Monday 1 December 2014

While the V. Press blog has been quiet, we've been very busy behind the scenes: reading submissions, making decisions about our first solo poet pamphlets and planning a few other surprises for next year.


We were absolutely delighted with the poems received in our first open submissions window. The joy of reading was only tempered slightly by how hard this made the final decisions.

In the end, we asked to see the full pamphlets by four poets. We are delighted to have offered publication to one poet and hope to launch this very, very exciting pamphlet in the spring. More details of this will follow soon, along hopefully with some other publications news.


It's the first day of advent and, if you're looking for a small poetic something to offer the one you love, laugh with or lust after, then the V. Press pamphlet anthology The Vaginellas may be just the thing. We have a few copies of this delicious concoction of fun left in the bookshop post the poets' Ledbury Poetry Festival gig. At just £5, we hope you'll find it very, very tempting! 

Early/not-so-early festive greetings from V. Press.

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Submissions Closed

Thank you to all the poets who sent us work during last month's submission windows.

Although statistics have little to do with individual poems and poetry collections, an initial scan of the inbox reveals roughly two thirds of those who submitted are women. Also, roughly two thirds of those who submitted are based in the West Midlands.

We will now be reading all the poems and considering these submissions in detail. Our aim is to send initial responses out to everyone by the end of October.

Thank you again to everyone who submitted.

Friday 1 August 2014

Submissions Open for August

V. Press submissions open for August! 

What are we looking for? Well, maybe poetry that opens, or closes, doors inside, that shines a light where most people walk past or that illuminates the familiar in a different way. Or however else a poet chooses to interpret 'very, very' in a meaningful/crafted/awe-inspiring way.

Full guidelines can be found here or under the submissions tab in the menu above. Please do follow these, or poems are likely to be returned unread.

Friday 27 June 2014


It's just over a year since V. Press was set up and almost a year from the Vs' frisson-filled, packed hall performance with the Decadent Divas at Ledbury Poetry Festival.
With all this behind us and so much in front, we're gearing up and excited about tomorrow's 'Wild & Foxy' festival event.
The Droitwich Summer Festival live lit evening features V. Press poets Jenny Hope, Ruth Stacey, Sarah James and Catherine Crosswell, plus guest poet Antony Owen, with his new Pighog collection and the wild side of war and urban life.
The event at Park's Cafe, Droitwich, from 7pm-9.30pm also includes an open mic section, if anyone is in or near Worcestershire over the weekend.

Tuesday 20 May 2014

'Wild & Foxy'

Hot-off-the-press news this morning about V. Press poets headling at a festival event this summer.

Following on from the success of last year's the Vs performance at Ledbury Poetry Festival, V. Press poets will be reading in a new 'Wild and Foxy' festival showcase.

This free live lit evening at Park’s Café on Saturday, June 28 is part of this year’s Droitwich Summer Festival line-up.

The Droitwich Art Network (DAN) spoken word event will be headlined by V. Press poets Catherine Crosswell, Jenny Hope, Ruth Stacey and Sarah James, with Guest Poet Antony Owen.

The four Worcestershire V. Press poets will be dishing up a range of poems for a range of tastes, revealing the theme’s literal and metaphorical flavours.

From nature and wildlife to poetry that’s a little more saucy, the evening will feature a small sample from the group’s V. Press anthology, as well as new performance work and poems from their individual collections.

Meanwhile, this year is the centenary of the start of World War I and Coventry's Antony Owen will be bringing the wild side of war and urban life to the live lit event.. 

All three of his published poetry collections focus heavily on people overlooked in society and conflict. He will be reading from his latest collection, The year I loved England, a collaboration of poetry with Birmingham Irish poet Joseph Horgan that will be published in July by Pighog Press

The night, which runs from 7pm-9.30pm, will also feature an open mic section, where other writers, or acoustic musicians/singers, can share their interpretations of ‘wild and foxy’ (though please note, not too much sauce!).

These slots (of six minutes maximum) should be booked in advance by emailing DAN secretary and event organiser Sarah Leavesley on lifeislikeacherrytreeATyahooDOTcom.

A limited number of 6-minute (maximum) open mic spots will also be available on the night. Please arrive early to sign up for these.

Food will be available. Please contact Park’s Café on 01905 776 633 to reserve a table at the resturant in Victoria Square, Droitwich.

There will also be the chance to buy books by the four poets and get these signed.