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Brian Hinton,
Tears in the Fence


  About Bloodaxe Books

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.

 Over 400 books in print

 More than 300 poets published

 More women poets than any other imprint

 More 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 for Literature.

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 Briggflatts.

Eric was perhaps our first patron of poetry: he made saga hero Egil write him a praise-poem overnight on pain of death.

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