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our latest pamphlet published in May is GUARANTEED  to be different – sometimes experimental, sometimes surreal, in three distinct poetic movements the notion of certainty in our daily lives is opened up.

Constructions [Konstrukce] by Joshua Calladine-Jones

tall-lighthouse redux

new poetry for 2021already published

 sonya smith – every robin i never quite saw
a captivating first collection

Caleb Parkin – Wasted Rainbow
the sparkling debut pamphlet from the current Bristol City Poet

Sarah Shapiro – Being Called Normal
a uniquely created pamphlet

Constructions [Konstrukce] – Joshua Calladine-Jones
an experimental, sometimes surreal pamphlet in three distinct poetic movements

and later in 2021 a new collection from Joe Duggan and pamphlets from Christopher Horton & Natascha Graham.

we are not currently seeking submissions

our current poets

tall-lighthouse is an independent poetry press renowned for publishing exciting new poets

Joshua Calladine-Jones
Sonya Smith
Caleb Parkin
Sarah Shapiro
Mark Wynne
Marc Swan
Sadie McCarney
Julie Morrissy
Brendan Cleary

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James Bell

we’re very sad to record the passing of James Bell with whom we were pleased to have worked and to publish his pamphlet the just vanished place in 2008 & a full collection fishing for beginners in 2010.

James BellJames was co-host of UNCUT poets in Exeter where we met, he was very amiable & a very thoughtful poet. We’re pleased to note that Shearsman have just published a beautiful book On the Royal Road which combines James’ poetry with Hiroshige’s woodblock prints.

James Bell – On the Royal Road – Shearsman

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Joshua Calladine-Jones – Constructions [Konstrukce]      

this exciting new pamphlet is a surreal, experimental sequence in three distinct poetic movements.

A slippery diving board for the undercurrents of language in a New Stone Age. Michael March

more info. on Joshua’s  poet’s page.

we are now able to despatch to the EU direct from Prague with stock supplied pre VAT changes in July.


poster advertising poetry readings from two collections published during lockdown, Tuesday 29th June 7.45pm all Saints Centre

Live Poetry Returned!

What a great event, in front of an actual live audience. Sonya read from her collection alongside the wonderful Martina Evans. Thanks to Lewes Live Lit for putting this on.

Sarah Shapiro

Sarah Shapiro

Being Called Normal      

In this compelling pamphlet, Shapiro speaks back to the impersonal language of diagnostic evaluations as a ‘girl [once] silenced’    Mary Jean Chan

               more info. on Sarah’s poet’s page.

Caleb ParkinCaleb Parkin 

his sparkling, often surreal pamphlet – Wasted Rainbow is now available

‘a delightfully original debut’

Carrie Etter

                 more info. on Caleb’s poet’s page

 Sonya Smith’s full collection every robin i never quite saw – a beautifully crafted debut.

‘These poems will lift you up – they’re so full of compassion, questions and joy.’  Jackie Wills

more info. on Sonya’s  poets page

Praise for Mark Wynne’s Frank & Stella

Reading these poems has been an emotional and intriguing experience – left with an over-riding feeling of things being just out of reach – and everyday bringing the blank canvas – the slate wiped clean in the hope that this time ‘you might say that’s really beautiful – something out of nothing’. Frank & Stella is a wonderful addition to my shelves. Congratulations to Mark for such powerful and moving work.  angela williams

Frank & Stella – Mark Wynne  we’re excited to return to the pamphlet format with this engrossing  sequence of poems inspired by the life & work of Frank Auerbach

‘Mark Wynne’s poems are finely tuned machines.’                            John Clegg

The pamphlet is available via our books page and you can hear Mark read three poems on his poet’s page

Marc Swanwelcome back marc swan

we’re pleased to publish marc’s new collection all it would take poetry that spans a life in words

‘Not read, but experienced, Marc’s poems encourage us to see the world – its dangers and beauty – and to share our journeys with those we love.’ Hayley Mitchell Haugen

The collection is available via our books page and you can hear marc read from the collection on his poet’s page

brendan news article

Brendan’s lockdown blues

despite the cancellation of the event there’s a great article on Brendan Cleary in the i newspaper (24 March 2020) thanks to Nick Hasted for this.

welcome to Sadie McCarney

a tremendous young Canadian poet who we’ve been following for some years and is now published by tall-lighthouse!

McCarney’s poems are led by voice and I am glad to follow  Lily Blacksell

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

Roddy Lumsden

We are sad to record that Roddy Lumsden died on Friday 10 Jaunuary 2020.

Roddy was a great influence to many young poets, in particular through  our pilot series of pamphlets, published between 2007 – 2009.

cheers Roddy & thanks. RIP

photo from Bloodaxe Books

double book launch

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 2019.

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


past book launches

Julie’s Morrissy’s debut collection Where, the Mile End was launched at Poetry Ireland in Dublin on Thursday 21 February 2019.

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 2019.

RIP Jazzman

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