During its brief existence, Paekakariki Press has published a number of poetry collections. They are printed letterpress in our workshop which gives them a unique quality. Please have a look at our forthcoming publications.

In addition to these books and pamphlets, the Press has published a number of local anthologies to encourage poetry in Walthamstow.

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Titlea handful of string

This beautifully illustrated collection of poems grew out of Ruth Wiggins’ experience of two months spent hiking in Mongolia.

Ruth lives in East London but loves the great outdoors and her work often reflects this. Her work has been widely published in anthologies and journals, most recently: Poetry, Poetry Review, Perverse, Blackbox Manifold, Long Poem, Strix, Contemporary Haibun Online and The Wolf. Her first pamphlet, Myrtle, was published by The Emma Press in 2014.

Written byRuth Wiggins
Images byEzra Waterman-Wiggins
Publication date2020-05-15


Isabel Bermudez lives in Orpington, Kent. She holds degrees from Cambridge University (Modern Languages) Salford University (Documentary and Television Features). She specialized in documentary television in Colombia and is a tutor of Spanish and French. Her most recent collection Madonna Moon won the Coast to Coast to Coast Mini Portfolio Competition in 2018. This is her fifth collection of poems.

Written byIsabel Bermudez
Images bySimon Turvey
Publication date2020-05-15


Siân Thomas is Poet in Residence for Ashdown Forest. Her work has appeared widely in magazines such as Agenda, The Clearing, Poetry Wales, The Rialto and Swamp, and in the anthologies London Rivers and The Needlewriters. Siân’s pamphlet Ovid’s Echo is also published by Paekakariki Press.

Written bySiân Thomas
Images byReem Acason
Publication date2020-04-01

TitleSlow Burning Fires

Diana Brodie was born in New Zealand. After graduating with an M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and also obtaining teaching qualifications and experience, she emigrated to the United Kingdom. After two years in London and extensive travels in Europe, she settled in Cambridge, first becoming part of the team working for Joseph Needham, the eminent sinologist and Master of Gonville and Caius College, and later working as administrator for a consultancy specializing in education projects in developing countries. Giotto’s Circle, her first collection, was published by Poetry Salzberg in 2013.

Written byDiana Brodie
Images byLily Witchell
Publication date2020-03-01

TitleThe Urban Fox

After selling out the first edition, we present a second revised edition with some additional poems.

Ian Dunlop is a writer and former art critic of the Evening Standard. His first book, the prize winning, The Shock of the New, about seven historical exhibitions of modern art, was published in 1972. It was followed by books on Van Gogh, and on the life and art of Edgar Degas (1979). He has also written books and articles on contemporary American and British art and has contributed reviews and art criticism to The Times, Studio International, Apollo, The Times Literary Supplement and The Spectator.

Ian Dunlop was born in Edinburgh and now lives in London.

Written byIan Dunlop
Images by Kirsten Schmidt
Publication date2019-11-04

TitleHospital Notebook

Hospital Notebook is the latest in the serial publication of Alan Loney’s Notebooks. Earlier books are Sidetracks: Notebooks 1976–1991, (Auckland University Press, 1998); Melbourne Journal: Notebooks 1998–2003, (University of Western Australia Publishing, 2016); Crankhandle: Notebooks 2010-2012, (Cordite Books, Melbourne, 2015); Heidegger’s Bicycle, 2015–2017, (Paekakariki Press, 2017).

Written byAlan Loney
Publication date2019-11-01


Anthony Watts has been writing ‘seriously’ for about forty years. He has won prizes in poetry competitions and has had poems published in many magazines and anthologies, including Acumen, Frogmore Papers, The Journal, Obsessed with Pipework, Orbis, The Rialto and Riggwelter. This is his fourth collection. Anthony’s home is in rural Somerset and his main interests poetry, music, walking and binge thinking—activities which he finds can often be happily combined.

Written byAnthony Watts
Images byHelen Porter
Publication date2019-09-01

TitleFriedrich Hölderlin - Selected Poems

India Russell is a widely published poet, her fourth collection being Pattern The Golden Thread (Paekakariki Press, 2014). Virginia McKenna, who has recorded much of India’s poetry, writes, ‘India Russell continues to weave her deep magic, uniquely transporting us into other realms, awakening memories images.’ It was the magic of the natural worlds, visible and invisible, in the work of Friedrich Hölderlin that made India Russell decide to embark on her translation, Hyperion or the Hermit in Greece, which has been called ‘a true poet’s translation.’

