Mission Statement

The Waywiser Press is a small independent company, with its main office in the UK, and a subsidiary in the USA. It was founded in late 2001, and started publishing in 2002.

Waywiser is a literary press, first and foremost, with a special interest in modern poetry and fiction. From time to time, however, we also issue books belonging to other literary genres – e.g. memoir, criticism, history.

We are keen to promote the work of new as well as established authors, and would like to rescue still others from undeserved neglect.

Praise for The Waywiser Press

One of the UK’s best publishers of poetry.

– Christopher Ricks, New Statesman

Waywiser – a press I really admire for their integrity, intelligence, and heart

– Tom Sleigh

Since the accountancy department at Oxford University Press closed down its rival, the poetry department, there has been a gap in British poetry publishing. Almost invisibly, Philip Hoy’s Waywiser Press has begun to fill the gap, publishing a small group of poets in handsome little volumes at wonderfully low prices …

– Jim McCue, The Times

Be grateful that small presses like Waywiser still exist.

– Thomas Jones, London Review of Books