse

We are delighted to announce the world-wide release of The Marriage Hearse, a brand new collection from acclaimed poet, Lucy Newlyn.

Lucy Newlyn is a retired academic, who taught English for over thirty years at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where she is now an Emeritus Fellow. In addition to academic books and articles on English Romanticism, she has published three collections of poetry: Ginnel (Carcanet, 2005), Earth’s Almanac (Enitharmon, 2015) and Vital Stream (Carcanet, 2019). She was for a number of years Literary Editor of the Oxford Magazine, and she co-founded the Hall Writers’ ForumShe lives and writes in Cornwall.

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Lucy Newlyn

Featuring 44 new poems, The Marriage Hearse explores the lives of a childless young couple in Edwardian England. A truly heartbreaking collection with a narrative that will take the reader from cover to cover again and again. Available now from our on-line shop. Free postage and packing to UK address. A collection to be savoured.

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The cover artwork features the painting, Dipyn o ddrws by Wil Rowlands. You can find out more about Wil’s work here

For review enquiries or trade orders please use the contact page.

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The Kingdom – Matt Duggan

We are delighted to welcome Matt Duggan to Maytree Press with his third chapbook, The Kingdom.

Matt was born in Bristol in 1971 and now lives in Newport, Wales with his partner Kelly. His poems have appeared in many journals such as Potomac Review, Foxtrot Uniform, Dodging the Rain, Here Comes Everyone, Osiris Poetry Journal, The Blue Nib, The Poetry Village, The Journal, The Dawntreader, The High Window, The Ghost City Review, L’ Ephemere Review, Confluence, Marble and Polarity.

In 2015 Matt won the Erbacce Prize for Poetry with his first full collection of poems Dystopia 38.10. In 2017 Matt won the Into the Void Poetry Prize with his poem Elegy for Magdalene.

Matt’s two previous chapbooks, One Million Tiny Cuts (Clare Song Birds Publishing House) and A Season in Another World (Thirty West Publishing House) were both published both in 2018.

In 2019 Matt was one of the winners of the Naji Naaman Literary Prize (Honours for
Complete Works). His second full collection, Woodworm (Hedgehog Poetry Press) was
published in July 2019.

In The Kingdom we find the poet in reflective mood, re-visiting those places once travelled, catching again those moments that stain as memories before seamlessly entwining these images with stories from literature and mythology. The Kingdom is a truly remarkable collection and will be available from the 10 April 2020.

 

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The Return of Pan – David Coldwell

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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

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Three Trees Edition

We are delighted to introduce our very special, Three Trees Editions.

Three Trees Editions continue our aspiration to introduce poetry to a wider, more diverse audience, whilst maintaining our environmental ambitions.

Copies of Three Trees Edition pamphlets will be donated to a number of selected schools and groups chosen in consultation with the author. In addition, Maytree will also plant three native trees on publication.

Three Trees Editions have been selected from open submissions and we can’t wait to share these wonderful projects. Easily identifiable by their striking black and white designs, you might even want to start your very own collection.

We welcome contact from community groups and secondary schools wishing to find out more information.

Look out for more news coming soon, plus a very special cover reveal.

 

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I read the news today…

We are delighted to introduce our fab new cover for our forthcoming anthology, Green Fields: Sorted for Poems.

Compiled by The Poetry Village, Green Fields celebrates music festivals and much more.

Featuring a stellar cast of contemporary poets, Green Fields brings together a unique collection of poems with universal appeal.

The cover has again been created by our in-house designer, editor, tea-maker, David Coldwell from an original abstract painting. Based on the classic 1960’s psychedelic music posters, both Nick and David felt the cover should reflect the variety of the poems included whilst being true to the original theme. We think it’s fantastic.

As our editors said, if there was ever a time for a collection of poems inspired by peace, love, light, music and dance, then that time is now.

Featured poets include:

Mark Mayes
Alison Lock
Stephanie Bowgett
Gaia Holmes
Tom Weir
Maria Isakova Bennett
Ian Humphreys
Martin Malone
Daniel Bennett
Jonathan Humble
Siobhan Mac Mahon
Jo Haslam
Oz Hardwick
Hannah Stone
Joe Williams
Rachel Burns
Anne Steward
Mike Farren
Zoe Siobhan Howarth-Lowe
Anoushka Havinden
Clint Wastling
Amanda Huggins
Penny Sharman
Barry Fentiman-Hall
Marcelle Newbold
Sarah Dixon
Linda Goulden
Seth Crook
Cora Greenhill
Paul Waring
Tracy Dawson
Ed Reiss

Look out for news coming soon of our launch event with Huddersfield Literature Festival and details of how you can pre-order copies.

 

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Amanda Huggins

We are delighted to welcome Amanda Huggins to Maytree. Amanda will be releasing her delightfully titled debut collection of poetry, The Collective Nouns For Birds with us in February 2020.

The Collective Nouns For Birds is filled with glimpses of teenage dreams, lost loves, chance encounters and what-might-have-beens; a nostalgic journey through life’s quiet and pivotal moments. Frequently taking inspiration from the natural world, this collection of memories is often imbued with a melancholy longing or the search for reparation, yet also resonates with beauty and hope. Look out for more information in the new year.

The cover features the original painting, The Charm by Alice Parker. Alice is a Huddersfield based artist who specialises in creating stunning images from the natural world and we’re absolutely thrilled to have been able to work with her on this project.

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About Amanda:

Amanda Huggins is the award-winning Yorkshire author of the short story collection, Separated From the Sea (Retreat West Books), which received a Special Mention in the 2019 Saboteur Awards.

She has also published a flash fiction collection, Brightly Coloured Horses (Chapeltown Books) and her short fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies, literary journals, newspapers and magazines. Her travel writing has won several awards, including the BGTW New Travel Writer of the Year in 2014, and her short stories and poetry are regularly placed and listed in competitions.

In 2018 she was awarded third prize in the Costa Short Story Award, was commended in the Bath and InkTears flash awards, shortlisted for the Walter Swan Poetry Prize, the Colm Toibin International Short Story Award and the Fish and Bridport prizes. Her poetry was also chosen for the Northern Poetry Library’s Poem of the North.

Amanda has had a number of poems published in anthologies – in 2018 these included Poems for the NHS (Onslaught Press), Words for the Wild (Charity Anthology for ADD Campaign), and Reflections (Cleckheaton Literature Festival Anthology). She also has a poem in the 2019 anthology, The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society.

Her new short story collection, Scratched Enamel Heart, will also be published next spring by Retreat West Books.

Join Us:

If you’d like to join our growing list of authors then please get in touch. We are proud to have an open door policy at Maytree and look forward to receiving your submissions. Whilst we can’t promise publication, we will always take time reviewing your submission and let you know the outcome in a timely manner.

The best way to find out what we do is to have a look at some of our previous publications. You can purchase directly from our on-line shop safely through our PayPal buttons where we are currently offering free postage. Alternatively head on over to Amazon or other major retailers.