Rochford Press is one of the smallest Australian literary presses having been established by Mark Roberts in 1983 as a vehicle to publish 7 issues of P76 Magazine. The press has always operated independent of any government funding, and has continued to contribute to the small press poetry scene of this country. Rochford Press is committed to publishing creative and critical writing which pushes boundaries and stands out from the everyday. It is run by Mark Roberts and Linda Adair and is based in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.
Since 2011 to the present time, we have published 26 issues of the online critical journal Rochford Street Review https://rochfordstreetreview.com/ as well as producing several chapbooks and books including: Mohammad Ali Maleki’s Truth in the Cage, Robbie Coburn’s collection Before Bone & Viscera, Stevi-Lee Alvers Cactus and The Selected Your Friendly Fascist based on the cult poetry magazine established by Rae Desmond Jones and John Edwards in the 1970s.
2019 has seen resurgence of energy in Rochford Press as Linda Adair has driven the publishing program. Within the first half of 2019 the press has edited, produced, and launched the following three books:
Additionally we promoted them by arranging launches and readings around the country ranging from venues such as The Exodus Foundation, Shop Gallery and Ashfield Library in Sydney, to the Press Bookhouse as part of the Newcastle Writers Festival, That Poetry Thing at Smiths Alternative in Canberra, The Dan O’Connell in Melbourne, a nightclub in Adelaide and Voicebox in Perth.
Most recently Rochford Street Review has partnered with creatives in the Blue Mountains to promote exhibitions by MAPBM and has produced a website for the exhibition Resilience in Times of Adversity: Contemporary Responses to WW2 in the Blue Mountains 1939-1950 curated by Vivienne Dadour https://resilienceintimesofadversity.com/
More chapbooks will be coming in the next 6 months including from Blue Mountains writers and other regional areas.