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Review: Speirs’ Rilke reviewed on Evilcyclist’s Blog

Who is Evilcyclist? Well,  Evilcyclist describes himself as: “..a vegetarian with an M.A. in International Relations and former United States Marine originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Since then (he) left the corporate world to become a bicycle mechanic and wheel builder. … Continue reading

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Advice to would-be authors from Claire Dyer

Claire Dyer, author of ‘The Moment’ and ‘The Perfect Affair’, and the poetry collection Eleven Rooms,  has taken up a teaching post at Bracknell & Wokingham College giving students her knowledge and experience of the creative writing industry. Having an … Continue reading

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From Abattoirs Road to Zinzan Street: The Great Reading Street Name Quiz

Do you live in Reading (UK), or know anyone who does?   Have you taken the The Great Reading Street Name Quiz? The questions and the answers come from this perfect gift book:  Abattoirs Road to Zinzan Street: Reading’s Streets and … Continue reading

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22 September – 27 November 2015: Exhibit “Silchester – Life on the Dig ” at MERL

The University of Reading’s Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) is very pleased to be hosting a special display of work by artist, Jenny Halstead. Jenny spent nine weeks in the summer of 2014 at the excavation of Calleva Atrebatum … Continue reading

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17 September 2015: “The Rilke of Ruth Speirs” launches at International Rilke conference

Two Rivers Press would like to thank the organizers of the annual convention of the International Rilke Society, which takes place in London  from 16 to 18 September 2015 for inviting us to come with our newest volume: The Rilke of … Continue reading

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An author’s ruminations on his book launch

On Saturday, September 12th, I had the immense pleasure to launch my new book ‘The Writing on the Wall: Reading’s Latin Inscriptions’ with a book signing on occasion of the 2015 Heritage Open Days at Reading’s Waterstones branch in Broad … Continue reading

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Lesley Saunders wins third prize at Ambit’s 2015 Poetry and Fiction Competition

The results have been announced in Ambit’s second Annual Poetry Competition judged by Dan O’Brien: First Prize goes to Geraldine Clarkson (the winner of last year’s 2nd Prize) for her poem ‘Brother’ Second Prize goes to Josh Ekroy, for ‘Blood … Continue reading

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Review: Philip Gross reviews Utting’s Fair’s Fair

If you subscribe to the Poetry Business’ magazine, The North, you may have seen a review of Susan Utting’s collection, Fair’s Fair, in The North, issue 54, Autumn 2015, in which the reviewer, poet Philip Gross writes: Utting unashamedly loves language, and it seems … Continue reading

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Kruschwitz: A map to explore Reading’s Latin Inscriptions

There is so much history in Reading, Berkshire, England. And some of it is written on walls….in Latin. Get yourself a copy of The Writing on the Wall: Reading’s Latin Inscriptions  and go for a walk and be amazed and what those … Continue reading

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Saturday, 12 September, 2015: Heritage Open Day with Allsop, Sawers and Kruschwitz

The Two Rivers Press Heritage Open Day (HOD) events will be hosted by Waterstones Booksellers Ltd, 89A Broad Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2AP.   Plan accordingly.  Come and join us. 11.00am – 12.00pm   Book Signing and Photographic Exhibition: ‘Caught on Camera: … Continue reading

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Reading’s Latin Inscriptions: New Book by Prof. Peter Kruschwitz

We are delighted to announce the publication of a new book by Prof. Peter Kruschwitz. The book contains an anthology of 48 Latin inscriptions that are on display in Berkshire’s county town of Reading (as well as an extra four … Continue reading

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Susan Utting wins 2nd prize in McLellan poetry competition

Two Rivers Press would like to congratulate Susan Utting. Susan’s “Self-Portrait as a Ticked Box” took 2nd prize in the McLellan poetry competition.   Self-Portrait as a Ticked Box I would paint myself green for the luck of the Irish, purple … Continue reading

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12th – 19th September 2015: Christina Hart-Davies and 60 other botanical artists!

