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NOW available to order following a sell-out launch in Crystal Palace

Rescue Contraptions the brilliant second collection from Joe Duggan

tall-lighthouse redux 2022

In 2022 we have just published Joe Duggan’s new collection Rescue Contraptions. Earlier in 2022 we pubished the debut pamphlet Perfect Timing from Christopher Horton Later in the summer we will publish a second pamphlet from Joshua Calladine-JonesReconstructions, a sequel to his debut Constructions. We are also to publish a second pamphlet from Mark WynnePoint Bolivar Light.

published in 2021

 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

we are not currently seeking submissions

our current poets

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Joe Duggan
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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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poetry by candlelight in canterbury

Poetry by Candlelight – a perfect setting in Waterstones Canterbury on Wednesday 2nd March where Christopher Horton & Sonya Smith read to an attentive audience. Thanks to the enigmatic Martin Latham.

Reading in Prague

Joshua Calladine-Jones read his poetry at Sala Terrena on 25 February. He read from his brilliant pamphlet Constructions and also from the forthcoming sequel Reconstructions. He was joined at the reading by Vojtěch Pokorný, Petr Váchal and Barbora Voříšková. (photo Veronica Švecová)

Perfect Timing launched

It was great to be back ‘live’ again at the London launch of Christopher Horton’s Perfect Timing where he was joined by Sonya Smith & Mark Wynne with support readings from Alan Buckley, Declan Ryan, Jon Stone & Kirsten Irving. Thanks to all who came along to The Rugby Tavern WC1N 3ES – a great venue.

in-words zoom reading

thanks to those who attended the in-words zoom reading on Thursday 20 January featuring Christopher Horton, Joshua Calladine-Jones, Mark Wynne & Sarah Shapiro. It was a great success, demonstrating the exciting range of our poetry.

new pamphlet orders being taken

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Christopher Horton’s debut pamphlet Perfect Timing overflows with intense, witty, unsettling and surreal poetry. Now available…

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.