Black Sunflowers

by Amanda Holiday in London, England, United Kingdom


raised of £3,000 stretch target


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This project will only be funded if at least £1,000 is pledged by 30th March 2020 at 1:00pm

Black Sunflowers will be a small press publishing high-quality, beautifully produced and inspiring poetry collections.

by Amanda Holiday in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

With extra money, Black Sunflowers will be able to offer a small fee to our chapbook poets and employ a paid associate to develop additional marketable gift items such as an annual Poet’s Calendar featuring key British poets and an annual Poet’s Diary.

Poetry is not just for the big moments and changes in our lives, it is for the everyday and the ordinary too. It can help us understand ourselves, the world and our place within it, touch chords and allow us to recognise what connects us all.

I came to poetry later in life and it has changed me completely. In three years it has taken me to festivals in San Diego and Illinois and all over the UK, seen me change from being a shy person terrified of public speaking to someone who now loves the performance and power of sharing poetry with different audiences. 

After winning a scholarship to study poetry at the University of East Anglia and earning a distinction, I now want to build on this poetry momentum and achieve a dream of setting up a poetry publishing business.

Initially Black Sunflowers will publish high-quality, beautifully produced, poetry chapbooks and poetry anthologies.  Popular gift items including an annual Poets Calendar and Poets Diary will be launched when Black Sunflwers is more established.  Our stable of authors will be art oriented with a clear focus on poetry from women, especially older women and black poets. 

Starting small, Black Sunflowers will initially be a sole endeavour with fellow University of East Anglia alumna Geffen Bankir joining as associate.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£250 or more

0 of 4 claimed

A poem for you

A special poem written for you! The poem may be delivered privately or featured on our website - its up to you.

£10 or more

0 of 100 claimed

£10 Reward

Membership of the Black Sunflowers VIP club plus free invites to Poetry readings and access to online members' area.

£20 or more

3 of 100 claimed

£20 Reward

1 pdf copy of Black Sunflowers' first published poetry chapbook, membership of Black Sunflowers VIP club plus free invites to Poetry readings and access to online members' area.

£50 or more

4 of 20 claimed

£50 reward

1 x author signed copy of each of the Black Sunflowers poetry chapbooks on publication date (4 in total) plus membership of Black Sunflowers VIP club with free invites to poetry readings and access to online members area.

Let's make 'Black Sunflowers' happen

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