Beautiful Creatures

We are delighted to announce that submissions are now open for the second part of our environmentally themed project, Earth Shadow. For Beautiful Creatures we are looking for poems inspired by heartbeats, butterfly kisses, fossilised eye lashes and, in fact, anything linked to all the amazing creatures whom we share our wonderful planet. Delight us with your poems of the weird and wonderful, the mythical and the extinct and the wild and the domestic – let’s celebrate our shared world.

Submissions are only open until the end of June so hurry if you want to be part of this wonderful project.

All poems submitted will be considered for the Earth Shadow anthology published by Maytree Press in 2021.

Beautiful Creatures will begin on the 21 September.

Please follow our submissions guidelines by following the Submissions link at the top of the Home page. Thank you.

Isol-8 – The Maytree Offer

The folk at Maytree Press understand that these are extraordinary and extremely worrying times for many people and would like to send some love out into the world. If you’ve found that you’re having to self-isolate or are looking for that perfect gift for family and friends then why not take advantage of their limited offer.

Pop over to Maytree’s on-line shop now where you can purchase eight Maytree poetry pamphlets for a special price of only £40.00. This includes free UK postage.

Please let Maytree know if you’d like to take advantage of this offer but have already purchased individual pamphlets and they’ll refund the difference.

Look after yourselves.

Best wishes

The Maytree Team.

 

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Earth Shadow – submissions open

We are pleased to announce that submissions to our popular webzine are now open for poems focussing on the themes of climate change and the natural world.

Earth Shadow sees the beginnings of a major new project between the Poetry Village and Maytree Press that will see the launch of a significant new anthology in 2021. All poems submitted will be considered for inclusion in the anthology unless the author advises differently.

Submissions for Earth Shadow will remain open until the 30 April 2020 and poems will be published on the webzine from 4 May 2020 onwards. Details of the second part of the project will be announced in June.

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Green Fields – The Guest List

Firstly we’d like to say a huge thank you to every one who took the time to send your festival themed poems. If there was ever a time for poems of love, light, peace, music and dancing then that time is now. Sadly some tough editorial decisions had to be made and with this in mind if you haven’t heard back from us then we’re sorry but your poem didn’t make the final cut.

Look out for more news coming very soon of how you can still be part of our fantastic launch event on the 28 March and, of course, it wouldn’t be Maytree without a wonderful cover reveal.

Here’s the list of featured festival goers:

Mark Mayes
Alison Lock
Stephanie Bowgett
Gaia Holmes
Tom Weir
Maria Isakova Bennett
Ian Humphreys
Martin Malone
Daniel Bennett
Jonathan Humble
Siobhan Mac Mahon
Jo Haslam
Oz Hardwick
Hannah Stone
Joe Williams
Rachel Burns
Anne Steward
Mike Farren
Zoe Siobhan Howarth-Lowe
Anoushka Havinden
Clint Wastling
Amanda Huggins
Penny Sharman
Barry Fentiman-Hall
Marcelle Newbold
Sarah Dixon
Linda Goulden
Seth Crook
Cora Greenhill
Paul Waring
Tracy Dawson
Ed Reiss

We look forward to sharing more news very soon.

All the best,

Nick and David.

Green Fields

Welcome to Green Fields – an anthology of poems celebrating the music festival.

Submissions are now invited for this exciting new collection due for publication by Maytree Press in Spring 2020. Edited by poet, Nick Allen and David Coldwell.

Whether you are inspired by the music, art, nature or simply the wild abandonment of loosing yourself in the freedom of a music festival, we want to hear from you. From abandoned fields, mysterious lay lines, the haze of Woodstock, sunsets over Glastonbury,  to the joy of star filled skies and camp fire songs, we’re confident that you’ll find inspiration to join us on this journey.

Your poem should be no longer than 30 lines (not including line breaks and title).

Previously published poems are accepted so long as there are no restrictions to publishing rights, etc. Please confirm this with your submission. We are unable to offer any payment for any of the poems.

Please submit up to three poems as a Word attachment to thepoetryvillage@gmail.com

Please title your submission as Green Fields Submission.

