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William Wootten reviewed by Carol Rumens

Carol Rumens has reviewed William Wootten’s debut collection You Have a Visitor in the latest issue of The Poetry Review (106:2, Summer 2016).

You_Have_a_Visitor_300_9781905208333“Some poems are song-like without being songs.  Wootten has made an art of the refrain, that time stopping device which can sometimes be heart-stopping, playing variations on the repetition, nudging it into a semblance of narrative development without erasing the pattern.  Poetry almost becomes memory at such points.”

The Poetry Review is available from The Poetry Society via their website or in bookshops.

Find out more about You Have a Visitor and purchase a copy here.

Worple Poets at Torriano Meeting House

9781905208296_Sky_Burials_300Worple poets Isabel Galleymore and Ben 9781905208289_Dazzle_Ship_300Smith will read at Torriano Meeting House, London on Sunday 3rd July.  Isabel and Ben’s pamphlets Dazzle Ship and Sky Burials were published to much acclaim in 2014.  Also reading is Matthew Griffiths, whose Natural Economy  was published by Red Squirrel Press earlier this year. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear these exciting new voices whose work touches on the natural world, climate change and much more!


The free event starts at 7.30pm. Find out more at https://torrianomeetinghouse.wordpress.com/events/

Isabel will also be reading on Tuesday 5th July at The The, at The NINES in Peckham, London, alongside Jen Calleja and SJ Fowler.  The event starts at 7.15pm and tickets cost £5 – find out more on their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1196746647022568/

John Freeman reads at Greenwich Book Festival


John Freeman will be reading alongside US poet Marc Harshman at the Greenwich Book Festival on Saturday 28th May.

Marc Harshman, poet laureate of West Virginia, on a rare visit to the UK, and prize-winning British poet John Freeman will introduce and read selections from their poetry, reflecting on their own writing and each other’s, and inviting questions and discussion. Marc and John have been friends for several decades and both have given many readings of their work but this is the first time they have read together.

John’s new collection, What Possessed Me, will be published by Worple later this year.

Find out more and Register for this for this FREE event

Read an interview with John at Sentinel Literary Quarterly

Find out about John’s collection A Suite for Summer.