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Forthcoming Titles for 2016

Worple are delighted to announce that we will be publishing new collections from John Freeman, Carolyn Oulton, Linda Saunders and William Wootten in 2016.

More details to follow!


New Title – Crimean Sonnets

We are delighted to announce the publication of Crimean Sonnets by Adam Mickiewicz, a new English translation by Kevin Jackson.

Kevin Jackson’s versions (rather than literal translations) of the sonnet sequence written in exile between 1824 and 1829 by Poland’s greatest poet, Adam Mickiewicz, are both urgent and memorable. The originals are poems of intense patriotism and nostalgia; Jackson’s versions capture this and much more, including what he terms in his new companion essay, ‘Mickiewicz’s aching sense of loneliness and loss’.

“Really excellent – formally adroit, while still capturing the essential melancholy of the poet.”

Ranjit Bolt

Buy a copy here.

Event at National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

Join Michael McKimm, editor of our recent anthology MAP, for a special evening at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, on Thursday 8 October 2015  (National Poetry Day).

MAP celebrates the first geological map of England and Wales, published 200 years ago by the geologist and engineer William Smith.  This special event will include readings from the anthology by Philip Gross, Alyson Hallett, John Freeman and Alison Brackenbury, who will also read other poems of their own on the themes of geology, mapping and science.

The event will take place in the Museum gallery, complemented by maps and other exhibits from a new exhibition, Reading the Rocks: the Remarkable Maps of William Smith.

Doors open at 6pm. Tickets cost £5 advance (£7 on the door) and can be booked online or by calling (029) 2023 0130.

There will be copies of the anthology on sale, as well as refreshments.

More details on the museum’s website

The Wilding Eye reviewed in the New Statesman

Olivia Byard’s new collection The Wilding Eye: New and Selected Poems has been reviewed in the New Statesman:

“The titles of the two collections from which these new and selected poems are taken – Strange Horses and From a Benediction – are a good indication of Olivia Byard’s terrain. She scans nature’s hinterlands (where “sweet riot and tangle” pushes through the cracks) for meaning, and she keeps watch for the “roaming monsters” of our land: whether they are mythical beasts that adorn cathedral walls, or our fallen political masters, sending “texts in the vernacular” in “faded jeans and sneakers”. At times impassioned, at others frail, Byard’s verse memorably locates our position in the world.”

Find out more and purchase The Wilding Eye here