Poetry for International Women’s Day

Doorway Films has always admired the independent poetry pamphlets of Rack Press and is proud to be associated in celebrating International Women's Day by recording a brand new pamphlet of poems by Martina Evans, Michele Roberts, Denise Saul and Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch. Watch the recording on YouTube on the 8th March 2019.

Rack Press
Founded in the Welsh Marches in 2005 by Nicholas and Susan Murray, Rack Press has published over 40 contemporary poets, established names and first collections, in attractive limited edition pamphlets. Rack Press was publisher of the year in 2014 at the Michael Marks Awards and has attracted excellent reviews.

Rack Press ever impresses – Poetry Review
The consistently reliable Rack Press – Times Literary Supplement
I have come to hope that a Rack Press pamphlet may be a tiny gift-box of unusually good poems – Alison Brackenbury, PN Review
Rack Press has the courage to be brief and elegant – The Rialto


Martina Evans is a poet and novelist, the author of eleven books of prose and poetry. Her latest collection, Now We Can Talk Openly About Men was published by Carcanet in 2016. Rack Press pamphlets include Oh Bart! (2012) and Watch! (2016).

Michèle Roberts has published five solo collections of poetry and co- authored another five. Her TV credits include presenting Up and Coming, featuring poets such as Jean Binta Breeze, interviewing John Cooper Clarke, and writing alongside Roger McGough for Poets Read the News. Her poems have been translated into French, Italian, Turkish and Spanish. She has performed them at many international festivals. as well as at the Queen Elizabeth Hall alongside Adrienne Rich, and at the Poetry Olympics. The Heretic’s Feast was published by Rack Press in 2012 and her critical essay Silly Women Novelists? (Rack Press Editions) in 2016.

Denise Saul was born in London. She is a poet and fiction writer. Her White Narcissi (published by Flipped Eye Publishing), was Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice for Autumn 2007. Her poetry has been published in a variety of US and UK magazines and anthologies. In 2008 Denise Saul was selected for The Complete Works, a two-year mentoring and development programme for ten advanced black and Asian poets in the UK. House of Blue was published by Rack Press in 2012.

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch's poetry collections have been shortlisted for Wales Book of The Year (Not in These Shoes, Picador 2008), The Roland Mathias Prize (Banjo, Picador 2012) and The Michael Marks Award (Lime & Winter, Rack Press 2014). Her latest publication is Ling Di Long (Rack Press, 2018).