Independent publisher Nine Arches Press, recently awarded National Portfolio Organisation status by Arts Council England, marks ten years of publishing with its seventieth publication and a birthday celebration on Saturday 23rd June at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Adventures in poetry
#TenforNine: Nine Arches Press celebrates ten years of publishing
Image: Nine Arches Press will publish new work by ten poets in 2018.
(Top: l-r Aviva Dautch, Romalyn Ante, Sarala Estruch, Robert Peake, Josephine Corcoran. Bottom: l-r Riche McCaffery, Deborah Alma, Roy McFarlane, Suzannah Evans, Isobel Dixon)
This year Nine Arches Press is ten years old and to mark the occasion we held a special poetry birthday party at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in June. As well as plenty of birthday cake and balloons, we had an afternoon and evening of live poetry events, of which you can see some highlights below.
There was something for everyone: ‘The Big Read In’ was a chance for readers’ groups to hear TS Eliot Prize shortlisted poet Jacqueline Saphra (All My Mad Mothers) discussing her work, followed by an exclusive writing workshop with former Canal Laureate Jo Bell as well as the launch of Josephine Corcoran’s debut collection, What Are You After? The evening saw a ‘Birthday Mixtape’ event in the conservatoire's jazz club, co-hosted by Nine Arches Director and Editor Jane Commane and Rishi Dastidar (Ticker-Tape) featuring favourite readings from a range of Nine Arches Press poets.
Earlier this year we announced our wide-ranging 2018 publishing programme for 2018, which launched in April with our seventieth publication. Primers: Volume Three, produced in partnership with the Poetry School, showcases exciting new work by emerging poets Romalyn Ante, Sarala Estruch and Aviva Dautch.
This was followed in May by publication of Dirty Laundry, the debut collection by Deborah Alma, aka the Emergency Poet and editor of the ground-breaking #MeToo anthology. Two further debuts will follow this year, with And Other Poems blogger, Josephine Corcoran’s What Are You After? later this month (and launching at our birthday party) and Sheffield-based poet Suzannah Evans’ Near Future out in November. Previous Nine Arches Press poets Richie McCaffery and Robert Peake return with second collections in the summer, along with two previously out-of-print poetry collections by Isobel Dixon, The Tempest Prognosticator and A Fold in the Map, republished in July. In October comes Roy McFarlane’s follow-up collection, The Healing Next Time.
Also in the autumn, Nine Arches Press will publish 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. Unwritten: Caribbean Poems After World War I is 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.
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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