Fine Press Poetry
Fine Press Poetry is run by independent publisher Andrew Moorhouse, based in Rochdale, England.
Andrew specialises in creating beautiful letterpress editions of collections of poetry accompanied by illustrations by wood engravers and artists.
Since its foundation in 2013, Andrew has published three works featuring poems by Simon Armitage, In Memory of Water (2013) illustrated with original wood engravings by Hilary Paynter, Considering the Poppy (2014) featuring original wood engravings by Chris Daunt.
The third publication (May 2015) was Michael Longley's Sea Asters , the fourth publication (October 2015) was Andrew Motion's Coming Home the fifth (September 2016) will be Simon Armitage's Waymarkings.
Michael Longley's 'The Dipper's Range' was published in October 2016.
Paul Muldoon's 'I Gave The Pope A Rhino' is now available.
Simon Armitage's 'Exit The Known World' with illustrations by Hilary Paynter was published on 16th March 2018.
In early December 2018 two new broadsides were published - Michael Longley's 'After Amergin' with an illustration by Sarah Longley and Simon Armitage's 'I Kicked a Mushroom' with an illustration by wood engraver Paul L Kershaw.
Carol Ann Duffy's 'Eight World's Wives' with illustrations by Hilary Paynter was published on 9th December 2018.
Should you wish to purchase any of the publications please use the 'Contact' form.
I've been remiss in updating this since last December. In the interim I've published Michael and Sarah Longley's 'Ghetto' which features Michael's poems celebrating the life of Helen Lewis who remarkably survived the Holocaust and went on to be a dance teacher in Belfast. I've also published 2 broadsides one, 'December' celebrates Michael's 80th birthday and the 2nd features Zaffar Kunial's wonderful poem 'Prayer' illustrated with a metal engraving by Maribel Mas.
This past weekend I've picked up the first copies of my new publication 'The Italian Chapel'. The book features a longish poem by Sinéad Morrissey accompanied by 2 metal engravings by Maribel Mas.
Carol Ann Duffy's 'Eight World's Wives' accompanied by wood engravings by Hilary Paynter is now available for purchase. Full details can be seen on the page for the book.
A broadside of Michael Longley's poem 'After Amergin' with an illustration by Sarah Longley. Full details can be seen on here;
A broadside of Simon Armitage's poem 'I Kicked A Mushroom' with an illustration by Paul L Kershaw. Full details can be seen on here;
Exit the Known World is now available for purchase. Full details can be seen on the page for the book.
My next publication, which was provisionally titled 'Poems in the Air' will now be called 'Exit the Known World'.
I Gave The Pope A Rhino is now available for purchase.
The Paul Muldoon broadside is now available. The broadsides combine letterpress printing of the text with digital printing of Paul Wright’s illustration. There are just 45 copies available for sale - each one is individually numbered and signed by the artist and poet.
The cost of the broadside is £75 plus P&P.
The first batch of books to be bound where delivered to the binders on Thursday 13th July. The cost of the digital printing has been significant meaning that I have had to spread the cost so that the full complement of books will not be immediately available. In addition I will be selling initial copies of the books to my regular customers. I anticipate that the first batch of 50 will be gone by the end of August 2017 and this will allow me to fund the printing of the next batch.
The Dipper's Range and Waymarkings have continued to sell well and The Dipper's Range broadsides have been very well received.
Progress on 'I Gave the Pope A Rhino' has been slower than hoped but all Paul Wright's paintings are finished and the arrival of Paul Muldoon's introduction to the book late last week means that printing can begin in earnest.
I will also be doing some broadsides of one of the Muldoon lyrics with the accompanying Paul Wright painting.
Waymarkings has received a very positive reception in terms of early sales and comments back from pleased purchasers. The Dipper's Range was picked up from the binders on Friday 21st and looks very fine indeed. A trip to Belfast tomorrow for an event Michael is having at the RUA will be a first opportunity to sell a few copies.
Waymarkings is finally ready having been signed by both Hilary and Simon. A car crash on the M1 when I was on my way to see Simon and a lorry, clipping my wing sending me spinning into the crash barrier, damaged about 15 of the books which makes the edition size a bit smaller but things could have been worse. Sales over the first weekend have been healthy so it's now on to progressing The Dipper's Range.
I picked up Waymarkings up from the binders on Friday 19th August. I now to get it signed by Simon and Hilary. It'll be available to purchase from early September.
It doesn't seem like much has been happening recently but beneath this calm exterior it's been very busy.
The sheets for Waymarkings will go to the binders in the next two weeks and the book should be out by end August/early September.
