Lockdown Listings

A few weeks ago we put out a call on social media asking people to let us know about books whose launches have been cancelled owing to Covid-19, magazines and competitions which have been affected by the crisis, and freelancers seeking to replace lost work.

We've gathered all of your responses into the listings below. If you're able to, please do support the authors, bookshops, publishers, and freelancers affected. With nearly all distributors now closed, it's also a good time to order direct from publishers where possible.

We'll be featuring a version of the listings below in the print magazine, and will also be sending out a second email. Please contact ali[@]poetrylondon.co.uk if you would like to be included in the second newsletter, especially if you are a freelancer.


Gabriel Àkámọ́’s debut At the Speed of Dark (Bad Betty) pits the mind’s chiaroscuro against the many shades of grey that make up our reality. These questioning poems hold empiricism and faith, gravity and progress in the balance.

National Magazine Award-finalist Tammy Armstrong’s Year of the Metal Rabbit (Gaspereau Press) gives slip to snares set by lyric and narrative conventions and bolts for the edges of what poetry can say.

Sampler (Valley Press) is a new collection from Sean Ashton. A sampler from an imaginary encyclopaedia written entirely by poets, it is now due out in Autumn 2020.

Isabel Bermudez's fifth collection Serenade, poems of Spain and The New World, will be available from Paekakariki Press in May. Available for pre-order now!

A. C. Bevan’s fifth poetry collection Field Trips in the Anthropocene (Rack Press) explores the terrain of the new environmental epoch, in which mankind has become the driving force – if not the “extinction pulse” – of global ecological change.

War Dove (Bad Betty) by Troy Cabida is a story of profound growth, of knowing tenderness, not as a skin to be sloughed on the way to maturity but a central muscle beating vital strength into the body.

Stephen Capus’ first collection 24 Hours (Rack Press) captures the ephemeral impressions, feelings and thoughts of a single day through a series of spare, understated, exact poems

Geraldine Clarkson Monica's Overcoat of Flesh (Nine Arches) is an exploration of enclosure and freedom, of what is life-affirming and what is life-suppressing, roaming from South American monasteries to the shorelines of memory, surveying matters of faith, being, tragedy, and womanhood.

Jo Clement’s debut pamphlet Moveable Type (New Writing North) marks an impressive new voice in contemporary poetry. Poems are illustrated with seven wood engravings by Thomas Bewick.

Rishi Dastidar’s Saffron Jack (Nine Arches) boldly updates Kipling’s ‘The Man Who Would Be King’ to ask why we exile the most vulnerable in our societies, and deny them a place to belong?

Poetry publisher Dempsey and Windle have published seven new collections recently. Stephen Claughton's The 3-D Clock, Mantz Yorke's Voyager, David Cooke's Staring at a Hoopoe, Ian Caws' Founder's Day, Harriet Proudfoot's Findings, Robbie Frazer's 192 Miles with Carla, and Wendy Klein's Let Battle Commence.

The Shaking City (Seren) is the artful and edgy debut poetry collection by Cath Drake featuring tales that shift from Australia to her adopted city of London. “...a guide to staying clear-eyed, combative and caring in unsettled times.” – Philip Gross

Ella Duffy's debut pamphlet New Hunger (Smith|Doorstop) is a 'vivid and intimate collection' - Mary Jean Chan. 'Erotic, startling, grief-ridden but hopeful, these poems translate the world into kindness' - Fiona Benson.

Breaking Glass (Writesideleft) by Beata Duncan evokes the poet's experience of the London Blitz and how a group of refugee students survive in a city under extreme pressure, a poetry of graphic detail and dramatic narratives. '...her poetry is pitch perfect, gloriously exact' – Julian Stannard

Roxy Dunn's Big Sexy Lunch (Verve) is an irreverent, entertaining account of millennial philosophy and relationships. These are poems that use observational wit to muse on sex, singledom, and attachment.

