If you are a writer or are interested in literature events and activities and live in the north of England then you've found a great regional resource.
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Publishers in the north east of England

The North East is home to Bloodaxe Books, the largest poetry publisher in the UK, and to many other great independent publishers as the list below demonstrates. You can check out each publisher by browsing their website to see what kind of work they publish. Many offer advice on how to submit work to them on their sites. If not, you should probably contact them by email in the first instance to enquire if they are willing to take submissions.
To find out more about independent publishers in the UK, a good place to start would be www.inpressbooks.co.uk. Inpress Books is supported by Arts Council England and acts as an online retailer of books published by independent UK presses. On the site you can browse titles by many different publishers and buy their books and magazines.
You can browse a list of publishers that Arts Council England support at www.artscouncil.org.uk/browse/?content=RFO&art_form=6.
In the region we are also lucky to have The Northern Poetry Library in Morpeth, where it is possible to browse through many poetry magazines. This is a great place to start if you want to begin to submit poems to magazines. Membership is free to anyone living in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham, Cleveland and Cumbria. The library has over 15,000 titles and magazines that cover poetry published since 1945. A full-text database encompassing everything from epic to classic poetry is available. See www.northumberland.gov.uk/Default.aspx?page=1669 for more information.
Arrowhead Press

Email: editor@arrowheadpress.co.uk
Currently publication is by invitation only
Editors: Roger Collett and Joanna Boulter
Bloodaxe Books

Email: editor@bloodaxebooks.demon.co.uk
Poetry editor: Neil Astley
Byker Books
Left-field fiction
Email: ed@bykerbooks.co.uk
Iron Press
Poetry and fiction
Email: ironpress@blueyonder.co.uk
Editor: Peter Mortimer

Poetry and fiction
See website for contact information

Red Squirrel
Poetry and fiction
Email: info@redsquirrelpress.com
Editor: Sheila Wakefield

Smokestack Books
Email: andy.croft@ntlworld.com
Editor: Andy Croft

Tonto Books
Fiction and non-fiction
Email: contact@tontobooks.com
Editor: Stuart Wheatman
Butcher's Dog
Butcher's Dog is a new biannual poetry magazine, founded in the North East of England by seven poets who each won a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North in 2010 and/or 2011. The first issue featured work from the founding poets and launched at Durham Book Festival in October 2012. The magazine is now open to submission from writers anywhere in the UK - with a special interest in work from poets based in the North of England. 

Mslexia tells you all you need to know about exploring your creativity and getting into print. No other magazine provides Mslexia’s unique mix of debate and analysis, advice and inspiration; news, reviews, interviews; competitions, events, courses, grants. All served up with a challenging selection of new poetry and prose. Mslexia is read by top authors and absolute beginners. A quarterly masterclass in the business and psychology of writing, it’s the essential magazine for women who write.

Other Poetry
Other Poetry is a magazine dedicated to good poetry in all its forms. It was founded over 20 years ago, and published continuously throughout the 1980s. After a five-year break, it was revived in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1995, and has been publishing, at the rate of three issues a year, ever since.
Flambard Press, 2010 Flambard Press, 2010 Bloodaxe Books, 2002 Bloodaxe Books, 2002