poetry

Keepsake – Kayleigh Campbell

We are thrilled to announce that Keepsake, the debut collection by Kayleigh Campbell, is now available from our on-line shop. We’ll have more news very soon of the official launch for this wonderful new addition to the Maytree catalogue.

A haunting debut collection, vividly illustrating the journey of a young women into parenthood. Themes of loss, love, anxiety and transition are underscored by the brutality of post-natal depression and family break-up. Written with heartbreaking honesty, this is a collection that will stay with you long after the last page. 

 

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Maytree 008 – Pauline Rowe

We are delighted to welcome Pauline Rowe to Maytree Press.

This new collection features poems written during the time that Pauline has been studying for a PhD at the University of Liverpool under the supervision of Professor Deryn Rees-Jones and Professor David Pilgrim.

 

About Pauline:

Raised in Widnes, Pauline has lived and worked in Liverpool for most
of her adult life. As an experienced tutor she has worked in the community and health settings on many socially engaged, heritage and writing and wellbeing projects, as
well as in Further and Higher Education. She is interested in collaborative practice
with other artists. She developed the Liverpool charity North End Writers from
scratch (2006 – 2018). She has been published in anthologies and magazines,
including The Rialto, Smoke, The Reader, The Frogmore Papers, Staxtes etc., Her
pamphlet Playing Out Time was published by Driftwood Publications, her first
collection Waiting for the Brown Trout God was published by Headland Publications.
In 2014 Lapwing Publications published her collection Voices of the Benares. Her
collaborative exhibition Sleeping in the Middle, recorded poems in response to
photographs by AJ Wilkinson was shown at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, May 2018.
Her latest ongoing collaborative work The Allotments – with photographic artist
David Lockwood and artist, the late Arthur Lockwood – was shown as part of the
LOOK Biennial exhibition at the Victoria Gallery and Museum in Liverpool,
September 2019. Pauline has worked as Poet-in-Residence with Mersey Care NHS
Foundation Trust since 2013 and was the first Writer-in-Residence with Open Eye
Gallery, Liverpool (2016 – 2018).

The Ghost Hospital, featuring cover art by Marsden based artist, Kevin Threlfall, will be available from October 2019. More news about the collection coming very soon.

You can find out more about Kevin’s artwork here

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poetry

The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society

The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society is now available to pre-order from our newly stocked shop. The collection is officially released on the 1 August 2019 and all July orders will be despatched to ensure that your receive your copy of the day of release.

To celebrate the news we have also created some very special offers for our Maytree Folk. Take a look in side our shop for more details.

News has been released today about tour project so look out for items in the media and help spread the word by liking and sharing our socials.

Thank you for your support.

 

The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society – Press Release

Poets from across the country, including the Marsden born Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, have joined together in a new society created by Marsden based publisher, Maytree Press. The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society is the title of a new poetry anthology featuring a wonderful collection of poems inspired by the South Pennine landscape, it’s towns and communities.

In his forward to the collection, poet and editor, David Coldwell poses the question as to whether The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society really does exist, which gives a hint to the playfulness of the title but also serves as an entertaining insight into the creative process and how the collection came together.

Maytree Press was formed by husband and wife team, David and Amanda Coldwell earlier this year and is already gaining a national reputation for producing beautiful poetry pamphlets featuring unique art covers.

The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society will be the publisher’s first anthology and profits from the sale of the book will go towards helping the work of Marsden Walkers are Welcome – a voluntary organisation that helps to look after and promote the sixty miles of footpaths around the village of Marsden as well as organising an annual walking festival each September.

Edited by David Coldwell and Mark Kelly and featuring poets from across the country including Simon Armitage, Sarah Watkinson, Alison Lock, Gaia Holmes, the collection serves as both a celebration of this unique area and a lament to the embattled countryside as the climate crisis continues.

Amanda says, ‘Whether you’re a poetry reader, a keen hill walker or simply looking for a unique gift as a reminder of this beautiful area, we believe there’s something for everyone in this truly wonderful collection. We’re very proud, not only to be able to bring so many amazing poets together but hopefully to be able to raise some vital funds for a local charity. Enabling people to access the countryside offers so many health and wellbeing benefits and in turn brings people to the village allowing businesses to thrive. We’re delighted as a local company to play our part.’

The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society will be available from the 1 August 2019 to order direct from the publisher’s website or from all good bookshops. The collection will be officially launched with readings from several of the featured poets during the Marsden Walking Festival in September.

 

The Hill Village

How long I’ve stood here looking
at this hillside, how it’s carved into blocks,
split for weavers’ cottages and pubs,
lintels and mullions, sawn into slabs,
remnant rocks made good for walls,
crushed into cobble to lay down rough tracks

Seeing how life takes on the colour of stone,
cheeks rose-ruddy, eyes soft in brown and blue,
the hard and dusty work that builds homes,
doorways rusted by nail, hammer-marked in white,
clarty with boot-muck and time’s graft,
braced for storms that lash yon windows still

How in finger-deep cracks of crumbling mortar
a shadow history is mapped in millimetres,
the etched cradles of damp yards hold stories
of all who’ve passed, a mill’s closure below,
a wildflower meadow, a birth, a rush of waters
rounding out the contours, a hill becoming a hill

 

M W Bewick

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