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Saturday, 21 July 2018 – 11:00am to 4:00pm: Reading’s Bayeux Tapestry: Drop in Embroidery Event & Book Launch

Be part of a new Reading artwork! In partnership with Reading Museum and Jelly and, in celebration of a newly-published book on Reading’s famous Bayeux Tapestry, Kate Powell will be creating a new embroidered panel. The 6 foot panel, will be printed with … Continue reading

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28 – 29 July, 2018: Becci Louise at Reading Fringe 2018

See Becci perform ‘Kraken: A Story Backwards’, drawn from the book, at the Reading Fringe. Price: £8 / £6 Age suitability: 10+ Tagline: Here, there be monsters… Run time: 25 mins Dates and venue information, and tickets,  here. Reading Fringe … Continue reading

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Tuesday 26 June, 2018: Contemporary Lyric Symposium — 9am – 5pm, at MERL

The University of Reading’s Department of English Literature, the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre, and the International Poetry Studies Institute, University of Canberra, invite you to: Contemporary Lyric Absent Presences, the Secret & the Unsayable A participatory symposium for practitioners and … Continue reading

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Monday 2 July – Sunday 8 July, 2018: Open For Art, Reading – A Festival of Art

Looking for something to do in July? Open For Art, Reading – A Festival of Art, Monday 2 July – Sunday 8 July. We, Two Rivers Press,  are involved in the Artline Market on Broad Street on Sunday 8th July, … Continue reading

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Friday, 6 July 2018: Emrboidery workshop in celebration of Reading’s Bayeux Tapestry, 10.30am – 12.30pm at Nibsy’s

In celebration of a new book on Reading’s famous Bayeux Tapestry, Kate Powell will be creating an embroidered panel, starting at Open for Art. Join in and add to this contemporary reworking.  FREE but pre-booking essential  here. The panel will grow over the … Continue reading

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Sunday 8 July, 2018: ArtLine Street Market, 10 Broad Street East, Reading UK, 11am – 4pm

Visual arts street market showcasing the work of 50 artists local to the Reading area. All of the works will be for sale, and you can buy direct from the artists. Presented by Reading Business Improvement District in partnership with … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018: Celebrate the launch of Jack Thacker’s collection ‘Handling’

Join us to celebrate the launch of a new collection by poet and farmer’s son, Jack Thacker. This exciting volume has been produced in partnership MERL, the Museum of English Rural Life. The words within are inspired directly by Jack’s … Continue reading

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Saturday, 16 June 2018: SOLDIER: An afternoon of art and poetry with Adrian Blamires and Robert Fitzmaurice at Stanley Spencer’s unique war memorial, Sandham Memorial Chapel

The Two Rivers poet Adrian Blamires will be reading at the Sandham Memorial Chapel in Burghclere (near Newbury) this Saturday. He joins the painter Robert Fitzmaurice to consider the themes of Fitzmaurice’s exhibition SOLDIER, currently on display at the venue. … Continue reading

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Saturday, 9 June 2018: Oxford Translation Day – Discover Jane Draycott’s Michaux

Explore poetry in translation. Make a trip into beautiful Oxford in early June and join in all the free events of Oxford Translation Day. Two Rivers Press poet, Jane Draycott will be reading from Storms Under the Skin in a *Modern … Continue reading

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9 – 10 June 2018: Whiteknights Studio Trail 2018! John Froy reads from “Sandpaper & Seahorses”

As part of the Whiteknights Studio Trail, Two Rivers Press poet, John Froy,  is doing a reading from his most recent collection Sandpaper & Seahorses. When: Sunday, 10 June at 2.30pm Where: Two Rivers Press, 24 New Road RG1 5JD (venue … Continue reading

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Review: Becci Louise’s “Octopus Medicine” reviewed by Aoife Lyall

“Octopus Medicine is not a traditional poetry collection; it is three verse-stories about the octopus, interpolated by illustrations, facts, figures and instructions to the reader. It is doing something new. And it is doing it remarkably well.”  So begins Aoife Lyall’s … Continue reading

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2 June 2018: Duncan Mackay celebrates Octavia Hill

