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About Poetry Now

Poetry Now welcomes submissions from poets writing in all styles: traditional; modern; free verse; rap etc….And will do its best to get the poems into print.

Where it all began...

Some 30 years ago, 1989 to be precise, a group of poets met in a ‘pub’ after a local writers’ group meeting. Most, if not all, were bemoaning the fact that, try as they might, they had great difficulty getting their work published.

This was in the days before the Internet and long before the birth of social media. Publishing was out of the reach of most poets without the assistance of ‘Arts Council’ grants or the patronage of publishers who in the main received Arts Council or other institutions funding.

Award winning poet and writer Ian Walton was one of the gathering and pledged to use his printing knowledge and experience to break the mould. He set about compiling a book of local poets work and produced a ‘short run’ of books (Poetry North 1990) and Poetry Now was born.

Following on

In the ensuing years, many books were published showcasing the work of writers from across the U.K.

The rise of the Internet and Social Media gave writers a quick, accessible outlet for their work and Poetry Now suffered a decline in popularity as Facebook became the route of choice for poets. Now the wheel has turned. Writing poetry, in all forms, has seen a massive rise and poetry seems to be everywhere, but the participants are becoming increasingly frustrated as their precious poems appear on-line, are read by a few and quickly forgotten.

Poets want their work preserved.
They want it printed.
They want to touch it, hold it, treasure it.
They want it in libraries, they want it in schools.

Poetry now feels this revival and honours the pledge made by Ian many years ago ‘I will build a bridge to publication – not a barrier’.

Poetry Now welcomes submissions from poets writing in all styles: traditional; modern; free verse; rap etc….And will do its best to get the poems into print.