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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.

See below for our normal submissions procedure. During the pandemic we are unfortunately unable to consider any new submissions, and apologise for this: watch this space for more developments.

Meantime you can still purchase our wonderful range of books direct from here, via the Inpress website, via Paypal or through Amazon. We are still working on books in progress, but publications dates have been delayed. Again more news soon. Thanks for your patience.



Planet Corona, The First 100 Columns


The Bitter Sweet Love of Randolph K. Mckinnon

Planet Corona, The First 100 Columns

IRON Press greets the new year with a look back at 2020. From the onset of the corona virus lockdown at the end of March 2020, writer and playwright Peter Mortimer began penning a daily column in The Journal, the morning newspaper based in Newcastle on Tyne. After 75 continuous columns, six pieces a week, he fell in a heap and reduced his output to twice weekly.

Here we produce the first 100 columns, a mixture of humour, satire, surrealism, absurdity and occasional anger as he fixes his unique eye on a world turned upside down.

A Zoom launch for this book is planned for December 14th: contact IRON Press for details.

More about Planet Corona.


The Bitter Sweet Love of Randolph K. Mackinnon

A Poetry Sequence From John Makinson

John Makinson's second volume of poetry, The Bitter Sweet Love of Randolph K. Mckinnon is a lover's tale told through a sequence of poems. Beginning with a honeymoon and ending in tragedy, it is a story of love and a lusty and physical marriage. Both a book of poetry and a novella - related mainly from the male perspective, but occasionally from the female - the poems are intelligent, witty, often erotic, and ultimately poignant.

More information about The Bitter Sweet Love of Randolph K. Mckinnon here.


SUBMISSIONS

During the pandemic we are unfortunately unable to consider any new submissions, and apologise for this: watch this space for more developments.

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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