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New for summer 2014 – Andy Brown’s Exurbia

It gives us great pleasure to announce the publication of Andy Brown’s new collection Exurbia. 

Find out more about this “exceptional collection of poems, that exhibits mastery of diverse forms” from “One of our most interesting and exciting younger poets”. Read the poem “Picking Bullaces” below.


Picking Bullaces

for Matthew Francis


With sweet and bitter fused beneath a skin

that’s black or white, they ululate their whereabouts

with sour calls and subtler clues, these bushes

blousy white like clerics’ albs. They are

the Ace of Clubs of the hedgerows, the Cue Balls

of foragers, the Bull’s-Eyes at the heart of our intent.

Bloomed in chalky blues, they used to stain

the shepherds’ callused fingers, these wild bullies,

laced into the thorny brake at the edge of the lea.

We lean in and lunge for them like scuba divers

of the briars, sculling round their shoals like seal cubs

chasing prey. We cull their bulging yield,

laboriously, to lay them later on a slab of bread

with cheese and ale. Today, they’re all that is the case.























Follow Andy Brown on Twitter at @andy_brownest 

Readings and Events in June

Worple poets are reading around the UK this June at a number of different festivals and events.

On the weekend of 14th and 15th June both John Greening and Andy Brown read at the Charles Causley Festival in Launceston, Cornwall. Andy will be giving the first reading from his new collection of poems Exurbia (Worple Press), which Stride magazine calls “An exceptional collection of poems… a clever and beautiful book that exhibits mastery of diverse forms.” Andy will also be leading a poetry writing workshop on the Sunday morning before his reading in the afternoon. John Greening reads from his collection To the War Poets (Carcanet Press) as part of the festival’s series of events commemorating the beginning of World War I.

That same weekend, Michael McKimm reads alongside John Wedgewood Clarke at the Bridlington Poetry Festival on the Yorkshire coast.  Earlier that week, on Wednesday 11th June, Michael will also be reading at the Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow, London as part of the E17 Art Trail.

Finally, on Saturday 25 June, as part of the National Association for the Teaching of English: Primary Day Conference 2014, Anthony Wilson will give a keynote address on ‘The Power of Poetry”. The conference takes place at the Bristol Royal Marriott Hotel and Anthony’s talk will be at 2pm.

For more details of these and other events featuring Worple poets, please visit our Events page.



Events coming up this summer

Worple poets are taking part in readings and events throughout the country and you can now keep up to date with who is reading where on our handy events page. You can also follow all Worple news and events on Facebook and Twitter or if you would like a regular email direct to your inbox please join our mailing list by emailing theworpleco@aol.com


Cheltenham Poetry Festival – April 2014

Worple Poets are descending on Cheltenham this April to take part in the Cheltenham Poetry Festival!  We’ll be there on the weekend of 5 – 6th April, with two events: on Saturday 5th April at 10.30 am come along and hear a showcase of new and established poets, including Stephen Boyce, Sally Flint, John Freeman, John Greening and Michael McKimm, at The Copa of Cheltenham, in Regent Street; then on Sunday 6th April at 12.30pm we celebrate William Hayward’s cult novel It Never Gets Dark All Night with a special reading by his son Paul Hayward, at Tailors, in Cambray Place. Also reading at the festival is Worple’s co-director Peter Carpenter, who will read alongside Lesley Ingram on Saturday 5th April at 5pm, also at Tailors.

Find out more about what we’re up to at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival on our Events page.