Marine Objects / Some Language (Guillemot) are the debut double pamphlets by Suzannah V. Evans. Marine Objects is based on the artist Eileen Agar’s sculpture Marine Object, while Some Language contains poems set by shorelines, inside creaking boats, and balanced above rock pools.

Liminal (Smokestack Books) won a PEN Translates award and is a collection of powerful poems by Italian poet, Laura Fusco and translated by Caroline Maldonado, about migrants and refugees in camps in France and Italy, an-ongoing story told in a babel of voices.

Philip Gross’ new collection is Between The Islands (Bloodaxe). 'Moving from island to island, continent to continent, Between the Islands is concerned with memories, with resonances throughout time, but also with emergent dangers; ecological fears and the rising islands of refuse accumulating in our oceans.' - PBS Bulletin.

Tongues of Fire (Jonathan Cape) is Seán Hewitt's debut collection of poems. 'Beyond-gorgeous, beyond-glorious, blood-felt, feral, luminous' - Fiona Benson.

Alex Josephy’s new collection Naked Since Faversham from Pindrop Press is described by Jane Kirwan as "a cracking collection ... tender and witty and revelatory."

Anja Konig’s first collection Animal Experiments (Bad Betty) offers a macro and micro view of our collapsing world, in which we find ourselves both culpable and insignificant, and perhaps in this paradox, redeemed.

Emma Lee's The Significance of a Dress from Arachne Press is a collection informed by and immersed in politics, where everything has a significance beyond the surface. Beautiful, hair-raising and utterly from the heart.

Fiona Larkin's pamphlet A Dovetail of Breath (Rack Press) "explores language as a bonding device, something that roots us to people and place, but asks us to consider what happens when that comes under threat."

Hotel (Verve) is the striking debut pamphlet from Eric Gregory Award-winner Ali Lewis. ‘A taut, intelligent and politically alert debut’ — Karen McCarthy Woolf. ‘An exceptional new talent’ — Kathryn Maris.

Mutton Rolls (Outspoken) is the debut pamphlet by Jerwood Arvon mentee Arji Manuelpillai. ‘Manuelpillai will dial up the volume just to whisper something damn beautiful beneath its surface’ — Wayne Holloway-Smith.

Thomas McColl’s new collection, Grenade Genie, is published by Fly on the Wall Press, and described by Merryn Williams as ‘very definitely a book of poems for our times.’

Abegail Morley's The Unmapped Woman explores the altitudes of trauma, mapping the stark new territory that loss leaves behind, where the missing loom large, casting their unshifting shadow.

Serge ♆ Neptune’s debut pamphlet These Queer Merboys (Broken Sleep Books) celebrates the joys and struggles of queerness through the figure of the Merman, a metaphor for empowerment and an antidote against toxic masculinity.

Sanatorium (Penned in the Margins) by Abi Palmer interlaces memoir, poetry and meditations on the body to create a mesmerising, mercurial debut. It has a particular focus on the experience of sickness and medical isolation.

Pavilion Poetry will launch three new collections on Monday 27th April – How to Wash a Heart by Bhanu Kapil, Citadelby Martha Sprackland and The Station Before by Linda Anderson.

Mary Robinson's latest collection is Trace (Oversteps Books). 'This hugely enjoyable collection brings together thoughtful, beautifully observed poems which will repay reading and re-reading.' (Helen Farish)

‘Vivid, precise and stamped with a very English restraint, Robert Selby’s The Coming-Down Time deftly connects people and place across the span of a long century.’ – Melissa Harrison. Available from Shoestring Press.

We Could Be Anywhere By Now (Seren) is the second collection by the poet and novelist Katherine Stansfield, featuring poems characteristically wry and funny. “[M]ulti-layered and full of surprising transitions’ – Patrick McGuiness

Burn Before Reading is the debut collection from Newcastle poet, Andi Talbot. Limited quantities remain at Analog Submission Press. All money goes directly to Marc Bruseke, the one-man force behind ASP.

