‘Pressed Flowers’

A wonderful, touching launch evening with all the poets who wrote for Pressed Flowers. This anthology of poems is an uplifting collection of poetry from poets in Worcestershire and beyond. Pressed Flowers, collated by Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2019 Charley Barnes and Polly Stretton of Black Pear Press is full of joy and beauty. Get yourContinue reading “‘Pressed Flowers’”

Congratulations on two great reviews

The Stations of the Day is receiving good reviews—our sincere congratulations to Michael W. Thomas. Reviews Review published by The Writers’ Corner Michael W. Thomas, The Stations of the Day Written by Crossroads Published 28th October 2019 ISBN 978-1-910322-97-0  64pp, paperback, gloss covers  £7.00 Publication date: October 2019 In this, his tenth title, Michael W.Continue reading “Congratulations on two great reviews”

Pressed Flowers

A poetry anthology coordinated by Worcestershire Poet Laureate Charley Barnes and Polly Stretton of Black Pear Press as a result of sharing sunflower poems. Charley’s sunflower poem ‘Helianthus Forest’ won her the laureateship in 2019 and features in the anthology. Charley says, ‘We put our heads together and decided that, given the many talented poetsContinue reading “Pressed Flowers”

Jill Todd comes to Malvern

Jill Todd signed copies of her locally-based novel, ‘Echo of Bells’, at W.H.Smith in Great Malvern in October 2019. The Malvern Hills in winter play a major role in this atmospheric thriller from Black Pear Press, in which a young couple must unearth the secrets of their family’s tragic history or risk losing everything—including theirContinue reading “Jill Todd comes to Malvern”

Review – The Portswick Imp

Part of a review by Sarah Hegarty recently published in Writing in Education Review, Sarah Hegarty, Writing in Education, no. 78 (Autumn, 2109) A sense of yearning for a simpler time, long gone, permeates some of [Michael W. Thomas’s] tales. The title story, told in the voices of a husband and wife, traces his boyhoodContinue reading “Review – The Portswick Imp”

Pick Your Own

Reviews Pick Your Own is a beautiful collection of poems which prove that time travel is, in fact, possible. The childhood memories are particularly impressive and well captured. The sense of loss, of a father and of a child self,  permeates the collection. There are moments that caught my heart – especially in Creature –Continue reading “Pick Your Own”