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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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New Summer titles!


We are delighted to announce the publication of two exciting new titles – Clare Best’s Beyond the Gate and Michael McKimm’s Because we could not dance at the wedding.

“Shifting between the intimacy of the domestic space and a deep connection with the natural world, Best shows us beauty laced with danger, darkness, flashes of fear. This exploration of love and loss considers how we hold and carry our memories, how far ahead we dare to look”. – Rebecca Goss

“There is much to enjoy in the careful attention and gorgeous moments of intimacy recorded with care and authenticity. Michael McKimm is a brilliant writer on relationships, about nature, about the wondrous details of being alive”. – Zoë Brigley

Pre-order a copy of these brilliant new collections!

Diana Hendry reviewed in London Grip

The Guest Room by Diana Hendry


Diana Hendry’s latest collection The Guest Room has received a wonderful review in London Grip magazine.

works vividly at every level […]”, writes James Roderick Burns, “The seduction, and the threat, of the outside world – in essence, the wilderness – runs like a stream through The Guest Room. In contrast to the many domestic settings of home, childhood, adult life, it insists on its own powers, harnessed by Hendry but still delightfully out of control. […] a book both rich in meaning and resistant to easy readings.”

Read the full review on the London Grip website for a full insight into this brilliant new collection, which can be ordered via our website here

Elizabeth Cook reviewed in Stand

Elizabeth Cook When I Kiss the Sky


Elizabeth Cook’s collection When I Kiss the Sky has received a rave review by Ed Reiss in Stand magazine (Stand 233, 20(1) May – July 2022). 

“Poetry as flight, song, life, beauty, otherness.”

“Some of Cook’s poems touch on deep mysteries as lightly as Yeats’s long-legged fly.”

“Time and again Cook’s poems sparkle with a word which is risky but exact”

“Cook’s poetry is Heaney-like in being open to the legendary and the marvellous whilst remaining sensuous and grounded. The balance of the collection inclines from earlier poems of innocence to later ones of loss and grief. Throughout, these are ‘springy’ poems of compassion, praise and sustenance.”

Find out more and order a copy of When I Kiss the Sky here