Congratulations–Michael Wheatley

Black Pear Press is delighted to award the first Black Pear Press Prize For Fiction to University of Worcester graduate Michael Wheatley.Michael Wheatley cert.jpg


Kieran Davis–second poetry collection

Exciting news! Kieran Davis will launch his second poetry collection ‘Legacy,’ 21 July 2018 at Drummonds Bar, The Swan With Two Nicks, 28 New Street, Worcester WR1 2DP. Doors open at 15:45 for a 16:00 start. Come along and get copy––you may even get it signed!

Legacy––front cover.jpg

Debut—in the dark times—oakley

oakley’s first poetry collection was launched Sunday 4 March.

oakley is a poet, playwright, writer and performer from the West Midlands and the former Worcestershire Young Poet Laureate (2017)

C:/Users/HP/Documents/Writing Projects/Black Pear/In The Dark Ti

in the dark times is available directly from Black Pear Press at £6 per copy plus P&P.

For UK customers: buy-now-paypal

For non-UK customers: buy-now-paypal

Should you wish to purchase multiple copies please email and advise the number of copies you’d like; a PayPal link will be issued specifically for you.

“oakley’s considered words speak beautifully of the belligerence that has become our everyday. It is epic in its ache and soothing in its soulfulness.”

Sabrina Mahfouz

“truthful, damning, cathartic. 

oakley’s collection speaks of the rotting mulch we live in, hoping for new shoots to sprout.”


“a precious work holding an energy that makes the reader exhale in awe between each poem; oakley is really something.” 

—Caleb Femi—Young People’s Laureate for London


Join us, Thursday 15 March for a 7.30pm start, Drummonds Bar, The Swan With Two Nicks, 28 New Street, Worcester WR1 2DP – free entry and books will be available. Math will read accompanied by other voices poetic and musical.

Poster–Sabrina Bridge–15 March.jpg

Many of Math’s magical, moving and evocative poems were written in and about Worcester, and, he says ‘in many ways owe their existence to the support and enthusiasm of the people of the Worcestershire literary world.’

‘Math has a beautiful elegance with words, whether he is writing from a character’s or his own perspective there is always something to learn about the human condition.’
Jake Wild Hall—Boomerang Club, author of ‘Solomon’s World’

Math has been well-known and loved on the Worcester scene for many years and is now sharing his talents in London. He returns to Worcester for the launch of his first collection of poetry ‘Sabrina Bridge’ a celebration of Worcestershire with a mix of others including the magical ‘Puck In Love’:

‘…with Mustardseed. They kiss, of course—just tongues, / or lips, not both—keep something back.

Short Stories

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 by different and talented writers that you can dip in and out of…click here for more information

Anthology Front Cover kdp

Get ‘Short Stories from Black Pear’ via PayPal. Thirty-four different short stories in one book.

Available from Amazon here or, if you prefer, direct from the publishers:

UK postage:Buy Now Button with Credit Cards

Non-UK postage: btn_buynowCC_LG

Wonderful News! Seaglass And Other Stories is here!

The anthology of the first Black Pear Press Short Story Competition is available direct from Black Pear Press and also from Amazon as an eBook or a paperback, click here.

Seaglass front cover

Taking its title from the winning story ‘Seaglass’ by
Rebecca Burns, and consisting of twenty varied and marvellous short stories, this book is the perfect gift throughout the year. Get your copy direct from Black Pear Press via PayPal:

UK customers:


Non-UK customers:


The paperback book and the eBook versions are also available on Amazon click here.

Here’s some information about our winning writers:

Rebecca Burns is a writer of short stories. Her debut collection, ‘Catching the Barramundi’ was published by Odyssey Books in 2012 and longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Award in 2013. Rebecca was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011; winner of Fowey Festival of Words and Music Short Story Prize in 2013. Profiled as a writer on the Grassroutes Project, an Arts Council-funded project overseen by the University of Leicester, which showcases the best transcultural writers in the county. Read more of her work at

Runner-up Pam Plumb’s story ‘Sleeping Dragons’ captivated the judges with its characterisation and setting.

Pam is a writer of flash fiction and short stories, based in the North East of England. One of her stories, Seven Breaths, was included in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology ‘Eating My Words’. Other writing can be found online in the third ipamphlet from PaperSwans, as well as on Paragraph Planet, among others.

The ten short-listed writers:
Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire! JOANNE DERRICK
No Cause For Concern ALISON WASSELL
Sleeping Dragons PAM PLUMB
The Faraday Cage GRAEME HALL
The Jogger in the Park KEVIN BROOKE
and the ten selected entries:
As A Moat Defensive To A House BRIAN COMBER
I Have Put Away Childish Things BRIAN COMBER
Starry, Starry Night MEGANNE HEARNE
The Art Expert’s Child JENIFER GRANGER
The Expediter JAMES STARK
The Price Of Love JOSEPH GOVAN
Unfinished Business COURTNEY JENNINGS

Fifty Flashes Of Fiction

Fifty Flashes Of Fiction is here! FFoF Front Cover 2014The new anthology of Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe’s Flash Fiction competition is now available. This much awaited book was well-received at the launch in Worcester 30th November 2014. The audience were treated to readings from the first and second prizewinners and many other flash fashionistas. Get your copies via PayPal: UK customers: btn_buynowCC_LG NonUK customers: btn_buynowCC_LG

The paperback and eBook are available on Amazon click here.