West House Books

About us

West House was founded by Alan Halsey in 1994 to publish contemporary poetry and poetry-related work. After 1997 Halsey ran it in partnership with Geraldine Monk.

Nearly 50 books appeared under the imprint between 1994 and 2010. The more substantial volumes were mainly produced in association with Five Seasons Press while some were collaborative ventures with North American publishers Chax, Coach House, Ahadada and BookThug. The press’s output also included pamphlets and this aspect of our publishing continues under the Gargoyle imprint.

Alan Halsey ran The Poetry Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye 1979–96. Since moving to Sheffield in 1997 he has continued to work as a bookseller specialising in modern and antiquarian poetry. This stock is represented in our Bookshop and Distributed pages. You will also find books by Halsey and Geraldine Monk published by a variety of presses including Five Seasons, Salt, Shearsman, Leafe, Knives Forks & Spoons, Granary, Galloping Dog, Veer, Ahadada, Parlor, Xexoxial and Constitutional Information.

Halsey and Monk are Affiliated Poets at the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Poetry and Poetics.



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).