Inspirational poets first to be published for launch of Poetry Centre’s new publisher

Thursday, 08 February 2018

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Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre is launching a new poetry pamphlet press which will recognise and support outstanding poets from across the world.

The aim of ignitionpress is to publish original, arresting poetry from emerging poets and established poets working on interim or special projects. Its first three pamphlets will be printed on Wednesday 7 February.

Dr Niall Munro, Director of the Poetry Centre at Oxford Brookes University and Director of the ignitionpress Editorial Board, said: “The establishment of a poetry press is an exciting new step for the Poetry Centre, which has enthusiastically promoted the work of poets both nationally and internationally since it was set up in 1998.

“I’m thrilled that the Centre will now have the chance to become more involved with the poetry scene by supporting outstanding poets.”

The first three poets chosen to be published by ignitionpress are Mary Jean Chan whose pamphlet will be titled A Hurry of English, Patrick James Errington - Glean and Lily Blacksell – There’s No Such Thing.

I’m thrilled that the Centre will now have the chance to become more involved with the poetry scene by supporting outstanding poets.

Dr Niall Munro, Director of the Poetry Centre, Oxford Brookes University

Lily Blacksell is a British writer who has recently returned to the UK from New York, where she completed a poetry MFA (Master of Fine Arts) at Columbia University, and also held a Teaching Fellowship. Lily writes poems for print and the stage and has performed her work at venues and events in both the United States and the UK.

Patrick James Errington is a writer, translator and researcher from the prairies of Alberta, Canada and is currently the editor-in-chief of The Scores – an online literary magazine based at the University of St Andrews where he is also a PhD candidate.

Mary Jean Chan is a poet from Hong Kong, who is currently a PhD candidate and Research Associate in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.

More information about the poets and their work can be found on the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre webpages.

Each of the poets will give readings as part of a series of launch events in Oxford and London in March 2018.

The first three pamphlets featuring work by each of the poets will be available to buy online from the Brookes Shop from Wednesday 14 February and at the launch events.

The Poetry Centre is based in the Department of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brookes University. The Centre hosts an annual programme of events including conferences and research seminars, workshops, exhibitions, poetry readings and community projects. It is also a base for the research into poetry being undertaken within the Department. 

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