Dark Horse PicturesAndy Hopkins’ first chapbook Dark Horse Pictures was published by Selkirk Lapwing Press in 2007. The second edition was printed in 2015 (print only) and is the recommended edition. You can buy it (price includes post and packaging) here:

‘Dark Horse Pictures’


Readings from Dark Horse Pictures and music can be heard here, but there are more in the ‘Audio’ section of this website. (ISBN 0-9554056-6-1 / 978-0-9554056-6-2)

You can also find Andy Hopkins’ work in places such as The North, Under the Radar, Southlight, The Interpreter’s House, Reliquiæ, Right Hand Pointing, Detritus Online, and Obsessed with Pipework. A 12″ vinyl-only 12″ is out on Matchbox Records. He was runner up in the Overton Prize in 2017. His work appears in the anthologies Both Sides of Hadrian’s Wall (Selkirk Lapwing Press, 2006 – here) and ‘This Place I Know’ (Handstand Press 2018 – here). He is also the organiser of Carlisle’s Poetry Symposium. He reviews records for the fanzine Clunk. He also has taught poetry at the Carlisle Philosophical and Literature Society (here).

Andy Hopkins lives and works in Carlisle, England. Interviews can be found here and here.


“A sophisticated breath of fresh air on the contemporary poetry scene.” Robert Leach

“Originally published by Selkirk Lapwing Press in 2007, Andy Hopkins’ acclaimed poetry collection, Dark Horse Pictures, is A deep, dark labyrinth of language.” Frank Burton

“A brilliant study in language and new poetic form.” Subterranean Blue Poetry

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  1. Dear Andy,

    Greetings! I have been asked by Jane Fitzgerald at WBTW to curate a charitable session at Words By The Water, Keswick, in March 2019, see https://www.wayswithwords.co.uk/festivals/words-by-the-water–the-lake-district-23. The session will be on Tuesday 12th March at 5.45 – 7.15pm. The theme for the day is Life Lessons and Adventures, which I feel gives us plenty of opportunities for a good range of poetry. The charity we will be supporting is The Booktrust see https://www.booktrust.org.uk, a UK-wide children’s literacy charity. Everyone involved generously offers their time for no fee (or expenses I am afraid) and we take a collection on the door. Each poet will be able to sell their own publications at the event (and I hope throughout the festival – details to follow).

    We are aiming for a diverse and lively range of poetry, and wonder if you would be interested in reading for us at this session. I would be very glad if you were able to do so.

    We will have one and a half hours for 6 poets, so each poet will have a 10 minute slot plus a 5 minute changeover and introduction. WBTW offer each reader 2 complimentary tickets for other sessions at the festival.

    We are forming up the programme currently, so I wold be really grateful if you could let me know over the next couple of days whether you are interested in reading. It would be great to have your work included, and I would be so pleased if you can join us.

    With very best wishes and I look forward to hearing from you – could you kindly reply on my email.


    Nicola Jackson
    MA, D.Phil.
    Author: Difficult Women, 2018, Indigo Press, winner Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize for Poetry, 2017.
    Editor: Write to Be Counted, The Book Mill, 2017.


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