Poetry lists report boost in lockdown sales after new innovations to reach readers

Poetry lists report boost in lockdown sales after new innovations to reach readers

Several Northern publishers and organisations have reported an increased interest in poetry over the lockdown.

Jamie McGarry, publisher at Scarborough-based indie Valley Press, says the publisher’s poetry sales have been rising for a while, with 50% of its sales last year coming from poetry titles, marking the first time they have outsold its fiction. McGarry believes this is only set to continue as he thinks people’s attention spans are shortening during lockdown, leading to a greater demand for short-form writing. A standout upcoming poetry title for Valley Press is a collection by the l...

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