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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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Successes for Two Rivers Press Poets at Wells Festival of Literature Poetry Competition

The 24th Wells Festival of Literature is going on right now:  October 14-22, 2016. The Festival runs a poetry competition each year and announces the winners at the festival.   It is with great pleasure and not just a little … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 22 October 2016: Book Launch Robinson’s “September in the Rain”

Join us at 6.30pm on 25th October for the launch of the novel, September in the Rain (Holland House), by Peter Robinson, Two Rivers Press’ poetry editor. Two young people travelling through Italy are caught in the rain, needing to hitch a lift…and … Continue reading

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Take a look inside “A Wild Plant Year” by Christina Hart-Davies

Click on the cover above and take a peek inside this wonderful book. Order your copy here.

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6 October 2016: National Poetry Day celebrated with Susan Utting

How nice to wake up on National Poetry Day and to find that your poem appears on the Poetry Society page for the day.   That is what happened to Two Rivers Press poet, Susan Utting. Her poem Elective Mute  was … Continue reading

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6 October 2016: National Poetry Day celebrations feature Claire Dyer

The 40 stations of BBC local radio marked National Poetry Day by each broadcasting a poem commissioned from 40 #BBCLocalPoets Each poet has adopted the voice of a characteristic local landmark or mascot: from Lincolnshire sausage (Gemma Baker, BBC Radio Lincolnshire) to … Continue reading

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Friday 23rd September – Sunday 2nd October 2016: BOTANICAL ART & ARTISTS: Christina Hart-Davies “A Wild Plant Year”

For the last six years Christina Hart-Davies has been working on a book called A Wild Plant Year.  It has been officially launched at a large botanical art exhibition of the same name in Hampshire. ​ Exhibition – A Wild … Continue reading

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Review: David Cooke’s ‘A Murmuration’ reviewed in the TLS

We are delighted.  A review of  David Cooke’s poetry collection, A Murmuration, appeared in the TLS (August 19-26, 2016).  Reviewer, John Greening wrote: “There are distinct successes, such as the responses to Rodin’s “The Burghers of Calais” and Bruegel’s “Hunters in the … Continue reading

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seatter-front-cover-visualThe Book of Snow by Robert Seatter (poet)


Review: A Wild Plant Year

“I don’t think I have ever seen a more attractive or informative book than A Wild Plant Year…” “This book is pure joy.”   Thus, Meriel Thurstan begins and ends her review  of Christina Hart-Davies’ A Wild Plant Year:  The History, Folklore … Continue reading

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What were TRP’s bestsellers at Reading’s Turbine House event?

As part of Reading’s Year of Culture 2016, and to coincide with national Heritage Open Days, RG Spaces put on an exhibition of art and beautiful books, including Two Rivers Press books,  at The Turbine House. celebrating Reading’s two rivers, the Kennet … Continue reading

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Saturday, 10 September 2016: Tour of Broad Street Chapel & Geoff Sawers’ book signing

As part of the Heritage Open Days in Reading join us on a tour of Broad Street Chapel and book signing.  Geoff Sawers has chronicled the life of the very building in which this Waterstones is located in his book … Continue reading

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Saturday, 10 September 2016: Book Launch: Peter Robinson’s “September in the Rain”

Waterstones Reading Broad Street is  thrilled to welcome the author, Professor Peter Robinson, Professor of English and American literature at Reading University, as he launches his first novel ‘September in the Rain’. Two young people travelling through Italy are caught in the … Continue reading

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8-11 September 2016: Reading and its Rivers – exhibition

As part of Reading’s Year of Culture 2016, and to coincide with national Heritage Open Days, RG Spaces invites you to an exhibition of art and beautiful books at The Turbine House. The exhibition celebrates Reading’s two rivers. Step out … Continue reading

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Robinson’s “September in the Rain” book launches

Two Rivers Press poetry editor, Peter Robinson, has a new novel out, September in the Rain (Holland House). If you find yourself near one of these bookstores, you are welcome the book launch.   1 September at 6:30pm Lutyens & Rubinstein Bookshop … Continue reading

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A WILD PLANT YEAR: New title and Exhibition!