Next summer, Christina Hart-Davies’ book, A Wild Plant Year: The History, Folklore and Uses of Britain’s Flora will be published by Two Rivers Press.  (For more information on the title and to take advantage of our special pre-publication  price offer, … Continue reading

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PBS Autumn 2015 Bulletin: David Cooke’s A Murmuration

A Murmuration is endorsed in The PBS Bulletin’s list of recommended reading for the Autumn 2015: “Mining his family roots in the west of Ireland and his Catholic upbringing in Berkshire, A Murmuration is a moving meditation on heritage and … Continue reading

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DEADLINE: 1 September, 2015: Poetry Book Fair Competition on the theme “Books”

  There is only one week left to enter the Poetry Book Fair poetry competition!  Deadline is 1 September 2015. They are looking for short poems (max. 10 lines) on the theme of “books”. The full poetry competition rules and … Continue reading

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Royal Mail Post & Go – interview with ‘British Flora’ illustrator Julia Trickey (video)

A rare chance to see one of our authors on YouTube. Watch Julia Trickey talk about designing the art used on the Royal Mails British Flora Post & Go series.     Buy a copy of the book that tells … Continue reading

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Review: David Attwooll’s poem “Greengrocer’s Apostrophe”

Recently, David Attwooll’s poem Greengrocer’s Apostrophe was awarded first prize in the Havant Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2015.   The competition adjudicator, Joan McGavin, had this to say about the winning poem: I liked the play on words in the title of this … Continue reading

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David Attwooll recognized by the Havant Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2015

It is with great pleasure that Two Rivers Press republishes the results of this year’s Havant Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2015, especially as not one but two poems by our poet, David Attwooll, are acknowledged. If you are interested in … Continue reading

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Friday 21st August – Poets’ Cafe – South Street Arts Centre, South Street, Reading

Friday 21st August – Poets’ Cafe – South Street Arts Centre, South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU – 8pm door – £5/£4 As performance artist, TRP poet and now famous children’s literature author, A.F. Harrold wrote in his newletter: While I’m … Continue reading

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16 June – 30 August: Sally Castle’s “Shipping Forecast” – for sale

Who has not delighted in listening to the shipping forecast? There is something so poetic about Artist, Sally Castle, has captured the poetry of that radio broadcast favorite in her linocut, “The Shipping Forecast”, prints of which are available at … Continue reading

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Review: Carol Rumens reviews “Look-out” by Ian House from The Arts of Peace

It is summer time and the Two Rivers Press web editor is digging around to find stories that somehow did not get posted in a timely fashion.  Amongst the treasures found, a wonderful review in The Guardian, exactly one year ago, … Continue reading

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Fiona Talkington of “Sounds like Lunch” interviews Jenny Halstead about Silchester: Life on the Dig

If you are at all interested in art and/or archaeology then you should listen to this “Sounds Like Lunch” podcast. Fiona Talkington talks to Jenny Halstead, artist-in-residence,  the very last summer of a multi-summer dig about the Roman town at Silchester, … Continue reading

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Botanical illustrator, Christina Hart-Davies offers September courses

Next summer, Christina Hart-Davies’ book, A Wild Plant Year: The History, Folklore and Uses of Britain’s Flora will be published by Two Rivers Press.  (For more information on the title and to take advantage of our special pre-publication  price offer, … Continue reading

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Review: John Matthias on “The Arts of Peace”

Can one  commemorate war with poetry about peace? That was what the editors, of anthology The Arts of Peace, asked themselves when they set out to mark the First World War centenary in 2014. A long piece, by poet and professor … Continue reading

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Man with Bombe Alaska front coverMan with Bombe Alaska by Kate Behrens (poet)


Sunday, 9 August, 2015 – Last day! See Julia Trickey’s work at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art

The “Joy of Spring” exhibit at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at Kew, has been running since February 2015.  If you have not been to see the stunning works of some of the finest botanical illustrators working today, you have … Continue reading

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Review: David Attwooll’s The Sound Ladder reviewed by Wendy Klein

If you haven’t already read it, take a look at the review of David Attwool’s “The Sound Ladder” posted on londongrip.co.uk, an international online cultural magazine. The reviewer, Wendy Klein finds much to enjoy in an ambitious new collection. Order … Continue reading

