Anvil Press, founded in 1968, is based in Greenwich, south-east London, in a building off Royal Hill that has been used at various points in its 150-year history as a dance-hall and a printing works. Anvil grew out of a poetry magazine which Peter Jay ran as a student in Oxford and retains its small company ethos. Its staff consists of
Peter Jay: Founder, editorial and production director
Kit Yee Wong: Administration, rights
We publish 10–12 new books a year: contemporary poetry in English and translated poetry from all periods, sometimes in bilingual editions. What we are looking for can best be illustrated by an anthology published in 1998 to celebrate 30 years of Anvil’s publishing: The Spaces of Hope. It shows the range of poets and kinds of poetry which Anvil values with poems drawn from the press’s publications and includes an essay by Peter Jay discussing the enterprise and its values.
The following poem by the late Ivan V. Lalić, translated by Francis R. Jones, lends its title to the anthology.
The Spaces of Hope
I have experienced the spaces of hope,
In the spaces of hope light grows,
Ivan V. Lalić
Anvil Press is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and inclusion, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, race, disability or age.