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Charter for Trees – Sign the Petition!

Charter_CMYKMore than 70 organisations from across multiple sectors have joined forces to create a Charter for Trees, Woods and People that will guide policy and practice in the UK.

March 27 sees the launch of 10 guiding principles for the future of trees, woods and people, drawn from more than 50,000 stories submitted by members of the public. The principles reveal the role of trees in our lives and will form the bedrock of the new ‘Charter for Trees, Woods and People’ to be launched in November 2017, which aims to secure a brighter future for the nation’s woods and trees, and to protect the rights of all people in the UK to access the many benefits they offer.

Help shape the future and sign the charter!

Worple Press is delighted to contribute to the new Charter for Trees, Woods and People with a new anthology which will be launched in June – The Tree Line: Poems for Trees, Woods & People includes over 70 new poems celebrating trees and woodlands in the UK and beyond.  Find out more and pre-order a copy here.

Worple Poets at Cheltenham Poetry Festival

cheltenhamWorple is proud to present a showcase of recent poets and collections at the 2017 Cheltenham Poetry Festival.

Join us on Sunday 7th May at the Cheltenham Playhouse, 3.30-4.30pm to hear readings from three Worple poets:

Linda Saunders’ new collection A Touch on the Remote shows “the world cherished by our watchfulness, life lived in rapt attention” (Carrie Etter).

John Freeman’s tenth collection of poems, What Possessed Me, evokes childhood memories and lifelong relationships with humour, poignancy, and preternatural clarity (“Full of precise and telling detail and powerful and memorable imagery” – Jonathan Edwards).

William Wootten has been described as “an original talent in full flower.” The acclaimed You Have a Visitor is a book of songs and stories. Its 52 poems are arranged to reflect the English seasons.

Tickets cost £7 (£5 concessions) – Book Online

Also – Poetry in the Crypt, London – John Freeman will be reading at Poetry in the Crypt, Islington, London on Saturday 25th March, 7pm, alongside George Szirtes and Ruth Valentine. More details on Facebook

“Impressive mastery” – William Wootten reviewed

You_Have_a_Visitor_300_9781905208333William Wootten’s collection You Have a Visitor has been reviewed online by Jonathan Edwards.

“It is a collection in which the whole is as admirably crafted as each individual poem. … there is a great deal to admire in Wootten’s first collection. He can do lyric, narrative, darkness, joy, tradition and innovation. Most importantly, it is greatly heartening to see a new writer emerging with such commitment to the traditions of form and the musical possibilities of language.”

Read the full review on the Poetry School website

Find out more about You Have a Visitor

A poem by Joanna Seldon


When I feel the conker in my pocket
I remember him. My fingers close round
Its smooth solidity. It was autumn
Then, a different autumn, but like this
One ripe with golden sunshine and its gifts.

Summer has hardened and packed tight inside
This dense, warm little parcel of the year.
And warmer still it grows in my pocket
As I fondle and turn it in the dark,
The dark resting place of my coat pocket.

So is a good life packed full of doing
That may grow warm with others, even when
The many years have turned, and darkness filled
Places where memory shone bright and strong.
I feel the conker and feel he is here.


From The Bright White Tree

Sir Anthony Seldon writes about Joanna’s life and poetry in The Daily Telegraph