Calder Valley Poetry is a small press which commenced publication in January 2016 with John Foggin’s collection Outlaws and Fallen Angels. It is intended to produce pamphlets by the many fine poets living alongside what was once referred to as Yorkshire’s ‘river of industry’. These are writers who have a casual, even indifferent, attitude to publication. Coaxing, threats, blackmail will be employed, where appropriate, in order to provide them with the wider readership they deserve.

However, far from being parochial, Calder Valley Poetry will also pursue the poets of Kirklees and the Colne valley. And once across the watershed, who can tell where, in years to come, its grasp might reach? Or what’s a small press for?

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