Blog archive for 2013


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In September we publish a groundbreaking anthology of collaborative poetry by the experimental writer SJ Fowler. Enemies is the result of collaborations with over thirty artists, photographers and writers – each imbued with the energy, innovation and generosity of spirit that has become Fowler’s calling card as a poet. You can find out more about […]

Meghan Purvis introduces her bold new translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf, out now from Penned in the Margins. I was in my third year of university when the professor of my History of the English Language class stood up at the front of the lecture hall and recited the opening of English’s first […]

In a steamy Shoreditch basement at the end of May, Penned in the Margins emerged with two gongs in the Saboteur Awards. Organised by the digital literature wranglers at Sabotage Reviews, the Saboteur Awards is now in its third year and is designed to reward and celebrate the best of independent publishing. In an exciting […]

“It is 2031 and the must-have gadget is the Holophin: a tiny, dolphin-shaped microprocessor which cures your worst impulses and phobias, comforts you in your grief or boredom and makes everything look much, much prettier.” Holophin is the debut novella by award-winning British poet Luke Kennard – originally released in September 2012 as a limited […]

Every now and then I like to make a record of an average working day in my life as a publisher and literary arts producer. Partly this it to communicate to the outside world what it is I actually get up to, here in my little corner office in Toynbee Studios, and partly to remind […]

Great news! The venerable and wise Poetry Book Society has selected our forthcoming title – Beowulf by Meghan Purvis – as their Recommended Translation for Summer 2013. This accolade follows last year’s PBS Special Commendation for our best-selling anthology Adventures in Form. Written across a range of poetic forms and voices, Meghan Purvis’s vigorous new […]

Two new releases have just hit the office and, following the lead of Charles Boyle from CB Editions, I’ve decided to write a few words about why I have published them. First up, we have Mondeo Man by Luke Wright – a 96-pager with a great cover design by Will Daw (think suburban pop). I’ve […]

I wanted to share an email we received from Theodoros Chiotis, a good friend of the press. It really made me smile. * Hi Tom, I found this in a Genette text and reminded me of how Penned in the Margins works for me at least: More than a boundary or a sealed border, the […]

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