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The Driftwood Tree

by John Benn &

Catherine Edmunds




Gustav Holst

the Man and his Music

by Michael Short




An Abridged History of

The Trades and Labour


by Terry McCarthy

New Edition





Guest publication


CORBYN: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics

by Richard Seymour



Guest publication:

The Prostitute State


The Prostitute State

by Donnachadh McCarthy





The meeting place of eight poets

*eight of the best from the Earlyworks Press Poetry Collection Competition*


Georges Perec is my hero

by Caron Freeborn

*Winner of the Earlyworks Press Poetry Collection Competition, 2014*







the meeting place of eight poets

ed. Catherine Edmunds & Mandy Pannett

Convergence, n, the act or point of converging; the movement of eyes focusing on an object; the meeting place of eight poets.

Many forces converge in this anthology, not least the eight finalists from the Earlyworks Press Poetry Collection Competition: Andie Lewenstein, John Wilks, Eilidh Thomas, Anthony Watts, June Wentland, Mick Evans, Rata Gordon and Angela Arnold. 

Walk through a wood with Andie Lewenstein, taste icicles made of sugar, brick-dust of cinnamon spice; listen with John Wilks as his iPod plays and re-plays the long gap of silence; watch the bubble-wrap rain with Eilidh Thomas, rescue survivors of a last willow set; mutter made-up Latin with Anthony Watts as the Magi return with their terrible gifts; plant impressionable foliage in June Wentland’s gothic-stemmed garden as it dreams of Manderley; question Plato at St Pancras with Mick Evans, discover new geometry in a corollary of bones; bring garlic and chutney to Rata Gordon, peel tiny white hairs off mandarins; meet with Angela Arnold (or almost) in a world of ifs and whens.

In this anthology we have a range of styles, themes and settings – from countryside to city, from lyric to experiment. We feel it is an intriguing, fascinating and moving selection – dip into it, read from cover to cover, read again and again and enjoy.

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ISBN 978-1-910841-23-5      Cover art © 2015 Catherine Edmunds

This anthology is the culmination of the long process of judging the 2014 Earlyworks Press Poetry Collection Competition. Five poet-adjudicators, after weeks of discussion, selected finalists, called for more poems from those authors, then selected a winner and a small group of runners-up from those. 

The winner, Caron Freeborn now has a collection published by Circaidy Gregory Press (see below) but the final choice in the competition was as much about personal taste as any one set of poems being in all senses ‘better’. The poets featured in this anthology are the runners-up – poets whose potential collections came so close to being winners and whose writings, it seemed to everyone concerned, were just too good not to be published together, too outstanding not to be shared.

You can find out more about Earlyworks Press competitions from the website here...

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Photos: Circaidy Gregory and Earlyworks Press

celebrate 'a Convergence' at Exeter Street in Brighton