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WP seeks Freelance Literary Marketers

In preparation for the launch of our new Cooperative Publishing Model, Waterloo Press is aiming to build up a bank of experienced literary marketers: people who can read a book of poetry or fiction and discuss it with enthusiasm and insight; who can engage in a friendly and professional manner with the writer, and with their help promote the book on social media and to literary journals and wider cultural networks. We therefore seek CVs from experienced literary marketers; and a covering letter to address the following points:

~ your experience at using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
~ any other social media platforms you use
~ your literary contacts, including festivals
~ evidence of past success
~ any particular target markets/demographics
~ testimonials from previous clients
~ a quote for your services, including time frame

We understand that different marketers have different strengths, and the idea is to place our writers with the most suitable person for their book. The marketer would have access to WP social media platforms – currently we use Facebook, but we would open up Instagram and Twitter to marketers.

If this is you, please get in touch. And do spread the word! We can be reached at

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SALE! WP announces …


Until midnight Dec 19th, all book orders on the Waterloo Press website will be eligible for one of the following sales:


With every order worth £10 and over, choose a free title* from the following list:

Armadillo Basket by Helen Buckingham
Micrographia by Robert Dickinson
The Odysseus Poems by Judith Kazantzis
Bright, Dusky, Bright by Eeva-Liisa Manner, translated by Emily Jeremiah
Skying by Steven Matthews
the waltz in my blood by Mario Petrucci
Black Russian by Jeremy Reed
West End Survival Kit by Jeremy Reed
Fifteen Exits by Simon Smith
Gratitude on the Coast of Death by David Swann

With every order of a Waterloo Slim or Winstanley by Simon Jenner (£7- £8), choose a free title from this list:

No Enemy but Time by Naomi Foyle
Conjurer of Nights by Prakash Kona
The Stars Inside by Ayala Kingsley
Waterloo Samplers 5 and 11 by Martin Jack and Lee Wilson

To access the BUY ONE GET ONE FREE sale, please order both titles, then at the checkout use the voucher code:

BOGOF10 (for books)
BOGOF7 (for Waterloo Slims)
BOGOF650 (for the 2 Waterloo Samplers)
You will be charged for the bulk postage, but the sale book/s will be free.


With every order of two titles (minimum total of £20) choose a free book worth up to £12 from our shop.

To access the BUY TWO GET ONE FREE sale, please order all three books, then use the appropriate voucher code at the checkout:

BUTGOF7 (for £7 titles)
BUTGOF8 (for £8 titles)
BUTGOF9 (for £9 titles)
BUTGOF10 (for £10 titles)
BUTGOF12 (for £12 titles)

You will be charged for the bulk postage, but the sale book will be free.

*while stocks last

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS, WP is only posting orders once a week. This is to protect the health of the staff member involved. Thank you for your understanding and patience. If you experience a delay longer than 10 (UK) or 15 (INT’L) working days, please email us at <>. Keep safe and stay well.

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Waterloo Press : Pressing Refresh!

Welcome to the new Waterloo Press blog – and to our stunning new website! Thanks to the generosity of Arts Council England, we’ve spent this last year refreshing our website and revitalising our list. As you can see from our sleek new livery, we’ve even indulged in a little rebranding!  

After much tweaking, debugging and polishing, we are proud to officially unveil the site, designed by the talented and unfailingly good-humoured Diane Wallace. We hope you will agree that our new online home is a joy to behold and a pleasure to navigate.

We are also thrilled to officially launch our new ventures: LIT UP, our ACE-funded mentoring and publishing programme for poets of colour; Waterloo Drama, our growing list of scripts and monologues; and a bevy of other wonderful new titles from UK and international poets.


Featuring the gifted voices of Uzma Ali, Jay Délise, Wajid Hussein, Kev Inn, Arun Jeetoo, Des Mannay, Catherine Okoronkwo, Sea Sharp and Merrie Joy Williams, the LIT UP programme will result in nine collections/pamphlets over the next six months, as well as a host of blogs, videos and live events. Initiated and co-managed by WP Director Simon Jenner, writer, mentor/editor and diversity consultant Monika Akila Richards, WP editors and poets Naomi Foyle and John O’Donoghue, and WP playwright and performance coach Carole Bremson, LIT UP is intended to help us diversify both our list and the British poetry publishing world.

Black Cotton by Sea Sharp and Open Windows by Merrie Joy Williams, the first two LIT UP titles, will be launched on Saturday Nov 30th at the Poetry Cafe in London. Please join us if you can – places can be booked here. Meantime, do check out the VIDEOS page of the website for a taster of the talent on offer!   

Waterloo Drama and Monologues

In 2012 we published the first Waterloo drama. This was director, West End actor and poet Carole Bremson’s A Midsummer Night’s Madness, a brilliant filleting and conflation of Shakespeare’s sylvan scenes with a little help from J. M. Barrie’s happy ending to Hamlet. You’ll have to read it if you didn’t see one of its several productions, or indeed the short film of it too (still available).

But we didn’t want it end there and embarked on more titles. Simon Moorhead’s scripts for Protect and Survive came out in May 2019 (you can find the podcast performances on The Other 1%), and after years of planning, Bruntwood-prize long-lister Jonathan Brown’s renowned The Well Trilogy, produced to huge acclaim from 2011-19.

Though renowned as a poetry publisher, we’re not just refusing to be pigeonholed. There’s a rationale with some of the founder poets being dramatists too. It’s not just Carole Bremson who trained initially as an actor, but Naomi Foyle, whose acclaimed play The Stranger’s Wife featured in the Bush Theatre’s Sixty-Six Books in 2011. Simon Jenner too apart from his frantic theatre reviewing has just written a clutch of plays and radio scripts, three of which feature in Simon Moorhead’s curated volume. Which also features Gareth Strachan, creator of Radio Foreplay, Have a Very Brexit Christmas podcast…. So don’t get us started.

Waterloo aims to provide drama scripts for plays newly-produced together with a few instant classics people have clamoured for, for years. More are forthcoming. Waterloo Drama’s small as yet but we‘re staging huge things in the round.

And a Fleet of Other New Titles!

In our busy harbour of pre-launch activity we’ve also produced four new titles we’re tremendously proud of: Blue Wallpaper by Robert Hamberger, Highly Commended in this year’s Forward Prizes; Each Other, from Seamus Heaney Prize shortlisted poet and memoirist Clare Best; Night Wanderer’s Plea by the internationally renowned Mark A. Murphy; and Broken Voices by David Pollard, which sustains his reputation as a major voice in British letters.

Finally, also noteworthy as we set sail for new horizons, are titles published in the ‘interregnum’ between functioning websites, and not until now available in the Shop: Familial by Philip Ruthen (2018), Gratitude on the Coast of Death by David Swann (2017), No Enemy but Time (2017) by Naomi Foyle, and Disappearance without absence / Desapariencia no engaña (2017), by Néstor Ponce, translated by Max Ubelaker Andrade and published with the support of the Programa SUR. 

So please come pay us a visit, do some Christmas shopping and from now until Dec 24th use the code WATERLOOP19W in the check out area of the shop for a 10% discount on your order.

All in all, we hope you’ll feel we’re living up to our new hero statement (courtesy of our man in marketing, Gareth Strachan):

WATERLOO PRESS: Bound in Beauty ~ Boundless in Poetry