India, a Fellow of the Temenos Academy, studied German and Scandinavian at University College London and was Junior Research Fellow in German at King’s College, London. She holds a Speech Drama Licentiate at Guildhall School of Music Drama and trained in Contemporary Dance at The Place. But her ‘real teachers’, she writes, ‘have always been the natural world, visions and dreams, for which, thank goodness, there are no colleges or universities.'

Written byFriedrich Hölderlin
Translated byIndia Russell
Publication date2019-06-05

TitleBreaking Ground

This is a dual language version of the Anglo Saxon Chronicle Poems in the original and in modern English written by Paul McLoughlin

This is the second in the Paekakariki Press Poems in Translation series.

Written byPaul McLoughlin
Images byAlan Dixon
Publication date2019-02-15

TitleReflections in a Well

A new collection of poems by two Bulgarian poets: Rumiana Ebert and Tzveta Sofronieva in the original Bulgarian and in English translation. This is the first in the Paekakariki Press Poems in Translation series.

Rumiana Ebert is a writer, translator and chemist. Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, she moved to Germany in 1966 and gained a PhD in Chemistry from the Technical University in Munich. She also studied Musicology at the University of Heidelberg. She has published four books of poems in German: Entgegenkommen, (Kastell, 1992) and Schnittstellen, (Kastell, 1996); Ecken und Ovale, (Wieser, 2013) and Mitlesebuch 135, (Aphaia, 2017).

  Tzveta Sofronieva is the author of twenty collections of poetry, short stories, essays and translations. Her work also encompasses poetry installations and she has edited several anthologies. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, she now is settled in Berlin and has a PhD in History of Science.

Written by Rumiana Ebert & Tzveta Sofronieva
Images by Alexandra Andreasova
Publication date2018-11-30

TitleWhite Roads

Alex Josephy lives in London and Italy. Her poetry pamphlet Other Blackbirds was published by Cinnamon Press in March 2016. Her poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies in print and online, and have won awards including the McLellan prize 2014 and the Battered Moons prize 2013. She was poet in residence at Rainham Hall, Essex in June 2016, and in Markham Square, London, in 2017.

Silvana Biasutti, originally from Milan, now lives in Sant’Angelo in Colle and is well known for her sensitive drawings of the Val D’Orcia where many of these poems are set. She has made drawings for a wine calendar, L’agenda del Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (Metamorfosi) and an Italian book of days, Un Anno a Montalcino.

Written byAlex Josephy
Images bySilvana Biasutti
Publication date2018-10-20

TitleAcross New Zealand in 140 Hitches

Hitchhiking is a slow way to travel. You observe passing cars and invent personalities for their occupants. Then when you least expect it a car will pull up with a driver and perhaps a friend, or a dog, or a family. In the seconds after seeing you they will have come to the decision that reflects a mind-set that accompanies a pace of life: there is little reason not to pick up a hitchhiker.

This collection of poems is dedicated to the lucky inhabitants of New Zealand who made this possible — accompanied by some delightful illustrations by Barbara Macfarlane.

Written byClyde Macfarlane
Images byBarbara Macfarlane
Publication date2018-04-23

TitleThe Children

George Szirtes, a child refugee from 1956 Hungary, lives in the UK and published his first book of poems, The Slant Door, in 1979 winning the Faber Prize. He has published many since then, winning the T S Eliot Prize in 2004 for which he has been also twice shortlisted.

He has been awarded various international prizes for his translations of Hungarian poetry and fiction. He has written for children, for the stage and in frequent collaborations with artists and musicians. His most recent book of poetry is Mapping the Delta (Bloodaxe 2016).

Kirsten Schmidt was born in Germany and has lived and worked in London since 1987. She studied metalwork and design at Camberwell College of Art which led her to etching and other methods of printmaking. She has illustrated three other books for Paekakariki Press.

Written byGeorge Szirtes
Images by Kirsten Schmidt
Publication date2018-04-05

TitleCrow Dusk

Mark Floyer spent his early childhood in Calcutta between the years 1957-63. He is a widely published poet and Calcutta and India appear in his verse, vividly imagined. His work has appeared in Muse India, The Irish Literary Review, Kavya Bharati, Poetry of the British Underground, The English Chicago Review and several other publications.

