A Herculean welcome



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 near the site of artist-poet William Blake’s last home and printing works in Hercules Road, Lambeth, which inspired the name. Browse our latest titles here.

The Practical Visionary

Hercules Editions are delighted to announce the publication of The Practical Visionary by Chris McCabe and Sophie Herxheimer. Poet / writer Chris McCabe and poet / artist Sophie Herxheimer have created a series of original poems, collages and etchings around the visionary work of William Blake and on the psychogeographical terrain of Blake’s Lambeth. The project is … Continue reading The Practical Visionary

The Singing Glacier

In August 2016, poet Helen Mort, along with composer William Carslake, travelled to south-eastern Greenland to cross the remote glaciers and climb mountains near Sermiligaaq Fjord. They were later joined by filmmaker Richard Jones, and together their responses formed a unique performance with original music, poetry and film footage. The Singing Glacier includes the whole … Continue reading The Singing Glacier

Rubaiyat for the Martyrs of Two Wars

Rubaiyat for the Martyrs of Two Wars brings together a moving poem in the traditional Persian form by poet and migrant rights activist Ruth Valentine with haunting images by the Iranian-born artist Shahram Karimi; plus an introduction by the journalist Kamin Mohammadi, a foreword by the British-Caribbean poet Malika Booker, and an essay by the … Continue reading Rubaiyat for the Martyrs of Two Wars

A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller

A Bargain with the Light is a tribute to one of the most extraordinary figures of the 20th century. At its heart is a heroic crown of sonnets, accompanied by an introduction by the art historian Patricia Allmer, an essay by Jacqueline Saphra charting her journey through Miller’s story to the writing of the poems, … Continue reading A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller


By Claire Crowther • Signed first edition of 300 / ISBN 978-0-9572738-3-2 / £10 • Claire Crowther is a poet who is constantly breaking new ground with her innovative and genre-defying style. In Silents her subject is early cinema, the strange and wordless shadow world of gestures and expressions, populated by witches and vampyres, and … Continue reading Silents


By Hannah Lowe • Signed first edition of 300 / ISBN 978-0-9572738-2-5 / £10 • Next Generation poet Hannah Lowe blends a cycle of poems with personal and historical archives to chart the 1947 journey of SS Ormonde, the first post-WW2 ship (followed within a year by the Almanzora and the more famous Empire Windrush) … Continue reading Ormonde

Heart Archives

By Sue Rose • Signed first edition of 300 / ISBN 978-0-9572738-1-8 / £10 • Inspired by an archive of heartbeats, Sue Rose has paired 14 sonnets on family and love with her own poignant photographs. Heart Archives was motivated by the intense emotional impact Rose (a noted French translator) felt upon encountering Les Archives … Continue reading Heart Archives


By Tamar Yoseloff & Vici MacDonald • Signed second edition / 978-0-9572738-0-1 / £8 • Featuring poems by Tamar Yoseloff and photographs by Vici MacDonald, Formerly commemorates the forgotten corners of a London fast disappearing. Witty and elegiac, the book is a sequence of 14 irregular and anarchic sonnets, each written in response to a bleakly … Continue reading Formerly


By Sean O’Brien • First edition of 500 copies / ISBN 978-0-9572738-4-9 / £10 • A chapbook by the award-winning poet Sean O’Brien, focused around the first two cantos of a longer poem exploring the West London region, where his parents met just after the war. Sean’s poem is a meditation on place, memory and … Continue reading Hammersmith