Poetry Centre

  • Ignition Press
  • Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre is delighted to announce the launch of ignitionpress 

    ignitionpress is a new poetry pamphlet press with an international outlook which publishes original, arresting poetry from emerging poets, and established poets working on interim or special projects. 

    Buy the pamphlets now

    The first three pamphlets to be published by ignitionpress: There's No Such Thing by Lily Blacksell, A Hurry of English by Mary Jean Chan, and Glean by Patrick James Errington, are on sale now from our online Shop. You will also be able to buy them - and hear the poets read - at several upcoming launch events: at London's Poetry Cafe on Wednesday 7 March, in Oxford at the Society Cafe on Thursday 8 March, and at the Oxford Literary Festival on Sunday 25 March. We very much hope that you will be able to join us to celebrate the birth of ignitionpress and the wonderful work from our three poets! We also won't mind if you buy a copy or two (or three). Each pamphlet costs £5, and you can buy three for £12.

    We will be sharing a sample of each pamphlet in the run-up to publication through our Weekly Poem email, and we will post the three poems on our website, where you will also be able to hear the poets read their work. Just click on the links to read and hear: Brook by Lily Blacksell, Still Life with Approaching Crow by Patrick James Errington, and Practice by Mary Jean Chan.

    Find out more about these writers and keep up with the progress of ignitionpress by checking this website, signing up for our Weekly Poem email (which doubles as our newsletter), or by following the Poetry Centre on Facebook and Twitter.

    About the press

    Niall Munro, Director of the Poetry Centre, is also the Director of the ignitionpress Editorial Board, and will be collaborating with Managing Editor Les Robinson, who was the founder and director of the renowned poetry publisher tall-lighthouse until 2011. Les was responsible for the first publications of Helen Mort, Emily Berry, Sarah Howe, Adam O’Riordan, and Liz Berry, plus many other poets active on the current UK poetry scene. He will work closely with ignitionpress poets in order to create pamphlets aimed at achieving recognition for the poets and the press.

    The Editorial Board also includes Oxford-based poet Alan Buckley (author of the acclaimed pamphlets The Long Haul and Shiver), and Claire Cox (poet and Head of Business Development in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes).

    Please note that ignitionpress is not operating an open submissions policy at this time, but this may change in the future. Please keep an eye on this website and follow us on social media. If you have any questions, please contact Dr Niall Munro (niall.munro@brookes.ac.uk).