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)

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

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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



‘Tales From The Forest’–a great read

Front Cover TalesA successful playwright, Mark Billen has turned his hand to short stories. He says ‘You won’t find The Forest, Whytteford, Humbury, Salchester, or any of the villages, on a map.’ His wonderful locations in which ‘Tales from the Forest’ is set include Whytteford, with a church in ‘a rather isolated spot in a hidden valley,’ and Brookford, where Great-Aunt Brenda lived.

As a successful playwright, Mark continues to have his plays for children such as ‘Cinderella’s Sisters’ and ‘The Love for Three Oranges’ performed worldwide.

You can get copies of Mark’s first book of short stories direct from Black Pear Press here:

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The paperback book and the eBook are available on Amazon.

Mark’s other works include the stories of Henry and Fred, two teddy bears, and are enjoyed by children everywhere. Mark is very proud that the bears’ hard work has raised over £2000 for Action for Children.

Email Mark at:
See his plays here:

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 🙂

Black Pear Press is coming …

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Make a date? Black Pear Press will launch their first anthology on Wednesday 4 December at Drummonds in Worcester.  Watch this space and our Facebook Page for more details as things become organised – we’ll publish our brand new email addresses and keep you up to date online.