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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 »


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Kangaroos – Poetry with bounce!

Anthony Wilson, author of four collections with Worple, has launched a new online poetry zine, Kangaroos.

Kangaroos is inspired by the spirit of Frank O’Hara’s poem ‘Today’, which features kangaroos. They are looking for poems that bounce! They love lists. They are not afraid of exclamation marks! They want to publish at least one poem from every submissions window containing the word kangaroos.

 

Find out more and submit your poems to this exciting new magazine at Kangaroospoetry.com

 

 

Kevin Jackson (1955-2021)

Worple Press is deeply saddened to announce the tragic and premature death of Kevin Jackson. He was a friend and inspiration; working with him was life-enhancing and tremendous fun. He was as generous as he was brilliant; he wore his learning lightly, hated pretentiousness, forever seeking out the comic muse.

Kevin was a friend to Worple from its inception: ‘A Ruskin Alphabet’ (2000) is the product of immense scholarship and a lifelong fascination with Ruskin’s example and precepts. This was followed up with ‘The Verbals’ (2002), a book-long conversation with Iain Sinclair; an introduction to the re-publication of William Hayward’s cult sixties’ novel ‘It Never Gets Dark All Night’ (2012); and then came his beautiful versions of poems by the Polish poet, Adam Mickiewicz, in ‘Crimean Sonnets’ (2015).  There was more work in progress.

What Ruskin wrote of Tolstoy, holds true for him: ‘He was one of those rare men who think with their hearts.’ 

Kevin was an Ode to Joy. He will be greatly missed by all of us here.

 

 

A Poem a Day

Like_the_Living_EndWe hope that all of our friends, readers and supporters are safe and well in these difficult times.

During the last few weeks we have been sharing a daily poem from our collections. For a little moment of inspiration in your day follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and catch up with poems from Elizabeth Cook, Isabel Galleymore, Andy Brown, John Freeman and many more!

We thank you for your continued support at this time. We are still open for business and able to fulfil online orders.  You can browse all of our titles on our Publications page, including the latest collections by Anthony Wilson, Peter Robinson, Patricia McCarthy and Diana Hendry.