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Three Trees Portfolio Award 2022

We are very pleased to announce that the second Three Trees Portfolio Award is now open for entries.

Full details can be found on the Three Trees page here: Maytree Press

One poet will have their work published as a special three trees edition and receive 30 free copies plus our standard publishing agreement.

A further fifteen shortlisted poets will receive a 50% voucher for use in our online store.

Once you have read entry details, head on over to our online store where you will find entry details plus a host of wonderful books to explore including last year’s highly recommended winning entry, Last of the Line by Susan Jordan.

Online entries only to threetreesaward@gmail.com. We look forward to reading your work. Good Luck!

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Maytree 33 – cover reveal

Happy New Year folks!

We’re delighted to be back for another year of poetry and publishing adventures.

Remember to sign up to our Newsletter to be the first to hear of submissions, new releases, awards and exclusive discounts.

It’s always a joy to share a new cover with you and Maytree 33 is no exception.

Hunger by Kathleen Jones will be released in February and features the painting, House in a Field by London based artist, Lydia Bauman. We have been huge fans of Lydia’s work for many years so we are absolutely thrilled to be working with her on this wonderful collection.

We’ll have more news about the book in the coming weeks.

You can find out about Lydia and see more of her wonderful work here – Gallery

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A Winter Maytree

Winter at Maytree and news of our 2022 new authors.

If you were one of the many folks who joined us to celebrate the launch of our 2021 Portfolio Award Winning pamphlet, Last of the Line by Susan Jordan then you will have also witnessed one of the Zoom moments of the year. Of course, I’m referring to Susan’s wonderful readings and, in particularly when she was joined by Ian Royce Chamberlain for a joint rendition of the poem, Father and Daughter. The audience was simply mesmerised by what can only be described as the standout moment during an evening filled with love, laughter and celebration.

We’ll be adding the launch to our You Tube channel soon so keep an eye on our social media.

Don’t miss out on your chance to own this very special Three Trees Edition. https://maytreepress.bigcartel.com/product/last-of-the-line-by-susan-jordan You can also complete your collection with Fizz and Hiss by Johanna Boal and Because of the War by Aziz Dixon – two unique Three Trees Editions.

Throughout November we offered readers the opportunity to purchase a ‘lucky dip’ of five books from our back catalogue. This proved popular and as we’re all about trying to introduce new writers to new readers we thought we’d carry the offer on throughout December – simply order a Maytree Famous Five for only £20.00 (with free p and p) and let us do the rest. Don’t worry if you’ve already purchased books – simply let us know as part of your order and we’ll avoid duplication. You can find the offer here: The Maytree Famous Five | Maytree Press (bigcartel.com) Dare we say – stocking filler!

Despite the current difficult conditions, our commitment to publishing the best new poetry remains and we’d like to introduce you to our new authors who will be releasing short collections with Maytree during 2022. We’re also delighted to be welcoming back Maytree favourites, Tim Taylor and Colin Bancroft who will both publish second collections with the press. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who submitted to the press during our short reading window. We received just short of 150 submissions and eventually shortlisted 25 before deciding on the final six new voices for 22. 

Kathleen Jones – February
Tim Taylor – March
Jane Kite – April
Antony Christie – May
Christopher James – June
Tom Clucas – July
Sarah Hemings/Colin Bancroft – October
Three Trees Portfolio Award – November

And finally for this month, and this year, for the keen eyed observers you will have seen that we already have next year’s Three Trees winner’s party planned for November. The Award will launch on the 22/02/22 and close at the end of March. So if you missed out in our open window or have a short collection nearly ready then put the date in your diary. 

As always, all our books are available online and come specially gift wrapped with lots of love as we really do appreciate every sale. Please order before the 18 December the if you require your books for Christmas.
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A huge thank you to our neighbour, Jon Mitchell for the wonderful picture of the lone snow covered Maytree – we couldn’t resist it for our winter newsletter (and probably many more to come).

Snow Maytree by Jon Mitchell

Thank you all for your support and see you for more Maytree merriness next year.

Best wishes

David and the team.

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Queen of Infinite Space – cover reveal

Maytree 32, our final publication of 2021 embarks on the journey of a woman’s life, from childhood, growing up, work, parenthood, the deaths of family members, to growing old.

Queen of Infinite Space by Ruth Aylett chronicles a life filled with promises, passion and love. A collection in which the author takes the reader from the empty carless streets of her childhood, the simple pleasures of family life to the rigours of parenthood and the inevitability of old age. A remarkable honest collection that saviours the past without dipping into the pool of nostalgia and one where the author unflinchingly attacks the present.

The cover features the original painting, Revealed by Yorkshire based artist, Bren Head. The Maytree team have only recently been introduced to Bren’s work which we think is fabulous and couldn’t believe our luck with the perfect fit for Ruth’s work. You can find out more about Bren below.

Queen of Infinite Space will be on general release from the 10 December 2021.

Pilgrimage

Dodging the cars with my breath
I have skate-boarded motorways
leaping top to bottom down steps
with you in my arms;
pulled you towards the bus
that never stops long enough
to let us on board,
piled possessions
in the vestibule of trains
whose doors close quickly
when I get off, leaving
them and you inside.

Opening my eyes
from these dreams
but still in a dream
you are standing there
wearing a green jumper
doing nothing in particular.
Because you are there
I can close my eyes again;
everything will be all right.
Brakes jam on,
wheels stop turning
the trains and buses
branch, bud; become forest.

About the author

Ruth Aylett teaches and researches computing in Edinburgh. She is widely
published in poetry magazines – for example The North, Butcher’s Dog, Prole,
Agenda, South Bank Review, and in anthologies, most recently Scotia
Extremis (Luath), Umbrellas of Edinburgh, and Mancunian Way (forthcoming).
She won the 2016 Poets meet Politics competition and the 2020 Poetry of
Science Competition.

Her poetry has appeared in the Morning Star and the
Scottish Daily Herald. She was jointly authored a pamphlet Handfast
(Mother’s Milk) and has read at many events, most recently in Berlin at the
Haus für Poesie. For more see http://macs.hw.ac.uk/~ruth/writing.html

About the artist

Bren Head

After a life spent working in the catering trade and running her own business Bren went ‘from pans to paint’ and in 2003 gained a B.A. Hons degree in Fine Art from the University of Hull.

Although now recognised for her sensitive and haunting portraits her painting is taking a new direction.

Working from a new studio in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire, she is developing a series of abstract mixed media paintings.

Influenced by the Pennine landscape and the textile history of the area she continues to explore materials and their properties adding to the tactile quality of her work.

She will, of course, continue to paint portraits.

Website: https://brenheadartist.co.uk/

I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not
that I have bad dreams. – Hamlet, II

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morphine | bone | dream

Maytree Press is delighted to announce that morphine | bone | dream is now available directly from the author, Nick Allen. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to NHS Charities. Follow this link to buy your copy now.

morphine | bone | dream contains poems and photographs reflecting on Nick’s experience of being hospitalised early in 2021, with the disturbed sleep patterns, drifting in and out of consciousness and the painkillers. The book is a hymn of thanks to everyone who has ever worked in the NHS.

morphine | bone | dream is strictly limited to 100 copies so don’t miss out on your opportunity get your copy now and raise some much needed funds for our wonderful NHS Charities.

morphine | bone | dream – photographs by David Coldwell.