Welcome to Hercules Editions

Hercules Editions was founded by poet Tamar Yoseloff and designer and art editor Vici MacDonald in 2012, with the aim of bringing together new poems with visual imagery. Their first publication, Formerly (featuring Tamar’s sonnets in response to Vici’s photographs of liminal London spaces) was hailed by Owen Hatherley as “a direct and quietly urgent dispatch from a familiar but disappearing London”. It was shortlisted for the prestigious Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.

Since then Hercules Editions has produced Heart Archives by Sue Rose, Ormonde by Hannah Lowe (selected by Colin Grant as one of five essential books on the Windrush generation – see here), Silents by Claire Crowther, Hammersmith by Sean O’Brien, Rubaiyat for the Martyrs of Two Wars by Ruth Valentine, A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller by Jacqueline Saphra, The Singing Glacier by Helen Mort, The Practical Visionary by Chris McCabe and Sophie Herxheimer, and The Gospel of Trickster by Nancy Charley, and Cargo of Limbs by Martyn Crucefix.


In spring 2020, Jacqueline Saphra’s second book with Hercules Editions, Veritas: Poems after Artemisia, was published, and in July 2020 the first in the new series of essays by poets, Hercules Papers, is published with The Wandering Mountains by poet and critic David Wheatley. The online launch for David's book will be on Saturday 19 September 2020, from 6.30pm to 8pm – RSVP to tamar@herculeseditions.com to receive the link to attend on Zoom 

Our next poetry chapbook will be The Nine Mothers of Heimdallr by Miriam Nash, which will be published in October 2020. We have launched a new crowdsourcing campaign for this book – you can visit the campaign page here.

The first in Hercules Editions's new series of essays by poets, Hercules Papers, is The Wandering Mountains by David Wheatley

Hercules Editions is an independent press combining poetry and prose with art and archival material, to create beautiful small books and prints. We’re based in Lambeth, the site of artist-poet William Blake’s last home and printing works in Hercules Road.

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