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Writing_on-the_Wall_Cover_finalThe Writing on the Wall: An Anthology of Reading’s Latin Inscriptions by Peter Kruschwitz (author)


Make it a summer outing: Summer Exhibition at The Robins Nest Gallery

Two Rivers Press artist, Sally Castle’s artwork for “Henley Regatta” in the recently published “Thomas Hardy: Places and Other Poems” is part of the Summer Exhibition 2015 at the Robins Nest Gallery, as is, the fish print for the cover of Ian House’s … Continue reading

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16 June – 30 August 2015: Summer Exhibition at the Robins Nest Gallery

    Two Rivers Press artist and letterer, Sally Castle, is exhibiting in the annual Summer Exhibition at The Robins Nest Gallery.  Come and enjoy Sally’s and the other artists’ exploration of the exhibition theme, Water.   Where: The Robin’s … Continue reading

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SPECIAL OFFER: Pre-publication price and free shipping on  “A Wild Plant Year” by Christina Hart-Davies

Award winning, botantical artist and illustrator,  Christina Hart-Davies  presents, A Wild Plant Year: The History, Folklore and Uses of Britain’s Flora,  a lavishly illustrated book on the cultural, social, folkloric and medicinal history of British wild plants. The perfect gift for any nature-lovers, nostalgia-buffs, … Continue reading

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Wild_Plant_Year_Cover_finalA Wild Plant Year: The History, Folklore and Uses of Britain’s Flora by Christina Hart-Davies (author, artist)


June 30, 2015: Inpress poem of the week ‘Nightwalking’ by David Attwooll

Posted on the InPress website, June 30, 2015 by Pete Hebden: David Attwool’s great new collection The Sound Ladder (Two Rivers Press, 2015), contains, among other fine poems, a sequence called “Ground Work”, made up of one poem for each … Continue reading

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June 13-14, 2015: Whiteknights Studio trail: Bring some art into your life

A weekend of inspiring and inspired activity – Free for the whole family! The Whiteknights Studio Trail is a fantastic opportunity to see a fabulous range of art and craft in the area of Whiteknights, Reading. This free event, now … Continue reading

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TRP_Rilke_CoverThe Rilke of Ruth Speirs: New Poems, Duino Elegies, Sonnets to Orpheus, & Others by John Pilling (author, editor) Peter Robinson (poet, editor)


Nature Poetry Competition 2014: David Attwooll poem, Otmoor, commended

The results of the the RSPB and The Rialto’s Nature Poetry Competition are in.   The competition has been a great success, with over 3300 poems entered.  The judge, none other than, Simon Armitage, selected four prize winning poems and … Continue reading

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Radio program: “A Good Read” discusses Saunder’s “Christina the Astonishing”

Radio 4 Extra is re-running ‘A Good Read’ with Sarah Lefanu – this episode includes a discussion of Jane Draycott & Lesley Saunder’s “Christina the Astonishing”:  a collection of poems inspired by the life of an obscure medieval saint, Christina … Continue reading

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Thursday, 14 May 2015: Claire Dyer & Gill Learner launch anthology “Dance” in London

Two Rivers Press poet, Gill Learner, has a new poem in the new anthology, Dance published by The Emma Press.  And Two Rivers Press poet, Claire Dyer, will be reading from that very same anthology! So dance right over to … Continue reading

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Take a 3 minute break: Julia Trickey talks about her Post & Go British flora series

If you have not yet bought your copy of Plant Portraits by Post, just take three minutes and watch this lovely video about Julia Trickey’s stamp illustrations for the Royal Mail. Plant Portraits by Post is a beautiful exploration of … Continue reading

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cookeA Murmuration by David Cooke (poet)


Friday, May 22, 2015: Duncan Mackay takes EAT WILD to Stockholm, Sweden: May 18 registration deadline!

If you happen to be in Stockholm, Sweden on May 22, 2015 and are interested in food and sustainability, consider attending the seminar, The role of food culture for a sustainable landscape heritage,   at Swedish National Heritage Board, Storgatan 41, Stockholm. … Continue reading

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Saturday, 16 May 2015, 3pm: Victoria Pugh at open mic!

