There are a number of small independent poetry presses in the UK that make a vital contribution to the plurality and diversity of poetry that is printed and distributed here. These presses have been set up and run by dedicated individuals with a passion for poetry. In recent years we have seen an increase in the emergence of presses run by women, including those set up by Emma Wright of the Emma Press and of course Jane Commane at Nine Arches Press.
Another welcome edition to this growing sector of cultural expansion is Paper Swans Press, a small independent publisher of poetry and flash fiction run by Sarah Miles. To date the Paper Swans team have produced high quality anthologies after calling for submissions on fruitful themes, such as ‘Schooldays’ and ‘The Darker Side of Love’. The presses first pamphlet by an individual poet, Elisabeth Sennitt’s ‘Glass’ will be available in the very near future.
The Chronicles of Eve, one of their latest publications, contains poems about, and predominately, although not exclusively, written by women. The anthology aims to collect together poems that address many aspects of women’s experiences and relationships with themselves and with others.
I enjoyed attending the launch of the Schooldays anthology last year in London, and was also pleased to have recently won the Poetry of Roses competition that Paper Swans ran in conjunction with the National Trust. The resulting pamphlet is a thing of beauty, containing some fabulous poems on the theme of roses by Michael Marks Award winner and Happenstance poet Gill McEvoy, competition judge Jill Munro and others.
You can find out more about Paper Swans here, and read some short interviews with Carole Bromley, Jill Munro and myself.
Editor Sarah Miles has also kindly published one of my poems, ‘Geese‘ from this summer’s edition of The Rialto.