About The Black Spring Press Group


Eyewear Publishing Ltd. joined up with Black Spring Press (with its imprint Dexter Haven) in 2019 to form a new Indie boutique press group of cultural reach and quality in the heart of London, UK.

Founded in 1985, The Black Spring Press list had published literary classics and major figures, including Leonard Cohen, Orson Welles, Anais Nin, Momus, Carolyn Cassady, Charles Baudelaire, Nick Cave, and many more. It was named after the classic by Henry Miller, a collection of stories entitled Black Spring, published in 1963 by the important indie company Grove Press in New York. It is dedicated to Anais Nin. Hence, the identity and vision of the press was declared instantly, as celebrating outsider, underground, outlaw, radical and avant-garde voices and styles, unafraid of exploring taboo subjects and expressing the truths about human lives.

We are a small press, with a small team, part of the Independent Publishers Guild as well as the Publishers Association.

We are incredibly proud to have an impeccable business, financial and legal record for all of our three and a half decades. Our spotless tax, financial and legal record speaks to our team's longstanding integrity, sense of duty, and professionalism, working in Canada, the USA, Ireland and the UK since 1985 in one form or another of company.

Our books have been recommended by such major figures as Steven PinkerStephen Fry, Gina Miller, Salman Rushdie,and The Rev. Jesse Jackson.

We have a commitment to the wider world of prose and poetry, in English and translation.  We search for emerging talent and neglected out-of-work authors, as well as well-established figures.

Our books have been well-reviewed in The TLS, The Sewanee Review, The Times, Poetry(Chicago), PN Review, Poetry Review and Poetry London; and have won major prizes for criticism (The Pegasus Award) and poetry and been longlisted and shortlisted for others, including The Forward Prize and the Somerset Maugham award from the Society of Authors. Our poets have appeared in the annual Forward anthologies, and been PBS Choices and Recommendations.

Our books appear in bookshops across the UK, Ireland Canada and the USA, distributed by BookSource, INGRAM and NBN. We are represented by the Quantum Publishing Solutions sales team and by Red Rock Literary Agency for foreign rights.

Our pamphlet series has been shortlisted for the prestigious Michael Marks Award, given each year at The British Library. Our novels have been optioned for film, and adapted for radio and broadcast on the BBC.

Through our annual Melita Hume Poetry Prize we discover, support and develop exciting new poets, while also taking great pleasure in working with writers at all stages of their careers.Our Sexton and Beverly prizes also encourage writers, in various genres.Our range is wide, our remit international, and our aim true…

'...an estimable list of books.' – PN Review

'...a very considerable presence in contemporary poetry.' – John Greening

Note  - Publishing companies have to unfortunately reject thousands of writers each year. Some disagree with our business model and editorial philosophy. A small proportion of people will from time to time take to the online virtual world to complain. We do all we can to make every customer, author, and client, fully satisfied. No one is perfect, but we do our best. We are constantly updating our Shopify site to add new books and information, to listen and learn.