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We’re back on the road

sonya smith ‘launched’ her collection in Brighton in November & we launch Christopher Horton’s Perfect TIming in London on Saturday 8th January at a live reading featuring some old & new tall-lighthouse poets

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

Just going to print is the debut pamphlet Perfect Timing from Christopher Horton

& in 2022 we’re going to publish Joe Duggan’s new collection Rescue Contraption.

we are not currently seeking submissions

our current poets

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

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

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Perfect Timing launch in January

Saturday 8 January – the launch in London of Christopher Horton’s Perfect Timing PLUS Sonya Smith, Jon Stone, Declan Ryan & other guest poets..TICKETS AVAILABLE on EVENTBRITE

Join us at The Rugby Tavern WC1N 3ES from 7pm to celebrate the launch of Christopher’s debut pamphlet Perfect Timing together with Sonya Smith reading from her tall-lighthouse collection every robin i never quite saw supported by Alan Buckley, Declan Ryan & Jon Stone. FREE EVENT

live poetry in brighton!

we were back on stage with sonya smith who read from her brilliant collection ‘live’ @ Pipeline, Brighton in association with Pighog plus wonderful guest reader Robert Hamberger – it really was great to mingle again – we’ll be back there in the future.

James Bell

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 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.

Live Poetry Returned!

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

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 – 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 Parkin

Caleb 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

Sonya Photo by Andrew King

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