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First Kiss – cover reveal

Whilst we may dream of those darling buds of May, rough winds have indeed shaken Maytree HQ over the past month but, undeterred, we’ve continued our plans for the year ahead and those endless summer days.

First Kiss is a remarkable debut collection from Yorkshire born writer Cara L Mckee due for release in May 2020. The cover features the painting Ophelia by renowned British artist Annie Ovenden. We can’t begin to tell you how thrilled we are that Annie allowed the use of the image and offered such kind words about Maytree. You can find out more about Annie from her Wikipedia page here

Ophelia
Oil on prepared board Original size 910mm x 760mm

Cara, who now lives on the west coast of Scotland, initially came to our attention after submitting a selection of wonderful poems to The Poetry Village. Her poetry has also been widely published in other places such as Anima Magazine, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, The Interpreter’s House, Ink Sweat & Tears, and 404 Ink. We can’t wait to share more of her work with you in the near future.

Don’t forget, The Poetry Village is now back open for submission for our new environmental project, Earth Shadow. Find out more here

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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 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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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.

 

 

 

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Lucy Newlyn

To launch our 2020 list we are thrilled to welcome Lucy Newlyn to Maytree with the release of her intriguing collection, The Marriage Hearse.

Lucy’s pamphlet will be available towards the end of January 2020 – please check back for more details next year.

We are also delighted to welcome artist Wil Rowlands who has generously provided the wonderful cover art for Lucy’s pamphlet. We’ve long been fans of Wil’s work and we’re absolutely made up that he’s agreed to work with the press.

You can find out more about Lucy from her website here

Find out more about Wil and his wonderful world here

About Lucy:

Lucy Newlyn was Fellow in English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, for thirty-two years, until her retirement in 2017. She has published widely on English Romanticism. She is also a published poet with two collections to her name and two further ones forthcoming. Ginnel, her first collection, was published by Carcanet in 2005; and Earth’s Almanac came out with Enitharmon in 2015. Her collection of 133 sonnets about the Wordsworths, Vital Stream, will be published by Carcanet in November 2019, and Yale University Press will be publishing a further collection, The Craft of Poetry: A Primer in Verse, in autumn 2020. She is also the author of a memoir in poetry and prose, Diary of a Bipolar Explorer (Signal, 2018).

 

Marriage Hearse