Bloodaxe Books is Britain's premier
poetry publisher, with an international reputation for quality in
literature and excellence in design.
It is an independent literary publishing house, founded in Newcastle
in 1978 by Neil Astley joined in 1982 by chairman Simon Thirsk.
Its editorial office is now at Highgreen
(pictured above) in Northumberland, with its sales and marketing
office at Y Bala, in North Wales.
With its bold and diverse
"stable" of new and established British, Irish, American,
European and Commonwealth writers, Bloodaxe has revolutionised poetry
publishing in Britain.
400 books in print
than 300 poets published
women poets than any other imprint
new poets than any other imprint
Bloodaxe's authors have won virtually every major literary award
for which poetry is eligible, from the Pulitzer to the Nobel Prize
Bloodaxe Books is named after the Viking king Eric
Bloodaxe, last ruler of the old kingdom of Northumbria.
After his death in 954 AD, the North became part of England for
the first time. Eric Bloodaxe appears in Basil Bunting's great poem
Eric was perhaps our first patron of poetry: he made saga hero
Egil write him a praise-poem overnight on pain of death.