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Worple Press was founded in 1997 and is co-directed by Peter and Amanda Carpenter. We publish collections of poetry, and arts titles. We like to showcase new writing and we welcome diversity of format and approach. Above all, we look for excellence. Read more »

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Events coming up this summer

Worple poets are taking part in readings and events throughout the country and you can now keep up to date with who is reading where on our handy events page. You can also follow all Worple news and events on Facebook and Twitter or if you would like a regular email direct to your inbox please join our mailing list by emailing theworpleco@aol.com


Cheltenham Poetry Festival – April 2014

Worple Poets are descending on Cheltenham this April to take part in the Cheltenham Poetry Festival!  We’ll be there on the weekend of 5 – 6th April, with two events: on Saturday 5th April at 10.30 am come along and hear a showcase of new and established poets, including Stephen Boyce, Sally Flint, John Freeman, John Greening and Michael McKimm, at The Copa of Cheltenham, in Regent Street; then on Sunday 6th April at 12.30pm we celebrate William Hayward’s cult novel It Never Gets Dark All Night with a special reading by his son Paul Hayward, at Tailors, in Cambray Place. Also reading at the festival is Worple’s co-director Peter Carpenter, who will read alongside Lesley Ingram on Saturday 5th April at 5pm, also at Tailors.

Find out more about what we’re up to at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival on our Events page.


Two new collections

We are delighted to announce the publication of two new poetry collections: The Sisyphus Dog by Stephen Boyce and The White Valentine by Mary Woodward.

“The poems of Stephen Boyce have an enviable assurance: clear, well-crafted and precise, they have an air of knowing where they are going, and invariably find their destination in an elegant closure. He is a master of the simple but telling phrase.”

Roger Caldwell

Find out more and order Stephen’s collection here.

“In this scrupulously unsentimental collection, full of crisp, lucent imagery, the reader is transported to exquisitely rendered physical and emotional landscapes. Fully engaged with the material world, these poems interrogate memory and family mythology to reveal the darkness beneath luminous surfaces. Reading these poems – many of which engage with water – I felt that I was watching dazzling tropical fish dart across a tank.”

Catherine Smith


Find out more and order Mary’s debut collection here.

Stephen Boyce, Sally Flint and Mary Woodward reading

You are invited to join us on Thursday 6th February for an evening of poetry in Senate House Library, London.  Poets Stephen Boyce, Sally Flint and Mary Woodward will read from their new collections and there will be a special reading from William Hayward’s novel It Never Gets Dark All Night.  Doors open at 6.30pm with wine and nibbles before the readings at 7pm, which will be followed by more drinks, chat and book signings.

Senate House Library is accessed from the main entrance on Malet Street; take the lift to the 4th Floor and follow directions from there.

Joins us for this free event and help us celebrate three exciting new collections!