Barred

Barred outer covers and spine artBarred – Tim Cranmore

Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2013, Tim Cranmore, launched his book of poetry ‘Barred’ at the Old Rec in June this year. Black Pear Press are pleased to confirm that the book is available via PayPal or from Amazon as a paperback or an eBook, see below.

Tim Cranmore was born in Worcestershire, England, and originally trained as a biochemist.
After a period in clinical research, he started making recorders at the Guildhall School of Music. He now travels the world with the recorders he makes and sells. Tim also runs courses on recorder making, he says that he and his colleagues ‘now feel that it is time for us to share what we know, and pass on the fruits of, in my case, 30 years of experience to anyone who wants it.’

Tim says he likes the idea of the 18th century musician producing a slightly worn instrument from the depths of his frock coat, and playing with his friends in the local coffee house. He is well known for his ability to make a recorder from a carrot and has entertained many with his demonstrations of doing just that!

Well known on the spoken word circuit, Tim became Worcestershire Poet Laureate in 2013. This, his first collection of poems, celebrates his time as Poet Laureate and includes poems about his carrot, plus favourites such as the beautifully melodic The Mermaid And The Mason and Tim’s humour in On My Bidet – For Catherine.

Tim holds a performer’s diploma in recorder, and has supplied many instruments to professional and amateur players all over the world during thirty years as a maker. His instruments have been used by leading players and are featured on a number of acclaimed CDs.

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The Girl From Midfoxfields

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Michael W Thomas’s latest collection of poems is available in both print and eBook versions from Black Pear and Amazon.

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About the Author

“Since 2004, Dr. Michael Wyndham Thomas has helped develop and spearhead the workshops for the Key West Robert Frost Poetry Festival. His hands-on teaching skills make poetry exciting for even the novice; his depth of knowledge is impressive.

Because he has endeared himself to everyone associated with the festival—and to many others who live on this island at the southernmost point in the United States—Michael is fondly referred to as the Poet at Large in the Conch Republic Navy”– Barbara Bowers, writer and journalist.

Many thanks from The Robert Frost Poetry Festival Committee, Key West, Florida.
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Michael Wyndham Thomas is an Irish-British writer and lived in Canada for a number of years. He now lives in Worcestershire. He is an internationally-known poet, fiction-writer, dramatist and musician. His poetry, prose and scripts have appeared in Critical Survey, English, The English Review, Fire, The Interpreter’s House, Iron, The London Magazine, Other Poetry, Pennine Platform, Stand, Staple and The Swansea Review (UK), as well as Poetry Salzburg Review and The National Gazette (Tirana), Alive!, From the Horse’s Mouth, Grain and Reflections (Canada), Etchings (Australia),The Black Mountain Review and Irish University Review (Ireland) and The Antioch Review, Magazine Six, Modern Haiku, Muscadine Lines and The Secret of Salt (USA). He also reviews for Other Poetry (Durham, UK), Poetry Nottingham (UK), Under The Radar (Rugby, UK) and The Journal of American Haiku (Toronto). His most recent reviews have appeared in The London Magazine and the TLS.

Since April, 2004, Michael has been poet-in-residence at the annual Robert Frost Poetry Festival, Key West, Florida. In consequence, he is Poet-at-Large in the Navy of the Conch Republic of Key West. Other recent events outside the UK include readings at Linnaeus University, Sweden and at Tampere University, Finland. Most recently, he gave the keynote address at Poems Are Being Written, a conference on contemporary poetry at the University of Portsmouth, November 2013.

Michael’s novel Pilgrims at the White Horizon was published by TQF, September 2013, and his poetry collection Batmans Hill, South Staffs was published by Flipped Eye International editions, December 2013.

He is available for readings, workshops and seminars on both the practice and the theory of poetry writing.

Website: www.michaelwthomas.co.uk

E-mail: michaelw.thomas@btinternet.com
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What the critics say about Michael W. Thomas’s poetry:

‘Michael Thomas’ poems are rich with the details of past and present lives.  They explore the wildest possibilities of those lives with passion and humour.’
–Alison Brackenbury.

‘Michael W. Thomas’s poetry shows a real sense of exploration and discrimination of fine states of feeling…. Thomas cuts away all dead weight, creating a sense of economy with richness, and is not afraid of using a phrase that in a lesser craftsman’s hands would bring a sneer…. His language is vigorous and street-wise and his poetic tools work on experience in Coleridgean mode, dissolving, diffusing, dissipating in order to create a surprising world.’
–Peter de Ville, Poetry Salzburg Review.

‘Thomas is a poet who deals with the muscular and descriptive qualities of language…. The poetry often launches itself at the reader in a way that is both terse and direct [and] perhaps more sensory than sensual. Metaphor is often employed in a strange and imaginative way. Many of the poems deal with the domestic sphere, but Thomas also writes about unusual or imagined scenarios [and] is not afraid to write about many different subjects.’
–Maria Taylor, Under The Radar.

‘What is this man doing to me? I want easy references, polite allusions. I don’t want my thoughts to be shattered, to fall down like a wet wave! Michael Thomas tears the traditions of metaphors and similes apart. One feels each word took him hours to select before he cemented it in place; he has complete control of his medium. An American poet would shun some of his subjects—but I know my blood ran cold and then hot when I read [the poems] carefully. For me, they tossed Eliot’s spoonfuls on the rug and announced the new ‘Howl!’ Always his language is terse and efficient. No words are wasted on poetical indulgences.’
–Kirby Congdon, US poet, dramatist, editor and associate of the Beat Poets; author of Selected Poems and Prose Poems and New Mystic, Connecticut, Sixty-Five Years Ago.

‘The language throughout has a grit and tactility that seems distinctly British to this American ear. It has a bite which is, however, always without animus, ironic rather than sarcastic. These are poems that show abundant compassion, feeling for family, and affectionate regard for all the various characters Thomas encounters and describes.’
–Barry George, US poet and haiku master, author of Wrecking Ball and Other Urban Haiku, instructor at Spalding MFA Summer Residency, Louisville, Kentucky.

 

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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Black Pear Anthology – Paperback and eBook

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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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In the UK, follow this link for the paperback from Amazon: Short Stories from Black Pear Vol 1 and this link for the eBook version: Short Stories from Black Pear Vol 1

Our readers in the USA and worldwide can find the paperback here: Short Stories from Black Pear Vol 1 and the eBook: Short Stories from Black Pear Vol 1

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…

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 🙂