Duncan Mackay, author of Whisper of Better Things: Green Belts to National Trust – How the Hill family changed our world,  will address those attending a special  event commemorating Octavia Hill and her charitable good deeds on 2 June 2018.  … Continue reading

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Thursday, 26 July 2018: Come see “Lolita Paints Her Toenails” (part of Reading Fringe Festival)

Highwire Act presents “Lolita Paints Her Toenails Three Women on Gender; Its Complexity, Perplexity and its Poetry” Thursday, 26  July 2018  at 7:30 – 8:30pm Comedy Cave – Broad Street Mall Tickets £8; Concessions £7 (purchase tickets here) Claire Dyer, … Continue reading

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Monday 21 May, 2018: Poetry reading with Sue Leigh and Paul Deaton

If you missed Sue’s reading on 3 May, 2018, this is your chance to catch her and Paul Deaton!   Join us for a poetry reading on Monday 21 May, 2018 at 6pm at: Pembroke College (The Mary Hyde Eccles Room) St … Continue reading

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greenwood treesThe Greenwood Trees: History, Folklore and Virtues of Britain’s Trees by Christina Hart-Davies (author, artist)


handlingHandling by Jack Thacker (poet)


Thursday 3 May, 2018: Poetry Reading – Susan Leigh reads from “Chosen Hill”

You are invited to a poetry reading!  Sue Leigh will be reading from her new collection Chosen Hill.   Join us, Thursday 3 May, 2018 from 6.30pm-8pm at Jaffe and Neale 1 Middle Row Chipping Norton Oxfordshire OX7 5NH See a map here. Get … Continue reading

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reading abbeyReading Abbey by John Painter (author) Peter Durrant (author)


Sandpaper SeahorsesSandpaper & Seahorses by John Froy (poet)


A photograph, a book, a poem, a trip: Lesley Saunders in Heemskerk, Holland

It all started with Martin Andrews, when he invited me  [Lesley Saunders] a few years ago to contribute a poem to his fascinating book Fox Talbot & the Reading Establishment (Two Rivers Press, 2014). I chose to write about a … Continue reading

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Becci Louise poem shortlisted for the Out-Spoken Poetry Prize 2018

We were thrilled to learn that Becci Louise, whose Octopus Medicine was published by Two Rivers Press last year, made the shortlist for the page poetry category of the 2018 Out-Spoken Poetry Prize with her poem “Her Father’s Roses”. There were … Continue reading

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BayeuxReading’s Bayeux Tapestry by Reading Museum


Review: Jane Draycott’s translation of Michaux’s “Storms under the Skin” reviewed for Culturethèque

 Storms Under the Skin by Henri Michaux and translated by Jane Draycott is book of the week on Culturethèque’s blog!  They write: Not sure yet? Read this beautiful extract translated by wonderful Jane Draycott: it was difficult to choose… “Dragon” […] It was … Continue reading

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Reading Cultural Awards 2018: Two Rivers Press nominated in “Partnership of the Year” category

We are delighted that a project we were involved in, Lilies for Oscar Wilde, has been nominated in the ‘partnership of the year’ category for one of the Reading Cultural Awards 2018. The more nominations we collect, the more chance … Continue reading

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“Michaux’s so obviously in the air!!” says Jane Draycott

Interest in the Belgian-born poet, Henri Michaux, seems to be at a high this spring.  There are several new translations of Michaux’s works available. Poet and artist Henri Michaux (1899-1984) was one of the most original and influential figures of … Continue reading

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Hear poets Lesley Saunders and Philip Gross!