  “Finely tuned, yet sometimes fittingly fragmented, these imagistic poems evoke early childhood memories in sensuous, compelling language.”

Stephanie Norgate, author of Hidden River and The Blue Den.

Crow Dusk remains with me both for its striking imagery and the co-ordinated music of the English, Bengali and Hindi.”

Rajat Chaudhuri, author of Hotel Calcutta.

Written byMark Floyer
Images byOlivia Floyer
Publication date2018-01-15

TitleLive Long Enough

Live Long Enough is No 20 in the New Garland Series of poetry books, now published by Paekakariki Press.

The poems in Live Long Enough are an eclectic sample – of form and influence, style and mood. By turns autobiographical and encomiastic, they record a life of reading and travel. Acknowledging debts to aesthetic ancestors as diverse as Horace, Mascha Kaléko and Clive James, Newman commemorates more idiosyncratic paragons – grandparents, daughters and professors – as well as heroes and heroines of earlier poetry, among them Vergil’s warrior maiden and Schubert’s winter wanderer.

Rafaël Newman was born in Montreal, studied classics and comparative literature in Toronto, Berlin and Princeton, and lives in Zurich. He is the author of The Visible God: Staging the History of Money (UPA) and the editor of Zweifache Eigenheit: Neuere jüdische Literatur in der Schweiz (Limmat), and his scholarly work has appeared, in English and German, in various publications.

Written byRafaël Newman
Images byJoanna Bourne
Publication date2017-09-11

TitleHeidegger’s Bicycle

Heidegger’s Bicycle is the last in the serial publication of Alan Loney’s Notebooks. The earlier books are Sidetracks: Notebooks 1976–1991, Auckland University Press, 1998; Melbourne Journal :Notebooks 1998–2003, University of Western Australia Publishing, 2016; Crankhandle: Notebooks 2010-2012, Cordite Books, Melbourne, 2015, which won The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, 2016.

Alan Loney’s first book of poems was published in 1971. He was co-winner (poetry) in the New Zealand Book Awards in 1977, Literary Fellow at the University of Auckland in 1992, and Honorary Fellow of the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne 2002– 2006. He was awarded The Janet Frame Award for Poetry in 2011. Loney has published 15 books of poetry, and eight books of prose with a recent emphasis on the nature of the book. He has recently retired from handpress printing and now is a full-time writer in Melbourne, Australia.

Written byAlan Loney
Publication date2017-07-11

TitleTo London

This book is in the same format as our successful Walthamstow and has poems about London people and places as well as delightful illustrations by Kirsten Schmidt.

Written byMichael Shann
Images byKirsten Schmidt
Publication date2017-06-01

TitleSignals on the Railway Land

Signals on the Railway Land is Patrick Bond’s first published collection. The poems seek to honour, in crafted and energetic words, the natural forms and living presences of his local nature reserve, ‘The Railway Land’, in Lewes, Sussex.

He is a passionate admirer of the poetry of John Clare, and a student of Thomas Traherne. His poem Printing Press No 379 won the Torriano Poetry Competition in 2013 and his poems have appeared in journals like Scintilla and Resurgence, and in anthologies published by the Frogmore Press and the Belgrave Press.

Lil Tudor-Craig is a painter of the natural world currently living and working in Wales. She is known for her work in egg tempera but also has a great love of lino cut and printing.

Written byPatrick Bond
Images byLil Tudor-Craig
Publication date2017-05-01
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TitleThe Everyday English Dictionary

Ivy Alvarez's poetry features in Poetry Review, The Guardian and Best Australian Poems (2009, 2013), with several poems translated into Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. Her previous collections include Disturbance (Seren Books, 2013) and Mortal.

Ivy is a MacDowell and Hawthornden Fellow, twice-nominated for the Pushcart Prize, both Literature Wales and the Australia Council for the Arts awarded her grants towards the writing of Disturbance.

Written byIvy Alvarez
Images byKim Vousden
Publication date2016-06-16


A collection of poems incorporating the sell out Homing In which circles moments from a life , some real, some imagined, with resilience and a wry humour. The poet writes in English or Scots as the poems dictate. She has also created eight woodcut illustrations included in this edition.

