Brief History: Fighting Cock Press has existed in its present form since 1996, when writers Mabel Ferrett and Pauline Kirk began collaborating to publish books of good literary quality, elegantly produced and within the price range of most people. Following Mabel's death, Pauline took over as sole editor. John Ferrett, Mabel's son, acts as consultant.

Fighting Cock Press has always maintained a close relationship to the Pennine Poets, providing an outlet for poetry and artwork by members of the group, but has also published collections of poetry and short prose by other northern writers.

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To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Pennine Poets in 2016, the Press recently published a major anthology, Fifty:Fifty, in collaboration with Graft Poetry. This was launched on March 19th at the Black Swan, York, during the York Literature Festival. On Tuesday October 11th contributors Poets will be reading from the anthology in 'Pennine Poets Celebrate 'Fifty:Fifty' at the Ilkley Literature Fringe - 9.00-10.00 p.m, Ilkley Playhouse, Wharfeside..Other events and readings to mark the group's exceptionally long life are being planned throughout the Yorkshire area.

Some past successes: We were delighted that  Temporary Safety by Rose Drew was  placed at number 9 by Purple Patch in their 2011 list of Top Twenty Best Individual Collections. The poem 'At St. David's' from Colin Speakman's collection Dune Fox and Other Poems 1981-2011 was listed by the Poetry Kit Awards 2011-12  as one of the best individual poems published by a small press during that year.


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