Alison Oldham’s review of John Froy’s The Art School Dance appeared in the Ham & High (Hampstead and Highgate Express). And here is what she said: “Things may come and things may go but the art school dance goes on forever” … Continue reading
Lesley Saunders’ poem, “On Nazim Gafurri Street” appears in the Members’ Poems in Poetry News (Summer 2014). In every issue of Poetry News, a leading poet is asked for his or her pick of members’ poems on a chosen … Continue reading
Lesley Saunders has been awarded the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2014 by Abegail Morley. Isn’t that grand? We are so pleased for her! She really is a splendid poet….and you should find out for yourself by treating yourself to her … Continue reading
This review, by Sue Kindon, of Jean Watkins’ collection, “Scrimshaw” appears in The Interpreter’s House (issue 56). But as it is hard to read here on these images, you either have to subscribe to The Interpreter’s House to read the … Continue reading
Nothing can really take the place of Jacksons. According to Wikipedia: Jacksons was an English department store chain. It was founded by Edward Jackson in September 1875. Its flagship branch was located in central Reading, Berkshire, occupying a prominent site, … Continue reading
Poets are busy people. They write poems. They give readings. They enter competitions. They publish their poems in collections. They are amazing and we love them here at Two Rivers Press. Our very own Susan Utting has, just this … Continue reading
Rarely do we send customers to another site to buy one of our books, but this deal is too good to not pass along. There’s an opportunity to purchase ‘Foreigners, Drunks & Babies’ by Peter Robinson at the special price … Continue reading
The first copies of Reading Detectives are on their way to Reading Museum for the official launch tomorrow, May 28, 2014, but already we are getting a bit of press attention. We DID get a lovely piece in the Primary … Continue reading
“….Terry Cree quickly drew me in with his delightful use of words and immaculate pencil sketches. Cree’s use of language and images feed off each other to make an unusual book.” So says Sarah Gonnet, in her review of … Continue reading
Two Rivers Press would like to congratulate Lesley Saunders. Her poem “Fray” is one of the commended poems of this year’s 2014 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. On inspiration for “Fray” Lesley says: ‘During last year’s Hippocrates symposium day at … Continue reading
Two Rivers Press would like to congratulate poet, Jane Draycott on winning the £5000 2014 Open International Hippocrates first prize. The award was made at an awards ceremony in London at the Royal Society of Medicine on 10 May 2014. … Continue reading
In celebration of our 20th anniversary, every month we are discounted one of our books by 20% for the whole month; all the others are discounted 20% on the 20th of the each month! Lots of 20s…..!!! Down by the … Continue reading
Two Rivers Press is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year: 20 years of publishing in Reading, about Reading, for Reading! Thank you Reading for helping us make reach this 20 year mark! In celebration, we are offering a special discount: … Continue reading
“This first collection is the work of an experienced poet who combines emotional wisdom with technical finesse, and is beautifully presented by Two Rivers.” So says Rosie Johnston in her review of Jean Watkins’ Scrimshaw which appears on the online cultural magazine, … Continue reading
It is a wonderful thing to start the new year with positive reviews of three collections published in the Two Rivers Press, First Collection Series. Belinda Cooke reviews Kate Behrens’ The Beholder, Claire Dyer’s Eleven Rooms and Jean Watkins’ … Continue reading
We love poetry. We know you love poetry, too. To celebrate National Poetry Day, today, October 3, 2013 we are offering a one day only, 25% discount on each and every one of our 31 poetry titles. Click here to … Continue reading
The Point of Inconvenience maps the decline and death of Ashley Harrold’s late mother. There is pathos and dignity in his writing. The poems are deeply felt, often lyrical, but there is also whimsy and particularly humour to be found … Continue reading
Ian Caws writes that “…the poems in Claire Dyer’s first collection resonate with emptiness and surfaces…There is a perpetual underlying echo of transience…the poems are about a brush rather than an encounter with the world. They create an enlivening experience … Continue reading
This extract is from a review, by Wendy Klein, of A.F. Harrold‘s collection The Point of Inconvenience which appears in ‘The North’. ‘Poignant, honest, and reflective, A.F. Harrold’s memoriam to his mother avoids Onegin’s inherent callousness. In shudderingly accurate poetry, … Continue reading
