Diamond Twig was a small non-profit making press, launched in 1992 by Ellen Phethean and the late Julia Darling, to promote poetry and short story writing in innovative, exciting ways and to develop and encourage audiences too. Our policy was to publish and promote new writing by women in the North of England.

At the end of 1998, Diamond Twig Press closed down for good, with thanks to all our poets, writers, readers, customers, The Poetry Virgins, Cornwell Internet and financial supporters over the years, including New Writing North and Arts Council.

The books published by Diamond Twig in its lifetime are archived here, but are no longer for sale through this website. Follow the links to read about our books.

The Ropes

The Ropes; poems to hold on to ISBN 978-0-9539196-7-3
Sophie Hannah and John Hegley (editors) 2008


Diamond Twig's Branchlines series consists of handy pocket sized (A6 - 105mm x 148mm) books which are their authors' first collections. The series editors were Julia Darling and Ellen Phethean.

Click the title for more information about each book (and its author).

Inviolate: Sara Park, 2011

A Kind of Mink: Heather Young, 2004

white lies are harmless: Jeanne Macdonald, 2004

The Sugar Factory: Ann O'Neill

The Potting Shed: Monica Cheale

Palimpsest: Rima Handley

Even The Ants Have Names: a new anthology of short stories
by Linda Leatherbarrow, Mary Lowe, Janine Langley McCann, Susannah Rickards and Betty Weiner.
Guest Editor - Gerry Wardle. 2002

Colours/Colors: Angela Readman, 2001

Postcard from a Waterless Lake: Lisa Matthews

Sex & Death: Kathleen Kenny, 2000

Glass Tales: Marlynn Rosario, 2000

1956: Margaret Wilkinson, 2000

BRANCHLINES FICTION, 3 new stories in one volume
by Marion Husband, Sheila Mulhern, Jane Wood 1999

Glee with a Blue Background: Liz Atkin, 1999

What You Want: Joan Johnston

Lip Reading: Fiona Ritchie Walker, 1999

Broken Biscuits: June Portlock, 1997

Waltzing off from Hand-Me-Downs: Sylvia Forrest, 1997


Modern Goddess - virgin collection by the Poetry Virgins, 1992

Sauce, Bloodaxe Books and Diamond Twig 1994
- The Poetry Virgins second collection, edited by Linda France, with a foreword by UA Fanthorpe.

Love Poems Postcards - a set of eight in typically irreverent Poetry Virgins style.

International Women's Day Postcards - six poems on postcards by North East Women,
printed for the Amnesty International Campaign in March 1996.