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Veer Books shortlisted for the Michael Marks Publishers' Award for Poetry Pamphlets

Veer Books, coming out of the activities of the the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre (CPRC) Birkbeck, has been shortlisted for one of this year's Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets!



Michael Marks Publishers’ Award

Books of 36 pages or less are where new poetry often first meets its audience – slim volumes allow readers to savour a concentrated gathering or carefully paced sequence of poems. Poetry pamphlets can be exquisitely designed, with striking visual qualities that form a strong part of the meaning of the book as a whole.

Small press publishers have been at the forefront of developing new audiences for poetry through such attractive and innovative publications. The publishers' shortlist announced by the British Library and Poetry Book Society (award for a UK publisher of poetry in pamphlet form, on the basis of their publishing programme in 2009) is:

• HappenStance Press
• Oystercatcher Press
• Templar Poetry
• Veer Books


Richard Price, Head of Modern British Collections at the British Library, commented:

“Pamphlets are the real thermometer of new poetry - these are the only UK-wide awards of their kind and this shortlist shows us the great range of approaches and ambition of modern poetry in Britain. If there’s a theme this year it’s the remix, the mash-up of history, time and place – like Bladerunner or Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, there’s a retro futurism in many of these which opens the door to non-poetry audiences without giving up any of the poetry. The shortlisted poets have all risen to the challenge of what a pamphlet can be, fusing both physical and visual form with poetry.”


Also announced is the shortlist for the Michael Marks Poetry Award:

• The Terrors, Tom Chivers (Nine Arches Press)
• The Titanic Café closes its doors and hits the rocks, David Hart (Nine Arches Press)
• Advice on Wearing Animal Prints, Selima Hill (Flarestack Poets)
• Devorgilla’s Bridge, Hugh McMillan (Roncadora Press)
• The Reluctant Vegetarian, Richard Moorhead (Oystercatcher Press)
• ballast: a remix, Nii Ayikwei Parkes (tall-lighthouse)


The winners of the two Awards will be announced and presented with cheques for £5,000 at a Readings and Awards Ceremony at the British Library from 6.30pm on 16 June 2010. The shortlisted poets will read from their work, the winners will be announced and the Award Ceremony will be followed by a reception to which the audience is invited.

For more information on the Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets and to buy any of the shortlisted pamphlets, click here

The final announcement will take place during the Readings and Awards ceremony at the British Library from 6.30pm on Wednesday 16 June 2010. Tickets (£6 / £4 concessions) are on sale now from the British Library. Tickets can be booked online at, over the phone +44 (0)1937 546 546 or in person at the British Library.


Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets
The art of poetry - a compact universe in a pamphlet
The Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets is presented by the British Library in partnership with the Poetry Book Society and with the generous support of the Michael Marks Charitable Trust. In their second year, the Awards celebrate the importance of the pamphlet form in introducing new poetry to readers in the internet age.