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Andy Brown reading in Lewes

bloodlines-9781905208401-300Andy 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

New Title – Andy Brown’s Bloodlines

bloodlines-9781905208401-300We are delighted to announce the publication of Bloodlines, the stunning new collection from Andy Brown.

In Bloodlines Andy Brown turns his attention to the subjects of medicine and the human body, treating them with the lyricism, imaginative range and formal agility for which his poetry has become well known.  The poems in part one, Public Speaking, offer personal narratives and multiple perspectives, while the poems of part two, Bloodlines, explore the longer lines of medical history through medical paintings, sculptures and translations — from the Spanish of Borges, Machado, Nuñez, Villacañas and De Quevedo Y Villegas. There are also a number of lively versions of medical scenes from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and a number of poems that focus on disease, hygiene and sanitation.


Bloodlines (Andy Brown) and A Body of Work (Andy Brown & Corinna Wagner)

You are warmly invited to an evening of poetry about health, medicine and the body, with Andy Brown & Corinna Wagner, on Tuesday May 29th, 6pm, in the Wellcome Centre for the Cultures and Environments of Health, Exeter University.

Andy will read from Bloodlines (Worple Press) and Corinna will read from and discuss their co-edited Bloomsbury anthology A Body of Work.  Both will be showing visual materials that lie behind the works. With a wine reception and fascinating and convivial conversation. Please see full details on the Eventbrite page where you can reserve your free place.

Find out more about Bloodlines

Recent reviews of What Possessed Me and The Tree Line

John Freeman, winner of the Roland Mathias Poetry Award 2017

At a glittering awards ceremony on Monday 13 November, Literature Wales announced that John Freeman was the winner of the Roland Mathias Poetry Award for his collection What Possessed Me, which explores childhood memories and lifelong relationships with humour, poignancy, and preternatural clarity.

In a recent review on Tears in the Fence, Ian Brinton finds it “a remarkable volume of honest and engaging writing” and writes, “It is no mere chance that this book by John Freeman was awarded the Roland Matthias Poetry Award at the recent Wales Book of the Year Awards. I urge readers to contact Worple Press and get a copy NOW.”

Writing on www.gwales.com for the Welsh Book Council, Caroline Clark finds that Freeman’s “style is deceptively relaxed, even casual, sometimes close to a diary entry or a conversation. Memories of experiences, both distant and recent are captured with great charm, poignancy and sharpness, to illustrate the fact that ‘we live in so much more than just the present’ […] In ‘Casting the Poem’ he compares making a poem to casting a horoscope: ‘A reflection of the universe at that / precise moment in relation to you’. I have rarely seen a better description of the experience, and that is what John Freeman achieves in this collection.”

You can find out more about What Possessed Me, read more reviews and buy a copy here.

Tree Line Cover ImageIan Brinton has also reviewed our anthology The Tree Line: Poems for Trees, Woods and People, finding connections with such wide-ranging cultural points as Dickens, Pissarro, Hopkins, Heidegger and the Shawshank Redemption. “Anthologies are reflections of their editors and they represent a very particular bringing together of poems which repay being looked at again and again: they are books, like memories, to be carried around with one. This new publication containing some sixty poems is no exception.” Read the full review here.

Elsewhere, DA Prince calls it “a book for readers, offering simultaneously the real trees and woods known to the poets and routes back into our own memories, trees (and people) we have known. It reminds me, yet again, that if I care for trees as I say I do, I should know more about them and their world that parallels ours. This anthology is a good place to start.”  Read the review on London Grip.

Worple Press wishes all our readers, friends and supporters a very happy Christmas and peaceful 2018.

John Freeman wins Roland Mathias Award!

what-possessed-me-9781905208364John Freeman’s collection What Possessed Me has won the Roland Mathias prize at the Wales Book of the Year awards!

The Roland Mathias Poetry Award is awarded to the best poetry collection of the year and was presented at a glittering awards ceremony at the Tramshed in Cardiff on Monday 13 November.

On behalf of the judging panel, Jonathan Edwards said: “This year’s winning books are a real celebration of just how exciting, vibrant and diverse literature in Wales currently is. These writers are great talents who have succeeded in proving that Wales is a world-class contributor to literature.” Read a full report of the awards on the Literature Wales website.

What Possessed Me has been called “a visionary collection” (Sentinel Literary Review), “lit with humour and openness” (London Grip),  and “full of precise and telling detail and powerful and memorable imagery” (Jonathan Edwards). “The thing that immediately strikes me”, writes Charles Ashleigh in Penniless Press, “about John Freeman’s poems is their consistency – of tone, of rhythm, of clarity. There is a sure voice in evidence at all times. What is particularly affecting is the way in which a poem, and I’m conscious of this whole book being, in a sense, really one poem, can be triggered by a small incident or observation. What I find attractive in the writing is the relaxed and friendly way in which the reader is invited into the poet’s world.”

Find out more about What Possessed Me