  What plant should you slip into your shoes to ease tired feet? Which was the proper day to gather Dandelions for the best wine? Which hayfield flower would make your cows’ milk richer?   The answers appear in A … Continue reading

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Review: Robinson’s “September in the Rain”

29th August 2016: Ian Brinton, reviews Peter Robinson’s most recent novel September in the Rain, for Tears in the Fence, an independent literary magazine’s, blog. It is a tale of  two young people travelling through Italy, caught in the rain, … Continue reading

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Interference_Effects_CoverInterference Effects by Claire Dyer (poet)


Ruth Speirs’ Rilke stands up to comparison with other translations

“IT WAS A GOOD IDEA to collect together Ruth Speirs’ translations of Rilke… The insistence she makes is that sense has priority, because Rilke’s word choice was precise rather than impressionistic or ornamental. Her task was then to show exactly … Continue reading

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David Attwooll (1949 – 2016)

We are very sorry to announce the death of the poet, publisher, and street band drummer David Attwooll, whose first collection,  The Sound Ladder,  we published in 2015.  Shortly before his sudden decline, plans had been put in place to … Continue reading

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Congratulations, John Froy!

Two Rivers Press would like to congratulate John Froy:  He won 3rd prize for his poem ‘Home’ in the 2016 Havant Poetry Competition. Awards were presented during the South Downs Poetry Festival 16-24 July. Home She’s flown south to Chile … Continue reading

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Gill Learner launches “Chill Factor” a new collection at Literary Lunch

On Sunday, 17 July 2016, Two Rivers Press hosted a Literary Lunch at the Great Expectations Pub on London Street, Reading.    Poet Gill Learner read from her new collection, Chill Factor. Other Two Rivers Press authors and editors, Barbara Morris and … Continue reading

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Sunday, 17 July 2016: Gill Learner at Literary Lunch at Great Expectations

Join us on Sunday 17th July at the Great Expectations Pub on London Street, from 12pm. Gill Learner will be launching her new collection: Chill Factor this Sunday.There will be a tab behind the bar for the first round of … Continue reading

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Peter Kruschwitz on Edith Morley autobiography and Sex, Gender Roles, and Hatred

Reading University Professor Peter Kruschwitz writes: In 1908, Edith Morley was appointed Professor of English Language at University College Reading – the institution that eventually became the University of Reading. Professor Morley’s autobiographical sketch, ‘Looking Before and After’ was recently … Continue reading

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Whiteknights Studio Trail 2016…here is what you missed!

Two Rivers Press had a wonderful time hosting their little bit of the 2016 Whiteknights Studio Trail.   Books were displayed, authors chatted about their books, and everyone was invited to make a bookmark with one of Peter Hay’s stamps. … Continue reading

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Thursday, 2 June 2016: Launch of The Veiled Vale by Mike White

You are invited  to attend the launch of  The Veiled Vale at The Bear Hotel in Wantage from 7.30. The Vale of the White Horse and the beautiful countryside of South Oxfordshire is a landscape steeped in thousands of years … Continue reading

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Sunday, 17 July 2016: Launch “Chill Factor” by Gill Learner

Put the date in your calendar and join us for the launch of Gill Learner‘s new poetry collection Chill Factor When: 12pm Where: Great Expectations, 33 London Street Reading. It promises to be a memorable afternoon as Gill will be joined by … Continue reading

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Sunday 29 May 2016: Poetry Reading in Oxford

Join us for an evening of poetry.   Three Two Rivers Poets: Kate Behrens, Ian House, Susan Utting  will read from their latest collections and new work, in Oxford at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore  34, Walton Street OX2 6AA on Sunday 29th May, 7:00 pm . [£2 entry] … Continue reading

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Thursday, 12 May 2016….come to Reading Central Library!

Thursday 12th May. South’s launch of issue 53, featuring poems by Two Rivers Press authors and poets, John Froy, Gill Learner, Jean Watkins and reviews of collections by David Attwooll and David Cooke will take place in Reading Central Library (Abbey … Continue reading

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Review: “Silcester: Life on the Dig” reviewed in Berkshire Life

It is always lovely to have one of our books reviewed in the glossy mags. Berkshire Life reviewed Jenny Halstead and Michael Fulford’s Silcester: Life on the Dig (see review below). You can order a copy of this book for the … Continue reading

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Poem: “Lip-reading the Poets” by Susan Utting for Deaf Awareness Week! 

A bit of exciting news from our poet, Susan Utting. She read her recent poem “Lip-Reading the Poets” at the Henley Arts Trail last week and was asked by a woman in the audience if she could have a copy … Continue reading

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Sunday, 8 May 2016: Poetry at the Caversham Arts Trail

Come into the garden! Hear five local poets (three of them published by Two Rivers Press) read their poems in a lovely garden, as part of the Caversham Arts Trail. Jean Watkins, Susan Utting, Robin Thomas, Susan Roberts and Victoria … Continue reading

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Saturday, 21 May 2016: Join one of our walking tours of Reading: Reading Revealed on Foot

Here’s a question….why have experts and not use them eh? Reading Revealed on Foot: Saturday May 21st. Explore Reading’s rich history and heritage by eschewing the car and internet. Instead, take to your feet and be guided on a walking … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Susan Utting

We’d like to say, “Well done!” to our poet, Susan Utting.  She has won third prize in the  Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Competition.  Not bad considering there were over 1700 entries!  Winners were announced Tuesday, 19 April, 2016. Of Susan’s poem … Continue reading

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Congratulations to TRP poet, Gill Learner!

