Nine Arches Press Launches 10th Birthday Year Publishing List


Growing Independent publisher and new Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation will be expanding in 2018-19 and publishing its seventieth publication.

























Image: Nine Arches Press will publish new work by eight poets in 2018. (Top: l-r Aviva Dautch, Romalyn Ante, Sarala Estruch, Robert Peake. Bottom: l-r Riche McCaffery, Deborah Alma, Roy McFarlane and Suzannah Evans)




Nine Arches Press has announced its publishing list for 2018 and plans to celebrate their first decade in publishing. Nine Arches Press was recently awarded National Portfolio Organisation status by Arts Council England, which means regular funding for the next four year for their programme of publishing, mentoring, events and literature development.


Nine Arches Press was founded in April 2008, and to celebrate their tenth year in 2018-19, the press will launch a year-long programme of events, including participation in World Book Night 2018 and a 10th Birthday celebration event of live poetry taking place on 16th June at Birmingham City University.


Their tenth year in business begins with the announcement of their list for 2018, which is a lively mix of debut poetry collections and books from poets returning with second collections. It includes ‘Emergency Poet’ Deborah Alma, whose debut collection Dirty Laundry will launch the list of new single-author poetry collections in May, and will be followed by debuts from Josephine Corcoran, an active poetry blogger at And Other Poems, and Sheffield-based poet Suzannah Evans, whose first book Near Future is out in November.


Nine Arches Press poets Richie McCaffery and Robert Peake will return with second collections in the summer which emcompass themes of place and displacement, loss and troubled times, and Roy McFarlane will present his follow-up collection The Healing Next Time in October, a poetry collection that looks at institutional racism, deaths in custody and coming of age in 1990s Birmingham.


The seventieth publication from Nine Arches Press will be the third volume of their Primers series, produced in partnership with the Poetry School. Primers Volume Three showcases exciting new work by emerging poets Romalyn Ante, Sarala Estruch and Aviva Dautch, who were chosen following a nationwide search for new talent with selecting editor, the poet Hannah Lowe. Nine Arches Press will also republish two previously out-of-print poetry collections by poet Isobel Dixon, The Tempest Prognosticator and A Fold in the Map, in July.


In the autumn, a co-commission between 14-18 NOW, the UK’s official arts programme for the First World War centenary, BBC Contains Strong Language and the British Council will result in the publication of Unwritten Poems, an anthology that invites poets of the Caribbean diaspora to explore new perspectives on the Caribbean experience during the First World War, edited by Karen McCarthy Woolf.


Former Canal Laureate Jo Bell’s book of poems Kith will also feature as one of the World Book Night choices 2018, with over thousand copies of this title being given away on 23 April. World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers, and this is the first year that Nine Arches Press has participated. The distribution of Kith for World Book Night is being supported by Nine Arches’ distributors NBN International, and Inpress Books.


Nine Arches Press will also continue their commitment to increasing inclusivity and supporting greater diversity in UK poetry and publishing, with a second phase of their Dynamo mentoring scheme and the launch of the Future Editors scheme later in 2018 which aims to give support and experience to aspiring editors. Both schemes will be aim to work with marginalised and underrepresented groups in publishing and poetry – including those who are BAME, Disabled and D/deaf, low income / working class or LGBTQ.


Being a part of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio means that Nine Arches’ plans for their busy programme of publishing, events and mentoring activity will continue and grow over the next four years from 2018 – 2022 with the support of Arts Council England funding.


Jane Commane, Editor and Director at Nine Arches Press said:

“It’s fitting that our tenth year is our busiest and most exciting yet – we will be expanding, publishing some truly exciting titles, and participating in some new large-scale projects. This follows our Ted Hughes Prize shortlisting for Inua Ellams’ #Afterhours, and Jacqueline Saphra’s shortlisting for All My Mad Mothers on the TS Eliot Poetry Prize in 2017. We may be a small publisher, but I think we’re proving we can still be mighty. In addition to joining the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio, which will enable and support this continued development, our birthday celebrations, World Book Night participation and 2018 list seem a terrific way to mark a whole decade of adventures in poetry at Nine Arches Press”


Updates, promotions and news on Nine Arches’ 10th birthday celebrations and activity can be found on twitter via the hashtag #TenforNine.

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