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New Titles for Autumn 2014

We are pleased to announce the publication of three exciting new titles for Autumn 2014!













In Martyn Crucefix’s bold new sequence of poems, A Hatfield Mass, the sensuous shapes of Henry Moore’s work interweave with the fluid, observant voices of the verse. Read more.


Julian Stannard’s The Street of Perfect Love is a fantastic new chapbook from a poet much celebrated for his tonal control and simultaneous considerations of matters mordant and gleeful. Read more.


Exploring interactions of the natural world in the light of human relationships, Isabel Galleymore’s first collection of poems move between the loving, the symbiotic and the parasitic. Read more.

Martyn Crucefix and Mary Woodward read at the Poetry Book Fair

Worple are looking forward to once again taking part in Free Verse: The Poetry Book Fair, which takes place on Saturday 6th September at Conway Hall in central London.  We will have a table there selling all of our books, including new titles for 2014 as well as a large selection from our back catalogue.

We are also delighted to invite you to a reading from Martyn Crucefix and Mary Woodward, who will be reading from their new Worple collections. Martyn reads from his brand new chapbook A Hatfield Mass while Mary reads from her debut collection The White Valentine, which was Highly Commended by the 2014 Forward Prize judges.

We are pleased to be part of a joint reading with Nine Arches Press, whose poets on the day will be Josh Ekroy and Matt Merritt. The reading takes place at 11.30 am in the Garden Cafe, Red Lion Square.  For more information visit the Poetry Book Fair website.

New for summer 2014 – Andy Brown’s Exurbia

It gives us great pleasure to announce the publication of Andy Brown’s new collection Exurbia. 

Find out more about this “exceptional collection of poems, that exhibits mastery of diverse forms” from “One of our most interesting and exciting younger poets”. Read the poem “Picking Bullaces” below.


Picking Bullaces

for Matthew Francis


With sweet and bitter fused beneath a skin

that’s black or white, they ululate their whereabouts

with sour calls and subtler clues, these bushes

blousy white like clerics’ albs. They are

the Ace of Clubs of the hedgerows, the Cue Balls

of foragers, the Bull’s-Eyes at the heart of our intent.

Bloomed in chalky blues, they used to stain

the shepherds’ callused fingers, these wild bullies,

laced into the thorny brake at the edge of the lea.

We lean in and lunge for them like scuba divers

of the briars, sculling round their shoals like seal cubs

chasing prey. We cull their bulging yield,

laboriously, to lay them later on a slab of bread

with cheese and ale. Today, they’re all that is the case.























Follow Andy Brown on Twitter at @andy_brownest 

Readings and Events in June

Worple poets are reading around the UK this June at a number of different festivals and events.

On the weekend of 14th and 15th June both John Greening and Andy Brown read at the Charles Causley Festival in Launceston, Cornwall. Andy will be giving the first reading from his new collection of poems Exurbia (Worple Press), which Stride magazine calls “An exceptional collection of poems… a clever and beautiful book that exhibits mastery of diverse forms.” Andy will also be leading a poetry writing workshop on the Sunday morning before his reading in the afternoon. John Greening reads from his collection To the War Poets (Carcanet Press) as part of the festival’s series of events commemorating the beginning of World War I.

That same weekend, Michael McKimm reads alongside John Wedgewood Clarke at the Bridlington Poetry Festival on the Yorkshire coast.  Earlier that week, on Wednesday 11th June, Michael will also be reading at the Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow, London as part of the E17 Art Trail.

Finally, on Saturday 25 June, as part of the National Association for the Teaching of English: Primary Day Conference 2014, Anthony Wilson will give a keynote address on ‘The Power of Poetry”. The conference takes place at the Bristol Royal Marriott Hotel and Anthony’s talk will be at 2pm.

For more details of these and other events featuring Worple poets, please visit our Events page.