Bookbinding & Marbling Workshop

As part of Oxford’s Festival of the Arts, we will be hosting a bookbinding and marbling workshop at Magdalen College School on Saturday June 24th.

The event is open to all ages and will be a great chance to find out more about how books are traditionally made.

You will have the chance to produce and take away your own personalized notebook and have a go at contemporary marbling techniques – make sure to wear scruffy clothes!

IRIS III Cambridge Launch

On Tuesday 13th June, we packed up and headed off to Cambridge for an evening launch event at Granchester’s Orchard Tea Garden.

The event featured readings from six of our wonderful writers, whose work has been featured in IRIS. We kicked off with Arabella Currie, reading a new poem, as she humbly stated, ‘about cows’, followed by Lili Hamlyn who read extracts from her piece ‘Coney Island’ from IRIS II (more to come at the end of this year, when we publish a full collection!), and Harry Long, who again read from a new poem. The second half of the evening featured Leo Temple (IRIS III), who we were thrilled to hear, having read his poems multiple times, and Marek Sullivan (III), before finishing with Camille Ralphs.

We had a wonderful turn out and drinks in abundance. We’d like to thank everyone who came, in particular those readers who traveled from Oxford and London, as well as the organisers of the Orchard, it was a beautiful and relaxed location.


IRIS in Cambridge

On Tuesday 13th June we will be taking IRIS on the road to Cambridge for an event at The Orchard Tea Garden.

The event will feature a series of readings from contributors across all three editions of IRIS, including Marek Sullivan, Arabella Currie, Leo Temple, Lili Hamlyn and Harry Long.

As always, drinks will be free and books will be for sale (including special hardback editions). Plus the added bonus of a beautiful outdoor setting by the river Cam – home to a long literary tradition, attracting the likes of Woolf, Keynes, Forster, Russell, Wittgenstein.

Let us know via Facebook if you’re interested in coming along!


Becca Thornton ft. as Artist of the Week

IRIS III contributor, Becca Thornton has been featured as the OR’s Artist of the Week. Becca is from Macclesfield and is in her final year, studying Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art. Her website is here and her Instagram is here.

Her work is stunning in its diversity and precision. The following series is called Shadow Accounts and are ink and pencil drawings on ledger paper, produced at night. We featured two of the series in IRIS, but here is a wider selection.

Becca’s work will be featured in the Ruskin Fine Art Degree Show, opening on Friday 16th June.

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IRIS Contributors Ft. in The Oxonian Review

We’re so happy to see two of our writers from IRIS have been featured in The Oxonian Review – an online publication run by University of Oxford Graduates.

You can see the brilliant Leo Temple’s poems  (IRIS III) here.

As well as a review of S-Town by Lili Hamlin, here, whose piece ‘Coney Island’ was featured in IRIS II. The Press will be publishing a full-length collection of Lili’s work later this year.

Ways of Walking: Launch & Fundraiser

On Tuesday 6th June, we will be hosting the launch of a publication by Theophilus Kwek and Alvin Ong, entitled Ways of Walking at the Handle Bar Cafe in Oxford. The collection features a stunning nine-part series of original paintings and poetry concluded by a brief essay by Theo.

Most importantly, all the money raised from the publication will be donated to Refugee Resource, an Oxford-based charity that works to relieve distress, improve well-being and facilitate the integration of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants through the provision of psychological, social and practical support.

The event will feature readings from local poets along the theme of journeys and the books will be on sale for a minimum contribution of £6, but you are welcome to donate as much as possible.

Please come along and join us to both celebrate the work of Theo & Alvin and to raise as much as possible for this fantastic charity.


Literature & Commerce: A Panel Event

“A mere literary man is a dull man; a man who is solely a man of business is a selfish man; but when literature and commerce are united, they make a respectable man.” Samuel Richardson
“When the motivation [for writing] is merely a desire for money or publicity […] there occurs a pervasive monotony in the product corresponding to the underlying monotony in the motivation.” Ezra Pound
“Earn five hundred a year by your wits.” Virginia Woolf

Hurst Street Press will be hosting a panel discussion about literature & the arts and its relationship with the commercial world, on Monday 27th March, following the launch of IRIS III.
James Daunt founded Daunt Books in 1990, a collection of shops that began as one of Marleybone High Street and now number 6 London-based stores. In 2011 James became the CEO of Waterstones, turning around the fortunes of the high street chain that had somewhat lost its way – you can read more about this here.
Kirsty Gunn is a short story writer and novellist, known for titles such as The Boy & The Sea, Infidelities, The Big Music and most recently My Katherine Mansfield Project. Gunn is also a professor of writing practice at the University of Dundee where she coordinates a creative writing course.
David Graham has been the MD of Pavilion Books since 2014, prior to which he worked with Portobello & Granta as well as Canongate.
Professor Peter D. McDonald is a Tutorial Fellow in English at St Hugh’s College in the University of Oxford. Professor McDonald’s research focuses upon the relationship between literature and the law and literary institutions since 1880.
Chair: Beth Sparks, co-founder of Hurst Street Press.


HSP Workshop at MAO

As part of the launch of IRIS III we will be holding a workshop at Modern Art Oxford to reveal more about the methods we use in the creation of our publications including marbling and bookbinding. People will have the chance to try out the techniques and create their own mini pamphlets. The event will be a drop-in session, however, we would appreciate if you could indicate whether you would like to come via the MAO website (link below).

IRIS magazine is a three-part publication from independent Oxford-based publisher Hurst Street Press. Each edition features original work by artists and writers from across the UK, with contributions in various forms including comics, photography and poetry.


As part of the launch of the 3rd edition of IRIS, Modern Art Oxford will be displaying a week-long mini exhibition of the original artworks published in the magazine, alongside the poetry and process which contributed towards the publication. As ever, our aim is to encourage a wider engagement with the works

One of the core tenets behind our original conception of IRIS was to encourage an encounter with the physical page and its contents. The exhibition gives readers an opportunity to encounter the works in an immediate setting and to experience the book outside of the page.

IRIS is a collaboration of original literature and visual art, including poetry, fiction and criticism. It aims to create a space for interdisciplinary artistic dialogue and to enact the interaction between creator and audience. Printed using letterpress and risograph, IRIS celebrates traditional techniques of book production whilst fostering contemporary and innovative work.



You are invited to the launch party for the third and final edition of IRIS!

IRIS was born on March 12th 2016, with the second edition released in November. This final celebration will look back over the works in all three editions, and will be a chance to support the Press and our fantastic contributors. Each edition features original work by artists and writers from across the UK, with contributions in various forms including comics, photography and poetry focusing on the theme ‘Sense of Place’.

The event will take place at Modern Art Oxford on the 25th March 2017. There will, as ever, be drinks, music and copies of all three editions of IRIS on sale. Everyone who is interested is welcome to come!