Two Rivers Press poet, Lesley Saunders in involved in an interesting project with Philip Gross in which they co-wrote the poems by responding to each other’s writing, a bit like a game of tennis, or badminton, or chess! Lesley and Philip were … Continue reading

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Coming of AgeA Coming of Age: Celebrating 18 Years of Botanical Painting by The Eden Project Florilegium Society by Ros Franklin (author)


Chosen_Hill_Cover_finalChosen Hill by Sue Leigh (poet)


Nominy_DominyNominy-Dominy by Lesley Saunders (poet)


Saturday, January 20, 2018: Poetry Workshop: Encountering Oscar Wilde

Join acclaimed poets and teachers Adrian Blamires and Lesley Saunders to explore the lasting influence of Oscar Wilde, playwright, story-teller and victim of prejudice. Be inspired by contemporary artists’ responses to aspects of his life and work, take part in … Continue reading

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Thursday, 18 January 2018: Launch of Draycott’s “Storms Under the Skin” and Matthews’ “On Magnetism”

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Monday, 4 December 2017: Join us for the launch of DuncanMackay’s “Whispers of Better Things”

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28 November 2017: Steven Matthews’ “On Magnetism” launches at Blackwell’s Oxford. 7:15pm:

Join us for a special evening with Steven Matthews and Fiona Sampson, where they will be discussing their latest publications, and exploring poetry, place in history and the natural world. When:    Tuesday, 28 November 2017 Where:  Blackwell’s Bookshop Oxford, 48-51 … Continue reading

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Review: “Jane Draycott’s beautiful translations…bring Michaux to life”: Storms Under the Skin

From PBS Bulletin Autumn 2017: Jane Draycott’s beautiful translations of “Pearl” are well known to us. Here, in “Storms Under the Skin,” she exercises a  precision of touch that brings Michaux to life as a substantial presence that hovers brilliantly before us, offering its … Continue reading

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Review: Becci Louise’s Octopus Medicine

There is a  gorgeous review of Octopus Medicine by Aoife Lyall in The Interpreter’s House, issue 66.  She writesØ: “Octopus medicine is not a traditional poetry collection; it is three verse-stories about the octopus, interpolated by illustrations, facts, figures and instructions … Continue reading

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October 30, 2017: Duncan Mackay in debate on the 800th anniversary of the Charta de Foresta at Durham Cathedral

Two Rivers Press author, Duncan Mackay, says “Tonight I am at Durham Cathedral with Professor Christian Liddy of Durham University to present a paper called New Commons for new times: whispers of better things. This will be followed by a … Continue reading

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26 October 2017: 3-6pm, Launch of Becci Louise’s Octopus Medicine at The Castle Tap

Come join us!  We are launching, Octopus Medicine, the story of an Octopus who dreams of stars, a self-important fisherman who gets what’s coming to him, and a misunderstood monster! Where:  The Castle Tap, 120 Castle St, Reading RG1 7RJ When: Thursday, … Continue reading

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Louisa Campbell on “What Lies Within” by Claire Dyer

“Oh, I have such a treat for you! This stunning poem is from Claire Dyer’s deliciously multidimensional collection, Interference Effects…”. So begins Louisa Campbell’s post Signpost Sixteen, “What Lies Within,” Claire Dyer (Oct 19, 2017). Louisa then goes on to say the loveliest things…. … Continue reading

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Lilies for Oscar Wilde

              Some photos taken at the launch of the Lilies for Oscar Wilde display. Many thanks to Haslams for hosting the launch, to Malmaison for wonderful food and Cllr Sarah Hacker. And of course, … Continue reading

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16 October 2017: “Lilies for Oscar Wilde” on his birthday! Come and see!

Reading Museum in collaboration with Jelly, Reading Guild of Artists (RGA), Two Rivers Press, Whiteknight’s Trail, and many independent artists and ‘makers’ celebrate the wit and wisdom of Oscar Wilde by commemorating his birthday on Monday 16 October. Local Reading … Continue reading

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Review: Edith Morley Before and After. Reminiscences of a Working Life

This is a memoir by the first female professor in the UK, Edith Morley, Professor of English Language at the University of Reading. It’s an essential read for anyone exploring the history of women’s higher education in Britain, and for those … Continue reading

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13-21 October 2017: Christina Hart-Davies “Changing Seasons” exhibit of The Society of Botanical Artists

Four paintings by Two Rivers Press author / illustrator Christina Hart-Davies (including two illustrations from A Wild Plant Year) will be included in a major exhibition of botanical art in London. Changing Seasons, the annual open exhibition of the prestigious … Continue reading

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S O U T H 56 October 2017: A profile of Jean Watkins by Gill Learner

Two Rivers Press poet, Jean Watkins,  is profiled in South 56 October 2017. 16 of her poems, a mini-collection,  appear: Before, Severing, Rackham, Ribston Pippin, Wasps, Honeysuckle Sides, The Dragon Lands, Marvel, Making Space for Water*, Our Dream, Ghostly, Boatbuilder, … Continue reading

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Riverside walks with Geoff Sawers – success!