This is a review by Jane Seraillier of The Art School Dance – A Memoir, by John Froy The Art School Dance – A Memoir, by John Froy “Life must be lived forwards, but can only be understood backwards” (Kierkegaard). … Continue reading
On Sunday 15th, 12-2pm, Two Rivers Press hosted a literary lunch at the Great Expectations Hotel & Bar on London Street. Two of our authors launched their new books: Foreigners, Drunks & Babies by Peter Robinson, and The Art School … Continue reading
Our very own poet, Claire Dyer, will see her novel, The Moment, published September 12, 2013. It is all very exciting, indeed! The book, in paperback and electronic formats, is available directly from the publisher, Quercus. From the back … Continue reading
Tom Phillips’ newly published collection, Recreation Ground is reviewed by David Cooke in the June/July 2013 issue of The London Magazine. Tom Phillips has waited a long time before publishing this collection, but the wait has been worth it. Recreation … Continue reading
On April 25th, The Reading Chronicle reported A POET whose words “gleam and glitter” on the page marked the launch of her new anthology with nearly 200 fans. Claire Dyer was at Waterstone’s in Broad Street on Thursday, April 12, … Continue reading
From Get Reading, 17 April 2013. Eleven Rooms captures transient moments Reading poet Claire Dyer launched her debut poetry collection last week. Sophie Harrison chats to the poet about her work. Reading poet Claire Dyer had double cause for celebration … Continue reading
When Sally Castle designed her first book for Two Rivers Press, she could not have imagined that fifteen years after Rimbaud’s The Drunken Boat hit the booksellers’ shelves, she would be completing her thirtieth book cover for Two Rivers. And … Continue reading
All of us at Two Rivers Press would like to congratulate our poet, Jane Draycott, on her success in this year’s National Poetry Competition. Jane won second prize with her poem, “Italy to Lord”. Established in 1978, the Poetry Society’s … Continue reading
John Field, has posted a review of A.F. Harrold’s new poetry collection, The Point of Inconvenience on his blog, Poor Rude Lines. He makes comparison to the poetry of Larking and writes: The Point of Inconvenience, A. F. Harrold’s collection … Continue reading
A treat, a treat….two poems by Claire Dyer can be read here today!
This week’s poem is ‘Life After Wartime’ by Tom Phillips, and comes from his collection Recreation Ground, published by Two Rivers Press. Click here to read it. Last week’s came from Kate Behrens’s collection, The Beholder (read it here) both … Continue reading
This review of Susan utting’s collection Fair’s Fair appears on issue No. 9 of Blackbox Manifold, on online forum with a slant towards innovative poetry that has prose, narrative, or sequences in its sights. Susan Utting’s collection from Two Rivers … Continue reading
Monday 18 February 2013 Two Rivers Press is delighted that the poem “Otterspool Prom” by our poetry editor, Peter Robinson, has been selected to be The Guardian’s Poem of the Week. Carol Rumens writes, “Robinson’s sonnet to Britain’s early spring … Continue reading
This review was so lovely we thought we would share it with you again and point to the reviewer Dr. Todd Swift’s blog on which it first appeared way back in 2011. Wednesday, 8 June 2011 Review: Reading Poetry I … Continue reading
January 28, 2013 – Lesley Saunders’ poem ‘Fairchild’s Mule’, from her collection Cloud Camera, is this week’s poem on the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre. To read the poem please visit: http://www.poetry.brookes.ac.uk/poemoftheweek/
PETER ROBINSON AT SIXTY Our poetry editor Peter Robinson’s many and various contributions to contemporary poetry are celebrated in the latest issue of the Sheffield-based Blackbox Manifold. ‘Peter Robinson at Sixty’, edited by Adam Piette, contains a group of … Continue reading
Extracts from David Cooke’s review of Susan Utting’s in The North 49 http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/shop/815/489/north-49 Fair’s Fair is dedicated to the memory of ‘Sue and Ron of the Blue Ball Inn’… In ‘Lament for Susie Green’, the poet has composed a litany … Continue reading
On December 10th, 2012, Victoria Pugh, local poet and Two Rivers Press author, performed a number of her works as part of Wokingham’s 2012 Living Advent Calendar. There were funny poems, a Christmas poem, a shopping poem, a sad poem … Continue reading
Susan Utting’s poem Naked, from her collection “Fair’s Fair“, is Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre‘s ‘weekly poem’ this week!
