The Tall Lighthouse
We are an independent poetry business publishing full collections, pamphlets, chapbooks and anthologies of poetry.

tall-lighthouse - with its beautifully-produced publications is now

an unmissable landmark lighting up the London poetry scene.

                                                      (coffee-house poetry at the troubadour)



09.08.15: Tall Lighthouse is taking a hiatus from publishing new titles until 2017. If you have submitted during the current window (which opened at the start of August 2015), we regret that your submission will not be read or considered for publication. Existing titles are available for order under the publications link - buy a book and support our long term health!

22.04.15: We regret to announce that the tall lighthouse poet Keith Please died last week at the age of 79. An excellent writer and an early poetry mentor of the founder of this press, Les Robinson, he will be much missed.

If you're planning to go to the Cheltenham Literature Festival, we can highly recommend events with the tl authors, Ben Parker, (reading with Aled Thomas on April 25th 2015 here) and Joe Duggan (reading on the 1st May 2015).

Ben Parker will be reading at The Hive in Worcester on Monday February 23rd, at 7.30pm, with a line up of poets including Todd Swift. Further details can be found here.

The majority of people who submitted in the last window have been now been notified concerning the possibility of publication in 2015. If you have not received an email, you should receive one in the next 14 days. We thank everyone for their patience.

Our new titles are now available to order from the Poets section or the Poetry section. Pieces from the new publications are now available as a taster in the poetry section here.

New titles due for publication on the 30th November 2014 are two pamphlets, Josephine Corcoran's "The Misplaced House", Matt Haw's "Saint-Paul-de-Mausole" and a full collection, Chelsea Cargill's "Shooting the Moon".

Congratulations to Jodie Hollander, author of "The Humane Society", who has received a MacDowell Colony fellowship for 2015.

Due to the burglary at the tl office, decisions on the submissions made in the last open period will now be put back unti 14 December 2014. Apologies to anyone who submitted within the last open period for this further delay.

Due to a burglary suffered at the tl office, there will be delays in normal business over the next few weeks. Book orders from the website are not affected in any way, however.

Congratulations to Harry Man, Mark Russell, Aoife Mannix and John Barron, who have been widely reviewed in poetry periodicals like Magma, The Journal and Under the Radar.

• One of our more recent authors, Jodie Hollander, was recently chosen for the autumn 2014 residency at La Napoule Art Foundation. Details can be found here here.

Harry Man has been nominated for a Sabotage award for best pamphlet of the year. The voting is only open for a few more days [until 25th May 2014], so if you're interested in voting, the link is here.

• Congratulations to Harry Man, who has won the Bridges of Struga award for 2014. There's more on this story here.

•  Thanks to all the people who attended the tall lighthouse launch on the 13th January - it was good to see the place packed out and I hope everyone enjoyed the event. There's a further stellar lineup at 23rd January 2014 at 7:30pm in Sheffield at the Red Deer Pub, at 18 Pitt Street, S1 4DD for the launch of John Barron's pamphlet "The Nail Forge". John himself will be reading, as well as the excellent Julie Mellor, who is published by Smith / Doorstop, and Fay Musselwhite, who is published by Longbarrow.

•  There's another great night of poetry on the 2nd February 2014 if you're in the Oxford area. Harry Man, Ben Parker and Holly Corfield-Carr will be performing sets on that date at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore, 34 Walton Street, OX2 6AU Oxford.

• Tall lighthouse is holding an open event to celebrate our new publications at the Poetry Cafe, Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London on the 13 January 2014 at 7:30pm. There will be readings from Aoife Mannix, Harry Man and Mark Russell. Entry is free. A further event will take place on 23rd January 2014 at 7:30pm in Sheffield at the Red Deer Pub, at 18 Pitt Street, S1 4DD for the launch of John Barron's pamphlet "The Nail Forge", with readings from Barron himself and from other poets to be confirmed. Entry is also free to this event.

• Our new 2013 publications are now available for order in the publications section - all released on the 31st October 2013. There are pamphlets from John Barron  "The Nail Forge", Alex Green "Let The West Coast Be Settled", Harry Man "Lift", Mark Russell "Pursued by Well-being", and a full collection from Aoife Mannix "Cocktails from the Ceiling".

• Congratulations to Ben Parker, who has been shortlisted for the 2013 Michael Marks Award for his excellent pamphlet "The Escape Artists" and to Helen Mort, who has been shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize for "Division Street" (Chatto and Windus).  

•  tall lighthouse will be running a free open mic from the Poetry Cafe, Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London on the 2nd Monday of every month from March 2013. The next night is 9 December 2013, 7:30pm, with sign up between 6:30pm and 7:15pm. Six minute spots are available.

•  Previous readings from tall lighthouse poets include Ben Parker at the

Dorchester on Thames Festival in May 2013 [click for details] and Aiofe Mannix reading excerpts from the work of Adrienne Rich at The Jewish Book Week on 2nd March 2013 [click for details]. Their work is available from the publications section of the website or at the event itself.

• We are proud to announce the publication of Ben Parker's "The Escape Artists" and Jodie Hollander's "The Humane Society". Both titles were published on November 30th 2012. Orders can be made from the publications section of the website. Biographies of the authors and some of their poetry can be found in the poets section. The Sabotage review of the Parker pamphlet can be found here.

We are sad to announce the death of Janice Fixter, author of the excellent collection "A Kind of Slow Motion", who passed away on the 24th July 2012. An extremely talented writer and a genuinely open personality, she will be much missed.

•  We highly recommend the relaunched magazine "The Echo Room", edited by Brendan Cleary and published by Echo Room Press / Pighog Press, which includes great new work from Joe Duggan, Helen Mort, David Crystal, Martin Stannard, and many others. A link to purchase is here.



We regret that we are not taking any new submissions until 2017.