Buried under rolls of wrapping paper, strands of tinsel and disembodied crackers we’ve found our way back to Burning Eye and (after a strong coffee) are raring to go with the year ahead!
2016 was a high for us – we published more books than ever from some of the best poets of the year, won the Most Innovative Publisher Award from Sabotage and started our very own podcast (Burning Eye Podcast) and youtube series (Carpool Poetry). It was busy to say the least! But our plans for this year are even bigger and more exciting. We have over twenty books underway including two anthologies and some new collections from already established Burning Eye poets including Rebecca Tantony, Megan Beech and Dan Cockrill. There are delicious collections from newcomers Tina Shelderholm, Shagufta Iqbal and Malaika Kegode and we’ll be releasing another pamphlet with the winner of Poetry Rivals 2016.
Our Burning Eye Podcast will continue with a BIG one for January so keep checking our soundcloud or iTunes for updates and we’ll be continuing on with #CarpoolPoetry via youtube so if you haven’t subscribed yet please do! And if you’re not following us on Instagram you’re missing out on some serious pet action so if you like dogs and ferrets and poetry, why not give us a follow?
Make sure you follow our twitter and facebook pages to see where we’ll be appearing this year. On 19th February we’ll be up in Birmingham at the Verve Poetry Festival where Clive will be facilitating a workshop on technology and poetry and Jenn will be hosting a showcase of Burning Eye poets Emily Harrison, Hannah Teasdale, Jess Green and Pete (the Temp) Bearder. We will also be up at the Albert Hall in April to judge the Poetry Rivals 2016 competition and may well be popping up at poetry event near you!
Submissions for 2018 will be open this month. Please keep an eye on our website for the details and good luck! We’re also revamping our acceptance policy so please make sure you read that before submitting anything to us or Bx3. Our side-project Bx3 did very well in 2016, helping poets get their poetry into book form to sell on at festivals and tours. Bx3 submissions remain open all year round and the service is ideal for show-scripts, short collections and stand alone work. If you’re looking to take something to Edinburgh this year you might consider using Bx3 to help you with something to sell.
We’re very excited for 2017 and we hope to see you somewhere enjoying our work!
Happy New Year!
Clive, Jenn and everyone at Burning Eye Books