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Tree Line reviewed in The Ecologist

Tree Line Cover ImageOur new anthology The Tree Line has been reviewed by Harriet Griffey in The Ecologist.

Harriet writes: “It’s an anthology of diverse, vibrant and considered reflections, ideas and styles that bear witness to the vitality of trees in our daily existence. […]

But the anthology is more than a sylvan walk. It stems from an urgent necessity to engage with and protect our environment, and this conversation lies at its heart. In the ways of artistry, this necessity is expressed by these poems and those wisdoms they embody, and with which we want to engage via our own, personal landscapes, represented not least by the enduring resilience of the tree, a living thing that can both predate and outlast us all.”

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Find out more about The Tree Line

Join us at a reading around the UK

Simon Armitage, whose poems ‘Reader, allow’ and ‘On the raw shoulder’ are published in The Tree Line, recently signed the Charter for Trees while appearing at the Hay Festival.

Sign the Charter today and a tree will be planted in your name!




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