Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry


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 have been produced in geographic clusters, such as the Cambridge School or the London School or Morden Tower. However, we are also seeking to represent uncategorised and independent voices that might fall through the cracks between different schools or clusters.

These posited movements were networked with 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 and translingual 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. 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.

Focus and Scope

The journal is co-edited by Scott Thurston (University of Salford), Wanda O'Connor (The Open University) and Eleanor Careless (Northumbria University). The editors are supported by the Editorial Advisory Board and Editorial Board (see here).

Please review the masthead under the ‘About’ section above for a general sense of our focus. We are keen to promote as wide a range of studies of poetry in the field as possible, whether as single-author studies, multi-author studies or via themed approaches. This scope is summarised in the following types of publication:

  • Single-author focused articles
  • Single-author special issues
  • Themed articles
  • Themed special issues
  • Conference/symposia proceedings
  • Book reviews of critical studies of innovative poetry (not poetry collections or anthologies)
  • Conference/symposia reports

We are also interested in contributions which diverge from the traditional format of the academic article, to include, but not limited to:

  • Video/audio essays
  • Multiple-authored criticism
  • Creative-Critical pieces (longer-form, peer-reviewed)
  • Interviews (textual or video/audio-based)
  • Works from those outside the academy as such

Please contact the editors directly if you would like to have an informal discussion about a proposed contribution.

If you have any particular accessibility requirements around the process of preparing and submitting your manuscript, please do contact us at / 0161 295 3597 or / 01234 793190, and we will do what we can to provide appropriate support.

The Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry was previously published by Gylphi Ltd (2009-2014). Please see our Audio-Visual section for a gallery of the covers and contents of the first run of ten issues (see here).

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Authors of published articles remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to a Creative Commons license agreement. 

One of the benefits of open access publishing lies in others being able to re-use material. We believe that the greatest societal good is possible when people are free to re-distribute scholarship and to create derivative works. This is why we use the CC BY 4.0 license, under which others may re-use your work, on condition that they cite you.  

If a more restrictive licence is required (for example, if you are reproducing third party material that cannot be reproduced under more open licences)please make this request upon submission in the ‘Comment to the Editor’ field or email your editor directly, stating the reasons why.  

Archiving Policy

The journal's publisher, the Open Library of Humanities, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

Open Library of Humanities journals are indexed by the following services:

In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.


JBIIP  joined the Open Library of Humanities and became Open Access in 2015. All published content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.