art, poetry

Between Two Rivers

We are thrilled to announce details of a fairly secret project that we’ve had in the pipeline for several months. Between Two Rivers is a unique collaboration between poet, Nick Allen and artist, Myles Linley that will be published as Maytree 006 in September.

The book features fourteen new poems by Nick together with several colour reproductions of Myles’ wonderful paintings of the East Yorkshire landscape.

Look out for more news and a cover reveal very soon.

Talking about the project, Nick said:

‘The project between two rivers grew out of a long standing friendship between Myles and I that has involved a lot of curry and far too many nights standing at Fall gigs wondering which way the evening was going to go. When Myles moved to Beverley we started visiting places around Hull, especially on the waterfronts of the Humber and the Hull. We found we were talking a lot about the strange landscapes of places like Sunk Island, to the east of Hull and the old warehouse, industrial banks of the River Hull passing through the city of Kingston upon Hull. We moved further afield, to places near Goole and Howden and Ferriby not to mention the south coast of the Humber, to Swinefleet and the Isle of Axholme. We had both been fascinated by the Dutch River, constructed in the 17th century, for a few years and then one day I found I was driving along ’the road Between Two Rivers’ and we had a title for the collaborative piece we had been talking about idly for that time.’

 

Between Two Artists:

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Nick Allen

Last year Nick was twice runner-up in international poetry competitions and was highly commended in the OWF Otley ‘wildlife’ competition. His first pamphlet, the necessary line, was published by Half Moon Books in October 2017. His first collection, the riding, was published in August 2019 also by Half Moon Books. He talks to poets in darkened rooms at the back of pubs and sometimes feels enlightened.

You can find out more about Nick’s work here

 

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Myles Linley

Myles Linley was born in 1967 and grew up in North Yorkshire.

He studied Art in Harrogate and at Bristol Polytechnic in the late 80’s and then returned to Yorkshire. For the last 5 years he has lived in East Yorkshire within easy reach of the Wolds and the Holderness coast.

His paintings are mostly landscapes, seascapes and street scenes. He concentrates on light, shade, movement and stillness to try and create dramatic brooding images.

His website can be found here

 

 

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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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Katerina Neocleous
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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.

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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.