Take a look at this…..our Gill Learner took second prize in the Torriano Poetry Competition.   Isn’t that grand? Winners of the Torriano Competition 2015/16 Many thanks to all who entered the Torriano Poetry Competition. The winners performed readings of … Continue reading

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Sale of Peter Hay works

This past weekend, Two Rivers Press held a sale of works by its founder Peter Hay.   As one Two Rivers Press poet commented afterwards “‘that wasn’t just a nice event, it was a lovely one!’ Poetry was read and … Continue reading

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Saturday, 23 April 2016: Two Rivers Press Present: Slam Sale with Poetry

Come to Reading Museum & Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1QH for a sale of original artwork by Peter Hay. When: Sale 12pm – 3.30pm, poetry readings from 2pm Cost: Free, drop in Who: all ages Peter Hay set up … Continue reading

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Saturday, 23 April 2016, SLAM SALE and POETRY at Reading Museum

Take a break from rummaging through the art and poetry books for a rare chance to hear astonishing poems read aloud by nationally acclaimed poets. Join the poets in the Sense of Place exhibition surrounded by the paintings that inspired … Continue reading

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Claire Dyer at Charles Causley’s Cyprus Well

From “A Winning Week at Cyprus Well” Saturday: My journey to Cyprus Well has been long and tiring but I arrive to find the afternoon sunlight falling in wide bands across the kitchen. On the table is a vase of … Continue reading

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Sunday, 24 April 2016: Shakespeare, the V&A and Live Canon’s 154: A Poetry Marathon

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, on his 452nd birthday, Live Canon commissioned 154 contemporary poets (including two Two Rivers Press poets, Lesley Saunders and David Attwooll) to each pen a poem in response to one of Shakespeare’s … Continue reading

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30 April – 2 May: Discover local artists and TRP’s own Sally Castle at the Henley Arts Trail

The 2016 trail is on the first May Bank Holiday Weekend  Sat 30th April – Mon 2nd May Visit artists’ studios and exhibitions in the Henley-Twyford area! Over 150 artists 25 venues More than 10,000 people visited in 2015 The … Continue reading

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Review: The Rilke of Ruth Speirs in TLS

“….why given the super abundance of Rilke translations available are we being offered “her” (Ruth Speirs) Rilke?” This question is at the heart of Charlie Louth’s TLS review, “Untormented”  of The Rilke of Ruth Speirs: New Poems, Duino Elegies, Sonnets … Continue reading

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A reminder! Grey Hen Poetry Competion deadline 30 April, 2016

Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2016 – Closing date 30th April For women over 60. Poems up to 40 lines on any theme. Judges: Maggie Butt and Anne Stewart. Prizes: £100, £75, £25. Rules and entry form (essential) at www.greyhenpress.com or … Continue reading

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Shining a light on Edith Morley, UK’s first female professor

Prof. Alison Donnell, Head of School of Literature and Languages (University of Reading) tells BBC’s Anne Diamond about the UK’s first female university professor, Dr Edith Morley:  “She really had to fight for it”. Listen to the radio interview here. Anne … Continue reading

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Read All About It: ‘Before and After’ by Edith Morley

This post, by Yen-Yen Lu, was posted on March 11, 2016 on the Inpress website. We celebrated International Women’s Day this week to commemorate the achievements of women in history and in contemporary culture. It would be impossible to leave … Continue reading

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2016 Paragram Paradox Prize

Claire Dyer is to be the judge for the 2016 Paragram Paradox Prize. There will be three genres in the new competition, humour, poetry and petite-prose, with a prize in each. More information about the competition will be posted at … Continue reading

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Irish Times article about Before and After Reminiscence of a Working life, the Edith Morley autobiography

(2016-Mar-09)   The Irish Times has published an article by Barbara Morris, the editor of the recently published autobiography of Edith Morley,  the first female professor in Britain or Ireland. Barbara says Before and After: Reminiscence of a Working Life will appeal to … Continue reading

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Review: The Bookbag reviews Edith Morley autobiography

The Bookbag has published a full review of Edith Morley’s autobiography  Before and After: Reminiscence on a Working Life, edited by Barbara Morris. Morley was involved in the early feminist movement and later worked in setting up the Reading Refugee Committee which … Continue reading

