West House Books

About us

Alan Halsey founded West House in 1994 to publish contemporary poetry and poetry-related work. In recent years he has run it in partnership with Geraldine Monk.

West House sees the relationship between publisher and author as a unique collaboration and aims to involve its poets in all aspects of a book’s production, from overall design & format to the precise setting of text on the page. In this way we hope to offer the reader an author’s own perspective on his or her work.

Pamphlets, sometimes swiftly made, seem to us the most effective way of circulating new work and these are published alongside more substantial books produced in association with Five Seasons Press and also with the North American publishers Chax and Coach House. West House has no interest in ‘schools’ and ‘movements’ but has sustained long-lasting relationships with poets working in related fields of late modernist poetry.

Other books and works by Geraldine Monk and Alan Halsey also appear on this site. And in the books section a selection from our stock of second-hand books, pamphlets and ephemera.


West House Books

40 Crescent Rd

Sheffield S7 1HN

United Kingdom

Tel +44 (0)114 2586035




‘As with all West House Books, this is a very fine production, so far
above most small-press standards as to be unrecognisable as such.’

Tony Frazer reviewing Geraldine Monk’s Noctivagations, in Shearsman 50.

A West House Anthology, including work by all the West House poets,
appears in GutCult 2.1 (Winter 2004).