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Out now! Linda Saunders’ A Touch on the Remote

touchontheremote-300-9781905208340It gives us great pleasure to announce the publication of Linda Saunders’ collection A Touch on the Remote.

“Everywhere the power of experience emerges in the nuances of seeing, focused observations that combine openness and immersion. Saunders shows the world cherished by our watchfulness, life lived in rapt attention.” – Carrie Etter

LAUNCH EVENT IN BATH – Join us for the launch of A Touch on the Remote on Thursday 12 May at The Bookshop, The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LS. For more information and to book tickets visit Toppings Bookshop.

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Easter Tide

It is a brisk wind, and the sun and cloud
Head one after the other on the graves,
On cliff-top grasses, beyond onto a view
Of a near sea whose blue is Mary’s blue,
Whose boats are being east-blown on their waves,
Their white the white of our dear saviour’s shroud.

And further out, our fishermen look up
And figure in the signs of seabirds’ flight
Where are the places of the hidden shoals;
They haul their nets like James and John hauled souls
And bring the living silver into light
Like that upon our raised Communion cup.


From You Have a Visitor by William Wootten

Best wishes for a peaceful and happy Easter from Worple Press

Coming Soon – You Have a Visitor

We are delighted to announce the publication of William Wootten’s debut collection of poetry You Have a Visitor, which will be launched in Bristol this spring.

You Have a Visitor is a book of songs and stories.  Intricately constructed, and employing a range of tight metres, stanza shapes and rhyme schemes, the poems delight in making use of traditional possibilities of English verse, and are, in the case of the lyrics, highly musical.

William Wootten’s poems have appeared in magazines including PN Review, Poetry Review, the Spectator and the Times Literary Supplement. He is also the author of the critical study, The Alvarez Generation: Thom Gunn, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Peter Porter.

BRISTOL EVENT – Join us for the launch of You Have a Visitor on Thursday 10 March, 17.15 in LR1, University of Bristol, 3-5, Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1TB. The event will be free and will be followed by a drinks reception.

LONDON EVENT – Join us at Waterstones Islington for the London launch of the collection. Wednesday 23 March 19:00 – 21:00.  More details and booking information here.

Pre-order a copy of You Have a Visitor