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John Freeman shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year

what-possessed-me-9781905208364John Freeman’s collection What Possessed Me has been short-listed in the poetry category for the Wales Book of the Year Award 2017.

The Wales Book of the Year Award, administered by Literature Wales, is presented to the best Welsh-language and English-language works first published in the preceding year in the fields of creative writing and literary criticism in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction.

John Freeman is joined on the shortlist by Rhiannon Hooson (The Other City, Seren) and Maria Apichella (Psalmody, Eyewear). The winners will be announced at an Award Ceremony on Monday 13 November 2017 at Tramshed, Cardiff.

What Possessed Me has been called “a visionary collection” (Sentinel Literary Review), “lit with humour and openness” (London Grip),  and “full of precise and telling detail and powerful and memorable imagery” (Jonathan Edwards). “The thing that immediately strikes me”, writes Charles Ashleigh in Penniless Press, “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.”

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Trees: 800 Years Later at the British Library

Tree Line Cover ImageWe are delighted to be taking part in Trees: 800 Years Later at the British Library on Thursday 14 September

Learn about the Tree Charter, or Charter of the Forest, seen by some as the foundation for private property. In the 13th century, the Charter restored the rights of the ordinary person to make use of woodlands. What was its impact, and how have trees and forests – both the reality, and the idea of them – been used in art and culture? This panel discussion features legal expert Jeff Twentyman, Oxford professor of English, Fiona Stafford, and David Carpenter, leading historian on Britain in the central middle ages, and is book-ended by short poetry readings from new anthology The Tree Line.

Jeff Twentyman is a partner in the City law firm Slaughter and May.  He is chairman of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, a collaborative alliance of law firms focused on improving their environmental impacts and sustainability efforts. He has been involved with numerous environmentally focused organisations over the years including the Woodland Trust.

Fiona Stafford is a professor of English language and literature at the University of Oxford. She is author and presenter of The Meaning of Trees for BBC Radio 3 and author of The Long, Long Life of Trees (Yale University Press).

David Carpenter is a leading authority on the history of Britain in the central middle ages. Prior to joining King’s College London in 1988, David held lectureships at Christ Church, Oxford, St Hilda’s College Oxford, the University of Aberdeen, and Queen Mary College, University of London.

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In partnership with the Legal Sustainability Alliance and the Woodland Trust.

Support the new Charter for Trees, Woods & People – sign the Tree Charter today!

Join us in Winchester with The Tree Line!

Tree Line Cover ImageWe are delighted to be taking part in a special Heritage Open Days event in Winchester on Saturday 9 June, organised by Winchester Poetry Festival.

2017 is the 800th anniversary of the Charter for Forests, and the Woodland Trust together with over 50 other organisations are marking the occasion by publishing a ‘Charter for Trees, Woods & People’. As part of the celebration Worple Press commissioned new poems from 60 poets for the anthology The Tree Line : poems for Trees, Woods & People.

This reading – in the beautiful setting of Winchester’s Pilgrims Hall – features Maura Dooley, Rachel Curzon, Stephen Boyce and the editor Michael McKimm, all of whom are included in the anthology, and will celebrate trees in all their diversity. You’ll hear poems about the many ways that trees have shaped – and go on shaping – our society, landscape and lives.

2pm, Pilgrims Hall, Winchester

This event is FREE but please book a ticket online.

Find out more at www.winchesterpoetryfestival.org/the-tree-line

Tree Line event in Nottingham

Tree Line Cover ImageOur series of events celebrating The Tree Line continues with a special event at Inspire Poetry Festival, Southwell, Nottingham on Thursday 13 July.

Join County Archivist Ruth Imeson, Charter Project Leader Matt Larsen-Daw and poets Jonathan Davidson and Carol Rowntree Jones at this special launch event. Learn about the 1217 Charter and the exciting plans for its 2017 incarnation, and hear a selection of poetic responses to this essential part of our natural heritage. A delightful meeting of poetry, history and trees in the home of the famous Bramley Apple!

Glass of wine or soft drink courtesy of our sponsors LSA.

Jonathan Davidson won an Eric Gregory award in 1990, and is the author of various pamphlets and collections of poetry, including Early Train (Smith/Doorstop, 2011) and Humfrey Coningsby (Valley Press, 2015). He has had seven radio plays broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4, along with radio adaptations of Geoffrey Hill’s Mercian Hymns and W.S. Graham’s The Nightfishing. He adapted the novel Precious Bane by Mary Webb for Interplay Theatre in 2013.

Carol Rowntree Jones won the inaugural Overton Poetry Prize with her sequence This Is Not Normal Behaviour, published by Lamplight Press. Her work has also appeared in The North, Staple, Assent and 111O. She runs creative writing and poetry workshops at the Nottingham Writers Studio and in prisons in the East Midlands.

Date     13 July 2017
Time     6:30pm – 8:00pm
Venue     Southwell Library

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