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NEWS & EVENTS FROM READING'S OWN PUBLISHER | APRIL 2020
Things you can do at home!

Two Rivers Press is, like many other businesses, suffering a downturn in sales thanks to the High Street closures. However, we are in the lovely position of being able to offer our customers things that really are fabulous 'at home' options for this period of social isolation, thanks to our wide-ranging selection of books which you can still order online! We've also made some of our poetry books available as downloadable PDFs. Please take a look at our ideas below and contact us via social media or email to let us know what you enjoyed.
 
A thank you to the NHS

We are so proud to share with you this wonderful and unique artwork, specially designed by local artist Hadil Tamim to say thank you to the NHS. Hadil's book, Islamic Art Meets British Flowers, was due to be published in June this year but due to COVID-19 we've now postponed it to September in the hope that we can organise an appropriately beautiful launch and associated events. In the meantime, you can take a look at her blog and stay in touch with us as we'll be launching a Kickstarter campaign in August to help fund the printing and give fans the world over a chance to be involved with the project.

Going for a real or imaginary walk

If you are venturing outdoors for a daily walk, there’s lots to see around Reading and we have some books to inspire and accompany you. If you are stuck at home and want a reminder of what’s out there, books can help with that too. We would love to pop a book in the post for you!

Our highlighted 'walking around town' book this month is Signs of the Times by Malcolm Summers, which tells the stories behind Reading’s plaques, statues and monuments, bringing the people and events of Reading’s past to life. It’s a fascinating read.

And we have nine more ideas for 'walking' books here.
 
The restorative power of nature

On social media over the past couple of weeks many people have been sharing pictures of beautiful flowers, gardens and outdoor landscapes. Contemplating nature is a real tonic and time spent gazing at natural beauty is time very well spent. We’ve selected a few books on this theme and have created a Contemplating nature section in the website shop. Do take a look!
 
Take up botanical painting

Have you seen Julia Trickey’s book Botanical Artistry? Julia’s artwork is amazing. She usually teaches regular botanical art classes in Bath and also travels to teach, but as this is not currently possible she is putting together some online classes. You can contact her directly for further details - julia@juliatrickey.co.uk. In the meantime, order up the book for an introduction to her style and techniques.
 
Want a poetry fix?

Reading’s regular Poets’ Café, which usually takes place at South Street Arts Centre, will be going online this month. It’s a locals and Two Rivers Press night, hosted by Claire Dyer and featuring readings from Steven Matthews, Rosie Jackson and Graham Burchell, plus an open mic slot.

Poets’ Café will be on Friday 10th April 2020 from 8.00 pm, with poetry starting at 8.15 pm. To book a one page, one poem, open mic slot, please email info@clairedyer.com and you will be sent a link to a Zoom event which you can access on the night.

 
Supporting poets and poetry

We have been thinking hard about how Two Rivers Press can support our published poets, especially as most of the events they might have been performing at have been cancelled. As one way of doing this we have started making some of our poetry books available in pdf versions, available to buy and download via our website.

Poetry books available so far in PDF format include On Magnetism (Steven Matthews), Two Girls and a Beehive (Rosie Jackson and Graham Burchell) and Interference Effects (Claire Dyer).

Our next newsletter will be a poetry special, so do look out for that. In the meantime stay safe, and read a book or two!
 
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