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.

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 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.




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



An evening with Gaia Holmes and Tom Weir

An evening with Gaia Holmes and Tom Weir – 7pm 12 December 2018 at Marsden Library.

Continuing our collaboration with the Friends of Marsden Library we are delighted to welcome two of our most acclaimed contemporary poets to Marsden as part of the Northern Writers series. Both Gaia and Tom will be celebrating the launch of new titles at this exclusive festive event. Join us for a wonderful evening of poetry in Marsden’s wonderful library setting in the historic Mechanics. And yes, there will be cake and mince pies!

Gaia Holmes – Where the Road Runs Out

Gaia’s third collection of poetry transports us to the edge of things: to remote, treeless islands, to dark, unfathomable mines, to the gaping maw of grief. With frailty and ferocity, these poems map out the strange absences left in our lives when a rupture occurs – like the sudden appearance of a sinkhole – threatening to pull everything else down with it. Where the Road Runs Out is a powerful and intimate portrait of loss, isolation, and ultimately healing. Above all, it is a paean to the landscape, and the myths, magic and mysteries that lie just beneath the surface.

Gaia Holmes is a poet and lecturer in creative writing. She has previously made a living as a busker, a cleaner, a gallery attendant, an oral historian and a lollypop lady. In 2017, she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship and shortlisted for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems have appeared in the various anthologies including Milestones, I Belong Here, The Book of Love and Loss and Seductive Harmonies.

Tom Weir – Ruin

Ruin is Tom Weir’s deeply moving second collection. It deals with grand concepts– loss and language, often accessed through influences from the sea and weather. It includes the winning poem of the Magma editor’s prize ‘A Man Blames the Dent in the Bonnet of his Car on Two Deer’.

‘..Sometimes I’d picture them building your heart
from scratch the way you might build a fire—
sometimes I’d hear their tools
clanking in your chest, trying to ignite
the tiny engine of your breath.’

– from ‘Noah’ in Ruin by Tom Weir

Tom Weir’s poetry has been Highly Commended in both The Forward Prize and The National Poetry Competition and he was the winner of this year’s Magma Editor’s Choice Competition. His latest collection, Ruin, received a grant from the Arts Council for which he is extremely grateful.

Please arrive early. Suggested donation £2.00 (pay what you can) to help cover expenses.