The next Michael Longley book 'The Dipper's Range' should follow hard on the heels. I have done some broadsides of the title poem which I'll publicise (or 'socialise' as they say in my day job) as soon as I can.
I'm working with an artist, Paul Wright http://www.paul-wright.com/gallery, who is going to illustrate the book of Paul Muldoon lyrics I've been given. This will be a different style publication, still letterpress and beautifully bound, and is an exciting departure for me. Though the basic ethos remains the same.
Thanks for reading.
Waymarkings is a little delayed. I'm now hoping it'll be ready by the end of June.
After chatting with Paul Muldoon in Lancaster on Tuesday evening he contacted me with the aim of providing some of his work for a future book.
I now have just 2 copies of the standard edition of Michael Longley's 'Sea Asters' left. I have about 10 of the deluxe edition left. I've just started work on a new book with Michael provisionally called 'The Dipper's Range'.
All book copies of Simon Armitage's 'In Memory of Water' have now gone though I still have a small number of the broadsides available. My publication of Simon's poems 'Waymarkings' with wood engravings by Hilary Paynter is now scheduled for late May 2016.
Sales of Andrew Motion's 'Coming Home with wood engravings by Jane Lydbury have been very steady since it's launch in October 2015.
There are now just 4 copies of the standard edition of In Memory of Water left. When those are sold the whole edition will be sold out.
Coming Home was launched at the Fine Press Book Fair in Oxford on 31st October 2015.
I have had a small number of broadsides for 2 of the 'Considering the Poppy' poems produced as broadsides. There are 40 of each in total. Each broadside is signed by Simon Armitage and Chris Daunt the engraver. Full details can be seen under the 'Publications' page.
My Publication of Andrew Motion's 'Coming Home' will be available by the end of October.
Sales of Sea Asters continue to be very healthy. As at today's date I have just 13 of the standard edition, 6 of the deluxe edition and 3 of the presentation edition left.
Simon Armitage has been appointed as the next Oxford Professor of Poetry. The professorship has previously been held by such esteemed figures as Matthew Arnold, W H Auden, Robert Graves, Seamus Heaney and Paul Muldoon.
Sales of Sea Asters have been extremely healthy. Less than one month after publication only 20 of the standard edition and just 10 of the deluxe edition are left.
Some comments from happy customers - "please let me congratulate you on an exquisite book", "I was quite taken aback by Sea Asters beauty and presentation – it really exceeded my expectations".
Michael Longley won the prestigious 2015 Griffin International Poetry Prize..
Sea Asters is now available for purchase. All copies of the book are signed by Michael and Sarah Longley.
Sea Asters is almost ready for publication and will be available for purchase after the 18th May.
In late summer I will publish Andrew Motion's 'Coming Home' poems. Yesterday the poems won the Ted Hughes Award prize - more details can be seen here - http://poetrysociety.org.uk/competitions/ted-hughes-award/2014-2/
The printed pages for Michael Longley's Sea Asters were delivered to the binder on Monday this week. The plan is to get the books signed on the first weekend of May after which they will be available to purchase.
My next publication, of Michael Longley's 'Sea Asters', poems should be ready by early May. The book will feature 12 poems, 9 of which will be published for the first time. Each poem is illustrated by Michael's daughter Sarah who is an artist.
Simon Armitage appeared in BBC Countryfile on 1st February discussing the Stanza Stones project. My publication 'In Memory of Water' features the poems.
The deluxe edition of Considering the Poppy has now sold out. There a just 3 of the Presentation edition left.
Yesterday I delivered the poems and illustrations for my next publication, which will be of poems by Michael Longley, to the Evergreen Press. The book will be published in Spring this year.
There are a now just 4 copies of the deluxe edition left.
The standard edition of Considering the Poppy has now sold out. There are a limited number of the deluxe and presentation editions available.
Sales of Considering the Poppy continue to be very brisk. I now have only 10 of the standard edition left with sales of the deluxe and presentation editions also healthy.
My next publication will be poems by Michael Longley with illustrations by Sarah Longley. I'm aiming for a late spring 2015 publication date.
Simon will be on BBC Breakfast on the 7th November 2014 where he will read from the edition and discuss the 'The Great War: An Elegy - A Culture Show Special' which features the seven poems in Considering the Poppy and the stories which inspired them. For more information on this see http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04pd0vt and
Watch Simon Armitage reading the titular poem Considering the Poppy from Fine Press Poetry's latest publication outside the Tower of London on BBC's the one show http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p028skwb
Simon Armitage will be featured on the BBC's
The One Show this evening. He will be reading from the Fine Press Poetry publication of Considering the Poppy, his latest collection of 7 poems to commemorate WWI.