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New Writers Press

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New Writers' Press was an Irish small press that specialised in poetry publishing. The press was founded in 1967 by the poets Michael Smith and Trevor Joyce and Smith's wife Irene in response to what they felt to be the stagnant state of Irish poetry at the time. The first volume published by the press was Joyce’s debut collection, "Sole Glum Trek", which included an editorial by Smith that communicated the purpose of the press as follows: :: [T]o bring out a series of small books each of which will give a young poet the chance of finding the audience so necessary to him ... :: Most of the poets whose work will be included in this series are Irish and under thirty. Believing poets should be beyond the herd :: instinct, they belong to no school, movement, club or clique. They are all serious poets, that is, human beings for whom writing poetry :: is morally, a profoundly central activity, not a mere hobby or ornamental grace. (Joyce, 1995: 277) The press was very active for the first 1
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