NINE ARCHES PRESS was founded in 2008 by Jane Commane and Matt Nunn and emerged from an awareness of the local literary landscape and a desire to provide a platform for new and emerging poets. Having just set up Under the Radar magazine, our ideas were quickly demanding more and more space to lay down their roots. We moved into publishing pamphlets by October of that year, and by the following year we had brought out our first two full-length poetry collections.
Since 2008, Nine Arches has continued onwards and upwards, publishing poetry and short story collections (under the Hotwire imprint) and continuing to develop Under the Radar magazine. In 2010, two of our pamphlets (The Terrors by Tom Chivers and The Titanic Cafe closes its doors and hits the rocks) were shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Pamphlet prize and Mark Goodwin's book Shod won the 2011 East Midlands Book Award. In 2012, Nine Arches launched the Debut New Poets Series of first collections and the press has now published more than 30 collections of poetry and 10 issues of the magazine. We continue to build a reputation as a publisher of well-crafted and innovative contemporary poetry and short story collections.
Nine Arches Press places a high value on good, concise editing and in working closely with all of our authors and poets to ensure high-quality publications that we will both be proud to put our names to. Our status as an independent press gives us freedom to take risks and to closely support the writers whose work we really believe in. Nine Arches’ aim as an independently-minded press is to produce books that similarly independently-minded readers will enjoy and appreciate.
When looking for new writers to publish, the priority is always towards work that will excite, surprise or delights readers. With eclectic and wide-ranging tastes inspiring and informing Nine Arches Press, we do not believe in defining a 'type' or genre of work to publish, beyond saying that the main criteria is to select high-quality original work with a unique voice all of its own.
At Nine Arches, we’re also working hard to nurture new poetry audiences and have a strong programme of events and open mics; our most high profile of these is Wordsmiths & Co, in partnership with Apples and Snakes and taking place at Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry.
We are proud to have become a member of Inpress (the UK’s specialist in selling books produced by independent publishers) in January 2013 – our titles are now represented by Inpress and our trade distribution is handled by Central Books of London.
Like many independent publishers, we depend entirely upon the sales of our titles to keep us in business - please browse the site and consider supporting us by purchasing some of our publications. You can visit our Inpress shop here.
Jane Commane, Editor.