Rochford Press is one of the smallest Australian literary presses and one of the longest running. Originating in Rochford Street, Erskineville, in 1983 when Mark Roberts decided to publish P76 Magazine (Issue 1, edited by Mark Roberts and Adam Aitken appeared in spring 1983) the press has continued to publish a number of books in a range of formats from perfect bound to chapbooks and The Collected Your Friendly Fascist as well as producing 7 issues of P76 Magazine. Since 2012 Rochford Street Press has also published the online journal Rochford Street Review (www. rochfordstreetreview.com ) which has provided a forum for discussion of the arts and writing, and created an invaluable archive of Australian and international writing reaching in excess of 180,000 visitors without any funding beyond subscriber donations by the end of 2018.
Rochford Press is now based in the Upper Blue Mountains and has a renewed sense of energy and purpose. Linda Adair will be coordinate the editing, design and production of hard-copy works by individual poets and prose writers whilst Mark Roberts will be the key person for Rochford Street Review, which will continue as a quarterly publication but with a more sustainable format.
The name for our press is, of course, a nod to Leonard and Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press which began publishing in the eponymous place in Bloomsbury.
Both the Press and the Review are committed to publishing creative and critical writing which pushes boundaries and stands out from the everyday whilst providing new publishing opportunities for local and international talent.