Two Rivers Press poet Victoria Pugh and Robin Thomas are giving a poetry reading and holding an open mic as part of the Caversham Arts Trail on Saturday 16th May 2015 at 3.00. Victoria might even read a poem from … Continue reading

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10 & 15 May, 2015: Open mikes in Reading….news from A. F. Harrold

Two Rivers Press poet, and children’s fiction author, A.F. Harrold sent us this note about upcoming open mike dates in Reading (UK). Sunday 10th May – Speakeasy – Oakford Social Club, 53 Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1PZ – 7.30pm? – … Continue reading

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Thursday, 14 May 2015: “Renewal” Some Poems for Spring

Ad Hoc Poets will be reading at Caversham Library Church Street, Caversham RG4 8AU on Thursday 14 May at 7.30 pm All welcome   For this event Ad Hoc Poets are: John Froy • Michael Hutchinson • Gill Learner Robin … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015, 2pm: Tune in to hear Claire Dyer on BBC Berkshire Book Club

Two River Press’ very own Claire Dyer  has been asked to be a regular on BBC Radio Berkshire’s afternoon show’s new book group BBC Radio Berkshire Book Club. Tune in this week, at  2.00 pm, for a discussion of Poldark, Winston Graham’s series … Continue reading

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Sunday, 3 May 2015 at 6pm: David Attwool and Peter Robinson read Poetry at The Albion Beatnik Bookstore Oxford

When: Sunday 3 May at 6pm Where: The Albion Beatnik Bookstore, 34 Walton Street Oxford OX2 6AA What exactly: David Attwooll and Peter Robinson will be reading from their respective new books, this time joined by the brilliant jazz pianist Frank Harrison. Tickets: … Continue reading

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Sunday, 3 May 2015: Two River Poets, Saunders, Utting and Dyer, read at 8pm!

Lesley Saunders, Susan Utting and Claire Dyer  are scheduled to read with other invited poets at d:two  in Henley on Sunday 3rd May @ 8.00 pm as  part of the Henley Arts Trail. Treat yourself to some word music, word … Continue reading

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Catching up with a poem by Kate Behrens

How many of us fall behind with our reading? If you find a little time, treat yourself to a catch up session. Make a cup of tea, a cup of coffee, pour a glass of wine and sit down and … Continue reading

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Sunday, 26 April, 2015: Join us for the launch of Attwooll’s “The Sound Ladder”

You are Invited!  What:  the launch of David Attwooll’s  poetry collection, “The Sound Ladder.”   There will be poetry and music. Come meet the poet, David Attwooll,  and the illustrator, Andrew Walton Where: Great Expectations, 33 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS … Continue reading

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Caught_on_Camera_CoverCaught on Camera: Reading in the 70s by Terry Allsop (author)


Tuesday, April 14, 2015: London Book Fair – Our poet, David Attwooll is there!

This year is the first year that the The London Book Fair will host a Poetry Pavillion! Two Rivers Press poet, David Attwooll will join other poets in live readings at The Poetry Pavilion Party & Main Stage,  3.30-5.00pm. Don’t … Continue reading

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Review: a long review of The Arts of Peace in the English Association Newsletter

The Arts of Peace forces “…us to consider the possibility that war and peace are almost as unavoidable as they are inextricable. It is the fact that The Arts of Peace does not automatically accept war as a human and … Continue reading

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Support Two Rivers Press! Vote now!

Two Rivers Press has been shortlisted for Independent Business of the Year in the Alt Reading awards. Please take 10 seconds and vote for us.  It would be nice to be recognized for our mostly volunteer efforts to publish beautiful and … Continue reading

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Authors don’t just write: Claire Dyer gives advice to students

Two Rivers Press poet Claire Dyer (Eleven Rooms) is also the author of the novels The Perfect Affair and The Moment.  In March Claire Dyer visited Reading College to speak to Access to Higher Education Diploma students. Claire spoke to the Education … Continue reading

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Pre-order your copy of David Attwooll’s Sound Ladder

  It is with great excitement that we announce the forthcoming publication of David Attwooll’s poetry collection,  “The Sound Ladder”:    evocative poetry alongside evocative illustrations from Andrew Walton. “The Sound Ladder” will be published in April 2015 but you … Continue reading

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Claire Dyer wins 2015 Torriano Poetry Competition!

