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Coming Soon from Iron Press - The Pale Handbag of the Apocalypse Thinking Once a Week Chameleon Miranda's Shadow Pieces from Eight Through the Iron Age

As publishers become more corporate, global and boring, IRON Press champions new quality writing as it has done since 1973. IRON runs events and launches; it also thinks literature is both serious and fun.


With our latest publication, IRON PRESS is excited to introduce a distinctive new voice in female poetry - though friends of Iron Press will recognise Eileen Jones as the editor of The IRON Book of New Humorous Verse - and one of the presiding spirits of the Iron Age Festival. Her debut collection, The Pale Handbag of the Apocalypse, is technically accomplished and full of intelligent wit, skewering the absurdities of modern life. The poems work with a highly distinctive and sometimes satirical or surreal humour.

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The Pale Handbag of the Apocalypse was published in May 2014, with a launch event at at The Hearth Arts Centre, Horsley. Read more about the book - and how to buy a copy!


A star-studded awards ceremony at Sage Gateshead on Wednesday 16th April saw last spring's Iron Age Festival win the award for Best Event Tyneside at the esteemed Journal Culture Awards 2013.

Poet Kate Fox wrote a poem celebrating all of the finalists - and this is what she had to say about The Iron Age:

Forty years of publishing, poetry and purple from
local lit legend Pete Mortimer
celebrated in a festival by the sea -
featuring Melvyn Bragg, Ian Mcmillan - oh, and me!

Peter Mortimer, founder and editor of IRON Press, writes: "As far as I know this is the first time a small independent press has been featured in these prestigious awards and it's a fillip for all of us who beaver away in this unsung and underfunded area of the arts. It's also an affirmation of the non-corporate. The Festival achieved what it did without an arts consultant, business plan or feasibility study in sight. It was down to the imagination, goodwill, dedication and good humour of the handful of people who created it, the artists who took part and the audiences who filled every venue. Oh, and of course - the unique nature of Cullercoats seafront! Everyone seemed to appreciate they were experiencing something special.

"Now to work at the next dream - to help create an Inpress bookshop. Inpress is the splendid Newcastle-based organisation which supports and nurtures about 40 of we small presses throughout the country, and several of we publisher members feel it is time it had its own retail base. Bookshops fight back at last... More anon."

The Festival took place from Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th May 2013, when the little fishing village of Cullercoats on the North-East Coast hosted celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of IRON Press, set up in 1973 when its founding editor Peter Mortimer was still in loons! You can read the whole glittering programme here.


"Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week."

George Bernard Shaw

Colin Stewart Jones decided to take up the challenge, and produce a haiku each week for a year - the result is this beautiful miniature book, which mixes both traditional and 21st century haiku.

Read more about Thinking Once a Week, which was published in January 2014.

And if you think you know your movies, try our previous publication, One Hundred Film Haiku, by Mick Haining, a pint-sized book (A6 format) containing pint-sized pitches for one hundred great movies. Even if you missed our fabulous launch, at which we combined with the Whitley Bay Film Festival for a hotly contested quiz - each haiku flashed up on a giant screen and members of the audience asked to identify that particular film - you can still play along at home!

More details of One Hundred Film Haiku - and some examples to try!


Another company is using the name Iron Press, and this company is publishing a range of books aimed at young children. Many of these books contain basic and atrocious spelling errors, and we are regularly chastised for such sloppy work. The company has no link whatsoever to ourselves and is based in Bleasby, Nottinghamshire. Our own IRON Press, which has been publishing since 1973, is not a publisher of children's books. All our publications contain our full postal and email address, web site and phone number, plus our own flatiron logo.

Submissions - No unsolicited submissions please. We are a small press. We do not publish novels. Our range is poetry, (including haiku), collections of short stories, and anthologies of verse and prose. If you think you have something that might interest us, firstly email us with brief details. Thanks!

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