Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Poet publishes first anthology

A POET from Binfield Heath has published her first anthology.

A POET from Binfield Heath has published her first anthology.

Rachel Piercey, 25, wrote The Flower And The Plough while taking a masters’ degree in creative writing at Royal Holloway University in London.

It comprises 12 poems about love, covering themes from passion and romance to heartbreak and sadness.

Ten of the pieces are original and the other two are translations of works by Catullus, a Roman poet.

Miss Piercey grew up in Binfield Heath, where her parents Nigel and Kate and sister Emma still live.

She studied English at Oxford University, where she was president of the Oxford Poetry Society and won the Newdigate Prize for poetry. She is now an education assistant for the Poetry Society and editor of the society’s young poets network website.

Her book is published by the Emma Press, whose founder Emma Wright studied with Miss Piercey at Kendrick School in Reading.Miss Wright also illustrated it.

Miss Piercey, who moved to London last year, said: “One of the great things we’ve discovered is how supportive the small publishing community is.

“We’ve been given lots of advice and the book has been stocked in a few different shops. My family has also been very supportive, which is lovely.”

The Flower And The Plough is on sale at The Bell Bookshop in Bell Street, Henley. A digital version can be downloaded from

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