A Herculean welcome

Hercules Editions is a new 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. See below for our latest titles.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Poem and photos by Sue Rose, design by Vici MacDonald • Limited edition print / £20 • Complementing the Heart Archives chapbook is a limited edition print featuring its penultimate poem, the love sonnet B24031947. Beautifully produced and innovative in form, just 50 copies are available, each signed and numbered by the author. It is printed in red … Continue reading B24031947

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Whitechapel (SOLD OUT)

• Poem by Tamar Yoseloff, photo by Vici MacDonald • Limited edition print / £5 (£2 with Formerly) • One of Formerly’s most striking pairings of image and sonnet, Whitechapel, is available as a wall poster, in a signed and limited edition of 50. Continuing the book’s theme of ephemerality, Whitechapel has been printed on tabloid … Continue reading Whitechapel (SOLD OUT)

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Off the Map

• By Tamar Yoseloff and Vici MacDonald • 10-page full colour leaflet, free with Formerly • Although the sonnets in the chapbook Formerly were inspired by photos of real places, the poet used the images to conjure up her own alternate reality. To satisfy reader interest, a free leaflet was created to provide factual information … Continue reading Off the Map