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Worple Press was founded in 1997 and is co-directed by Peter and Amanda Carpenter. We publish collections of poetry, and arts titles. We like to showcase new writing and we welcome diversity of format and approach. Above all, we look for excellence. Read more »
We are delighted to announce the publication of our second new title for Autumn 2018, Patricia McCarthy’s vital and timely collection Rockabye.
“In this new collection, Patricia McCarthy reveals, graphically and fearlessly, how the trauma of domestic violence can spread to everything, besmirching and despoiling our fairy-tale endings. Rockabye ranges far and wide, borrowing from folklore, mythology and psychology; there is the fate of a girl-goddess in Nepal, or of a young woman from Catholic Ireland, bereaved by her father’s sudden death, and an account of an abusive relationship. It is a necessary book for our times, a grave and a brave achievement.”– Stephen Romer
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A poem from Rockabye:
Not the childhood shiver under a towel
with goose-bumped skin after a swim
in the refrigerated sea on Killiney Bay.
Nor the shiver of a rigor like that
from malaria lying dormant in your father
decades after his time in the Tropics.
This: with chattering teeth and white face
on a sultry summer night, escaping
to the kitchen from a fist in a bedroom—
and your father asking, ‘What’s wrong?
You can’t be cold’. But you never saying
in case of repercussions as the kettle bubbled.
Its steam deleted you and your terror
so you could protect your father from
worry, and join him with a cup of strong tea.
Andy Brown will read alongside Marc Woodward at Oystercatchers Café, Teignmouth, on Tuesday 16 October.
Andy will be reading from his Worple collection Bloodlines and Stickleback: 6 River Poems (Hedgehog Press). Marc Woodward will read from his new collection Hide Songs (Green Bottle Press). The two poets will each give short readings from their new books and entertain you with live music.
This Free Event starts at 7.30pm – complementary wine and nibbles, convivial chat & book signing.
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We are delighted to announce the publication of Diana Hendry’s new collection The Watching Stair.
“These are accessible, highly intelligent, wide-ranging poems that have a wonderful psychological truthfulness” (D.M. Black)
“A collection of poignant, often wryly humorous and always beautifully-crafted poems that open windows on childhood and old-age.” (Vicki Feaver)
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Diana reads at Nairn Book & Arts Festival
Diana will be reading from The Watching Stair alongside Hamish MacDonald and Em Strang at the Nairn Book & Arts Festival on Saturday 15th September.
11.30am-1.30pm, The Little Theatre, King Street, Nairn
Andy Brown will read from his new collection Bloodlines in Lewes on Friday 7th September.
You are warmly invited to an evening of poetry to celebrate the launch of Liz Bahs’s new pamphlet Greyhound Night Service and Andy Brown’s recently-released collection Bloodlines.
Friday 7 September 2018, The Linklater Pavilion, Railway Lane, Lewes, BN7 2FG
Doors Open 7pm; Readings from 7:30pm. For directions see: www.railwaylandproject.org/the-nature-reserve
Liz and Andy will both read from their new books. There will be a wine reception and nibbles as well as a chance to watch the sun set over the wildlife nature reserve that surrounds the Linklater Pavilion.
Read a new review of Bloodlines by Ian Brinton