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Diana Hendry at Theatr Clwyd

watching-stair-9781905208418Join Diana Hendry and musician John Rogers for a very special evening of poetry and music at Theatr Clwyd, in Mold, Flintshire, on Wednesday 5th June.

Diana has published eight books of poetry, including her recent Worple Press collection The Watching Stair, praised by Vicki Feaver as ‘a collection of poignant, often wryly humorous and always beautifully-crafted poems that open windows on childhood and old-age.’  John Rogers plays guitar in a wide range of styles including classical, contemporary, rock and blues and Spanish.

This is a chance to hear Diana read from her wide-ranging body of work – not to be missed!

Find out more and book tickets



Linda Saunders wins Teignmouth Poetry Competition

john-scott-and-linda-2_origLinda Saunders has won the 2019 Teignmouth Open Poetry competition with her poem ‘Outside Chance’. Judged by John Greening, the prize was awarded at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival in March.  You can read Linda’s winning poem and John Greening’s judge’s report on the Poetry Teignmouth website.

Find out about Linda’s collection A Touch on the Remote here.

Patricia McCarthy – Guardian Poem of the Week

Patricia McCarthy’s poem ‘Ivy Leaves’, from her collection Rockabye, was Carol Rumen’s Poem of the Week in the Guardian in early March. Read the poem and Carol’s commentary on the Guardian here. Find out more about Patricia’s collection Rockabye.

Celebrating Europe – the launch of Peter Robinson’s Ravishing Europa

Ravishing EuropaWe are delighted to announce the publication of Ravishing Europa, the eleventh collection by Peter Robinson, marking a wholly unexpected development in the poet’s work, prompted by the fissures exported from a political party to an entire country and beyond by the 2016 referendum on membership of the European Union.

Find out more and order a copy today.

Ravishing Europa will be launched at a special event on Tuesday 12th March:

Poetry and Europe: A Celebration

However the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland leaves the European Union, if it does, on 29 March 2019, the long and deep-rooted connections between the poetic cultures of these islands and those of continental Europe will continue to be, and need to be, sustained.

As a celebration of these continuities, whose existence has, if anything, been made more urgently manifest by the current political crisis in which the countries of the British archipelago find themselves, the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading and Two Rivers Press, the town’s most prominent publisher, are hosting an evening of readings featuring poems and translations from or about experiences of Europe.

This event will also serve to launch two new volumes on these and related themes, Ravishing Europa by Peter Robinson (published by Worple Press) and A Part of the Main by Philip Gross and Lesley Saunders (publish by Mulffran Press). Jane Draycott, reading from Storms under the Skin, her translations of Henri Michaux (Two Rivers Press), a Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation in 2017, will join them; and the evening, hosted by Steven Matthews, will include guest appearances by other poets published by Two Rivers Press in 2019, including Kate Behrens, James Peake and Conor Carville.

The event will take place in the foyer café at the Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road, Reading, on Tuesday 12 March 2019. Doors will open at 5:30 and the event will be from 6 to 8 pm.

There will be a pop-up bookstore and refreshments. ADMISSION IS FREE. Further information: [email protected]