New Additions

We are excited to announce these recent additions to the Archive.

Alec Finlay

Alec Finlay

David Ashford

David Ashford

David is a poet, critic and publisher. His written work includes three poetry collections published by Veer books — Xaragmata (2013), Orcs (2015) and Sedition Machines (2017) — a cultural geography of the London Underground published by Liverpool University Press, and a cultural history of Modernist Egoism published by Bloomsbury. As the editor of Contraband Books, David has published some of the most exciting innovative poetry currently produced in the UK, his published authors including Nat Raha, Eleanor Perry, Linus Slug, Juha Virtanen, Harry Gilonis, Verity Spott, Jen Cooke, and many more. He is currently working on a long poem relating to the East India Company and a collection of essays exploring Promethean horror in twentieth-century fiction and art.


Added 23 March 2018

Dorothy Lehane

Dorothy Lehane

Dorothy Lehane is the author of three poetry publications: Umwelt (Leafe Press, 2016), Ephemeris (Nine Arches Press, 2014) and Places of Articulation (dancing girl press, 2014). She is the founding editor of Litmus Publishing. Her research explores social, ethical and perceptual questions surrounding and concerning cultural encounters and embodied responses in the practice of disability/illness poetry. She is currently working on a long sequence, Bettbehandlung [Bedrest], examining the historical treatments of sick female subjects. Some of this work can be found in the Journal of Poetics ResearchDISCLAIMER Magazineaglimpseof and Molly Bloom.  She has read her work to audiences at Magnetic South Festival, Sounds New Music Festival, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Impaired/Heightened Senses conference, the Science Museum, the Wellcome Trust Gallery, the Barbican, the Roundhouse, and BBC Radio Kent. Recent poetry and reviews appear in Molly Bloom, Journal of Poetics Research, and Blackbox Manifold. Dorothy teaches Creative Writing as the University of Kent.


Added 19 March 2018

Ben Borek

Ben Borek

Ben Borek: born Camberwell, South London in 1980. Lives in Warsaw.

The poems recorded here are often, more or less directly, exercises in sampling.



Added 9 March 2018

Stephen Mooney

Stephen Mooney

Stephen Mooney was born in Zambia, of Irish parents, and lives in London. He is a lecturer in Creative Writing and poetry co-ordinator at the University of Surrey, where he was also the Poet in Residence in 2012/13. He is an associate member of the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre at Birkbeck, and co-runs the small poetry press, Veer Books. His poetry has appeared in various places and web-places, including as part of the performative poetry grouping ‘London Under Construction’. The poetry collections, DCLP and Shuddered, the latter co-authored with Aodan McCardle and Piers Hugill, were published by Veer Books in 2008 and 2010 respectively, while the trilogy, The Cursory Epic (2014), 663 Reasons Why (2016) and Ratzinger Solo (2016) has recently been published by Contraband Books.



Added 9 March 2018

Iain Sinclair

Iain Sinclair

Adam Lowe

Adam Lowe

Albert Pellicer

Albert Pellicer

Angus Sinclair

Angus Sinclair

Angus Sinclair is a poet and library worker living in South London. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbox Manifold, Butchers Dog, clinic, Datableed, Test Centre and Zarf among others. A selection of his poems were included in the anthology Dear World & Everyone In It: New Poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe, 2013). He has been invited to perform his work at readings and festivals in the UK and Europe, and his mantra circle poems Fourteen Palate Cleansers- performed at Reuben Sutton and Colin Herd’s Sutton Gallery in 2014- are held in the Rare Books collection at the National Poetry Library. He co-edits the poetry publishing experiment para·text with Laura Elliott.

Added 2 March 2018

Ben Stainton

Ben Stainton
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Ben Stainton has been a musician, poet, film-maker, collage artist and fiction writer. His poems have appeared in The Rialto, Magma and 3am. His art has been commissioned by Wetherspoons (UK) and Casper (US). He was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize for Fiction in 2015. 

Added 2 March 2018

Sarah Crewe

Sarah Crewe

Sarah Crewe is from the Port of Liverpool. Her work is primarily concerned with feminism, women's history and working class psychogeography. Her chapbooks include flick invicta from Oystercatcher and Signs Of The Sistership with Sophie Mayer from KFS. She is one third of Stinky Bear Press and her work has been featured in The Wolf, Shearsman, Tears In The Fence and Litter magazines. She also co-edited Catechism: Poems For Pussy Riot and Binders Full of Women.

Added 25 September 2013

Tom Jenks

Tom Jenks

Tom Jenks has published three collections with if p then q: A Priori (2008), (2010) and Items (2013), a 1000 fragment verbivocovisual sequence. Streak artefacts, a 100 poem sequence with accompanying visuals, was published by Dept. Press in 2013. He has produced and performed a number of collaborations with Chris McCabe for SJ Fowler’s Camarade project, including I Boris, a re-write of Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi. Other publications include a p.o.w. broadside slugs/snails and An Anatomy of Melancholy, a conceptual Twitter re-construction of Robert Burton's 1621 text The Anatomy of Melancholy. He co-organises The Other Room reading series and website, administers the avant objects imprint zimZalla, and is a PhD student at Edge Hill University, where he is researching digital technology and innovative poetry.

