2016 New Archive

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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