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New to Inpress: Butcher's Dog Magazine

Posted on January 13, 2017 by Rebecca Robinson | 0 comments

Butcher’s Dog is a biannual magazine, celebrating poetry and aspiring to encourage poets from the North East of England in particular. However, the 8 issues of Butcher’s Dog up to date have always included a wide range of talented poets from different places and backgrounds.

Seven North East based poets, who had all previously received the Northern Writer’s Award, congregated, under the guidance of Claire Pollard. Conversation soon moved towards starting a new poetry magazine and Butcher’s Dog is the delightful product of this conversation. Claire Malcolm, as Chief Executive, agreed that New Writing North would oversee the publication. Butcher’s Dog is also funded by Arts Council England.

The A5 publication is minimal once you open the often colourful and inviting front covers. Inside, there is a handwritten number to indicate which of the 300 printed yours is, making the experience of owning one of these magazines as unique as the poetry on the coming pages.

You can browse and buy all of the Butcher’s Dog issues here. For a limited time, customers who order the latest copy will receive a backlisted issue or free!

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IRON Press Awarded ACE Grant to Bring Back Festival for a Third Year

Posted on January 09, 2017 by Rebecca Robinson | 0 comments
Stormy Sea at Cullercoats by John Falconar Slater, North Tyneside Council Art Collection

There’s dancing in the streets of Cullercoats today with news that Arts Council England have award IRON Press a grant of £14,500 towards their programme of new books and a third IRON Press Festival. The grant will go towards the publication of eleven new books during the next two years and also ensure that the IRON in the Soul Festival will take place as planned this June.

“This is brilliant news.” said IRON Press editor Peter Mortimer. “Eleven writers can sleep easier in their beds and the fine coastal village of Cullercoats can brace itself for a third festival.”

Several new IRON Press books will be unleashed at  the festival including Cold Iron - 21st Century Ghost Stories with a midnight launch at the magnificent St. George’s Church, whose imposing seafront presence is a Cullercoats landmark.

Inpress will be hosting a literary quiz as part of the festival, so stay tuned for more information!

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The Poetry Business Sweep the Board in The Poetry School’s Books of the Year

Posted on December 21, 2016 by Rebecca Robinson | 0 comments
The Poetry School’s 26 books of 2016 have been revealed; with Inpress publishers riding high.

The Poetry Business, Peepal Tree Press, Penned in the Margins, and The Emma Press were all recognised in the list of 26 books chosen by the Poetry School staff who said, "Although not, by popular consensus, a brilliant year generally, 2016 has been a good year for poetry: sales of poetry books topped £10m for the first time, a poet – Warsan Shire – featured on Beyonce’s latest album, Penguin reopened its poetry list, and, for the second year in a row, the Forward Prizes were cleaned up by women. The BBC even gave over a whole Saturday evening to poetry with Railway Nation: A Journey in Verse."
"Trend-wise, it’s been all about long poems and small publishers, difficult, avant-garde collections that open up with patient reading, and lyrical, political calls to action. Indeed, it seems the very terribleness of this year’s events has been the catalyst for poetry’s resurgence, with poems like Maggie Smith’s Good Bones and Ross Gay’s A Small Needful Fact capturing the grieving but defiant mood of the year best."

The list in full can be found here, but as far as we're concerned these are the real winners:

Sunshine by Melissa Lee-Houghton (Penned in the Margins)
Wife by Tiphanie Yanique (Peepal Tree)
CAIN by Luke Kennard (Penned in the Margins, reprinting)
Spitting Distance by Mark Pajak (The Poetry Business)
Dora Incites The Sea-Scribber to Lament by Geraldine Clarkson (The Poetry Business)
Complicity by Tom Sastry (The Poetry Business)
There Was And How Much There Was by Zeina Hashem Beck (The Poetry Business)
Trouble by Alison Winch (Emma Press)

You can buy all four Poetry Business pamplets here.

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Alice Mullen to Join Inpress as Poetry Book Society Manager

Posted on November 29, 2016 by Rebecca Robinson | 0 comments

Inpress and The Poetry Book Society are delighted to announce the appointment of Alice Mullen to the role of Poetry Book Society Manager.  

Alice joins the Poetry Book Society after six years at the poetry publisher Carcanet Press and PN Review, where she is the Marketing and Events Manager.  

Sophie O'Neill, Managing Director of Inpress and The Poetry Book Society, says, "I am absolutely delighted to be welcoming Alice to the role of PBS Manager.  She comes to us with a wealth of poetry publishing and subscription marketing experience, and was the stand-out candidate for this job.  The Poetry Book Society is in extremely safe hands and I'm really looking forward to working with Alice to grow the business and broaden and diversify our reach”

Mullen says, “It will be an absolute honour to manage the Poetry Book Society in this exciting new chapter of its existence and carry on the great work of my predecessors. I look forward to working with Inpress to promote the PBS and ‘propagate the art of poetry’ further afield to ensure that the legacy of TS Eliot prospers in its new home in Newcastle.”

Alice will join the company on 12th December and will take on the day to day running of the Poetry Book Society business.

The new PBS website at www.poetrybooks.co.uk, which has been under development since Inpress took over the PBS in June, is due to go live this week.  More information will be available as soon as it is live. 

The Poetry Book Society was founded in 1953 by T S Eliot and friends to “propagate the art of poetry”.  Working as a book club, its members are a group of committed poetry readers who are offered a selection of the best new poetry collections of the quarter, chosen by poet selectors. Inpress took over the running of the PBS in June 2016. 

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Little Island Press in The Bookseller

Posted on November 04, 2016 by Rebecca Robinson | 0 comments

Little Island Press are asserting themselves as a new publishing force to be reckoned with tonight at a sold out launch event at the London Review Bookshop. 

To mark the occasion founder editor Andrew Latimer spoke to The Bookseller this week about all things aesthetic, and what drives him to publishing perfection.

Speaking to Danny Arter in an interview that encompasses the search for the perfect cover fabric, typography and Brexit, he said, "The fact is that some people don't read poetry and are, in fact, actively uninterested in it, irrespective of price. But there are a modest, and relatively stable number of readers who are."

"Why, then, should we insist on an often unfeasibly low price point at the expense of the quality of the product, merely in order to keep alive the pipe-dream of poetry's popularity? We risk devaluing the whole medium. Out decision to turn the poetry collection into a tactile, collectable hardback is merely one means of addressing the awkward fit of the poetry book in the contemporary market. By deliberately investing in production values, we hope to restore something of the medium's intrinsic value."

The whole article isn't online yet but you can squint at it above and you can find out more about the Little Island Press philosophy, and information on upcoming titles, on their website

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