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Editor Peter Mortimer. at the gate of the IRON House

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.

IRON Press editor Peter Mortimer writes an occasional blogs on the Inpress website.

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Rainbird; a play by Peter Mortimer Three Blue Beans in a Blue Bladder The Leopard's Reward

Rainbird

The text of a new Peter Mortimer play about the North Shields painter Victor Noble Rainbird, which was performed by Cloud Nine Theatre Company at The Exchange, North Shields, is published by IRON Press to coincide with the production.

Rainbird led a tragic life. His highly promising career as an artist saw him accepted as the only northern painter in the Royal Academy 1911 influx where he won several awards. But Rainbird's experiences in the First World War (shell shock, gas poisoning) left their mark. He slid into alcoholism and poverty, reduced to selling his paintings for liquor in the Shields hostelries.

For 80 years he was buried in a pauper's grave in Preston Cemetery, North Shields, and only recently has his reputation been salvaged.


Three Blue Beans in a Blue Bladder

Three Blue Beans is the latest in IRON Press's long running series of small haiku books, to accompany the reprint of the author's previous IRON Press haiku collection, Our Sweet Little Time, which also covered a year of the poet's life.


The Leopard's Reward

Why did Joe dodge his shift down the mine and what happened when his brother took his place? Can a computer get angry? Why did an encounter with an upturned glass so terrify a group of newsmen? Can new babies communicate without speaking?

These and other intriguing questions are posed in Gerard Loughran's short stories, written after years of foreign reporting and set in venues as far apart as Africa today and yesterday, France during World War One, ancient Tarsus, everyday Britain and outer space.

The author has now returned to his native North East to write his fiction. In his early years of journalism, Gerard Loughran worked for both the Evening Chronicle and the Northern Echo.


IRON FILINGS

Peter Mortimer and Peta Hemmings, circa 1976

An historic photo, circa 1976 from the ramshackle premises of the much missed Tyneside Free Press Workshop in Charlotte Square, Newcastle, where early editions of IRON Magazine were printed.

A remarkably hirsute IRON editor Peter Mortimer checks out the copies before trimming them on the wonderful cast iron guillotine whose wheel (visible on the photo) was revolved by hand.

On the right is assistant editor Peta Hemmings, who was also then his partner and whose loons width make Peter's own versions look quite conservative. Peta went on to marry the IRON magazine art editor Geoff Laws, and they now live in Jesmond.


SUBMISSIONS

All publishers, large or small, are submerged with submissions. As the creative writing courses mushroom, simultaneously outlets for aspirant writers have shrunk. This unfortunate state of affairs and its inevitable logjam has caused many publishers to adopt a 'fortress' mentality, making it virtually impossible to talk to them or submit anything to them without undergoing a lengthy vetting procedure. In some cases they just don't want anyone sending in at all.

If you want to submit to us, please ring first (0191 2531901) and speak to the editor (yes, a real person, not an automated voice!) who will let you know if it's worth proceeding further.


Photo of the IRON gate © 2015 Dylan Mortimer; IRON gate made by John Charlton, from the original logo design by Geoff Laws.


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