Geoff Sawers’ riverside walks at the weekend, Sept 17-18, 2017, were hugely well attended. Very well done indeed! A little bird suggested the numbers were about 20 walkers on Saturday and about 50 on Sunday. Two Rivers press is delighted … Continue reading

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Book launch: Picture Palace to Penny Plunge: Reading’s Cinemas: Weds 27th Sept, 7.45 – 9.30pm

Picture Palace to Penny Plunge: Reading’s Cinemas will launch with a short film and refreshments at the Where:   Minghella Studios, University of Reading, Whiteknights, RG6 6BT. When: Weds 27th Sept, 7.45  – 9.30pm The event is free but please email … Continue reading

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Review: Susan Utting’s “Half the Human Race” “There is so much here to enjoy.”

How does poet Susan Utting feel about the most recent review of her collection, Half the Human Race? “Thrilled,” says Susan.  Ruth Sharman’s marvellous and comprehensive review for The High Window can be read at Reviews for Autumn 2017. “There is … Continue reading

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Saturday, 16 September, 2-3 pm: Becci Louise at Thames Festival

Becci Louise will be reading on Thames Festival as part of the #RiverCity conversations: Sat 16 Sept for a talk on ‘Murky Depths’ at 12.30 and a workshop 2-3pm.  For more information click here.  Becci Louise, is a poet, performer and … Continue reading

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Family workshop with author Becci Louise at Waterstones, Saturday, 9 September, 2 – 3 pm

Becci Louise, poet, performer and educator, will captivate audiences both young and old with her verse-stories of an octopus who dreams of stars (and gets caught by a fisherman!) and you may even get to meet her tiny parrot, Maya. … Continue reading

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Pre-launch signing: Saturday, Sept 9, 12 – 1pm: David Cliffe at Waterstones with “Picture Palace to Penny Plunge: Reading’s Cinemas”

Twenty different cinemas have graced Reading’s streets over the years, many long forgotten and some of the earliest very short-lived. In his book, David Cliffe tells the story of the era of the single-screen cinema in Reading, from the traveling … Continue reading

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16 & 17 September 2017: River walks with Adrian Lawson & Geoff Sawers

Meet on the river terrace of Crowne Plaza Hotel by Caversham Bridge. Saturday 16 September 11AM and Sunday 17 September 2PM. Free. Just turn up. Join one of two guided walks along a majestic stretch of the Thames to learn … Continue reading

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9 -17 September 2017: River Writing at the Reading-on-Thames Festival

Follow the Thames from its meeting with the Kennet at Horseshoe Bridge up to Kings Meadow and reflect on the vivid imagery in Ian House’s poem ‘Masterstroke’ reproduced in individual phrases along the riverside in Sally Castle’s evocative hand-lettering. Fit … Continue reading

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On magnetismOn Magnetism by Steven Matthews (poet)


August 2017: Geoff Sawers exhibits tree paintings at CUP, Reading

  Artist Geoff Sawers is exhibiting his tree paintings from The Shady Side of Town: Reading’s Trees at CUP (the independent coffee shop next to St Mary’s Butts) during August. The perfect accompaniment to a good cuppa! If you can’t get … Continue reading

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Botanical illustrations from “A Wild Plant Year” by Christina Hart-Davies on tea towels!

