Posted by Eleanor Careless on 2023-12-08

OPEN CALL for responses, creative, critical, and/or in memoriam to one of Britain’s greatest innovative poets. Submit here: 

Gavin Selerie (1949-2023)
Posted by Scott Thurston on 2023-07-14

The Journal is saddened to hear of the loss of poet Gavin Selerie, following cancer. Gavin has been described by Robert Hampson as 'one of the most obviously scholarly of contemporary British poets'. He was born in Hampstead in 1949 and educated at Haileybury, Lincoln College, Oxford, Sussex and York. His first poems were published in 1972 and some of his important volumes of poetry [...]

Callie Gardner (1990-2021)
Posted by Scott Thurston on 2023-03-30

Today, we publish Callie Gardner's beautiful essay on Anna Mendelssohn and Veronica Forrest-Thomson. This article is published posthumously, following the tragic loss of Callie in July 2021. Earlier that year, Callie had signed off the final version of their article, and was looking forward to the work being published in its present form. In their essay, Callie generously models ways of reading [...]

Alan Halsey (1949-2022)
Posted by Scott Thurston on 2022-10-29

The Journal is dismayed to learn of the recent passing of Alan Halsey at the home he shared in Sheffield with Geraldine Monk. Alan was an extraordinary poet, publisher, artist, editor, bookseller, performer -- the author of sixteen major collections and countless smaller pamphlets and projects. His poetry is steeped in literary history and philosophical thought but with a formidable wit and [...]

StAnza Festival 7-13 March
Posted by Scott Thurston on 2022-02-11

This year's StAnza festival (7-13 March), directed by Lucy Burnett, has an impressive innovative poetry programme featuring:Harriet Tarlo, Tom Jenks, Claire Crowther, Vahni Capildeo, Matt Welton, Yang Lian, Sandeep Parmar, Gezim Hadjari, Holly Pester, Elena Rivera, Bridget Khursheed, Khaled Nurul Hakim, Richard Price and Camilla Nelson. There's also the Shearsman Covid anthology showcase, and a [...]

A Celebration of Eric Mottram and Jerome Rothenberg at King's College London 12 March 2022
Posted by Scott Thurston on 2022-01-14

Please find the draft programme of the latest in a series of events memorialising the life and work of Professor Eric Mottram (1924-1995), which on this occasion also comprises a celebration of the work of Jerome Rothenberg. The event is organised by Valerie Soar and takes place on 12 March 2022. Online bookings via Eventbrite here [...]

A Tribute to Lawrence Upton
Posted by Scott Thurston on 2021-11-24

The Argotist, edited by Jeffrey Side, has published a tribute to Lawrence Upton (1949-2020) featuring materials from Robert Hampson, Peter Finch, Richard Kessling and Scott Thurston. You can read the tribute here.

Peter Larkin and Dominic Hand
Posted by Scott Thurston on 2021-11-10

The subject of a recent special issue Peter Larkin and contributor Dominic Hand will be reading at a Zoom event, 3-4.30pm on 11 Nov, on poetry and the Anthropocene. The readings will be followed by a discussion with opportunities for audience members to join in. This event is hosted by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and will be chaired by Simon Collings, who also contributed [...]

R.I.P. Chris Torrance (1941-2021)
Posted by Gareth Farmer on 2021-09-01

The editors of The Journal of British and Irish Poetry are tremendously saddened to hear of the death of the unique and brilliant poet, Chris Torrance. One of our co-editors, Gareth Farmer, had the privilege of reviewing Test Centre's 2017 edition of The Magic Door for Poetry Wales in 2018. Collecting together eight of Torrance's books, this edition is a remarkable achievement of both editing and [...]

New AV accessible article
Posted by Scott Thurston on 2021-08-13

We are delighted to take the next step in exploring new levels of accessibility for our articles by publishing Natalie Joelle and Kaushika Ratnayake's narrated video presentation of Natalie's article for our Peter Larkin special issue. You can find the video on the article page here.

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: copies of the inaugural issue are available and later issues will follow.

Lawrence Upton (1949-2020)
Posted by Scott Thurston on 2020-07-31

JBIIP was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Lawrence Upton in February this year. Lawrence was a major figure in British poetry, distinguished in particular for his contribution to sound and visual poetry, and a prolific collaborator. Lawrence contributed an article on Bob Cobbing for our Cobbing special issue (Vol 4, No 2, Sept 2012, Print edition) and we are delighted to publish this [...]

Call for papers for Sean Bonney (1969-2019) special issue CALL CLOSED
Posted by Scott Thurston on 2020-06-05

We are seeking papers for a special issue dedicated to the work of Sean Bonney (1969-2019).   The author of numerous pamphlets and full-length collections, including Our Death (2019), Letters against the Firmament (2015), Happiness (2011), The Commons (2011), Document (2008), Baudelaire in English (2007) and Blade Pitch Control Unit (2005), Bonney was a crucial part of [...]

Special issue on Peter Larkin
Posted by Scott Thurston on 2020-05-19

We are delighted to publish the first article in our special collection based on the symposium ‘Peter Larkin: Poetry, Phenomenology, and Ecology’ which took place at the University of Warwick on 26th of April 2017. It is guest edited by Professor Emma Mason of the University of Warwick. A report detailing the symposium by Gabriel James de Sousa was published in Volume 11, Issue 1, 2019. The first [...]