About this Journal

The Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry centres on poetic writings appearing in Britain and Ireland since the late 1950s. These varied poetic practices have been described as avant-garde, underground, linguistically innovative, second-wave Modernist, neo-modernist, non-mainstream, the British Poetry Revival, the parallel tradition, formally innovative, or experimental and which have been produced in geographic clusters, such as the Cambridge School or the London School or Morden Tower.

These broad movements have spawned a variety of formal and conceptual poetics, including: concrete poetry; performance writing; hybrid writing; writing that explores the interplay between orality and literacy; Black studies; diasporic approaches; translational experiments; macaronic writing and hybridisations of the English language.

The Journal recognises that these terms, and the communities of writers and readers they refer to, are always shifting, contested and sometimes controversial, often productively so. As such, we are interested in a critical and expansive understanding of ‘innovative’ poetic writing, both within and extending beyond the bounds of the particular traditions outlined here.

Latest News
Introducing our new Editorial Advisory Board
Posted by Scott Thurston on 2021-04-16

The Journal is delighted to officially introduce our new Editorial Advisory Board which convened in January of this year. The board's remit is to bring a diversity of new perspectives to the Journal, to think creatively about new initiatives and to advise on all aspects of the day-to-day running of the Journal and future directions of travel. The new board members and their research interests are [...]

Posted by Scott Thurston on 2020-09-10

Gylphi -- the original publisher of the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry -- is making some of the remaining print stock of the first run available for purchase online from this afternoon. Follow this link: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/114401257657Today copies of the inaugural issue are available and later issues will follow.