Poetry Centre

  • Ignition Press
  • Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre is home to ignitionpress 

    Established in 2017, ignitionpress is a poetry pamphlet press with an international outlook which publishes original, arresting poetry from emerging poets. In the future, we plan to work with established poets who are developing interim or special projects.

    Pamphlets published by the press have so far received four Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice selections (for A Hurry of English, Hinge, Ripe, and Sargam / Swargam). Hinge by Alycia Pirmohamed was also shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Award, 2020 and the press was shortlisted for the Michael Michael Marks Publishers' Award in 2021.

    You can find out more about the press and how we work in this interview on the Friday Poem website with our Managing Editor, Les Robinson.

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    Latest pamphlets

    Our latest published pamphlets are He Said I Was a Peach by Katie Byford, Staircase by Zein Sa'dedin, and Sargam / Swargam by Fathima Zahra. The launch of these pamphlets took place online on Wednesday 25 August and you can watch a recording of the launch at the bottom of this page.

    Each of our pamphlets costs either £5 or £6, and you can buy three for £13. You can find out more about all the poets on our dedicated page, and more about the pamphlets on this page. You can also sign up for our Weekly Poem e-mail (which doubles as our newsletter), and follow the Poetry Centre on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

    Please be aware that, owing to new tax rules, we, like other small presses, are currently unable to ship to EU countries. We are very sorry about this and hope to be able to resume postage to the EU soon.

    The ignitionpress list

    Previous pamphlets published by ignitionpress are available from our online Shop: Ripe by Isabelle Baafi (Poetry Book Society Spring Pamphlet Choice, 2021), Glean by Patrick James Errington, Lung Iron by Daniel Fraser, Naming Bones by Joanna Ingham, City Poems by Mia Kang, Hush by Majella Kelly, The Bullshit Cosmos by Sarah Shapiro, Ephebos by Kostya Tsolakis, Shadow Dogs by Natalie Whittaker, and Small Inheritances by Belinda Zhawi.

    Four pamphlets: A Hurry of English by Mary Jean Chan, There's No Such Thing by Lily Blacksell, Kismet by Jennifer Lee Tsai, and Hinge by Alycia Pirmohamed, have sold out, though we will soon be reprinting Hinge.


    Please note that ignitionpress is not accepting submissions at the moment, 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 us: ignitionpress@brookes.ac.uk

    Our most recent launch

    To watch the most recent ignitionpress launch of pamphlets by Katie Byford, Fathima Zahra, and Zein Sa'dedin, please click below. Please note that you can switch between different views by clicking on the icon in the top-right hand corner of the screen. In the interests of accessibility, the poems that the poets read are shared here (except for the final sections of Zein's last poem, for which apologies!). Closed captioning can be turned on and off by clicking on the CC link at the bottom of the screen. You can skip from one part of the launch to another by using the time slider at the bottom of the screen or by clicking on the 'up' arrow, which will allow you to see and navigate through the 'chapters' of the recording. If you have any questions about the video, please let us know: ignitionpress@brookes.ac.uk