Chatterton

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GREAT NEWS! Chatterton is out as an eBook! To read on Kindle and other platforms click here.

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Black Pear Press published ‘Chatterton’, a series of poems about the 17 year old starving poet in a garret, Thomas Chatterton. Did he commit suicide or was it an accidental death? You decide.

Polly Stretton has created a series of poems about Thomas Chatterton from the viewpoints of those who loved or were somehow influenced by him, gathered around the foot of his deathbed, remembering and commenting on his life.

Polly says, ‘I’ve loved the Henry Wallis painting (shown on the pamphlet cover) since I studied the pre-Raphaelites – it’s been the inspiration for this series.’

Award winning novelist, Carrie Rubin said, ‘Chatterton – A Series of Poems explores loved ones’ possible reactions to young Thomas Chatterton’s death, using Henry Wallis’s painting Death of  Chatterton as a launching point. The verses are wonderfully visceral, and I enjoyed learning about this tragic young lad. The poem by “The Mother” about broke my heart. Only Ms. Stretton could get me to read a collection of themed poems. And I’m so glad I did!’

Chris Moran wrote to say, ‘Just to let you know your books arrived and I have totally devoured mine! I shall read it again and again. I’m looking forward to sending it to my friend in America…’

Poet Alex Carr-Malcolm said, ‘If you haven’t already ordered a copy, I can thoroughly recommend this collection. What a unique idea to look at many viewpoints. Each with their own take on the life and death of Chatterton. Beautiful poetry, an anthology that you will delve into again and again. Thought provoking and profound – a must for every collection.’

Writer Jenifer Granger said ‘This series puts me in mind of Russian poetry, in the best possible sense.’

Chatterton was performed by writers at 42 Worcester 30th April 2014, at Coach House Writers 1st May 2014 and by writers from Worcester Writers’ Circle 12th June 2014.

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Polly Stretton is a member of Worcester Writers’ Circle and part of the Worcestershire Literary Festival team. She has performed her poetry at spoken word events such as Worcester SpeakEasy, 42 Worcester, Mouth & Music, and at The Poetry Place in Covent Garden. Her writing has been published in many anthologies, most recently, Slants of Light, The Paragram Poetry Prize Anthology in which she was shortlisted with her poem Latent. Last year she was published in The dVerse Anthology: Voices of Contemporary World Poetry. Polly released the first edition of Girl’s Got Rhythm in 2012 and the second edition in 2014.

 

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Look out Kidderminster! Black Pear Press at BHG!

If you missed our Launch event in December, here’s a second chance. Black Pear Press will launch their Short Stories Anthology 16:30 Sunday 16 March in Kidderminster DY10 1EW at The BHG (Boar’s Head Gallery), the venue used for Mouth & Music.

The stories in the anthology reflect the diverse talents of people living and writing in Worcestershire, the Black Pear County.

Black Pear Press will regularly publish novels, poetry and short stories, with some of its publications originating from the Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe.

There will be a 500-word or less extract from each contributor listed below. Following the readings there will be book signings. We hope you’ll relax and enjoy a chat with all who’ve been involved 🙂

The writers / readers are:

Mike Alma
Kevin Brooke
Tim Butler
Alan Durham
Tana Durham
Rod Griffiths
Tony Judge
Andy Kirk
Damon Lord
Alison May
Andrew Owens
Dunstan Power
Polly Robinson
Suz Winspear

We’ll look forward to seeing you there.

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LitFest Flash Anthology Launch

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Worcestershire LitFest and Fringe is launching the second Flash Fiction anthology from writers in the WLF Flash Fiction competition. Black Pear Press is pleased to publish this anthology. Selected writers will be reading their Flashes Sunday 19 January 2014, starting at 4pm.

Competition organiser and judge, Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn, and judge Calum Kerr, will be at Drummonds, The Swan With Two Nicks, 28 New Street, Worcester WR5 1BU. We may be treated to one or two of their own Flashes!

Copies of the anthology will be available – perfect gifts throughout the year – come along to the launch event and get yours signed by the authors!

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UK customers can get ‘Short Stories from Black Pear’ via PayPal.  You are getting 34 different short stories by talented writers in one book.

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A brilliant book to take on the train or for when you’re waiting to do something else – so good to have a set of short stories to hand that you can dip in and out of…

Get your copy of our first anthology here!

We’re delighted to announce that our first anthology is now available from Amazon.

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Today’s the Day!

The launch of our first short story anthology – great grub – good drink – super writers reading extracts from their published work. What’s not to like? Hope you’re planning to be at Drummonds in Worcester for 7.30pm 🙂

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