etruscan books is 17 years young, and has published concrete, Gaelic and modernist poetry with an ear for the lyric and the made up word. They give attention to spatiality, experiment and the lyric. The books are carefully edited, and still sewn on good papers.
The books are often made as artist / writer or film maker collaborations. These have included James Ravilious, Basil King, Colin Sackett, Patrick Caulfield, the teenage Nicholas Dunbar, Maricarmen Felices, Rebecca E. Marshall, Sarah Simblet and Brigid McLeer.
Some of the books have had essays, paragraphs and forewords by writers including Robert Creeley, Tom Pickard, John Hall, Andrew Crozier, Paul McCartney, Maggie O'Sullivan, Iain Sinclair, Andrew Kotting, Roy Fisher and Hamish Henderson.
etruscan books are book makers, rather than orthodox poetry publishers. Many of their titles are sold at the London Review of Books Bookshop, and Tom Leonard's, at Edinburgh's Word Power. Yet to get them, if you want to read them, you often have to declare an interest and order them, as they are not available in bookshops.
etruscan books grew out of the Six Towns Poetry Festival (1992-97) in Stoke on Trent, and its first book work was by Ed Dorn. Its work represents a continuum of the way of bookmaking by presses like Fulcrum, Goliard, Black Sparrow and Grosseteste.
Since 1999, etruscan books has irregularly yet persistently run mini festivals in London, For The Locker and The Steerer, which has featured writers including Rachel Lichtenstein, Gael Turnbull, David Gascoyne and Douglas Oliver.
We have curated tours, readings and festivals across the British Isles, including a residency at Arnolfini, Bristol for the exhibition Black Mountain: Starting at Zero, 1935-1957.
etruscan books runs Black Huts festival of writing, film and music in Hastings Old Town. Its third festival will take place from October 31st-November 2nd, 2014.