A coffee between two rivers

Still adjusting to part-time teaching, I thought I’d indulge myself with a poetry purchase from those lovely folk at Maytree Press and use my newly acquired freedom to read it at what has become a favourite coffee haunt in Kendal, About Time Espresso Bar down the New Shambles.

The book in question is between two rivers by Nick Allen and Myles Linley, a poet and artist collaboration with the work set in the area of East Yorkshire where I was born.


Well, what can I say … wonderful stuff. The guilt at not being in a classroom teaching melted away as I was transported through words and pictures back to the Ouse and Trent where Cornelius Vermuyden in the 17th century dug the Dutch River thereby enhancing the fortunes of Goole in its journey to become an important inland port some 50 miles from the coast.

I loved all the poems from Nick, but four suns under the bridge resonated most as I believe it describes part of a route I used to run along as a youth and Myles’ acrylic on board of Ouse Bridge evokes happy memories of that three-quarter sky approaching sunset with a couple of miles to go before reaching home soaked in sweat.

The book cover of barges on the Dutch River is excellent and so typical of the stunning list of publications that Maytree Press is putting together only a year after it started as the publishing arm of Marsden’s Poetry Village website.

Thoroughly and wholeheartedly recommended.

The coffee was wonderful as well … I wonder if they’d do poetry readings there? 😉

about time



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