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The Wilding Eye reviewed in the New Statesman

Olivia Byard’s new collection The Wilding Eye: New and Selected Poems has been reviewed in the New Statesman:

“The titles of the two collections from which these new and selected poems are taken – Strange Horses and From a Benediction – are a good indication of Olivia Byard’s terrain. She scans nature’s hinterlands (where “sweet riot and tangle” pushes through the cracks) for meaning, and she keeps watch for the “roaming monsters” of our land: whether they are mythical beasts that adorn cathedral walls, or our fallen political masters, sending “texts in the vernacular” in “faded jeans and sneakers”. At times impassioned, at others frail, Byard’s verse memorably locates our position in the world.”

Find out more and purchase The Wilding Eye here

Dazzle Ship reviewed

“What’s better than opening a page at random and feeling the earth jump?”

So asks Sarah Hopkins in a recent rave review of Isabel Galleymore’s debut pamphlet Dazzle Ship. Sarah goes on to write:

“Galleymore’s collection is seismic; surreal, daring assertions of simbiosis and cause and effects. It shakes off any trace of the banal; bold ideas hide in the odd interplay of delicate natural images.  The thought and writing is too sophisticated to doubt, and you can’t see how its done; it’s unique. As each poem’s exquisite logic slowly unravels, the strange and subtle connectedness of all living things becomes indisputable. It excites me but I’ve been caught like this before so tested it out with multiple readings, and it didn’t fall apart. It wasn’t a trick of artifice, or a conceit, and I wanted to leave everything behind and move into this perception where all is one. I like a poem to shift you somewhere better. So it’s exciting, and I’m struggling here and there, but surprised, delighted and confronted. Do tiny actions really have momentous outcomes across time and space? Are animals and humans working together even when they don’t know it?  Is it impossible for us to ever extricate ourselves from each other?  You can’t land on the same spot after reading Galleymore’s interpretations of interdependence.”

Read the full review on Stride Magazine here.  Read another review of Dazzle Ship in Ambit magazine here.

Find out more and purchase Dazzle Ship for £7 here.

Cheltenham Poetry Festival

We are delighted to once again be taking part in the Cheltenham Poetry Festival!

Four Worple poets are taking part in the festival this year, which includes a special Worple showcase featuring Olivia Byard and Martyn Crucefix.





Martyn Crucefix and Olivia Byard

Olivia Byard reads from her hot-off-the-press collection The Wilding Eye: New and Selected Poems and Martyn Crucefix from his bold new sequence of poems A Hatfield Mass.

Date: Saturday 25 April

Venue: Oxfam Bookshop

Time: 1pm – 2pm

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Michael McKimm and Sean O’Brien

Worple’s Michael McKimm joins Sean O’Brien for a special reading of environmental poetry, sponsored by Campaign For The Protection of Rural England

Date: Friday 01 May

Venue: Everyman Studio Theatre

Time: 7pm – 8pm

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Stephen Boyce

Stephen Boyce reads from his collection The Sisyphus Dog at Buzzwords Cheltenham

Date: Sunday 03 May

Venue: Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

Tickets: £5 waged, £3 unwaged

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