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New Reviews – John Freeman’s What Possessed Me

what-possessed-me-9781905208364John Freeman’s new collection What Possessed Me has been reviewed by Charles Ashleigh on Penniless Press.

“The thing that immediately strikes me about John Freeman’s poems is their consistency – of tone, of rhythm, of clarity. There is a sure voice in evidence at all times. What is particularly affecting is the way in which a poem, and I’m conscious of this whole book being, in a sense, really one poem, can be triggered by a small incident or observation. What I find attractive in the writing is the relaxed and friendly way in which the reader is invited into the poet’s world.”

Read the full review on the Penniless Press website.

The collection has also been reviewed by David Clarke:

“The poems are a record of his concerted paying attention to his surroundings, his cultivation of a state of receptiveness and careful observation, in which he wishes ‘to be fully open like wild roses, / wanting only this, nothing more than this.’ (‘Summer Solstice, Cornwall’). Reading the poems opens the reader to such attentiveness, too — a welcome corrective to distracted the consciousness of our digital age.

Read the full review on David’s blog A Thing For Poetry here.

National Poetry Day with Carolyn Oulton

carolyn-inaugural-1Join Worple Press for National Poetry Day at Tonbridge School, Kent!

Carolyn Oulton, whose collection Accidental Fruit was launched in September, will read and lead a workshop on Thursday 6th October at The Smythe Library, Tonbridge School, High Street, Tonbridge TN9 1JP.

Workshop: 4.30pm

Reading: 7.00pm

Both parts of the day are free.  For more information contact Tonbridge School

New titles for autumn 2016

We are delighted to announce the publication of two new poetry collections!worple-new-september-2016


What Possessed Me, John Freeman’s tenth collection of poetry, is a book diverse in its moods and subjects but unified by an infectious openness to the moment and to life’s joys and sorrows, evoking childhood memories and lifelong relationships with humour, poignancy, and preternatural clarity. Find out more

John will be reading from the collection at the Tears in the Fence festival in Stourpaine, Dorset at 7.30pm on Saturday 17 September

Carolyn Oulton’s Accidental Fruit is about the almost seen, the half remembered and the not quite touched, the silent collisions of past and present and the perpetual interweaving of childhood and age. Find out more

Join Carolyn for the launch of Accidental Fruit in 12:30pm, Wednesday 21st September, in Lg20, Canterbury Christ Church University, CT1 1QU

Elizabeth Cook reads at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Edmund in St. Edmundsbury smallThe Dean of St Edmundsbury is delighted to invite you to the launch of Edmund in Edmundsbury by Elizabeth Cook on 25 September at 11.30 am.

Edmund in Edmundsbury is a poem written by Elizabeth Cook while she was writer in residence at the Cathedral in 2012 – 2013. The poem has been hand printed by The Jericho Press, with specially-commissioned woodcuts by Andy English, hand-stitched and bound, to create a unique and beautiful limited edition of 250 copies. Each copy is signed and numbered by the poet.

Choral Matins will be held at 11.30 during which the Centenary anthem (with words by the Dean; music by Janet Wheeler) will be sung by the choir. A free reception will follow, during which Elizabeth will read the poem, and copies will be available for purchase.

Please RSVP to the Dean, The Very Reverend Dr Frances Ward (dean@stedscathedral.org)

Find out about Elizabeth Cook’s acclaimed collection Bowl