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Limited edition poetry chapbooks and blog.

Welcome to the Red Ceilings Press where we publish contemporary poetry in the form of limited edition chapbooks.


We will be open for submissions from April 1, 2018 till December 1, 2018.

Send your submissions to in either rtf or doc format, or if submitting for the blog then in the body of an email will do.

New voices to the blog are most welcome but please don't submit more than 5 poems.

The chapbooks are in A6 format so please consider this when sending poems of longer line length. We don't want to set your fine work at 6pt.

If accepted we will ask you to take a minimum of 15 copies of the book at a reduced price (along with a complimentary copy) to help us to continue publishing.

Chapbook poets should preferably have a previous publication history. So, please mention where your work has appeared in your submission email and also provide a brief biography.


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Delighted to announce our latest title - Swamp Kiss by Colin Herd

We have now sold our allotted copies of Talking Shadows by Rupert M Loydell. Copies are still available from the author and can be ordered direct from Rupert Loydell at

Recent additions -

Arboreal Days by Daniel Bennett
Objects from the Footcopier
by David Greenslade
Talking Shadows by Rupert M Loydell
Dante Called You Beatrice
by Rodney Wood
Crabtree (the libretto) by Tom Jenks
Crabtree (Second Printing) by Tom Jenks
The No Breath by John Goodby

We are hoping to publish limited edition Flash Fiction stories and will be accepting submissions in Spring 2018. Guidelines will be posted later this year.

Earlier chapbooks can be found here.
crabtree (the libretto) ~ tom jenks
Crabtree (the libretto), Tom Jenks
Chapbook - July 2017
chapbook [rcp cb44]
A6 40pp 40 copies
£6.00 inc. p&p (UK)
£7.50 inc. p&p (Europe)
£9.00 inc p&p (World)
Crabtree (the libretto)

“Tom Jenks’ libretto, Crabtree, is an intense story of love, loss and betrayal in the highest tradition of operatic tragedy. The emotionally complex Crabtree, huddled in the kimono of his dressing gown, his tender heart deceived by the ones he trusted most, is a Butterfly for our times: his final aria as affecting as the ‘mad song’ in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. This is a work that might move an audience to tears that only a superior brand of kitchen towel could deal with.”

Patricia Farrell

Dante Called You Beatrice ~ Rodney Wood
Dante Called You Beatrice, Rodney Wood
Chapbook - September 2017
chapbook [rcp cb45]A6 46pp 60 copies
£6.00 inc. p&p (UK)
£7.50 inc. p&p (Europe)
£9.00 inc p&p (World)
Rodney Wood
Lives in Farnborough. He left school at 16, obtained a degree with the Open University, worked in the civil service and retired early. Since then he’s organised poetry reading and workshops, volunteered at his local arts centre in Aldershot, and performed in various venues, including the South Bank. Recent work has appeared in or is forthcoming from publications including Brittle Star, Envoi, The Journal, Magma, Prole, South, Stride and Tears in the Fence.

His work has been described as “innovative and moving” by Envoi.

Talking Shadows ~ Rupert M Loydell
Talking Shadows, Rupert M Loydell
Chapbook - October 2017
chapbook [rcp cb46]A6 40pp 40 copies
£6.00 inc. p&p (UK)
£7.50 inc. p&p (Europe)
£9.00 inc p&p (World)
Rupert M Loydell
Rupert Loydell is Senior Lecturer in the School of Writing and Journalism at Falmouth University, a writer, editor and abstract artist. He has many books of poetry include Dear Mary (Shearsman, 2017), The Return of the Man Who Has Everything (Shearsman 2015) and the collaboration The Co-ordinates of Doubt, written with Daniel Y. Harris (Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2017). He has edited anthologies such as Yesterday’s Music Today (co-edited with Mike Ferguson, Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2014), Smartarse (Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2011), From Hepworth’s Garden Out (Shearsman, 2010) and Troubles Swapped for Something Fresh: manifestos and unmanifestos (Salt, 2010); and has contributed to Punk & Post-Punk, New Writing, English, Text, Revenant and Journal of Visual Arts Culture.

How to buy:
The Red Ceilings Press have now sold their allotted copies of this title. Copies are still available from the author and can be ordered direct from Rupert Loydell at

Objects from the Footcopier ~ David Greenslade
Objects from the Footcopier, David Greenslade
Chapbook - December 2017
chapbook [rcp cb47]A6 66pp 60 copies
£7.00 inc. p&p (UK)
£8.50 inc. p&p (Europe)
£10.00 inc p&p (World)
David Greenslade
David Greenslade is a (prize-winning) essayist, novelist, poet and short story writer. He has lived and worked in many countries, among them Japan, the USA and Oman. He writes in Welsh and English and currently shares his time between Wales and Romania while teaching at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Recalling the poetry of
Each Broken Object (Two Rivers Press) and Lyrical Diagrams (Shearsman), these new object poems strobe the light between flash fiction and verse. From coffee pots to passenger planes storylines snap with brevity and shock.  Objective chance takes each offered opportunity.

When the Round Table stands in the middle of the kitchen, and houses in a landmined landscape are haunted by the Twrch Trwyth, David Greenslade takes us into that world of swivelling, sabre-toothed, coat hangers where surrealist art and beans come true: Actually,’there’s nothing the mind can’t do’. Great stuff!

Patrick Le Petit, Author, The Esoteric Secrets of Surrealism

David Greenslade's texts simply smash our rational faculties.

Michel Remy, Author, Surrealism in Britain

arboreal days ~ daniel bennett
Arboreal Days, Daniel Bennett
Chapbook - January 2018
Daniel Bennett

Daniel Bennett was born in Shropshire, and lives and works in London. His poems have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, both online and in print. He is also the author of the novel All the Dogs, published by Tindal Street Press in 2008.

chapbook [rcp cb49]
A6 52pp 40 copies
£7.00 inc. p&p (UK)
£8.50 inc. p&p (Europe)
£10.00 inc p&p (World)
Swamp Kiss ~ Colin Herd
Swamp Kiss, Colin Herd
Chapbook - January 2018
chapbook [rcp cb48]A6 46pp 40 copies
£6.00 inc. p&p (UK)
£7.50 inc. p&p (Europe)
£9.00 inc p&p (World)
Colin Herd
Colin Herd is a poet and Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. His previous publications include too ok (BlazeVOX, 2011), Glovebox (Knives, Forks and Spoons, 2013), Oberwilding - with SJ Fowler (Austrian Cultural Forum, 2015) and Click & Collect (Boilerhouse Press, 2017). He co-organised Outside-in / Inside-out, A festival of Outside and Subterranean Poetry in Glasgow in 2016. His website is www.colinherd com

“Here’s a reason to celebrate: a fresh batch of poems by Colin Herd. I don’t know anyone else who can make zing the unexpected proximity of danger and corn on the cob, or for that matter castles and bottoms. Swamp Kiss is a delight to read, a lyric bustle of double understandings, jingles, neologisms, jokes, and bathside musings. Tracing ebullient arcs of thought, these poems revel in the language of everyday stuff, sometimes doleful, other times joyous.” -
Lila Matsumoto