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The Tree Line: Poems for Trees, Woods & People

Tree Line Cover ImageWorple Press, supported by the Legal Sustainability Alliance, is delighted to announce the publication of the The Tree Line: Poems for Trees, Woods & People.

Featuring over 60 poets this major new anthology celebrates trees and woodlands in the UK and beyond and their importance to our society, landscape and lives. Poets involved include Simon Armitage, Alison Brackenbury, Gillian Clarke, Philip Gross, David Morley, Grace Nichols, Penelope Shuttle and many more. Find out more about The Tree Line

We’re taking the anthology on the road this summer, with events in the New Forest, Nottinghamshire, Winchester and more – view our full list of events to see if we’re coming to a wood near you!

John Freeman reading in Abergavenny

DSC_2480editedJohn Freeman will be reading alongside Clare Potter at the Hen & Chicks in Abergavenny on Tuesday 16th May. Details:

Hen & Chicks, Flannel Street, Abergavenny

Tuesday 16th May         8pm

John Freeman grew up in South London and studied English at Cambridge. He lived in Yorkshire before moving to Wales where he taught for many years at Cardiff University. He has published eleven collections of poems and will be launching his most recent books, What Possessed Me  and Strata Smith and the Anthropocene. Also a critic John, has published recent appreciations on Jim Burns and Henry Lyman, as well as an earlier book of essays, The Less Received: Neglected Modern Poets. In 2013 John Freeman won third prize in the National Poetry Competition.

Clare Potter writer and performance poet. Clare taught for a number of years in New Orleans and got her MA in Afro-Caribbean literature from the University of Southern Mississippi. She recently performed at the Smithsonian Folk-Life Festival in Washington D.C. and frequently works on collaborative projects. Her interests are sound and memoir. Publications include Spilling Histories.

Resident MC Paul Worthington.

Entry £5                              Supported by Literature Wales

Worple Poets at Cheltenham Poetry Festival

cheltenhamWorple is proud to present a showcase of recent poets and collections at the 2017 Cheltenham Poetry Festival.

Join us on Sunday 7th May at the Cheltenham Playhouse, 3.30-4.30pm to hear readings from three Worple poets:

Linda Saunders’ new collection A Touch on the Remote shows “the world cherished by our watchfulness, life lived in rapt attention” (Carrie Etter).

John Freeman’s tenth collection of poems, What Possessed Me, evokes childhood memories and lifelong relationships with humour, poignancy, and preternatural clarity (“Full of precise and telling detail and powerful and memorable imagery” – Jonathan Edwards).

William Wootten has been described as “an original talent in full flower.” The acclaimed You Have a Visitor is a book of songs and stories. Its 52 poems are arranged to reflect the English seasons.

Tickets cost £7 (£5 concessions) – Book Online

Charter for Trees – Sign the Petition!

Charter_CMYKMore than 70 organisations from across multiple sectors have joined forces to create a Charter for Trees, Woods and People that will guide policy and practice in the UK.

March 27 sees the launch of 10 guiding principles for the future of trees, woods and people, drawn from more than 50,000 stories submitted by members of the public. The principles reveal the role of trees in our lives and will form the bedrock of the new ‘Charter for Trees, Woods and People’ to be launched in November 2017, which aims to secure a brighter future for the nation’s woods and trees, and to protect the rights of all people in the UK to access the many benefits they offer.

Help shape the future and sign the charter!

Worple Press is delighted to contribute to the new Charter for Trees, Woods and People with a new anthology which will be launched in June – The Tree Line: Poems for Trees, Woods & People includes over 70 new poems celebrating trees and woodlands in the UK and beyond.  Find out more and pre-order a copy here.