  19 March 2015 – Two Rivers Press would like to congratulate its poet, Claire Dyer, on her recent win of the 2015 Torriano Poetry Competition!   There is nothing quite like reading the words: 1st Prize One Small Act … Continue reading

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Feb 16-19, 2015: Half term craft activities at Reading Museum

During half term there are three opportunities for children to be inspired by Allen Seaby’s wildlife art at Reading Museum: Printing: All creatures great and small: 16 Feb 2015 Try your hand at a simplified version of the block printing … Continue reading

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Friday 13th and Saturday 14th February: Poetry workship at Reading Museum

Poet and educationalist Lesley Saunders is running two workshops at the Museum on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th February from 10.30-2pm. £25. To book email elaine.blake@reading.gov.uk Join acclaimed poet and educationalist Lesley Saunders for one of two workshops exploring the … Continue reading

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Until March 22, 2015: Reading Museum’s exhibition “Allen Seaby: Art and Nature”

Exhibition: Allen Seaby: Art and Nature Running from: 11 Oct 2014 To: 22 Mar 2015 Venue: Sir John Madejski Art Gallery, Reading Museum & Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH NOW OPEN. The first retrospective of this important artist … Continue reading

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Review: Ian House’s Nothing’s Lost is reviewed in The North, no. 53

Review of Nothing’s Lost by Ian House Review by Wendy Klein, published in The North, no. 53, Autumn 2014. In his second collection, Nothing’s Lost, Ian House portrays the world with all its objects, creatures and relationships through his own … Continue reading

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Saturday, 7 February, 2015: Become a Reading Detective! For children 5+!

  Are you 5 years or older? Do you live in Reading? Would you like to be a detective? Well, then, as part of the National Libraries Day, Two Rivers Press author Kerry Renshaw and photographer, Electra Colios,  will be … Continue reading

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Sound_Ladder_Cover_finalThe Sound Ladder by Andrew Walton (artist) David Attwooll (poet)


February, 2015 – 9 August, 2015: Trickey at Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew

The exhibition ‘The Joy of Spring’ will run from  February until 9 August 2015 at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at Kew.   Come see the works of wonderful botanical artists,  including Julia Trickey, author and illustrator of Plant Portraits … Continue reading

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Friday, January 16, 2015 – Poets’ Cafe, at South Street Arts Centre, with Adrian Blamires and Terry Cree

Friday 16th January – Poets’ Cafe, at South Street Arts Centre, South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU – 8pm doors – £4/£5 To start the year off,   Adrian Blamires and Terry Cree, both fine Two Rivers Press poets,  will appear at … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! A new year, a new poem from Victoria Pugh

Two Rivers Press wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2015 and offers this new poem. Trick or Treat by Victoria Pugh It’s the evening when the borders between the worlds are open. The doorbell rings:  “Trick or treat, Mister,” say … Continue reading

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Mairi MacInnes

Mairi MacInnes was born in 1925 in County Durham and educated in Yorkshire and at Somerville College, Oxford. In 1954 she married the American scholar and writer John McCormick and went to live with him in West Berlin, then an … Continue reading

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David Attwooll’s forthcoming collection The Sound Ladder on Facebook

Isn’t social media wonderful?  Everyone can get excited together.   New Two Rivers Press poet, David Attwooll’s collection The Sound Ladder will be published April 2015 but already friends and loved ones are getting excited.   Jenny Lewis has posted … Continue reading

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Friday, 19 December 2014: South Street Poets’ Cafe – Susan Utting, Claire Dyer & Lesley Saunders

When: Friday 19 December;  Doors open at 8pm, poetry begins at 8.30pm Where: South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU Cost:  Tickets £5, £4 readers   Writer, comedian and champion of all things poetical, A.F Harrold comperes Reading’s … Continue reading

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Christmas is coming….check out our bundles!

