Candlestick Press


Here you can find out more about the huge range of poets we feature in our pamphlets and the artists whose work appears on our beautiful covers.

We’ve now published poems by almost 700 historical and contemporary poets. In our pages you’ll find old favourites alongside twenty-first century voices – everyone from WH Auden to Benjamin Zephaniah. Although our emphasis is on British poetry, you’ll also find Irish, American and Australian writers.

We hope these pages will encourage you to explore further the work of a poet you’ve enjoyed in one of our pamphlets.

  • Sophie Bass

    Sophie Bass is a London-based illustrator of mixed British and Trinidadian heritage. She creates vivid images which are inspired by her love of music, reflecting themes of social justice, mythology and symbolism.

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  • Paul Batchelor

    Paul Batchelor was born in Northumberland and is a poet and critic. His first collection of poems, The Sinking Road, was published by Bloodaxe in 2008. He has won the Times Stephen Spender Prize for Translation and the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Prize, and he writes criticism for the Guardian and the TLS.

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  • Lotte Beatrix Crawford

    Lotte Beatrix Crawford is an illustrator and printmaker. She is also an art historian and academic with an interest in early 20th century women textile artists. Books about Tirzah Garwood and Enid Marx are forthcoming.

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  • David Belbin

    David Belbin (b. 1958) was born in Sheffield but has lived in Nottingham since completing his degree at Nottingham University. He is a popular short story writer and the author of numerous novels for young adults. His short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies and many are published in Provenance: New and Collected Stories from Shoestring Press. David teaches creative writing at Nottingham Trent University.

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  • Jo Bell

    Jo Bell is a poet, tutor and mentor. She was born in Sheffield and until 2015 was the first Canal Laureate, appointed by The Poetry Society and the Canal & River Trust. She has published several collections of poetry, including most recently Kith (Nine Arches Press, 2015).

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  • Valerie Bence

    Valerie Bence’s first pamphlet Falling in love with a dead man was published by Cinnamon Press (2019). The poems are sourced in Rembrandt artworks and he is with her every day, in the form of a tattoo. Overlap, her second pamphlet was published in 2022 by the Emma Press . She has been shortlisted for the Poetry School/Nine Arches Press Primers, Fish Poetry prize, longlisted for the Ginkgo Prize and had a poem in the inaugural issue of Eat the Storms in 2022. She is a Mum and Nonna and lives and works in Buckinghamshire.

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