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John Freeman wins Roland Mathias Award!

what-possessed-me-9781905208364John Freeman’s collection What Possessed Me has won the Roland Mathias prize at the Wales Book of the Year awards!

The Roland Mathias Poetry Award is awarded to the best poetry collection of the year and was presented at a glittering awards ceremony at the Tramshed in Cardiff on Monday 13 November.

On behalf of the judging panel, Jonathan Edwards said: “This year’s winning books are a real celebration of just how exciting, vibrant and diverse literature in Wales currently is. These writers are great talents who have succeeded in proving that Wales is a world-class contributor to literature.” Read a full report of the awards on the Literature Wales website.

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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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