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

 tall-lighthouse redux

new poetry for 2021

 sonya smith – every robin i never quite saw

having published Sonya’s pamphlet (Old Panic Undressed) back in 2009

we are proud to have now published her captivating full collection

& we’re excited to publish the sparkling debut pamphlet from the current Bristol City Poet

Caleb Parkin – Wasted Rainbow

(pre-orders now being taken)

& finally we’re publishing a uniquely created pamphlet

Sarah Shapiro – Being Called Normal

(pre-orders now being taken)

and later in 2021 two further books

a new collection from Joe Duggan and a pamphlet from Natascha Graham.

we are not currently seeking submissions

our current poets

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

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

latest news

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

Sonya SmithNOW AVAILABLE 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

 Caleb ParkinCaleb Parkin 

His sparkling, often surreal debut pamphlet – Wasted Rainbow will be published in February – we are now taking advance orders.


more info. on Caleb’s poet’s page

 Sarah Shapiro Sarah Shapiro

Being Called Normal to be published in February – 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.

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

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