Plantlife, the wild plant conservation charity have reproduced two illustrations from A Wild Plant Year by Christina Hart-Davies as tea towels! Check them out in Plantlife’s online shop. To buy a copy of A Wild Plant Year: The History, Folklore … Continue reading

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Whispers_Cover_finalWhispers of Better Things: Green Belts to National Trust – How the Hill family changed our world by Duncan Mackay (author)


Open for Art is back! Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July, 2017

This weekend, Fri 30th June to Sunday 2nd July, Reading is Open for Art! Our very own Geoff Sawers is exhibiting the paintings and drawings from The Shady Side of Town at 142 Castle Hill. (Opening event will be on … Continue reading

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cinema coverPicture Palace to Penny Plunge: Reading Cinemas by David Cliffe (author)


Deafness and poetry: Susan Utting interviewed for The Limping Chicken

Two Rivers Press poet, Susan Utting, is interviewed by Juliet England, about deafness and poetry.   Read the interview here.   Two of Susan’s poems “Report to the Department of Audiology” and “Lip-reading the Poets”, appear with the interview.  Both … Continue reading

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Review: The Shady Side of Town gets glorious review

What a pleasure to read Matthew Farrell’s rather glorious review of The Shady Side of the Town.     He writes: The Shady Side of Town: Reading’s Trees by Adrian Lawson and Geoff Sawers is a quirky and inclusive guide to some … Continue reading

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The 2017 Cookham Festival Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition: Rosie Jackson’s winning poem

The Heaven that Runs Through Everything  Here’s to the small everyday miracles – Mrs Baggett with her knitting and pearls, the lovely daughters of Jerusalem in their gardens of lilies, laburnum, gospels and gossip at the regatta, Sarah Tubb and … Continue reading

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The 2017 Cookham Festival Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition: Ross Cogan’s winning poem

Zacharias and Elizabeth An English offering. There in the top reach of the home meadow, near where it shades into the scrub as sleep folds into sleep, he burns the scraps of lamb as one might burn raked leaves – … Continue reading

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The 2017 Cookham Festival Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition: Richard Robbin’s winning poem

Christ Carrying the Cross —a painting by Stanley Spencer, 1920 And we saw someone passing below, we who jammed the sash of each high window like twins sprouted from a common waist. And it was the quiet work below we … Continue reading

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The Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition: winners

Judges announce winner and runners up of The 2017 Cookham Festival Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition: The Don and Jill Cawthorne Prize, cash prize of £2,500: Rosie Jackson – “The Heaven That Runs Through Everything” The Stationers’ Company Award,  cash prize … Continue reading

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Claire Dyer’s next novel: The Last Day

Two Rivers Press poets are a talented bunch.  They are not just poets!  Some are novelists, as well! Claire Dyer’s new novel, The Last Day, has just been signed up by The Dome Press. According to The Bookseller: The blurb for … Continue reading

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Reading Cultural Awards 2017: Two Rivers Press nominated

We’ve been nominated for one of the Reading Cultural Awards! TRP has been nominated in the ‘Made in Reading’ category and ‘Walking Words’ – well done Sally and Adam – has been nominated in that and the Arts & Business partnership … Continue reading

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The Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition 2017: final shortlist

The following poems have been chosen by the judges to form the final shortlist from which the three prize winning poems will be selected.   Poem:                             … Continue reading

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Octopus_Medicine_CoverOctopus Medicine by Becci Louise (poet/artist)


Storms under the Skin front cover finalStorms Under the Skin: Selected Poems, 1927-1954 by Henri Michaux (poet) Jane Draycott (translator)


Wednesday, 10 May 2017: Susan Utting at Loose Muse

You are invited to: LOOSE MUSE – London’s Premiere Women’s Writers Night Wednesday, May 10th (and every second Wednesday of the month) Upstairs @ The Sun Pub, 21 Drury Lane (on the corner of Betterton Street), London WC2B 5RH  8.00 … Continue reading

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Lesley Saunders wins Candlestick Press/Cloud Appreciation Society competition

Lesley Saunders’ poem ‘Hazy, Massed, Dappled’ has been selected as the overall winner of the Candlestick Press/Cloud Appreciation Society (CAS) competition. It was picked by judge Katharine Towers,  Candlestick Press Assistant Editor and CAS Poet in Residence, from over 600 poems … Continue reading

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Monday, 8 May 2017: Duncan Mackay on the radio!