Added 20 September 2013

Andrew Spragg

Andrew Spragg

Andrew Spragg is a poet, performer and critic. He was born in London in 1984 and lives there currently. To Blart & Kid is due to be published by Like This Press in early 2013. He has had work appear in Hi Zero, Half Circle and on The Literateur. His writing was also included in Dear World & Everyone In It: New Poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe, 2013). He edits Infinite Editions, a blog that publishes free poetry postcards for download and distribution.

Added 5 February 2013

Lisa Robertson

Lisa Robertson

Lisa Robertson is a Canadian poet and essayist from Vancouver, who now lives in the Vienne region of France. She studied at Simon Fraser University in the 1980s, and left before finishing a degree in order to become an independent bookseller. While running her shop, Proprioception Books, she became involved in the literary and art communities in the city, as a collective member at Kootenay School of Writing, a non-profit writer-run centre, where she also taught for 10 years, as well as serving as a board member at Artspeak Gallery, whose mandate has been to exhibit contemporary artists working at the intersection of language and image. In the late 90’s, after the publication of her first two books, she began to travel and live abroad for short periods as a writer-in residence, and visiting poet, first at University of Cambridge as the Judith E. Wilson Fellow, then at University of San Diego, American University of Paris, Naropa University, University of  California Berkeley, California College of the Arts, Simon Fraser University, and in Spring 2014, Princeton University. She works as writing tutor at Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, in the Master of Fine Arts Programme, and as a freelance writer in the visual arts.

Added 6 December 2012

Joe Luna

Joe Luna

Joe Luna lives in Brighton, where he runs the Hi Zero reading series and edits Hi Zero magazine.

Crater Press published the letterpress fold Google Song in November 2011; his poems have appeared in, amongst others, Poems, Written Between October and December 2010 (Grasp Press), The Claudius App. (online), Better than Language: An Anthology of New Modernist Poetries (Ganzfeld Press), FRIENDS (Critical Documents), Sous les Paves, The Cambridge Literary Review, Damn the Cæsars, Lana Turner and The Death and Life of Great American Cities. A booklet, LVRSLVRSLVRSLVRS, was privately distributed in 2010; the .pdf epic FAILCORE is still public. ASTROTURF came out in 2013; other books followed suit.

His blog is All Over the Grid.

Added 23 November 2012

Verity Spott

Verity Spott

Spott was born in Paddington, London, United Kingdom - flat pack electoral constituencies as the eldest of a billion sons and daughters. Spott’s father was co-founded in fabric and wallpapers by Spott’s mother Felicity Alexandra Loxton-Peacock who was the fault of artist Clarisse Loxton-Peacock. In an interview in July 2005 Spott said “it’s my small act of rebellion. I don’t like it. I never like it. When I told my mother she said ‘nor do I.” Spott was educated. This came with a mystery prize. She was a member of what was dismembered in the Bullingdon Club. She also attended Davidson College North Carolina for one semester as a rusk. After graduating in 1992 Spott did a few part time jobs including as a data entry clerk dived tight in the details of the recently deceased NHS into a computer database full of… rice. She also briefly worked at Selfridges perpetually refolding all your towels. Noone has towels. In 1993 Spott was… She allerted Conservative central office where finally she joined the research department and became head of a section. One of her first roles as the head of a section was to be in Blackpool where between 1995 and 1997 Spott became special adviser to the food of Douglas Hogg - Rice. There after the election Spott again considered (though nothing came of it) and between 1997 and 2001 Spott worked inside the then Conservative leader William Hague as a roll preparing Hague for the inevitable weekly questions playing Tony Blair under successive leaderships of Michael Howard, David Cameron, Spott remained alive - passionately abundant, grimacing, shedding Parseq’s, oftentimes afloat in seas of Ghee and a million deep splinters like this. 


Added 23 November 2012

Samantha Walton

Samantha Walton

Samantha Walton was born within earshot of the M25 in the 1980s. She has lived in Edinburgh and London, studied literature and politics, and in 2012 completed a PhD on psychology, law and selfhood in inter-war women's writing. Samantha has been invited to read at festivals and reading series in the UK, Ireland and North America, including the Cambridge Reading Series (2010), London Cross Genre Festival (2010), SoundEye, Cork (2011), Surrey Poetry Festival (2012) and the Alloa Poetry Jamboree (2012). In 2011 she co-organised an experimental poetry conference and festival - ConVersify - at the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Poetry Library.

Added 23 November 2012

J. H. Prynne

J. H. Prynne

J. H. Prynne was born in 1936.  Until his retirement in 2005-6 he was Director of Studies and Librarian of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. 

Added 5 July 2010