Some poetry links to follow

Gay & lesbian
Lists of magazines
     & competitions
Magazines E-zines
Publishers Poetry Pamphlets
Bookshops Haiku
Beat writing

Writing Resources (National, Local and Regional organisations, TV & Radio, help for writers, )



Diamond Twig - Small Press from the North East who publish new writing by women & promote poetry and other writing in innovative, exciting ways.

Libertas - Women's online bookshop based in UK

Mslexia - The magazine for women who write.

Onlywomen Press - UK publishers of challenging literature that unravels gender stereotypes. Onlywomen prioritises lesbian authors.

Vane Women - a writers' collective from the North of England

Honno Welsh women's Press. Publishing literature by women from Wales

Lists of Magazines and Competitions

Daniel Trent's List of Little Magazines A useful list and address book, (has some entries not covered by The Poetry Kit)

The Poetry Kit - Directory of Poetry Magazines. Another invaluable list. Also has a good competitions list -  up to date, in order of deadline and tells you who the judges are and what the prize is too!

Use these in conjunction with the review sites (below) which features reviews of lots of these titles.

New Hope International Review A site full of reviews for poetry magazines, books and other things.
Ascriber - Lists of competitions, courses, Master Classes and more...

Terrible Work A very entertaining web-zine that reviews new poetery.

Dragon's Breath International small press review


Iota Good quality magazine

Never Bury Poetry The small magazine with the international reputation.

Oxford Poetry - Small press poetry magazine


The Affectionate Punch Used to be a magazine, now it's an e-zine. [Note: the site doesn't work with Netscape you need Internet Explorer]. 

Mudlark  'spread the news, far and wide'. Florida based e-zine

see also The Heron's Nest under haiku.


Commonword  Manchester, UK 

Diamond Twig Newcastle, UK

Onlywomen Press - London, UK 

Ragged Raven Press, Stratford on Avon, UK

Salmon Press Clare, Ireland

The Dedalus Press Dublin, Ireland

Wild Honey Press Wicklow, Ireland

Carcanet Press


Writing Resources
National Organisations

The Arts Council - funding info etc...

British Council Literature Site - has a good Festivals List among other things.

Poetry Book Society - Keep informed and buy poetry books at reasonable prices.

The Poetry Library - the most comprehensive and accessible collection of post-1910 poetry in Britain. OK it's in London but anyone can visit / join / borrow. Use the Inter Library Loan facility at your local library if London's a long way away. Site has lots of info.

The Poetry Society - useful and interesting site.

TV and Radio

BBC Poetry Page - what's going on on the radio.

BBC Writers Room - guidelines for writing for the BBC.

The Scriptwriters Network - for people who fancy writing an episode of the Bill.

Help with Writing

Glossary of Poetic Terms from Bob's Byway. Very useful site and indispensible if you're tackling a particular form.

Writers Resource Centre lots of good articles about writing

Tim Love's Literary References a comprehensive list of resources for writers.

Local Links

Manchester Resources - info about groups and magazines in Manchester and the North West and residential workshops elsewhere.

North West Arts Board - Literature Listings - online arts directory

North West Arts Board Grants - Information about available grants for writers in the North West UK.

Rain Dog News - local poetry events

Commonword News - local poetry events

Regional Poetry Organisations

Poetry Leicester - promotes and encourages the enjoyment of poetry in all its aspects through a wide-ranging programme of activities.

Lit-Net - a virtual literature centre for the West Midlands and beyond. 

Poetry Organisers

UK Touring - Organisation which manages live events, performances,  projects, collaborations and sensational schemes.

Cheers Ta - Dedicated to the promotion of performance poetry through a variety of activities.

Apples and Snakes - A UK promotional organisation for performance poetry. Established in 1982. 




Libertas - Women's online bookshop based in York, UK. Specialising in lesbian literature.

Glee Books - Australian Bookshop that ships worldwide and sells books by Dorothy Porter (among others). NB: When searching put the surname first or it doesn't work...

The Internet Talking Bookshop Audio poetry books, based in the uk

City Lights Bookshop The San Francisco bookshop online

Read Ireland Dublin bookshop on the web selling Irish books.

Northwest Passages Online bookshop specialising in Canadian literature. Sells books by rob mclennan among others.

Poetry Pamphlets
Generally small press publishers produce some kind of regular magazine and some individual titles. This list is restricted to ones which sell pamphlets (by poets other than the press owner!) and which have a website displaying / selling their wares.

Diamond Twig - Wonderful poetry books at reasonable prices

above/ground press - Canadian small press run by a poet rob mclennan

Arrowhead Press - Darlington based press producing pamphlets and books.

Commonword - Manchester Based Community Publishers / Workshop organisation. They don't do a magazine but they produce books and pamphlets regularly.

Happenstance Press Scottish poetry publisher

The Oscars Press - Lesbian & Gay pamphlets and books.

The Poetry Business - Publish The North, books and pamphlets.

Salt - International not for profit publisher, Produces the journal Salt as well as books and pamphlets (which  here are called 'Chapbooks').

Scottish Pamphlet Poetry - A new website set up to allow you to find out about Scottish poetry pamphlets

Seren Produces Poetry Wales and books & pamphlets (specialises in Welsh writers)

Vane Women - also listed under 'women' above this is their pamphlet section.

Wild Honey Press - gorgeous Chap books, books and pamphlets

Gay and Lesbian

Blithe House Quarterly  A US literary magazine for gay short fiction. One worth reading.

The Oscars Press - Lesbian & Gay pamphlets and books.


The Haiku Year I love the idea of this book which I bought at Waterstones last year. 6 friends wrote each other haiku (small poems) for a year & published the best of them here. This is an interactive site where you can not only buy the book, but read haiku from all over the world and post your own.

The Heron's Nest A very nice site about Haiku, linked to a US paper journal. It's got a good list of haiku - related links. 

Jack Kerouac's Haiku Page dedicated to Kerouac's Haiku poetry.

Jan's 'Beat' links

Kerouac's Belief & Technique for Modern Prose & Essentials of  Spontaneous Prose

Resources and info on Kerouac

The Beat Page Updated news, features and archives. Features a good list of other Beat pages. No bibliography though.

Beat Generation News Same kind of thing but different. The links page has a good list of links to current publications. Lists works by each writer

Cosmic Baseball AssociationMany beat writers feature here - in fact they have their own team (it's a fantasy baseball league). Informative as well as a bit weird. Jack Kerouac plays Left field for the Beats. Click on Players - Index of cosmic Player Plates - Jack Kerouac 1998 (which has a good chronology).

Beat Generation Catalog Online shop dedicated to Beat stuff

City Lights Bookstore The San Francisco bookstore specialising in Beat literature etc..

Empty Mirror Books - Another US bookshop specialising in Beat literature. I like this one because it has a special pamphlets section .

Literary Kicks - the site with the bibliography (which seems to be lacking on the other sites) by  Sherri Hoffman-Hoye. An excellent site for all things Beat.  

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