IRON Press Archive

Subject strengths: Literature, Contemporary Literature, Publishing

IRON Press is a North East-based independent press which publishes poetry, fiction and drama from the region and elsewhere, with a particular focus on publishing new authors.

The press began as IRON Magazine which was established in 1973, and was funded by Northern Arts. It featured art work, reviews, short stories and poetry. The magazine ran for 26 years, ending in 1997. Across 82 editions, it published more than 1200 writers world-wide.

IRON Press published its first book in 1976, Three North-East Plays by C.P. Taylor, Tom Hadaway and Leonard Barras. The press has been funded by Northern Arts, and Arts Council England North. It seeks to publish four or five new titles annually, as well as hosting festivals and literary events in the North-East.


Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:

Collection name: IRON Press Archive

Library Collection Ref Code: GB186 IRO

Date Range of Material

1973 - [ongoing]

Type of Material

Consists of editorial correspondence, drafts, reviews and press releases relating to both publishes, and submitted but unpublished works by IRON Press. Also contains documents relating to the marketing of the company.

Size of Collection

4 Linear Metres

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Finding Aid

Archival catalogue available via the Archives Hub.

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Other Resources

Printed and published works produced by Iron Press are included in the Iron Press Collection.

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