You have up to the 30 December 2019 to submit. I’m sorry but we are unable to consider submissions following this date and your work will go unread.

All successful poets will be notified by the 28 February 2020. If you have not heard from us by this date then you can assume your poem has not been selected for the collection and is now free to submit elsewhere. A full list of selected poets will be published on the Poetry Village site.

Each poet featured in the collection will receive one free copy (subject to payment of postage and packing) and will be offered the opportunity to read their poem at a special launch event planned for early summer – more news on this later. Unfortunately we are unable to cover any expenses incurred.

Featured poets will be able to purchase additional copies of the anthology at a discounted price.

Entry is free but we do welcome your donations – if you can afford £2.00 we would be very grateful, simply press the PayPal button and follow the instructions. Please also take a look at our shop and consider buying a Maytree Press title.

Good luck and we look forward to reading your poems.

Nick and David.

 

A little about our editors…

Nick Allen

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Last year Nick was twice runner-up in international poetry competitions and was highly commended in the OWF Otley ‘wildlife’ competition. His first pamphlet, the necessary line, was published by Half Moon Books in October 2017. His first collection, the riding, was published in August 2019 also by Half Moon Books. His collaboration with artist, Myles Linley, between two rivers, was published as a limited edition pamphlet by Maytree Press in September 2019. He talks to poets in darkened rooms at the back of pubs and sometimes feels enlightened.

You can find out more about Nick’s work here

 

David Coldwell

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David is an artist and writer based in the village of Marsden, West Yorkshire. He created The Poetry Village (initially as a community project) back in 2016 before expanding the idea in 2017 to incorporate on-line publishing and live events. 2019 saw the launch of Maytree Press, where David works as resident editor, artist and designer. The Poetry Village is a non-profit organisation working to promote poetry and literary events. You can find out more about David here.

 

Netherwood Publishing

We are delighted to announce that we have joined forces with the team behind the highly successful Maytree Press to offer poets who may be considering self-publication the opportunity to have their own books published to the same high standards.

The team have worked hard to ensure that pricing is competitive and, in addition to proof reading and copy-editing, the price options also include cover design that in most cases will feature an original painting or photograph.

You can find out more about Netherwood here: Netherwood Publishing

The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society

The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society has arrived and is now available to order from our on-line shop – Shop

All orders received in July receive a free art card featuring our wonderful cover image, The Cotton Path by David Coldwell. Don’t miss out on your First Edition copy of this wonderful collection featuring:

Ken Evans, Ben Banyard, Georgie Woodhead, Roy Marshall, Mark Totterdell, Cheryl Pearson, Gill Lambert, Peter R White, Carola Groom, MW Bewick, Ian Harker, Alicia Fernandez, Gaia Holmes, Simon Armitage, Neil Clarkson, Sarah Pritchard, Amanda Huggins, Graham Ramsden, Sarah Watkinson, Sarah Dixon, Gene Groves, Rosemary Badcoe, Jack Faricy, Anne Steward, Cora Greenhill, Lisa Holmes, Tim Taylor, Tom Weir, Helen Angell, Sarah James, Clint Wastling, Gill McEvoy, Jo Haslam, Heather Cobb, Sandra Burnett, Sally Brown, Hillary Robinson, Hannah Stone, Penny Sharman, Linda Goulden, Tracy Dawson, Alison Lock, Matthew Walsh, Nick Allen, Penny Blackburn, Peter Burrows

 

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The Society

The Cotton Path

We are delighted to announce the full list of contributors to our very special anthology, The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society. Thank you to everyone who sent a poem. We had a huge response and were absolutely delighted by the diversity of the work. As well as open submissions, we asked a small number of poets who we admire to contribute and we’re thrilled to announce that alongside these submissions, the new Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, will also feature.

The book will be published by Maytree Press on the 01 August 2019 with an official launch event during the Marsden Walking Festival in September. Profits raised from the collection will go towards helping Marsden Walkers are Welcome continue their important work in promoting the health benefits of walking whilst looking after the 64 miles of Pennine footpaths that surround the village of Marsden.

