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Lilies for Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017: Susan Utting at Loose Muse

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, 1 May 2017: Reading Mayday Tree festival

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

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017: Susan Utting in Chichester

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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28 July 2014: Save this date!

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June 14 & 15: Whiteknights Studio Trail

Join us for this year’s Whiteknights Studio Trail. Two Rivers Press will be exhibiting with Sally Castle at 24 New Road. There will be refreshments and, in celebration of the publication of our first two children’s books, an open mic … Continue reading

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Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15: Family-friendly activities at the Whiteknights Studio Trail 2014.

In celebration of our 20th Anniversary and coinciding with the fact that we have just published our first two children’s books, we are pleased to announce that the 24 New Road venue will feature something for everyone this year! Learn … Continue reading

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May 24, 2014: Join us to “Beat the Bounds” – a historic walk in Reading!

Join us May 24th for the Beating the Bounds!   Beating the bounds is an ancient custom still observed in some English and Welsh parishes. Under the name of the Gangdays the custom of going a-ganging was kept before the … Continue reading

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May 11, 2014: Book Launch at the Hollywell Music Room, Oxford

The Owl and the Pussycat has a unique and celebrated status in nonsense literature, with strength of story, simplicity of imagery, and perfection of rhythms. Matt Black, poet, and Pip Hall, illustrator, have been inspired by this poem to create … Continue reading

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