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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Here you will find a list of the books published by Hercules Editions since 2014. Please click on the cover picture or on More information for the details of each title and how to buy them.

The Gospel of Trickster
by Nancy Charley

The Gospel of Trickster is poet, storyteller and performer Nancy Charley's version of the gospel story, from the point of view of a mischievous narrator. Her poem is accompanied by specially commissioned drawings by artist Alison Gill. More information…

The Practical Visionary
by Sophie Herxheimer and Chris McCabe

Poet/artist Sophie Herxheimer and poet/writer Chris McCabe have created a series of poems, collages and etchings inspired by the visionary work of William Blake. More information…

A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller
by Jacqueline Saphra

A Bargain with the Light is a tribute to one of the most extraordinary figures of the 20th century, with a heroic crown of sonnets at its heart and iconic photographs by and of Miller. More information…

The Singing Glacier
by Helen Mort

In 2016, Helen Mort, with composer William Carslake, travelled to Greenland to explore the glaciers and mountains there. The Singing Glacier includes Mort's poem sequence and prints and drawings by artist Emma Stibbon RA. More information…

Rubaiyat for the Martyrs of Two Wars
by Ruth Valentine

Ruth Valentine's book brings together a moving poem in the traditional Persian form with haunting images by the Iranian-born artist Shahram Karimi. More information…

by Sean O’Brien

A chapbook by the award-winning poet O’Brien, with the first two cantos of a longer poem exploring the West London region where his parents met just after the war. More information…

by Claire Crowther

Crowther's subject in Silents is early cinema, the strange and wordless shadow world of gestures and expressions, populated by witches and vampyres, and impresarios such as Edison and Artaud. More information…

by Hannah Lowe
Hannah Lowe blends poems with personal and historical archives to chart the 1947 journey of SS Ormonde, the first ship to carry immigrants from Jamaica to the UK. More information…
Heart Archives
by Sue Rose
Inspired by an archive of heartbeats, Sue Rose has paired 14 sonnets on family and love with her own poignant photographs. More information…
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by Tamar Yoseloff & Vici MacDonald

Featuring poems by Tamar Yoseloff and photographs by Vici MacDonald, Formerly commemorates the forgotten corners of a London fast disappearing. More information…