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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 chooses his words carefully in his latest entry on the Inpress blog.

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Keeping SHTUM

New from IRON Press, a collection of richly comic poems springing from the experiences of a being a lifetime stutterer.

David Bateman writes with wit, technical skill and a personal knowledge of the subject matter, exploring stammering not just as a communication blockage, but also in its other aspects including stigma, bullying, isolation and avoidance.

Following launch events in Liverpool and Newcastle, SHTUM: The Stutter Poems are now available from IRON Press or through Inpress - read more about SHTUM here.


The Third IRON Press Festival of Words, Music & Oddities
Cullercoats, June 8 - 11, 2017

After two highly successful celebrations in 2013 and 2015, Cullercoats publisher IRON Press has announced news of a third festival, IRON in the Soul, to be held in June 2017.

Once again, the distinctive North East village sea front will play host to a succession of eye-catching and unusual events combining the famous and the downright odd.

Read more about the programme so far on our News page.

Recent books

George Jowett reading at the Jam Jar Cinema Café

George Jowett reading at the the launch of his new IRON Press publication Thatcher's Folly - The Last Canto at Whitley Bay's Jam Jar Cinema Café on June 5th. Also on the bill was John Price launching his own collection Bye Bye Blackboard, plus singer/songwrier Jenny Lascelles.
Photo © Jean Roden

George Jowett's new pamphlet, Thatcher's Folly, was launched at a Free as a Bard event in June, and again at Newcastle's Lit & Phil in July! This hilarious if scurrilous canto imagines Margaret Thatcher caught in an embarrassing liaison at the Grand Hotel, Bournemouth. Sparked by a proposal, from editors Andy Croft and Nigel Thompson that poets should collaborate on a modern Don Juan, written, like Byron's original, exclusively in ottava rima, this is George Jowett's second, bonus canto.

Read the full story.

John Price also read from Bye Bye Blackboard, his collection of poems inspired by the horrors of school days, published by Iron Press earlier in the spring.

An historic book back in print

We first published this historic little book in 1992 and it ran to six prints.

The Haiku Hundred sold more than 10,000 copies making it the biggest selling book of English language haiku in the UK. It has been out of print for many years but is now published in a new format with every one of the 100 haiku intact.

We would be delighted to hear from many of the authors who, in the intervening twenty-three years, are no longer contactable. This would enable us to send them complimentary copies.

Read more about The Haiku Hundred here...

SUBMISSIONS: An Announcement

Small press editors sometimes need a breather both to retain their sanity and to reduce the likelyhood of being submerged by hopeful writers' work. IRON Press now has more than two years of new books in the pipeline. And we are girding up for the dubious delights of putting together a new Arts Council England application.

We are therefore not currently accepting submissions. Editor Peter Mortimer says: "Much as I am excited by and love seeing new writing in print, I am taking a break until the end of the year from considering any more mss. Please indulge me. The alternative is a broken man."

Many thanks!

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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