2017 News Archive

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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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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