‘The work Paul Hawkins and Sarer Scotthorne have done over the last number of years is really a source of encouragement, validation and hope for many poets writing around the edges of the Now (in the UK) because they are looking for the future. It is hard work, as it must often feel like digging a trench that fills with water, but their enthusiasm, sincerity and selflessness gives fuel to those like me, mining a weird and committed seam. I’m lucky to count them as friends, collaborators and supporters, as are brilliant folk like Thomas Havlik, James Caley, Arturo Desimone, Matti Spence and others.’
- SJ Fowler, A note on: UMOAH, 2019
Hesterglock Press is co-run by Sarer Scotthorne & Bob Modem // Paul Hawkins. We started in 2013, publishing themed, pocket-sized poetry anthologies under the name of Boscombe Revolution, as well as hand-made pamphlets of flash fiction and poetry. In 2016 we began to use print-on-demand services, which enabled us to start publishing books (without any start-up capital or other middle-class finance model(s)), publishing mainly experimental/innovative poetry.
We make positive links between non-profit & literary / artistic / political worth, as opposed to predominant corporate, capitalist values of financial return/profit/monetary worth. We aim to actively publish marginalised, under-represented poets/writers/artists.
We proudly support the ︎ Poem Brut project, curated by SJ Fowler and have published a number of works from poet/artists commissioned for Poem Brut performance and exhibition.
In 2018 we started up a new imprint, Prote(s)xt, to experiment with a different publishing model. Take a look ︎ here at our catalogue and approach.
Canadian editor, publisher & prolific poet Rob Mclennan recently asked Paul to describe a random small press writing day. You can read it here
We've organised many readings, book launches, literature events and co-curate (along with Sad Press & Moot Press) ANATHEMA, a monthly series of experimental poetry/writing events in Bristol and further afield.
By supporting us; buying books, networking, collaborating, connecting, asking questions etc you're also supporting the authors and will be helping to sustain our ongoing commitment to publishing radical & challenging books, collaborating with other artists and writers on unique projects.
If you’d like to get in touch about a collaboration/project/event/idea, or just to say hi, please do ︎contact us.
N.B. No neoliberal capitalism, or any sort of capitalism. We prefer revolutionaries. No homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, violence, abuse or misogyny.