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Before and After: Reminiscences of a Working Life by Edith Morley launched

Yesterday, 8 March 2016, was  International Women’s Day and Two Rivers Press launched a most appropriate new publication, the autobiography of Edith Morley, the first woman appointed to a chair at a British university-level institution. This book is getting reviewed widely, … Continue reading

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Lesley Saunder’s poem, Asylum, on Youtube

I will take you myself on my shoulders and the task will not weigh heavy on me -Vergil, Aeneid II, 708 So begins, “Asylum” by Lesley Saunders, recited here by  Eva Traynor. “Asylum”  is a poem in a collection  Lesley … Continue reading

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Academic and feminist: Edith Morley! Memoirs published today

BBC’s Woman’s Hour takes up the story of the UK’s first female university professor, Edith Morley, her  professional struggles and political convictions around equality in the early twentieth century relate to on-going campaigns for equality and diversity in higher education … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 8 March, 2016: Claire Dyer on air on Paul Ross Show

Our very own poet and author, Claire Dyer is a regular guest on The Berkshire Book Club on the Paul Ross Show on BBC Berkshire. Tomorrow she will be on air at 2.00 pm talking about ‘The Unexpected Inheritance of … Continue reading

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Review: June Purvis reviews Edith Morley memoir in THE

This memoir of a scholar who fought for recognition will strike a chord with many women, says June Purvis, professor of women’s and gender history, University of Portsmouth, in her review of Time Higher Education review of Edith Morley Before and After … Continue reading

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PBS Bulletin: Behrens’ Man with Bombe Alaska

Have you read the Spring 2016 edition of the PBS Bulletin?   Kate Behrens’ collection Man with Bombe Alaska gets a mention in the new book listing. The entry reads: Kate Behrens’ second collection follows The Beholder in 2012, also published … Continue reading

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Review: Edith Morley memoir reviewed on workingmums.co.uk

Read all about Edith Morley Before and After Reminiscences on a Working Life  in the review “Rising up the career ladder – voices of the past” which appears on workingmums.co.uk. Or read the book yourself. Buy your copy here!  

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Review: Prof Rosie Campbell reviews “Edith Morley Before and After: Reminiscences of a Working Life”

Edith Morley’s memoir has been carefully and honestly edited by Barbara Morris. Edith’s strength of character permeates the text. Her account of her personal struggles vacillates between self-deprecation and absolute confidence in the rectitude of her actions. It is abundantly … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Claire Dyer! 2015 Charles Causley Poetry Prize winner

Two Rivers Press’ own Clarie Dyer has been awarded First Prize in the 2015 Charles Causley Poetry Competition for her poem ‘Trust and the Horse’. “The top prize of £2000 and a week-long residency at Cyprus Well, Causley’s former home in Launceston, … Continue reading

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Who was Edith Morley?

Born in Bayswater in 1875, Edith Morley ‘did hate being a girl’, though she found the middle-class conventions of the day restrictive rather than repressive and benefited from a good education thanks to her surgeon-dentist father and well-read mother. She … Continue reading

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Friday, February 12, 2016: a light-hearted romp through Reading’s grimy years (Walking Words)

Our very own Sally Castle has designed a series of 9 bronze panels that tell the story of Reading’s past (text and research by Adam Sowan) in words and pictures. They were commissioned by Muse Development as part of the … Continue reading

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Ends January 31st: Life on the Dig exhibit at Reading Museum

If you haven’t had a chance to see Jenny Halstead’s  wonderful work for Life on the Dig in real life, there is an exhibition of her paintings, drawings and sketch books in the Silchester annex at Reading Museum during January. … Continue reading

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Review: Attwooll’s Sound Ladder reviewed in the latest issue of The North by Noel Williams.

Noel Williams reviews David Attwooll’s The Sound Ladder in The North. He judges the collection to be  “… a cluster of cleverness – some brilliant ideas, some very unusual sideways approaches to getting a decent poem…”; a collection of  “…wide ranging glances … Continue reading

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A sneak preview of A Wild Plant Year: The History, Folklore and Uses of Britain’s Flora

Christina Hart-Davies is writing a series of very short monthly articles,  with illustrations from and text based on her forthcoming book A Wild Plant Year: The History, Folklore and Uses of Britain’s Flora (September, 2016), for  local newspaper, Dorset Echo. There will … Continue reading

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Monday, January 25, 2016: Discover the fascinating world of Reading’s Latin inscriptions and gain a new perspective on our local history