Tune in! TRP author, Duncan Mackay will be a guest for 45 minutes between 3 – 3.45 p.m. on the Bill Buckley Show on BBC Radio Berkshire,  Monday, 8 May 2017! Duncan will entertain with stories he has collected for his … Continue reading

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20-21 May 2017: Open studios – Caversham Artists and Friends

Saturday 20th May 2017,  3pm at 14 Kidmore Road, Caversham Garden Reading by Caversham Poets,  including Jean Watkins, Susan Utting, Robin Thomas, Victoria Pugh.  Open Mic. Sunday 21st May 2017,  3 pm at 63 St Peter’s Avenue, Caversham – in … Continue reading

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Monday, 1 May 2017: Reading Mayday Tree festival

On May 1st, which is bank holiday Monday this year, we are launching a little (170x125mm) book by Adrian Lawson and Geoff Sawers on the trees of Reading: The Shady Side of Town: Reading’s Trees.  Thanks to the enthusiasm of Reading … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017: Susan Utting in Chichester

Susan Utting is a Guest Poet at Chichester Poetry, 7.30 pm, New Park Community Arts Centre, New Park Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 7XY.  Please join us there!

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Friday, 12 May 2017: Poetry reading at Cookham Dean Village Hall

Members of the public will have a chance to hear selected poems from the newly published Stanley Spencer Poems An Anthology  at this year’s Cookham Festival.  A special poetry event to be held at Cookham Dean Village Hall on Friday, 12 May. … Continue reading

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Shady_CoverThe Shady Side of Town: Reading’s Trees by Adrian Lawson (author) Geoff Sawers (author)


Spencer finalStanley Spencer Poems An Anthology by Carolyn Leder (editor) Jane Draycott (editor) Peter Robinson (poet, editor)


14-23 April, 2017 “A Wild Plant Year” at Kingcombe!

Christina Hart-Davies will be holding an exhibition over Easter, linked to her book A Wild Plant Year. Original illustrations from the book will be on display, together with books, cards and prints. When: The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, Dorset DT2 … Continue reading

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Thursday, 27 April 2017: Susan Utting reads at The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon

On 27 April, Susan Utting will be the Guest Poet at “Words & Ears”, 7.15 pm, The Swan Hotel, 1, Church Street, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN. You are invited to join her there and/or to buy copies of her … Continue reading

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Monday, 10 April 2017: Utting reads poetry in Richard Jeffries Museum

  You are invited to attend a poetry reading at the Swindon launch of Susan Utting’s Half the Human Race: New & Selected Poems. When:   Where: Poems in the Sitting Room, Richard Jeffries Museum, Marlborough Road, Swindon SN3 6AA … Continue reading

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Friday, 14 April 2017: Susan Utting at Poets’ Café

Join us at the Poets’ Café to hear Susan Utting and other poets read their works. Set up by Two Rivers Press poet, Susan Utting, 20 years ago, the Poets’ Café is Reading’s longest-running and best-loved poetry platform! Held on the … Continue reading

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Launch of Susan Utting’s “Half the Human Race”

On Sunday, 12 March, 2017, Half the Human Race: New and Selected Poems  by Susan Uttig, was launched!   If you were not at the launch, here’s a summary of what you missed. (You can still order up your copy of … Continue reading

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Sunday, 12 March 2017: Launch of Susan Utting’s new collection, Half the Human Race: New & Selected Poems

Come to the launch of poet Susan Utting‘s new collection, Half the Human Race: New & Selected Poems!   This volume includes poems from three previous collections, alongside new work reflecting and developing earlier themes of the lives of women, particularly those who are too … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 3pm: Susan Utting on BBC Radio Berkshire’s Bill Buckley Afternoon Show

Tune in to hear Two Rivers Press poet, Susan Utting, on the Bill Buckley Afternoon Show on BBC Radio Berkshire. Susan is sure to read one or two of her poems from her new collection Half the Human Race.   Listen … Continue reading

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Cookham Festival Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition; Poets learn of their fates

Under the chairmanship of Professor Peter Robinson, the judges of the “Cookham Festival Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition” have announced the list of 76 poems, from the over 200 entries, which they have selected as being of a sufficiently high standard … Continue reading

