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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

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/