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

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.




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