Recommended Reading

The Storm Called Progress
Heartland Germany
Killing Time in Arcadia
Wising Up, Dressing Down

"The excellent Shoestring Press"


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Shoestring Press publishes prose and literary criticism as well as poetry. Poets recently published include Peter Porter, Richard Berengarten, Lynne Wycherley, Peter Carpenter and Angus Calder.

For these volumes and the rest of the Shoestring Press catalogue, including an Australian and a Greek list, go to, or contact the publisher at

19 Devonshire Avenue
Nottingham NG9 1BS
United Kingdom
Tel/Fax +44 (0)115 925 1827

Smokestack Books

Smokestack Books is a publishing venture based in the north-east of England. The poets it publishes are new and old, established and anti-establishment, and there’s a strong international flavour too, with French and Siberian anthologies, for example.

For more information about Smokestack, visit the web site: or contact the publisher at

1, Lake Terrace
North Yorkshire HG4 3BU
Telephone: 01765 658917

Of the poetry (and other literature) magazines published in the UK, I would recommend Mistress Quickly’s Bed ( for those who are looking for something truly independent, gritty, radical and non-parochial. Its interests are broad and international - you'll find articles on the likes of Tomas Tranströmer, Michel Houllebecq, Clifford Odets and Victor Serge alongside critical pieces on the British cultural scene, and lots of poetry and no-punches-pulled reviews by editors Alan Dent and Nancy Frost.

100 Waterloo Road,
Preston PR2 1EP.

Finally, a website that I would recommend for poetry and the arts is

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