From November 20th to December 20th, 2014 we coupled up books into special bundles and applied a 20% discount in honour of Two Rivers Press 20 years in Reading. Searching for something perfect a colleague, friends,  family for Christmas?  Consider … Continue reading

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This weekend: November 7-9, 2014: The Reading Poetry Festival

Come one! Come all!  The Reading Poetry Festival takes place this weekend! Reading Poetry Festival 2014 will bring together many of the most exciting talents in contemporary UK poetry, with a strong emphasis on local writers and presses and on … Continue reading

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Sunday, November 9, 2014: Reading Poetry festival event: Writing War: The Arts of Peace

On Remembrance Sunday, join us for readings from First World War poetry and from The Arts of Peace: An Anthology of Poems, edited by Adrian Blamires and Peter Robinson. This gathering of newly composed poems addresses peace and war from … Continue reading

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Saturday, November 22, 2014: Sale of Peter Hay original works

When:  12-6pm Where:  24 New Road, Reading, Berkshire UK

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Read Julia Trickey’s “Painting for post”

An article by our author,  Julia Trickey appears in the November’s issue of The Artist magazine.  Julia describes the process researching and preparing the botantical illustrations used in the Royal Mail’s British Flora Post & Go series. The story is also … Continue reading

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21-22 October 2014: Royal Horticultural Society see works by Julia Trickey.

How’s this for a fabulous and uplifting thing to do next week? RHS London Shades of Autumn Show Taking place across the Lindley and Lawrence Halls, Tues 21 & Weds 22 Oct, this show is a glorious celebration of autumn … Continue reading

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Seaby book launched at Reading Museum

 Allen W Seaby Art and Nature by Martin Andrews, president of the Reading Guild of Artists, and Seaby’s grandson Robert Gillmor, who is a well-known wildlife artist himself was launched at Reading Museum on Saturday, October 11, 2014 It was a great … Continue reading

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Saturday, 18 October 2014: Poetry at The Albion Beatnik Bookstore Oxford

You are invited! What:   A poetry reading by Jane Draycott, Olivia Byard, Beatrice Garland, & Andrew Smardon.  Audience response and discussion will be encouraged. Refreshments available. Where:  The Albion Beatnik Bookstore,  34 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AU When:   … Continue reading

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23-24 October, 2015: Trickey exhibits at Royal Horticultural Society

Celebrate the glorious shades of autumn at the RHS London Shades of Autumn Show, 23–24 October 2015. Where:   RHS Horticultural Halls When: between 10am–7pm (23 October) and 10am–5pm (24 October). The 2015 RHS London Shades of Autumn Show is an … Continue reading

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Saturday, October 11, 2014: An Invitation to the opening of “Allen W. Seaby Art and Nature” at the Reading Museum

You are invited to the opening of Reading Museum’s new exhibition, including the launch of the latest publication from us, Two Rivers Press:  Allan W. Seaby, Art and Nature. The first retrospective of this important artist and much-loved local man. … Continue reading

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October Book of the Month: Bizzare Berkshire

In celebration of our 20th anniversary, every month we are discounted one of our books by 20% for the whole month; all the others are discounted 20% on the 20th of the each month! Lots of 20s…..!! October’s book is … Continue reading

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Be a part of it….National Poetry Day…..Thursday, 2 October, 2014

Be a part of National Poetry Day:  Attend a reading, write a poem, tie a poem to a tree, put one in your window.  Check you local papers and libraries for the poetry events closest to home or take the … Continue reading

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Review: Fox Talbot reviewed by Atherton & District Amateur Photographic Society

….tells the story of Fox Talbot’s photographic establishment. This it does in a lively but not patronising way, giving us some of the feel for the way things worked in those early days of the calotype process. I’ve always enjoyed … Continue reading

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Thursday, 2 October, 2014: HIGH WIRE ACT: POEMS OF FLIGHT with Claire Dyer, Susan Utting, and Lesley Saunders

As part of the four day Swindon Poetry Festival  (2-5 October 2014) , poets Claire Dyer, Susan Utting, and Lesley Saunders explore the meanings of flight, whether in balloons, space-ships and parachutes, or as imaginary birds, or in human relationships. … Continue reading

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An Invitation: Starting this Thursday, September 18, 2014

