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Emma Wright

The Emma Press is an independent poetry publisher based in Birmingham, UK, and dedicated to producing beautiful, thought-provoking books. It was founded in Winnersh in 2012 by me, Emma Wright, formerly of Orion Books, and I run it by myself, with Rachel Piercey as a regular co-editor. We were shortlisted in the Publishers’ category of the Michael Marks Awards in 2014 and 2015, and won it in 2016.

I want to edit, design, illustrate, publicise, produce, sell and occasionally write books that excite me and that I want to share with everyone else. I want to publish the kind of writing that makes people laugh and cry and text extracts to their friends because it inspires such a strong response in them. 

I also want to publish the kind of books you want to carry around in your pocket or handbag, to dip into on the train or while you’re waiting for the bus as well as have on your e-reader or phone like you would an mp3 of a favourite song. I want my books to be gorgeous and covetable like Medieval illuminated manuscripts, except without the gold leaf and hand-lettering because I can’t afford it. They’ll be on nice paper, though, with illustrations where appropriate and some sweet typography. I hope that other people like and enjoy them too.

In August 2013 the Emma Press became engaged to Valley Press of Scarborough, resulting in a shared blog and plans for future collaborative projects.

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You can buy our books directly from us on our webshop and at our events. You can also find our books in the wild at various bookshops, as well as our official stockists Waterstones Birmingham and the Prince’s Trust Tomorrow’s Store in London.




The Emma Press is represented to the trade by Inpress, the innovative sales specialist. Details of all their regional sales representatives can be found here.

Our books are distributed by NBNi. For all trade orders, please contact NBNi directly.