In the November 2102, issue of Magma Poetry (The Visible and the Invisible), issue 54, on page 13, there is a review of Susan Utting’s poetry collection, Fair’s Fair. The reviewer, David Morely, writes: “The strengths of Susan Utting’s … Continue reading
Eat Wild and Duncan Mackay featured on a live BBC Berkshire foraging broadcast within the Henry Kelly radio show on Saturday 8 September. Eat Wild also featured in a letter ‘If in doubt, don’t eat it’ by Duncan Mackay printed … Continue reading
Below is an extract from the review “Unlit Rooms” by Michael Hulse which appears in POETRY REVIEW Volume 102:3 Autumn 2012 p119-120 Unlit Rooms MICHAEL HULSE Lesley Saunders, Cloud Camera, Two Rivers Press, £8.99, ISBN 9781901677812 Stephen Edgar, The Red … Continue reading
Two Rivers Press poet, Kate Noakes talks with Lisa Burkitt about writing, inspiration and working cash jobs! Read the full interview here. Kate’s first collection, Ocean to Interior, was published by Mighty Erudite Press in December 2007 and Kate’s second … Continue reading
The words with which Leontes announced to his Sicilian court his admission of guilt and his determination to seek forgiveness through a recognition of the everyday quality of life, a quality only recognisable to those whose eye is firmly based … Continue reading
Fair’s Fair by Susan Utting Two Rivers Press, £7.95 Review Extract Susan Utting is never intimidating. Her poems welcome you in and they are invariably well made. They sound good too: it’s a pleasure to encounter a collection that flows … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from a Michael S. Begnal’s guest review of Kate Behrens’ The Beholder which appears in its entirety as the Thursday, 26 July 2012 post here. Kate Behrens is a poet active in Reading, England, and was … Continue reading
Jessica Mayhew is currently a student at the University of Northampton, studying English Literature and Creative Writing. She has had poems published in several magazines including The Seventh Quarry. Of Lesley Saunder’s new collection Cloud Camera she writes: “Cloud Camera evokes … Continue reading
This review was first published in Acumen 73, May 2012. UNDOCUMENTED WORLDS A Mutual Friend: Poems for Charles Dickens edited by Peter Robinson, Two Rivers Press with the English Association, 7, Denmark Road, Reading, RG1 5PA. 101 pp. £10.00. In … Continue reading
The staff at Two Rivers Press would like to extend its heartfelt congratulations to Gill Learner, on winning theFellows’ Poetry Prize of the English Association with her poem The Dead of Night.
Mike Bartholemew-Biggs of Lond Grip has reviewed Susan Utting’s collection, Fair’s Fair. His concludes his review with this summary… I’d like to close by revisiting Utting’s dexterity with language. Besides her freely-scattered and lively compound adjectives, there are many other … Continue reading
In Our Own Hard Times by Andrew Mangham A Mutual Friend: Poems for Charles Dickens, edited by Peter Robinson, Two Rivers Press, 160pp, £10 (paperback) It is the time for Dickens. Should anybody be left in doubt, 2012 is the … Continue reading
Thanks to the collaboration of the poets anthologized and the team — coordinating editor Sally Mortimore, designer Nadja Guggi, and manager Barbara Morris — at Two Rivers Press, A Mutual Friend: Poems for Charles Dickens, co-published with the English Association … Continue reading
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 – Two Rivers Press had its Northern launch for Our Mutual Friend: Poems for Charles Dickens at The Portico Library, Manchester, UK. In celebration of the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, Two Rivers Press with the … Continue reading
Sunday, Feb 12, 2012 – Two Rivers Press launched Our Mutual Friend: Poems for Charles Dickens at the library of Reading’s Great Expectations Hotel and Bar. In celebration of the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, Two Rivers Press with the … Continue reading
7 February 2012 Marshalsea Quadrille: a poem for Charles Dickens by Carol Rumens appears in The Times Literary Supplement (TLS). It is one of the poems from our collection A Mutual Friend: Poems for Charles Dickens published in celebration of … Continue reading
6 February, 2012 “I Am Greatly Changed” by Richard Price, is this week’s poem of the week. It is a complex but poignant reinvention of Pip and Estella’s final meeting in Great Expectations. In the accompanying review of A Mutual … Continue reading
In celebration of the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, Two Rivers Press with the English Association present an anthology of new poems by contemporary writers responding to the life and work of this most enduringly popular of novelists: A Mutual … Continue reading
Reading, 16 January, 2012 Peter Robinson’s The Returning Sky (Shearsman Books) is published! This is a new collection of poems written since his return to live in Reading after nearly two decades in Japan. It is a Poetry Book Society … Continue reading
Seasons greetings from all of us at Two Rivers Press – and a big thank you to the many people who’ve been so supportive in 2011! We wish you laughter and good cheer throughout the holidays and 2012.