The Society:

Ken Evans 

Ben Banyard 

Georgie Woodhead 

Roy Marshall 

Mark Totterdell

Cheryl Pearson 

Gill Lambert 

Peter R White

Carola Groom

MW Bewick

Ian Harker

Alicia Fernandez

Gaia Holmes

Simon Armitage 

Neil Clarkson

Sarah Pritchard

Amanda Huggins

Graham Ramsden

Sarah Watkinson

Sarah Dixon

Gene Groves

Rosemary Badcoe

Matthew Walsh

Nick Allen

Penny Blackburn

Peter Burrows

Sandra Burnett

Sally Brown

Hillary Robinson

Hannah Stone

Penny Sharman

Linda Goulden

Tracy Dawson

Alison Lock

Helen Angell

Sarah James

Clint Wastling

Gill McEvoy

Jo Haslam

Heather Cobb

Jack Farcy

Anne Steward

Cora Greenhill

Lisa Holmes

Tim Taylor

Tom Weir

The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society

…There has never been anyone here.
The cotton grass shimmers in the sunlight,
fields of silver white crossed by cinder or stone…

From The Moor – David Coldwell

Welcome to The Cotton Grass Appreciation Society – an anthology of poems inspired by the South Pennines.

Submissions are now invited for this exciting new collection due to be published by Maytree Press and launched at the Marsden Walking Festival in September 2019. The anthology will be edited by Mark Kelly (Digital Marketing Expert,Chair of both Mikron Theatre Company and Marsden Walkers are Welcome and author of the Marsden Poetry Trail) and our own Managing Editor, David Coldwell.

Whether you are inspired by the wild moors, industrial heritage, towns, folklore or the people of the Pennines, we want to hear from you.

Your poem should be no longer than 40 lines (not including line breaks and title).

Previously published poems are accepted so long as there are no restrictions to publishing rights, etc. We are unable to offer any payment for any of the poems.

Please submit one poem as a Word attachment to thepoetryvillage@gmail.com

Please title your submission as TCGAS Submission.

You have up to the 30 April 2019 to submit. I’m sorry but we are unable to accept submissions following this date.

All successful poets will be notified by the 15 June 2019. If you have not heard from us by this date then you can assume your poem has not been selected for the collection and is now free to submit elsewhere.

Each poet featured in the collection will receive one copy of the book and will be offered a chance to read their poem at the launch event in Marsden, West Yorkshire, as part of the annual Walking Festival. Unfortunately we are unable to cover any expenses incurred.

Further copies of the anthology will be available to featured poets at a discounted price.

All profits raised from the sale of the book will go towards helping Marsden Walkers are Welcome continue their vital work in promoting and looking after the Pennine footpaths of Marsden.

You can find out more about Marsden Walkers are Welcome here

Good luck and we look forward to reading your poems.

Mark and David.

 

A little about our editors…

David Coldwell

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David is an artist and writer based in the village of Marsden, West Yorkshire. He created The Poetry Village (initially as a community project) back in 2016 before expanding the idea in 2017 to incorporate on-line publishing and live events. 2019 will see the launch of Maytree Press, the Village’s own publishing imprint, that will see the creation of four pamphlets and The Cotton Grass anthology. The Poetry Village is a non-profit organisation working to promote poetry and literary events. You can find out more about David here.

Mark Kelly

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Mark devised the Marsden Poetry Trail in 2014, a 9.5 mile hike through the village and out to open moorland. He is the Co-Chair of Marsden Walkers are Welcome and the Chair of Mikron Theatre Company. Mark is a keen hill walker and has been blogging about all things outdoors for a few years, on halfwayhike. Mark has written and co-created plays and short stories, with a couple mentioned in despatches in competitions.

 

 

 

Poetry Village Live 12/12/18

What a marvellous festive evening we had to help celebrate the launch of new collections by two of our most celebrated local poets.

Tom Weir and Gaia Holmes entertained the audience at Marsden Library with two powerful, thought provoking readings from their wonderful collections.

Don’t miss out – order yours now.

Tom Weir – Ruin click here

Gaia Holmes – Where the Road Runs Out click here