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Cheltenham Poetry Festival

We are delighted to once again be taking part in the Cheltenham Poetry Festival!

Four Worple poets are taking part in the festival this year, which includes a special Worple showcase featuring Olivia Byard and Martyn Crucefix.





Martyn Crucefix and Olivia Byard

Olivia Byard reads from her hot-off-the-press collection The Wilding Eye: New and Selected Poems and Martyn Crucefix from his bold new sequence of poems A Hatfield Mass.

Date: Saturday 25 April

Venue: Oxfam Bookshop

Time: 1pm – 2pm

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Michael McKimm and Sean O’Brien

Worple’s Michael McKimm joins Sean O’Brien for a special reading of environmental poetry, sponsored by Campaign For The Protection of Rural England

Date: Friday 01 May

Venue: Everyman Studio Theatre

Time: 7pm – 8pm

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Stephen Boyce

Stephen Boyce reads from his collection The Sisyphus Dog at Buzzwords Cheltenham

Date: Sunday 03 May

Venue: Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

Tickets: £5 waged, £3 unwaged

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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.