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Arc publishes contemporary poetry from new and established writers from the UK and abroad, specialising in the work of international poets writing in English and the work of overseas poets in translation.
Arc Publications was established by Tony Ward in 1969. Over forty years on, he runs the press with fellow director Angela Jarman, from a converted textile mill on the Yorkshire-Lancashire border in the north of England, producing upwards of 20 new titles a year. Arc still adheres to its founding principles: to introduce the best of new talent to a UK readership, including voices from overseas that would otherwise remain unheard in this country, and to remain at the cutting edge of world poetry.
Arc Publications has received s significant amount of recognition in recent years, including being listed as one of The New York Times "Best Poetry Books of 2010" for their translation from the Estonian.
Who's who on your team?
Tony Ward is our Managing Editor and created the company over 45 years ago.
Angela Jarman is our editor and she makes all the books! We also have Ben Styles – he's our Digital Editor, software programmer and general computer nerd. Not forgetting Sue Flynn who manages all everything to do with our finances and last but not least: Steve Newsom... our friend and coffee maker.
What events do you get involved with?
We have an ongoing programme of readings, tours and festival appearances by our own poets. We always try to be present at the major poetry festivals across the UK, and international book fairs.
What do you enjoy the most about publishing?
Meeting poets from all over the world who often have incredible personal stories of hardship and resilience and always bring a new perspective on the power of poetry.
Have you got any office dogs/cats/animals?
We are located in the beautiful Calder valley between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, so we are surrounded by wildlife which often disrespects the concept of private property...
What's your nearest bookshop?
The Bookcase, Hebden Bridge.
If you could meet one author or poet, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
Gabriel Ferrater, a Catalan poet who lived through the Spanish civil war and under German occupation in France. He was hugely admired as an anti-fascist writer and a wonderful poet, whose varied work went from surrealism to eroticism and who was unafraid to discuss the consequences of the Spanish civil war when others avoided the issue. He would be a fascinating dinner companion.