Written byMo Gallaccio
Images byMo Gallaccio
Publication date2016-06-16


A collection of short poems by Michael Shann all about Walthamstow. Each poem is set in a particular location in and around the borough. It also has 10 delightful black and white illustrations by Kirsten Schmidt.

Written byMichael Shann
Images byKirsten Schmidt
Publication date2015-05-31

TitleLondon Connections

A collection of poems by Jill Mylius tracing her connections with London, the place she now calls home.

Jill Mylius studied drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art and after some time living and working in France, taught Art and English at both primary and secondary level in London when she began writing poetry, etching and painting. She later read English Literature at Birkbeck and became involved in the Birkbeck Poetry Workshop.

Written byJill Mylius
Images byJill Mylius
Publication date2015-05-01

TitleAll the Ways You Still Remind Me of the Moon

Setting aside its shop-worn suite of poetic hallmarks—inconstancy, passivity, femininity, duplicity, flux—this sequence of poems stakes out a new symbolic territory for the moon and offers up a new moon for poetry and for our times. Poem by poem, moon by moon, All the Ways You Still Remind Me of the Moon rediscovers what the moon has to tell us about our relationship to change and recurrence, the tug of illusion, the patterns in our actions, the transitory temper of our reflections, and all the many ways in which we wax and wane. The moon, it transpires, is not only there even when we’re not looking at it; it is everywhere we look.

Liane Strauss is a prize-winning poet, the author of Leaving Eden and Frankie, Alfredo, and Head of Poetry in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London. She was born in Queens, New York, and has lived all over the US and now in London—but always in sight of the moon.

Written byLiane Strauss
Publication date2015-02-26

TitleThe Magpie

Sue Roe’s first book was a novel inspired by works of art including Picasso’s L’Attente, a painting that continues to fascinate her. Since then she has published books on Gwen John, the Impressionist painters; and (in her latest book, In Montmartre), the circle that revolved around Picasso in his early years. The experiences of poring over documents in the Musee Rodin, exploring the villages where the Impressionists lived and wandering the lanes of Montmartre have infused her poetry as well as her biographies, as have the personal experiences which are woven through The Magpie.

Written bySue Roe
Images byKate Hardy
Publication date2014-12-29

TitlePattern & The Golden Thread

Pattern & The Golden Thread is India Russell's fourth collection of poetry; the others being The Kaleidoscope of Time, 2007, The Dance of Life, 2010 and The Lane to Paradise, 2013. Her poetry, published in many journals including Acumen and Agenda, is concerned with spiritual dimensions, particularly with regard to the natural world and man's relation to it.

Written byIndia Russell
Images byLil Tudor-Craig
Publication date2014-07-15

TitleProfessor Heger's Daughter

The latest collection from Chrissie Gittins. The spur for the title poem was the torn and stitched letters from Charlotte Brontë to Professor Heger which are lodged between sheets of glass in the British Library. In their physicality they sit beside poems about a Georgian table decker who worked with ground glass and stained sugar, and the dots and dabs of Stanley Spencer’s painted blooms. But whether it’s the emerald trees of an Indian miniature, or the bonnets and long skirts of a Norwood Pissarro, these poems are conduits for love and loss. A journey is taken without the intended companion, jars of preserves invoke an exiled friend, the absence of wind calls up a landscape. And beyond that there is the cirrus cloud of absurdity.

Written byChrissie Gittins
Images byHelen Porter
Publication date2013-11-19

TitleMichelangleo Can Paint An Angel

Michelangelo can paint an angel William Blake announced, for the Archangel Gabriel had sat next to him and in person told Mr. Blake so. This collection takes inspiration from the legacy of imagination which is the inheritance of all writers.

William Blake, Rainer Maria Rilke, John Clare, Emily Dickinson and Ted Hughes are among poets who charge these poems with new departure points as a line of poetry, a portrait, an observation releases the imagination on further journeys. Loss, change and chance are recurring themes but there are moments of unexpected connection and transcendence. Ann Allen started work in publishing. Since her move from London to the Cotswolds she has found time for her own creative writing and this is her first collection of poetry.

Written byAnn Allen
Images byJohnny Marsh
Publication date2013-09-13

TitleDante's Ghosts

A collection of poems by Professor Barbara Hardy of the University of London inspired by Dante's poems, illustrated by Kate Hardy.