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Thursday, 30 March 2017: Poetry Reading with Susan Utting, Anna-May Laugher and Claire Dyer

You are invited to the first Oxford reading of Susan Utting‘s Half the Human Race: New & Selected Poems with special guests, Anna-May Laugher and Claire Dyer reading their own brand new and selected poems. When: 7 for 7.30pm Where: the … Continue reading

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17 and 25 March 2017: Matt Black’s theatre show “The Storm Officer”, Nottingham

When: March 17th at 1.30pm. Free. Where: Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts, Nottingham Cost: Free, but please book in advance via Box Office on 0115 846 7777 and Where: Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbria Www.thekirkgate.com 01900 826448 The Storm Officer Written by Matt … Continue reading

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2 January 2017: Jane Draycott’s “Italy to Lord” is poem of the week!

What better way for a poet to start the new year than to have a poem selected for Carol Rumen’s Poem of the Week column? And so, 2017 is off to a fine start for Jane Draycott. Carol Rumen selected … Continue reading

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half-the-human-race-front-coverHalf the Human Race: New & Selected Poems by Susan Utting (poet)


Utting’s “Opening the Windows” wins The Poetry Society’s “Getting Out” competition

  Susan Utting’s poem, “Opening the Windows” was  selected by judge Anna Woodford as one of 6 winning poems in The Poetry Society’s ‘Getting Out’ competition.  What a lovely way to end 2016! Congratulations, Susan!   Opening the Windows       … Continue reading

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Just published: “The Red One”…..a book about Reading

A truly pocket-sized history of Reading: 145 million years in 75 pages! …how a landscape’s deep structures bear shapingly upon its surface textures – and how vital a sense of place is to our dreams, our visions, and the quiet … Continue reading

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Review: Dyer’s collection “Interference Effects”

Claire Dyer’s Interference Effects is reviewed by Emma Lee for  Issue 4 Winter edition of The High Window. The review begins thus, The title of Claire Dyer’s new collection is taken from a description of the Morpho butterfly’s wings which have reflective layers … Continue reading

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Lesley Saunders’ translation of Horta wins Stephen Spender prize

“The translation by Lesley Saunders of Poema, by the Portuguese writer and activist Maria Teresa Horta, recently took first prize in the Open category of the Stephen Spender prize for poetry in translation.” The original poem and the winning translation … Continue reading

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Susan Utting’s prize winning poetry in Half The Human Race

Congratulations to Susan whose poem, ‘Opening the Windows’,  was one of the 6 winning poems in the Poetry Society’s ‘Getting Out’ competition.   Her poem will be featured in the winter issue (2016) of Poetry News and in her forthcoming poetry collection Half … Continue reading

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November 2016 reviews

We were so delighted to see the review of David Cooke’s poetry collection, A Murmuration in the TLS (August 19-26, 2016). Reviewer, John Greening wrote: “The book is held together by love of place and a sober fascination with quirkiness, … Continue reading

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Ulric Spencer (1930 – 2016)

It is with sadness that Two Rivers Press announces the death of Ulric Spencer – long time finance and accounts advisor to, as well as supporter of,  the Press.   He passed away after a short illness on November 4, … Continue reading

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Winners of University of Reading’s Creative Writing Competition!

Two Rivers Press would like to congratulate the winners of the University of Reading’s first Creative Writing Competition, on the theme of “My Reading”. I’m delighted to say we had over 250 entries to University of Reading’s first Creative Writing … Continue reading

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red-one-finalReading: The Place of the People of the Red One by Duncan Mackay (author)


Interference Effects by Claire Dyer

  Take a look at this article by Claire Dyer on writing her recent poetry collection: “The Interference Effect” – OR – How appearances can be deceptive. Very apt in this social media age… Claire is launched her book in … Continue reading

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Reading Gaol

Thanks to all the interest in Reading’s Gaol inspired by the Artangel ‘Inside’ events, we’re reprinting our version of Oscar Wilde’s Ballad for the third time. Buy your copy here.         -

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