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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.

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The Whistling Licence Aliens: Short stories on beings that don't belong

The Whistling Licence

In a unique publishing partnership, four new short stories by Peter Mortimer are printed alongside their graphic versions from artist Pete Shaw. Haunting and disturbing, the stories include a man arrested for whistling, a mysteriously appearing cabbage, the life-changing decision of an unborn baby and the secret of the locked room. Pete Shaw brings a distinctive visual style to all four.

The official launch was held at Newcastle Central Library The author and illustrator talked about how the book came about. Peter Mortimer also read extracts and Pete Shaw did a visual presentation showing how the artwork took shape.

Full details of The Whistling Licence here.


On Wednesday October 27th 2021, the Literary & Philosophical Society witnessed the much delayed official launch of our book Aliens, short stories on beings that don't belong. Nine authors from this unusual anthology read the opening pages of their contribution: they were Gerald Cole, Ian Inglis, Eileen Jones, Pauline Plummer, Robert Rayner, Noreen Rees, Judith Wall, Fiona Ritchie Walker, Gerald Webber.

If you missed it, you can still buy the book - find out more here.

The IRON Age

In 2013 to celebrate its 40th anniversary, IRON Press held a celebratory IRON AGE Festival based in seven non-traditional venues round its distinctive Cullercoats harbour seafront and featuring more than 40 writers, singers and performers. The festival was a huge success and won the Best Event Tyneside category in The Journal Arts Awards run by the region's morning newspaper.

Popular opinion saw it become a biennial event. The unique locations (The Fishermen's Mission, Crescent CIU club and RNLI are among the unusual venues) plus the sense of intimacy both add to the atmosphere as famous authors associated with the press, such as Melvyn Bragg, David Almond and Ian McMillan rub shoulders with newcomers and aspirants. Plus which there's an al fresco musical fringe featuring more than 30 singers and musicians.

The fourth festival, IRON OR was held in 2019. Plans for a 2021 Festival were put on hold for obvious reasons and the plan now is to stage a spectacular 50th anniversary festival in 2023 to celebrate the press's continuous half century of supporting new writing.

More news as the situation changes.



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.

However, our lists are full for the next two years or more, which takes us past out 50th anniversary. So at present we are not able alas to consider any new submissions.

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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