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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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Worple Poets in Bath and Bristol

Isabel Galleymore and Stephen Boyce are taking part in exciting events this March.


Isabel Galleymore reads a newly commissioned poem as part ‘A New Lyrical Ballads’ at Bristol Festival of Ideas – Find out more

Time: 19:00-21:30
Venue: At-Bristol


Stephen Boyce reads from his collection A Sisyphus Dog as part of ‘a day of good poetry’ at The Independent Bath Literature Festival 2015 – Find out more

Time: 2.50pm
Venue: Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

New for Spring 2015 – Olivia Byard’s The Wilding Eye

We are delighted to announce the publication of Olivia Byard’s The Wilding Eye: New and Selected Poems, which is now available for pre-order.

Olivia Byard’s The Wilding Eye exhibits the artistry of a wild meadow. The range is huge, from Homo Erectus beginnings, to possible species collapse: our stark choices and hope expressed in major climate-change poems. Damage and isolation heal with self-knowledge and kindness. We will die as hedgerow plants do; meanwhile, we can flower. Nature is ‘boss’: break her rules and ‘a watchful second strikes’. Obey her, and we may yet flourish among ‘sweet riot and tangle’. Selected poems from earlier collections, updated and reordered to complement, complete the volume; From a Benediction was short-listed for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection; Strange Horses was reviewed variously as: ‘fine hewn, often funny’ and ‘a resetting of intellectual history’.


Find out more about The Wilding Eye and pre-order your copy here.

Book Launch – Ben Smith and Isabel Galleymore

Join Isabel Galleymore and Ben Smith for the launch of their debut pamphlets in Exeter.

Tuesday 2nd December, Senior Common Room, Queen’s Building, Exeter University from  5.30 to 7pm.

“These poems are something special. They shift the ground from under you like the subtle movement of tectonic plates. This is the proper stuff: succinct, observant, taut with precision; poetry that magnifies and strangely changes the way we see the world.”

Miriam Darlington

Find out more about Sky Burials

“At once hair-fine and resolute, these poems are filled with the quiet nuances of intimacy, hinting deftly at the moments and gestures that are vital to our most treasured relationships. The poems in this pamphlet show both promise and achievement.”

Robert Crawford

Find out more about Dazzle Ship