If you can’t make the event at Reading Museum on January 23, you have a second chance to meet the author of Two Rivers Press’s recent book The Writing on the Wall and discover the fascinating world of Reading’s Latin … Continue reading

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Saturday, January 23, 2016: Tea and Talks at Two: The Writing on the Wall

When:   2pm Where: Reading Museum & Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH Who:  Adults and older children How Much:  £5, pay on the day, booking essential (0118 937 3400) Meet the author of Two Rivers Press’s recent book The … Continue reading

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Friday, 15 January 2016: Poets’ Cafe – South Street Arts Centre, South Street, Reading – 8pm doors – £5/£4

This month the Poets’ cafe have a special local guest, the mighty and magnificent Kate Behrens,  launching her latest collection, Man with Bombe Alaska, which is out. In addition to Kate’s reading, of course, there will be plenty of room … Continue reading

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Veiled Vale front coverThe Veiled Vale by Mike White (author)


Chill Factor front cover finalChill Factor by Gill Learner (poet)


Amazing_Memories_CoverAmazing Memories of Childhood, etc by Mairi MacInnes (poet)


TRP Boundary Map – the perfect present from Reading

The Mayor of Reading, Cllr Sarah Hacker, took a trip to Düsseldorf, Germany before Christmas.  Reading is twinned with this German city.   And what did she bring the mayor of Düsseldorf as a present to mark the beginning of … Continue reading

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15 December 2015: Camden and Lumen Poetry reading

Three Two Rivers Press Poets, introduced by Peter Robinson, will read at the Camden and Lumen Poetry reading, on Tuesday, 15 December, 2015: David Attwooll, The Sound Ladder (2015) Kate Behrens, Man with Bombe Alaska (2016) David Cooke, A Murmuration (2015) … Continue reading

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Before_And_After_Cover_13_11Edith Morley Before and After: Reminiscences of a Working Life by Barbara Morris (author) Edith Morley (author)


Thursday, 3 December 2015: Waterstones Christmas Shopping Evening 6-8pm

Find some gorgeous gifts and have some festive fun at Waterstone’s Christmas Shopping Evening – events include: 6.15pm and 7.15pm:   Storytime and book signing at  in the children’s section. Local children’s author Holly Webb will be reading from a selection … Continue reading

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25 November 2015: Launch of poetry collection, “Hands and Wings” for Freedom from Torture

This year Freedom from Torture celebrates 30 years of being the only UK based human rights organisation dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of torture survivors. The anthology, Hands and Wings  is the creation of the Oxford Freedom from Torture supporters’ … Continue reading

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Reading Detectives – the statues moved!

Public sculptures are supposed to stay where they are put, but two of Reading’s that feature in this book have been on the move since we published it. The Spanish Civil War memorial (pages 16 and 110, trail 1, question … Continue reading

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Review: A Murmuration by David Cooke reviewed in London Grip

A lovely review of A Murmuration in London Grip. It is very positive and gets to the heart of what the poet is thinking. Read the review. Buy the collection.      

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Exhibit Thursday 22 October – Tuesday 3 November, 2015: “Silchester Life on the Dig”

An exhibition of paintings and sketches by Jenny Halstead as Artist in Residence at the final year of the Silchester Excavation. is taking place at the Old Fire Station Gallery in Henley. It is hoped that the exhibition will be supplemented by … Continue reading

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2015 Stanza Poetry Competition: Attwooll and Dyer are commended

The annual Stanza Poetry Competition began in 2007.  There is a winner,  two joint runners-up and ten commended poets.   The theme for the  competition is the antithesis or balance to that year’s National Poetry Day theme. This year, the theme … Continue reading

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Sunday, 25 October 2015: Two Rivers Press poets read at Reading Poetry Festival

Two Rivers press poets read at The Reading Poetry Festival: David Cooke reading from A Murmuration Jane Draycott reading from The Rilke of Ruth Speirs David Attwooll reading from The Sound Ladder Time: 5:00-6:00 Place: Building 22, London Road Campus, … Continue reading

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23-25 October 2015: Reading Poetry Festival

The Reading poetry festival is a three day extravaganza 23-25 October 2015. Tickets: Entry to the Gerald Finzi Memorial Lecture is free. A full weekend ticket costs £80, a one-day ticket £50, and an individual event ticket £10. The festival … Continue reading

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Beautiful artwork: Cooke’s A Murmuration gets noticed!

At Two Rivers Press, we pride ourselves on producing beautiful books. It  is especially gratifying when someone else agrees that they are indeed beautiful. The London Magazine, tweeted about the beauty of the cover of David Cooke’s A Murmuration. Get … Continue reading

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