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 »
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.
We 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.
Diana Hendry’s The Watching Stair has received high praise (justly deserved!) in a recent review by James Roderick Burns:
“While ‘The Watching Stair’ starts quietly, with a number of low-key poems in and around childhood, adolescence and early adulthood – perhaps signalling a chronological progression through the book – it soon shrugs off this traditional approach to move into unexpected, and subtly thrilling, territory.”
“Hendry’s work is controlled, its surface calm and measured, but its depths turbulent, disturbing, dogged in probing what goes on beneath.”
“There are also moments of challenge, puzzlement and delight, making the collection overall both consistent and diverse.”
“[The Watching Stair] goes on to deliver great riches of feeling, unexpected depths and meanings, and a jolt to the senses in every tightly-controlled poem. Its surfaces repay the reader’s touch, yielding to surprise and delight without ever breaking the poem’s calm skin.”
Joseph Woods was born in Drogheda in 1966. He studied science and holds an MA in Creative Writing (Lancaster University). Widely published, he has read as far afield as Russia and India. In 2000 he won the Patrick Kavanagh Award. His first collection, Sailing to Hokkaido was published by Worple Press (2001), which was followed by Bearings in 2005.
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The Great Friend by Peter Robinson
“One of the obvious pleasures of reading translations is the discovery of unfamiliar poets. Another is an encounter with modes and manners of poetry dfferent from your own and most of your contemporaries. For example, many of the poets in Peter Robinson’s The Great Friend are simply quieter and more inclined to the contemplative moment than contemporary British and Irish writers tend to be, although there are exceptions. So much poetry these days seems calculated to be understood on a single hearing when performed at a poetry reading. Accessibility can have its benefits, of course, but its cult of performance often tends to neglect more marginal states of mind, those whispered Subjects drawn from states of semi-consciousness. Read more »