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All about Two Rivers Press and the challenges it faces

Two Rivers Press is  featured in ‘meet the member‘ on the IPG (Independent Publishers Guild) website.  Have a read and learn what challenges Reading’s own publisher faces!

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Gill Learner wins poetry prize “100 Words for 100 Years”

  Congratulations to Gill Learner, winner of Hampshire County Council’s ‘100 words for 100 years’ competition. The competition was inspired by the Imperial War Museum’s Centena project, which commissioned 100 writers to write 100 words about the First World War.  … Continue reading

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Announcing the Botanical Art Series

Announcing our new series featuring distinguished botanical artists, their work and their inspiration. Intentionally both beautiful and useful, these handy-sized paperbacks are designed to be taken anywhere, referred to, collected and gazed at. Each book brings out the personality of … Continue reading

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Two Rivers Press author, Duncan Mackay, elected to the Council of the National Trust

Congratulations to Duncan Mackay;  his years of active participation in the conservation of our natural heritage is at the core of his successful run for Council of the National Trust. You may be familiar with one of the many books … Continue reading

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

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

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2 June 2018: Duncan Mackay celebrates Octavia Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hear poets Lesley Saunders and Philip Gross!

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

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

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

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Review: Becci Louise’s Octopus Medicine

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

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Louisa Campbell on “What Lies Within” by Claire Dyer

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

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

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

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

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

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Riverside walks with Geoff Sawers – success!

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

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

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

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

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

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Deafness and poetry: Susan Utting interviewed for The Limping Chicken

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

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Review: The Shady Side of Town gets glorious review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition: winners

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

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Claire Dyer’s next novel: The Last Day

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

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Reading Cultural Awards 2017: Two Rivers Press nominated

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

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The Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition 2017: final shortlist

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

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Lesley Saunders wins Candlestick Press/Cloud Appreciation Society competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Review: Dyer’s collection “Interference Effects”

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

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Lesley Saunders’ translation of Horta wins Stephen Spender prize

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

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

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

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November 2016 reviews

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

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Ulric Spencer (1930 – 2016)

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

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Winners of University of Reading’s Creative Writing Competition!

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

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Interference Effects by Claire Dyer

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

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Reading Gaol

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

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

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

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

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

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6 October 2016: National Poetry Day celebrated with Susan Utting

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

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6 October 2016: National Poetry Day celebrations feature Claire Dyer

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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