The Literary Pocket Book

The Literary Pocket Book publishes innovative poetry and experimental prose with an interest in unusual book formats, book-folds and book-objects.

Poets published by The Literary Pocket Book include Caroline Goodwin, David Greenslade, Allen Fisher, Rhys Trimble, Elisabeth Bletsoe, David Berridge, Zuzana Husarova and Olga Pek, Giles Goodland, Nia Davies, Stephen Emmerson and Chris Stephenson, and Chris Paul. Other experiments have included collaborations with other presses including Singing Apple Press, ctrl+alt+del and zimZalla.

Profile at Liminal Studies

Comments on The Literary Pocket Book:

  • ‘Wonderful accordion-esque objects’ – Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson, Corbel Stone Press
  • ‘The diligence and dexterity amazes me.’ – Allen Fisher
  • ‘An ingenious and crafty use to put print & paper to and skilfully designed.’ – David Annwn
  • ‘Very well produced. I like the play between visibility and obscurity.’ – Will Montgomery, Royal Holloway
  • ‘The page itself becomes a signifier, a small and unassuming object to be manipulated, worked into new shapes before it can yield meaning. Each poem becomes a game, a delicate, vulnerable game whose care, as we are reminded with every turn, is placed directly in the readers’ hands.’ – Chrissy Williams, Poetry Wales, Winter 2015, 50.3

Steven Hitchins is a poet from the South Wales Valleys. Brought up in Abercynon, where the River Cynon meets the Taff, he currently lives a few miles downriver in Pontypridd. Through publications such as Bitch Dust (Hafan 2012), The White City (Aquifer 2015) and Ilan (Stranger Press 2018), he has been conducting a mobile, non-linear mapping of the South Wales coalfield, using cut-up techniques and psychogeographical dérives to excavate industrial wounds and geological layerings along the invisible routes of the deleted canals. His poetry and articles have appeared in Poetry Wales, New Welsh Review, Junction Box and Wales Arts Review, and he has performed at the Hay Poetry Jamboree in Hay-on-Wye, Poets Live in Paris, the Bath Arts Fringe Festival and the North Wales International Poetry Festival.


Twitter: @steven_hitchins