Sadie McCarney, Poet, Tall Lighthouse

Welcome to Sadie McCarney

Sadie is a very exciting Canadian poet who we’ve been following for some years and we’re pleased to say she is now published by tall-lighthouse!

Her brilliant debut collection Live Ones is available to pre-order via our books page. You can also hear her read the amazing sequence Steeltown Songs, featured in the collection, on her poets page.


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We are sad to record that Roddy Lumsden died on Friday 10 Jaunuary. Roddy was a great influence to many young poets, in particular through  our pilot series of pamphlets, published between 2007 – 2009.

cheers Roddy & thanks.


photo from Bloodaxe Books


to celebrate the start of the next chapter for tall-lighthouse we held a double book launch & reading at the Poetry Café in London on Monday 20 May.

 ‘a grand night’

Brendan Cleary read from his new sequence Do Horses Fly? and Julie Morrissy from her debut collection Where, the Mile End.

Julie’s Morrissy’s debut collection Where, the Mile End was launched at Poetry Ireland in Dublin on Thursday 21 February.

Brendan Cleary’s sequence of poems on the photographer Eadweard Muybridge Do Horses Fly? was launced at the ONCA Gallery, Brighton on Monday 29 April.

in 2018 we were saddened to record the passing of Jazzman John Clarke the original tall-lighthouse poet who we met at Magnetic North Writers in Greenwich & published his early jazz poetry which kick-started the press

he was a stalwart at our early readings at Stark Gallery & remained an essential part of the London poetry spoken word scene for almost 20 years

RIP Jazzman

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