Nia Davies book launch

Saturday November 4th 2.00 pm – 5 pm at The Hen and Chickens, Flannel Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5EG, where Nia will be a launching England, out now on Crater Press.

with a mini-festival of accompanying readers, including
Ailbhe Darcy
David Greenslade
Steven Hitchins
Julia Rose Lewis
Lee Duggan
Chris Paul
Ric Hool
Suze de Lee
Richard Parker
Lyndon Davies
and more to be announced

Koto y yo by Tim Atkins out now from Crater Press

new Atkins product from Crater Press!

Koto y yo documents a year in the lives of a father and daughter living in Poble Sec; a working class barrio in Barcelona. Told in luminous poetic prose, the interlinked stories – echoing the Platero y yo stories of Juan Ramon Jiminez – detail the couple’s adventures and encounters as they wander around the streets. The pages are inhabited by the plumbers, hairdressers, bakers, traveling knife grinders, mechanics, tobacconists, waiters, postmen, mangy cats, and itinerant musicians who populate the neighborhood.

£10 paperback, £15 hardback, both available at 

As it’s Lulu the postage is about the same wherever you are in the world, and if you use this code FWD15 when you purchase you will get 15% off (this is working today, but I’m not sure how long for as Lulu changes the codes pretty often).

Leg Avant: The New Poetry of Cricket

A treasure trove of new radical poetry about cricket and a series of specially commissioned illustrations. Perfect for cricket fans, all avantists and those who’ve longed to know the results of such unlikely comminglings. Contributors include: Tim Atkins; Oliver Baggott; Nia Davies; Ken Edwards; Gregorio Fontaine; Laura Foster Twigg; Chris Hall; John Hall; Alan Halsey; Ben Hickman; Jeff Hilson; Peter Hughes; Peter Jaeger; Antony John; Sarah Kelly; Tony Lopez; Chiaki Matsubayashi; Michaela Meise; Geraldine Monk; Montenegro Fisher; Jèssica Pujol; Andrew Spragg; Ed Suckling; Scott Thurston; Rhys Trimble; Carol Watts; Nick Whittock and Josephine Wood. Out now on Crater Press.

New from Crater Press

Crater Press is pleased to announce a Crater pamphlet by Buffalo letterpress buffalo Richard Owens; nine stanzas of ‘Turncoat’ in an attractive articulated broad-but-thin-side arrangement. Anyone who knows Richard Owens will suspect that this will be the real deal and it is the real deal. Two colour; different modes; handprinted, unusual folding, 36 lines of A* poetry.

Robert Hampson: out of sight

Robert Hampson’s “out of sight” now available from the crater press. Robert Hampson is Professor of Modern Literature at RHUL, where he teaches on the MA in Poetic Practice. His ‘Assembled Fugitives: Selected Poems 1973-98’ appeared from Stride in 2000. His most recent publication was ‘an explanation of colours’ (Veer, 2011).

‘out of sight’, like the poster-poem ‘map-loading: 51:31N 00:05W’ (2008), is an exercise in procedural writing and recriture. The single sentence, with its shifting phrasal linkages, responds to recent work by Vanessa Place. It’s also the record of a mis-spent decade.  £3. Copies are available at

New Craters; Guthrie / Atkins

The new Crater, the 13th, is Elizabeth Guthrie’s X Portraits; 10 odd and unsettling lyrical non-lyric realizations of portraits of America and Britain.  Accurate representations of modern life!  Each copy includes an individual painted iteration by E.G. reminiscent of 3 stoppages etalon‘s dropped string measure; they all include a wood block by Dirk E. Lee and are letterpressed, handbound &c.  Requires paperknife.  £7 + p&p.  Tim Atkins on Guthrie: ‘Elizabeth Guthrie’s poems – thoughtful, unusual, tender & (of course) tough – do far more interesting acrobatics than so so many of the more – shall we say? – pumped up ones. It is a joy to see her appearing in this latest Crater. Who can say no to it?’
Also: in honour of the impending London Ezra Pound conference, Tim Atkins offers 3 Ezra Pound themed Pet Soundz, available on a poetry-poster with a nice blue rendition of Pound by Gaudier-Brzeska on the other side.  £3 + p&p, available in unfolded or (cheaper) folded format. Guthrie on Atkins: ‘With Tim Atkins’ poetry, it is all where you find (you have found) he has found and placed the voice. It is all vivid joy and sorrow, distinct again and again in its rolling locale, within its expansive palate contemporary and timeless, completely unleashed and discerning as it turns its attention into forms of each and any place of our worlds.’


Crater Press wins Michael Marks Award

The Crater Press has won the Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets award for a UK publisher of poetry in pamphlet form, on the basis of their publishing programme in 2010.

Robert Hampson, Judge, commented:

“We three judges were heartened and impressed by the vitality and strength of character of all the small presses we shortlisted, and we are delighted to be awarding this year’s Publishers’ Award to the Crater Press. Crater take the traditions of book art and fine printing, and add to them a strong editorial line to produce pamphlets that are both traditional and avant garde, as well as startlingly original.”

Congratulations to Crater Press supremeo Richard Parker.

Ken Edwards – Millions of Colours

Crater Press announces Crater 10, Ken Edwards’s Millions of colours:

Millions of colours is the final part of Bardo: forty-nine prose pieces over seven days, a modern rewrite of theBardo Thodol, the devotional work known in the West as The Tibetan Book of the Dead. “Bardo” means an interval or a transitional period. The setting here is the port and old town of Hastings, on the south coast of England. Previous parts of the work in various versions have appeared as Red & green, a pamphlet from Oystercatcher Press (2009), and also in the journals and e-journals Cannibal Spices, Pages, 10th Muse and Veer Away. It is hoped that the whole work will be published before too long.

Ken Edwards is the editor and publisher of Reality Street. His most recent book is Songbook (Shearsman, 2009).

It’s £5; available from