December 9, 2019

Here is yet another Book of the Year list! Clearly, Blue Diode Press published its first ever individual poetry collections this year - Split by Juana Adcock and Bitten Hair by Tessa Berring - and you can take it as read that they are my two favourite books of the year...

October 3, 2019

Today is publication day! Tomorrow (4 October) is the Edinburgh launch in the Lighthouse Bookshop. It's also National Poetry Day, which I didn't know when I set it. Tessa Berring's Bitten Hair and Juana Adcock's Split: two brilliant and original debut collections unlik...

July 9, 2019

Thanks to everyone who submitted poems to Blue Diode Press over the last fortnight. The submission window for the 2020 list is now closed and I’m reading and reflecting. 2020 looks like it will be an exciting year for the press though!

I am very pleased to announce that...

June 19, 2019

We are currently closed for submissions. However, when we open the submission window again, please have a look at the brief guidelines below and send us something if you think you might fit the bill!

  1. Blue Diode Press publishes full poetry collections. I don’t publis...

January 10, 2019

Muriel Spark’s centenary year may be over but her novels still exist and, more than ever, ought to be more widely read. She is a distinctive and subtle voice. The books are all very different from one another, but all stem from a uniquely identifiable sensibility.

So, B...

November 24, 2018

The Glasgow launch of Spark: Poetry and Art Inspired by the Novels of Muriel Spark, an anthology of terrific poets and artists, edited by Rob A. Mackenzie and Louise Peterkin .


It’s in the Project Cafe, 134 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6ST. Saturday 1 December. Readings...

September 20, 2018

Spark, an anthology of 44 poems written in response to Muriel Spark's 22 novels (i.e. two to each novel) will be published on 15 October 2018 by Blue Diode Press. It has been a steep learning curve and an amazing experience to edit, create and publish a book like this,...

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