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The Bright White Tree

In Memoriam Joanna Seldon   August 4th 1954  — December 6th 2016

bright-white-tree-9781905208388Joanna Seldon (neé Pappworth) was brought up in South Hampstead and studied English at Oxford where she gained a high First and received her Doctorate for her work on Nathaniel Hawthorne. Her first book, By Word of Mouth, written with husband Anthony was published in 1983; Waterloo to Wellington was published in 2015; and The Whistleblower, which tells the story of the battle that her controversial father, Dr Maurice Pappworth, had with the medical establishment over experiments on human beings, will be published later this year. Joanna wrote three novels and several short stories, all of which can be found on her website. She was diagnosed with an incurable cancer in 2011, and lived with it bravely for five and a half years until her death at the end of 2016. Some of her finest poems are informed by her experience of cancer.

“There’s a sense of enjoyment in these poems, however dark sometimes the material. They are such a pleasure because they are not just full of life but somehow in among life itself.” – Peter Sansom

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What Possessed Me reviews and reading

John Freeman reads at Olde Murenger House poetry evening, 11 January 2017

John Freeman reads at Olde Murenger House poetry evening, 11 January 2017

John Freeman’s What Possessed Me has been reviewed by D A Prince in London Grip magazine:

“What impresses in this collection is Freeman’s constant desire to share his eagerness for life, other writers and the delights of places – all the things that ‘possess’ him – with readers. This is not abstruse or cryptically coded poetry but a collection lit with humour and openness.”

Read the full review online at London Grip

On 11 January John read from the collection at the Murenger House poetry evening in Newport, alongside Paul Chambers. Thanks to the event’s resident photographer John Briggs for sharing some photos of the night.

More reviews of What Possessed Me:

Charles Ashleigh at Penniless Press

David Clarke at A Thing for Poetry

Find out more and buy a copy here.


John Freeman and Paul Chambers with copies of their books


John reads from What Possessed Me