How to Carry Fire (Parthian) was born from the ashes of family addiction. Beginning with the burning down of her childhood home, Christina Thatcher explores how fire can both destroy and cleanse.

Michael W. Thomas's 10th collection, The Stations of the Day (Black Pear Press) is a book of mini-collections using a striking variety of forms and voices. ‘His poems are rich with the details of past and present lives. They explore the wildest possibilities of those lives with passion and humour.’ – Alison Brackenbury

Time and Tide (Arachne Press) is an anthology of stories and poems from the Solstice Shorts Festival, asking: How do tides affect our lives? How has that changed through history?

J.M. Walsh's A Journal (Broodcomb Press) allows the differing voices of a human life the space to communicate in startlingly innovative form. This debut collection is a testament to the value of engagement with worlds natural and domestic. 

Ruth Wiggins's first collection a handful of string, poems from Mongolia, will be available from Paekakariki Press in May. Available for pre-order now!

Christie Williamson's second collection Doors tae Naewye (Luath Press) harkens back to the wit of Burns, adding a modern twist to Scots poetry which brings political and philosophical tones to the fore.

Dy Galon Ofalus / Your Careful Heart (Rack Press) is the first collection by Carmarthen poet Elinor Wyn Reynolds, who believes that poetry should be read, spoken, heard and experienced.

Magazines, Events and Competitions

Butcher's Dog is a bi-annual poetry magazine published in North East England. Independent and egalitarian, we print outstanding poems by writers with distinctive voices from the UK and ROI.

Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal is a print poetry journal published three times a year by Pallina Press in the Midlands. Edited by Naush Sabah and Suna Afshan. Submissions open in February, June and October.

The Poetry Book Awards is an annual, international book award given to the best poetry books produced by indie writers, self published authors or books published by independent or small presses.

streetcake magazine’s experimental writing prize opens for submissions of poetry and short fiction on 6 April. Prizes: mentoring, feedback, publication and books. £1 entry. 

Carcanet's First Virtual Event: launching Squid Squad: A Novel by Matthew Welton. 19:00, Wednesday 6 May 2020. Hosting the reading will be poet and novelist, Luke Kennard, joining Matt to discuss the new work. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions, and we will screenshare excerpts of the text so that you can read along. Register here.

The 14th Welsh Poetry Competition, an international English-language contest, is open for entries. The first prize is £500 and this year's judge is Sally Spedding.

Words @ the Warehouse Cafe is a workshop night for testing our new work or work in progress. It takes place on the third Wednesday every month at the Warehouse Cafe in Digbeth Birmingham. Poets must book in advance with Adrian B. Earle at contact@versefirst.org.

Editing, Tutoring and Other Freelance Services

Sara Barnes offers content writing, blog & social media creation, website writing & editing, ghost writing, translation French to English, copyediting & proofreading. Over 25 years' experience. For info contact: sarabandco@gmail.com

Henry Bell: Experienced poet and editor with interest in the political, the personal and the surreal, seeks clients. Preference given to writers from marginalised and oppressed backgrounds, or the very rich. Henryjimbell.com

Hampshire Poet Laureate Kathryn Bevis is offering ten-week courses of small-group, live online courses in creative writing for adults in poetry, fiction, and children’s writing.  Beginners welcomed. www.thewritingschool.co.uk

Ed Luker is a poet who private tutors and runs poetry workshops. He also works as a commercial copyeditor and copywriter. Contact him at edvard.lvker@gmail.com.

Jake Morris-Campbell: Poet, tutor, critic and researcher looking to pick up any teaching, editing, proofreading. Available for workshops, reviews, collaborations etc. jakecampbell1988.blogspot.com

Hannah Raymond-Cox. Experienced results-oriented tutor specialising in History, English, and 11+ exams who loves passing on intellectual curiosity. Barbican Young Poet; International Relations and History 2.1 MA, St Andrews; Enhanced DBS. h.raymondcox@gmail.com