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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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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)