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Summer events with Elizabeth Cook and Anthony Wilson

EC high res jpgDon’t miss these Worple poets, who have new collections forthcoming this year, at various events and festivals this summer.

Elizabeth Cook shall be reading for the Norfolk Wildlife Trust at Cley on July 20th at 6.30, along with Jonathan Ward, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Jos Smith and Jade Cuttle. Join them for Poetry, Pizza and Pimms, arelaxing evening of poetry and prose readings inspired by our stunning coastline, its landscape wildlife and culture.

Elizabeth will also be at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on August 24th, reading and talking about her novel Lux (Scribe, 2019), alongside Hugh Lupton – Find out more


thumbnail_image1Anthony Wilson, whose new collection The Afterlife follows his acclaimed 2012 collection Riddance, will be reading at Greenbelt Festival in Broughton House, Kettering, Northamptonshire on Friday 23rd August, before presenting the John Peck Memorial Lecture at the festival on Monday 26th. – Find out more

On Friday 13th September, Anthony will read at Shute Festival in Devon.

Plus, watch this space for launch readings for The Afterlife and a new book of prose memoir and criticism, Deck Shoes!

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.