Two Rivers Press poet, Jane Draycott, extends an invitation to all of you.  Here it is: Starting 18 September I’m running a new FREE* ‘no-prep’ reading group, a weekly 90 minute meeting at the River & Rowing Museum in Henley, … Continue reading

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“The Art School Dance” front and center at Waterstones

If you happen to be in Waterstones in Reading,  take a look at their table top display.  There,  front and center,  is John Froy’s book “The Art School Dance“, a memoir of, as the sign on the display says, a … Continue reading

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plant portraits trickeyPlant Portraits by Post: Post & Go British Flora by Julia Trickey (author, artist)


September’s Book of the Month – 20% discount

In celebration of our 20th anniversary, every month we are discounted one of our books by 20% for the whole month; all the others are discounted 20% on the 20th of the each month! Lots of 20s…..!! September’s book is … Continue reading

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August’s Book of the Month – 20% off!

In celebration of our 20th anniversary, every month we are discounted one of our books by 20% for the whole month; all the others are discounted 20% on the 20th of the each month! Lots of 20s…..!! August’s book is … Continue reading

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Monday, 28 July 2014: “The Arts of Peace” launches at MERL’s Poetry in the Garden event

When: Monday 28th July  6.30pm Where: MERL (Museum of English Rural Life), Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX Cost: £3 NB: booking necessary at  +44 (0) 118 378 8660 or merlevents@reading.ac.uk You are invited to come along to  a summer’s evening … Continue reading

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SPECIAL OFFER….SPECIAL PRICE…..LIMITED TIME ONLY!

The Roman Town at Silchester, Calleva Atrebatum, in one of only six Roman towns which is no longer inhabited.  Why is that? Well, the University of Reading has been conducting an archaeological dig there every summer since 1997 in search … Continue reading

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Friday, August 1, 2014: An invitation to join us in celebrating “The Arts of Peace”

                The first of August 1914 saw the beginning of the war that was to end all wars and which, instead, ushered in a century of armed conflicts. Two Rivers Press marks the … Continue reading

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Review: John Froy’s The Art School Dance

Alison Oldham’s review of John Froy’s The Art School Dance appeared in the Ham & High (Hampstead and Highgate Express).  And here is what she said: “Things may come and things may go but the art school dance goes on forever” … Continue reading

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An invitation: Saturday, 19 July 2014: Forbury Family Fringe Day

We will be there (with all of our books, of course)  as part of the the Forbury Family Fringe Day, part of the Reading Fringe Festival (July 16-20,2014).  But we will only be there on one day of the three … Continue reading

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silchester finalSilchester: Life on the Dig by Jenny Halstead (author, artist) Michael Fulford (author)


28 July 2014: Save this date!

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Reading our poets in other places….

  Lesley Saunders’ poem, “On Nazim Gafurri Street”  appears in the Members’ Poems in  Poetry News  (Summer 2014). In every issue of Poetry News, a leading poet is asked for his or her pick of members’ poems on a chosen … Continue reading

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Warmest Congratulations! Frogmore Poetry Prize 2014 goes to Lesley Saunders!

Lesley Saunders has been awarded  the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2014 by Abegail Morley.  Isn’t that grand? We are so pleased for her!   She really is a splendid poet….and you should find out for yourself by treating yourself to her … Continue reading

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Review: Jean Watkins’ Scrimshaw

This review,  by Sue Kindon,  of Jean Watkins’ collection, “Scrimshaw” appears in The Interpreter’s House (issue 56). But as it is hard to read here on these images, you either have to subscribe to The Interpreter’s House to read the … Continue reading

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Hardy Places front cover finalThomas Hardy: Places and Other Poems by Peter Robinson (poet, editor) Sally Castle (artist, letterer) Thomas Hardy (author)


Allen_Seaby_CoverAllen W. Seaby: Art and Nature by Martin Andrews (artist, author) Robert Gillmor (author, artist)


Look at us!

Nothing can really take the place of Jacksons.  According to Wikipedia: Jacksons was an English department store chain. It was founded by Edward Jackson in September 1875. Its flagship branch was located in central Reading, Berkshire, occupying a prominent site, … Continue reading

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