Keith Bennett reviews Gill Learner’s The Agister’s Experiment in South 44, October 2011. The Agister’s Experiment – Gill Learner Two Rivers Press £8.00 It ain’t poetry unless you learn something! This book will tell you something about the Women of … Continue reading
On Saturday, 5 November, 2011 The Reading Quiz Book and Bizarre Berkshire were launched at Waterstone’s in the Oracle (Reading, UK). For a chance to win free copies of the books, customers had the chance to participate in two short … Continue reading
Peter Robinson, poetry editor of Two Rivers Press, has been awarded a Poetry Book Society Recommendation in the Spring Quarter of 2012 for his new collection, The Returning Sky (Shearsman Books), to be published on January 15th. It contains the … Continue reading
Each year, the English Department of the University of Reading invites a published author to be the Creative Writing Fellow and to host a weekly series of writing workshops open to all! Two Rivers Press is delighted that Adrian Blamires … Continue reading
Lesley Saunders has been awarded first runner up in the Frogmore Poetry Prize. Established in 1987, the prize of two hundred guineas, is awarded annually.
We are delighted to announce that Gill Learner (The Agister’s Experiment, 2011) has won first place in open category of the 2011 Buxton Poetry Competition with her poem, Flashpoint. Flashpoint Summoned by email, Facebook, text, they push away slide-rules, teapots, … Continue reading
‘This anthology is edited by poet Peter Robinson, Professor of English and American literature at the University of Reading, with illustrations by Sally Castle. It’s a lovely dip into thoughts on Reading’s past, present and future and full of moments … Continue reading
Lesley Saunders (Her Leafy Eye, 2009 and Christina the Astonishing, 1998) is one of five runners up in the 2011 Cardiff International Poetry Competition.
Congratulations to our poet Lesley Saunders who has won the National Trust’s Landline Competition with her poem Leaf Goddess. Leaf Goddess The question of bracelets is the one about nakedness and what makes it, how her bare arm has just … Continue reading
“This collection reminds us of what is great about English poetry, despite its foibles, spats, conservative twinges and celebrity culture – its continuity, its depth of field, and its constant surprising relationship to wherever it happens to find itself.” So … Continue reading
21 May 2011 On his blog, A.F. Harrold reviews Reading Poetry.
Two Rivers Press is delighted to announce that their poets Peter Robinson and Susan Utting have both had poems selected to appear in the forthcoming Seren anthology, The Captain’s Tower: Poems for Bob Dylan at 70. Their poems will feature … Continue reading
The Poetry Book Society Bulletin, review of The Agister’s Experiment by Gill Learner “This first collection from Gill Learner displays a confidence usually seen in a much more experienced poet, though Learner herself has been widely feted, having been published … Continue reading
Lesley Saunders, author of Christina the Astonishing and Her Leafy Eye is one of six poets to be shortlisted for the 2010 Manchester Poetry Prize. In 2008, Lesley was the joint winner of the prize.
September 2010: Two Rivers Press Poetry Editor, Peter Robinson speaks to BBC Berkshire reporter, Jenny Minard about how the World Wide Web is helping the age old medium of poetry to thrive. Read “Poet Peter talks ahead of Henley … Continue reading
David Morely reviews Two Rivers Press poet, Lesley Saunders’ collection No Doves (Mulfran Press).
The North no 46 2010 Review by Belinda Coke Peter Robinson’s English Nettles is a delightful text to own, combining as it does the poet’s experience of relocation in his newly adopted home of Reading with Sally Castle’s delicately coloured … Continue reading
Sarah Hymas is a poet, puppeteer and sailor. She recently reviewed Kate Noakes’ collection “The Wall-Menders”. She writes: “This collection addresses many facets of our interaction with nature, and while some ring louder bells for me than others, all hold … Continue reading
This is Victoria Pugh’s first full collection, although her poems have appeared in anthologies and have won competitions. It is full of witty and accomplished poems with insights into the interface between self and the world. Perhaps the most immediately … Continue reading
Of Victoria Pugh’s “Mrs. Marvelous” Dilys Wood writes “This is an interesting, original and sometimes deeply moving first collection.” Here is the full review.
Two Rivers Press poet, David Greenslade talks about his travels, his interest in animals and his new poetry collection, Zeus Amoeba. To hear the interview, read a review of the collection and poems by David Greenslade go
We are delighted to announce that Lesley Saunders, author of Christina the Astonishing and Her Leafy Eye, is the joint winner of the first prize in the inaugural Manchester Poetry Prize. Lesley, a university professor, shares the £10,000 first prize … Continue reading