Written byBarbara Hardy
Images byKate Hardy
Publication date2013-04-15

TitleSummer Visitors

Janet El-Rayess began work in the theatre as a stage hand and occasional actor. She lived and worked in Damascus for two and a half years, read English at Birkbeck, and became a member of the Birkbeck Poetry Workshop where she has received invaluable inspiration and criticism. She translates from Italian, writes short stories and novellas, and lives in London and Italy. She has had poems and translations published in The Cork Literary Review, Illuminations, Equinox, The Interpreter's House, and other magazines.

Written byJanet El-Rayess
Images byKate Hardy
Publication date2012-07-01

TitleOvid's Echo

These poems are based upon Ovid’s Metamorphoses, translations in the broadest sense: new versions of some of the myths from Ovid’s poem, itself a collection of older stories. Some myths retold in a contemporary setting; others as variations around the original story and some inspired by but not bearing a close relationship to the original.

Siân Thomas lives in East Sussex and holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing and Authorship from the University of Sussex. Her work has appeared in Agenda, The Daily Telegraph, The Rialto and Swamp, among other publications.

Written bySiân Thomas
Images byJohnny Marsh
Publication date2012-06-30

TitleThe Slow Wheel

A collection of poems by Darius Victor Snieckus. He was born in Canada in 1967 and lives in England with his wife and two children. His poems have appeared in European, North American and Australian literary journals. He works as an energy journalist.

Written byDarius Victor Snieckus
Publication date2012-05-14


Michael Shann has been writing poetry for over fifteen years. His poems have appeared in a wide range of poetry magazines and anthologies. Michael has also completed a novel, The Protesters, which draws on his experience of living and working in China.

Written byMichael Shann
Images byHelen Porter
Publication date2012-04-21

TitleHoming In

A sequence of 12 poems chosen and edited by Barbara Hardy, which circles moments from a life - some real, some imagined with resilience and a wry humour.

The poet writes in English or Scots as the poems dictate and she has created 6 relief prints, mainly woodcuts, specially for this limited edition.

Written byMo Gallaccio
Publication date2011-09-01

TitleLondon Rivers

A collection of poems by Michael Baron, Robina Barson, Marianne Burton, Janet El Rayess, Barbara Hardy, Nathan Hardy, Angela Inglis, Alex Maunder, Jill Mylius, Val Pancucci, Sue Roe, Jennifer Tanner, Sian Thomas, Sandy Tozer, Ann Vaughan-Williams, Frances White, Jeremy Worman.

Edited byBarbara Hardy
Images byKate Hardy
Publication date2011-01-31

The Walthamstow Collection

TitleJoined up Writing

This anthology is a selection of poems submitted by children and adults in response to two exhibitions at The Mill: ‘Wildlife ReWorked’ - inspirational ‘Urban Beasties’ made from recycled and natural materials, by local families with sculptor Michelle Reader; ‘Waiting’ - 6 enigmatic plaster figures by Esther Neslen, originally made for the 2012, E17 Art Trail, and sited in various public places.

A community project, ‘joined up writing’, co-ordinated and curated by Mo Gallaccio for ArtWorks at The Mill as part of the 2013 festival, Words over Waltham Forest .

Edited byMo Gallaccio
Publication date2013-11-02

TitlePoetry Trail 2012

This anthology gathers together the poems and artworks displayed in the 2012 Walthamstow Poetry Trail, part of the E17 Art Trail, and poems from the Forest Poets exhibition at the William Morris Gallery inspired by items in the collection.

The Walthamstow Poetry Trail encourages writers and artists of all ages and experience to participate and enjoy poetry and this year, bringing words and images together, poets and artists have collaborated to create poems on the theme of “bestow‘.

Edited byPenny Rutterford
Publication date2012-07-05

TitleHome - An Anthology

This Anthology is a collection of the poems and artworks displayed during the Walthamstow Poetry Trail, part of the E17 Art Trail 2011, an independent, artist led, community focussed project.

Inspired by the themes of Home and Community, poets and artists collaborated to create works to be shown in property display spaces donated by Estate Agents along Hoe Street.

Edited byPenny Rutterford
Publication date2011-09-01

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