Editorial Board

Les Robinson

Managing Editor, ignitionpress

Les Robinson is the Director of tall-lighthouse, a renowned poetry business which introduced many new voices to the UK poetry scene, publishing award-winning pamphlets. Poets first published by Les who have gone on to achieve major success include Helen Mort, Sarah Howe, Emily Berry, Liz Berry, Ailbhe Darcy, Vidyan Ravinthiran and Rhian Edwards.

tall-lighthouse continues to publish a select number of full poetry collections and pamphlets. 

Les has also been a Trustee of the Poetry Book Society (PBS) and edited the 20/20 series of poetry pamphlets for EYEWEAR which was shortlisted for the 2015 Michael Marks pamphlet publisher award.

Dr Niall Munro

Director of ignitionpress

Niall Munro is a Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Director of the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre. He is the author of Hart Crane's Queer Modernist Aesthetic (Palgrave, 2015) and, together with Kate McLoughlin and Catherine Gilbert, a co-editor of On Commemoration: Global Perspectives Upon Remembering War (Peter Lang, 2020). He has co-convened a number of conferences about modern and contemporary poetry including ‘New to Next Generation Poets 2014: Three Decades of British and Irish Poetry’ at the IES in London. His current book project is entitled 'Our only "felt" history': American modernism and the Civil War.

Dr Claire Cox

Co-Founder and Editor, ignitionpress

Born in Hong Kong, Claire Cox is Head of Business Development for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. She is also a published poet, having completed an MA Creative Writing at Brookes where she was awarded the Blackwell’s Prize for Best Student. She is currently undertaking a part-time poetry-practice PhD with Royal Holloway. She has been published in Ink, Sweat & Tears, Magma, Envoi, Butcher’s Dog and Lighthouse, is one of three winning poets included in Primers: Volume Five (Nine Arches Press, 2020) and has won the Wigtown Alastair Reid Pamphlet Prize with A Book of Days (Wigtown Festival Company, 2020).

Alan Buckley

Co-Founder and Former Editor, ignitionpress

Alan Buckley was brought up on Merseyside. His debut pamphlet Shiver (tall-lighthouse) was a Poetry Book Society choice; his second pamphlet The Long Haul was published by HappenStance in 2016, and reprinted in 2017. His first full-length collection, Touched, was published by HappenStance in 2020. His poems have also appeared in a wide range of journals and anthologies over the past decade, most recently The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 and The Forward Book of Poetry 2018. He lives in Oxford where he has worked as a school writer-in-residence for the charity First Story, and as a psychotherapist for a refugee charity.

Tolu Agbelusi

Editorial Mentee

Tolu Agbelusi is a Nigerian British poet, playwright, lawyer and artist. She is the author of Locating Strongwoman (Jacaranda, 2020) and a Lecturer in Writing and Dramaturgy at London South Bank University. Tolu has been published nationally and internationally and is the creator of Home Sessions, a development program for Black poets.

You can read more about Tolu's work on her website, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.