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the Poetry on Stinging Nettles ebook cover

Would you like YOUR poem to be included in the Poetry on Stinging Nettles ebook ? – which will be available to buy from February 2016; and will be adorned by this wonderfully atmospheric cover by artist Peter Tinkler  If so – check back here in January 2016 – to see how to submit your poem(s) […]

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On meeting Matthew Oates

Despite a drizzly overcast day, I am beaming, when Matthew Oates arrives for this podcast recording in Cheltenham, immediately after he has been at an event at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2015, based on his book “In Pursuit of Butterflies”. Matthew has been extraordinarily kind to me over the past 5 years, after he heard that […]

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Writing on Stinging Nettles

Tall Nettles Matthew Oates, autumn 2015 – on Stinging Nettles, with a poem from Edward Thomas Be Nice to Nettles Week came and went, having stung no one into action. A highly successful ruderal dicotyledonous plant forming monospecific stands by rhizome spread… The stinging nettle is, after all, the most abundant broad-leaved plant in the […]

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Podcast on Stinging Nettles

Welcome! Here is a podcast on Stinging Nettles: Matthew Oates tells us in what way Stinging Nettles and Man are similar, as well as many fascinating facts about how their stings actually work, and what benefits from their presence – we hope you enjoy it   and click here to find more podcasts, writing, and details about […]

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Introducing the Maligned Species team: Nadia Kingsley

Poet, Scientist, Artist, Writer, Nadia Kingsley Nadia Kingsley is a poet and short story writer, as well as being editor of Fair Acre Press. She is part of the poet/musician/astrophysicist team behind e-x-p-a-n-d-i-n-g: the history of the Universe in 45 minutes performance. She is writing a poem a month for a herbal blog www.rootstohealth.co.uk and has […]

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Introducing the Maligned Species team: Tom Wentworth

Playwright, Writer, Radio producer Tom Wentworth. Tom Wentworth is a playwright. Recent theatre credits include: Heart of Hearts (Graeae Theatre Company’s Write To Play) and Windy Old Fossils (Pentabus.) He is also an audio producer including, It Takes Two To Lie (Afternoon Drama, BBC Radio 4) and is producing the Maligned Species podcast. As an […]

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Introducing the Maligned Species team: Liz Lefroy

Poet, Liz Lefroy.   Liz Lefroy won the 2011 Roy  Fisher Prize resulting in the publication of her first pamphlet, Pretending the Weather (Long Face Press).  Her sequence, The Gathering, was set to music by Brian Evans and premiered at the St Chad’s Music Festival, Shrewsbury in 2012.  Mending The Ordinary was published by Fair […]

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Introducing the Maligned Species team: Keith Chandler

Poet, Keith Chandler. Keith Chandler moved to Bridgnorth from Norfolk four years ago.  Since being selected for Ten English Poets (Carcanet) in 1977, his poetry has been published in four collections: Kett’s Rebellion (Carcanet, 1982), A Passing Trade (OUP, 1991), A Different Kind of Smoke (Redbeck, 2001) and The English Civil War Part 2 (Peterloo Poets, 2009).  […]

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