Poetry Workshops

Last year, after taking the decision to reduce my teaching hours in order to concentrate on poetry, I set a few aims on what I’d like to try and achieve in 2020. The proposed publication of a pamphlet has so far been the most exciting development, with Maytree Press confirming an August launch of Fledge…

Ode To A Lovely Thing …

O lovely automated thing, You make this old heart race and sing. With bearings oiled and gears divine, Just how I wish your splines were mine. I love your springs; your cogs are nice; You’re such an intricate device. Bell crank and bush, with flange of steel, What pleasures will you next reveal? Toothed ratchet…

Latest News From Maytree Press

Exciting times in the Poetry Village … read the latest from Marsden’s Maytree Press >>>>>>>> HERE !!! Maytree Press … Poetry Publishing in the Pennines Maytree have released their list of publications for 2020: Lucy Newlyn – February Amanda Huggins – February Green Fields Anthology – March Johanna Boal – March – three trees edition…

Cumbrian Story Project #NotPoetry

Popped over to the Brewery Arts Centre today to record a true story for a local project … ‘Street’ About thirty years ago, as a young teacher, I took my class of 10 year olds on an outdoor education residential week in the Lake District. The school did this every summer term and it gave…

Wish by Katerina Neocleous

It is Tuesday morning and I’ve just abandoned re-building the dry stone wall that contains our front garden. I’ve also battened down the greenhouse hatches because Storm Brendan is threatening to throw a tantrum and my fingers have gone numb in a bitter wind. Drying off a damp beard and changing out of soggy clothing,…

Green Fields #Festival

So very pleased to be on this list. Thank you Nick Allen and David Coldwell. Green Fields – The Guest List   Back To The Garden  (after Joni Mitchell)

Back To The Garden (after Joni Mitchell)

Back To The Garden (after Joni Mitchell) The child of God had left the road and formed a band within the farm, encouraged souls to tie their sails to stars in search of truth. But when the message lost its way and purpose morphed into a brand, the truth was swapped for corporate dust and…

And Yet #Solstice

And Yet Curtains remain drawn, as the day comes with rain like a returning memory. In darkness, early moments rest on heavy eyes, closed to a wave of sickness. In the residue of cracked ashtrays and stale alcohol, sit diary entries of dissolute nights with succubae; a debt of bad shillings that smothers and oppresses….

Bonnie’s Crew #6 – December 2019

Another lovely issue from Bonnie’s Crew. Go and check it out here >>> Issue #6  raising money for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. … and while you’re there, don’t forget to look at page 9 😉 Cover artwork by Penny Sharman

Stand Up For Trees

At the bottom of our garden is a field we run as a Trust. In the field, we’ve planted numerous trees over the years. In the last ten years, we’ve grown quite a few from seed (about two dozen): alders, oaks, scots pine and birches. Some we’ve had donated from friends (apples trees grown from…

Keepsake by Kayleigh Campbell

The gentle thud of post at the front door signals the coming of Kayleigh Campbell’s Keepsake, number 7 in the impressive list of work published in 2019 by  Maytree Press. As is my wont, I read the title poem first. I know … I am a heathen, literally and figuratively; often skipping to the middle…