art, poetry

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

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Green Fields: sorted for songs

The time has come – check whether your favourite made it onto the festival mix-tape.

Play loud at 17.45 and together, in our minds, let’s meet on the ledge. Enjoy!

Here’s the list:

Intro: Pink Floyd v David Bowie
I Wanna Be Adored – Stone Roses
Starman – David Bowie
Can’t Stop – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Touch the Sky – Kanye West
All You Good Good People – Embrace
Sorted For Es and Whizz – Pulp
Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
Jolene – Dolly Parton
No Surprises – Radiohead
Meet Me On the Ledge – Fairport Convention
Any Colour You Like – Pink Floyd

Mixed by DeC – from the kitchen 2020.

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed our virtual launch of Green Fields over on the Poetry Village during week – here’s a fitting end from one of our editors with a few memories of better times.

In the End (festival party)

The garden is tiered
and falls away from the house
towards the one road
that leads both in and out.
As bright as any ocean
against the sky blue,
the trees that we planted
are now shaped by
storms, their shadows
part of the land.

Together we paint signs:
Green Fields, Shangri-La,
and Cirque du Soleil,
that point our guests
past lavender, rosemary
and thyme and on towards
the shelter of leaf-light
and the Maytree hedge
that offers shelter
from so much unknown.

Then the fire is lit:
Ian downs a Pot Noodle cup
full of local ale;
Wendy paints the moon
and stars above a child’s eyes
as Michael recites poetry
to a small but appreciative crowd.

Later we find Zak,
half asleep and seeking something
he’ll never find at the bottom
of Gardenia’s best Tupperware.
Three months from now
the good souls will stand shoulders
with him at the crematorium.
They’ll wear black.

And all this is pretend.
Hushed voices circle past trees
towards stars eclipsed
by distant city lights.
The dawn will soon cast a mix
of pinks, blues and a new green
over the tiered garden washed
clean with summer dew.
Then the birdsong: first a solo,
tentative, before a chorus
of call and response.
The sky still holds a moon.
Only sometimes can we feel
the Earth’s dizzying spin.

David Coldwell

 

 

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Isol-8

We understand that these are extraordinary and extremely worrying times for many people and Maytree would like to send some love out into the world. If you’ve found that you’re having to self-isolate or are looking for that perfect gift for family and friends then why not take advantage of our limited offer.

Pop over to our on-line shop now where you can purchase eight Maytree poetry pamphlets for a special price of only £40.00. This includes free UK postage.

Please let us know if you’d like to take advantage of this offer but have already purchased individual pamphlets and we’ll refund the difference.

Look after yourselves.

Best wishes

The Maytree Team.

 

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Fizz and Hiss

March sees the release of our first Three Trees special edition, Fizz and Hiss by Johanna Boal.

Three Trees editions are not only unique for their striking black and white designs but Maytree Press has promised to donate a minimum of twenty books to chosen schools, libraries and community groups. The recipients have been chosen in consultation with the author. We are delighted that our first batch have already been sent off to the library at HMP Humber and we can’t wait to contact to the two schools that Johanna has chosen to receive future copies.

Priced at only £7.00 with free UK postage, you can now order Fizz and Hiss direct from Johanna or from our on-line store.

Don’t miss this opportunity to start your truly unique Three Trees collection of beautiful poetry pamphlets.

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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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