Bloodaxe Books

Founded by Neil Astley in Newcastle in 1978 to give a platform to emerging new poets, Bloodaxe Books has revolutionized poetry publishing in Britain over four decades, with a mission to take contemporary poetry to a much broader readership. Internationally renowned for quality in literature, excellence in book design, and digital innovation, Bloodaxe has been a pioneering publisher of women poets and writers of color, both with individual collections and with groundbreaking anthologies. Many poets first published by Bloodaxe Books have gone on to become some of the current major figures in British poetry, including Simon Armitage, Imtiaz Dharker, Helen Dunmore, and Jackie Kay. And books like the Staying Alive series of world poetry anthologies have introduced contemporary poetry to half a million new readers. Our authors and books have won virtually every major literary award given to poetry, including the Pulitzer, Lannan, Neustadt and National Book Award in the United States; the Griffin in Canada; the T.S. Eliot Prize, Forward Prize and Costa Book of the Year in the UK; and the Nobel Prize in Literature.