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Drunk Muse Press

Wildly good poetry books
Affiliated with The Poets' Republic magazine

       COMING SOON . . .

A brilliant new collection by Mohammed Moussa.Mohammed Moussa is a Palestinian poet and journalist who was one of three writers shortlisted for the 2022 international Freedom of Expression Awards presented by the Index on Censorship. Born in Gaza, Moe grew up in the Jabalia refugee camp, studied English at college, and began his career as a translator for international journalists in 2014. In 2018 he created the Gaza Poets Society as a forum for young Palestinians to share their work in English and Arabic. He was awarded the Times Richard Beeston Bursary in 2019 and completed his fellowship in London in 2022. He is now working freelance from abroad to support the Gaza Poet Society.


“What are you made of?”

“Mud, memories, wars, blood, and honey”

“Are you lonely?”

“Yes, I am, I was never ashamed to confess it.”

“Where is your homeland?”

“I lost it in a suitcase before I was born.”

            & OUT NOW . . .            

Two new Drunk Muse books - Holly Magill's '20', a witty and incisive portrait of a young poet/call centre worker navigating her way through British society in the late 1990s; and Marcas Mac an Tuairneir's ground-breaking anthology 'Cruinneachadh', a multi-lingual travelogue featuring a range of Scottish and international poets. Please pop over to our Shop to pre-order.



Mark Vernon Thomas: ‘Dancing with Shadows and Stones’ marks a remarkable debut collection full of wit and invention. A relative newcomer to the Scottish poetry circuit, Mark’s reputation is fast growing.

Julie McNeill: Football makar, feminist and keen observer of daily life, Julie’s poems are uplifting and insightful. ‘Something Small’ is sure to be one of the most popular Scottish poetry books of the year.

Dareen Tatour: Palestinian poet Dareen reflects on her homeland, in ‘I Sing from the Window of Exile’, her first bilingual Arabic and English volume of poems.


Holly Magill: April: Wry and poignant, ‘20’ is Holly’s sharp-eyed take on navigating early adulthood in the 1990s.


Marcas Mac an Tuairneir: ‘Cruinneachadh – A Gathering’ brings together a diversity of poets in numerous languages. Marcas has collated their work in a groundbreaking volume that pairs poetry in its original tongue and in translation.

Mohammed Moussa: Shortlisted for the 2022 global Index on Censorship fellowship, Palestinian writer Mohammed is the renowned founder of the Gaza Poets Society. Now living in Istanbul, he writes directly from experience of exile, love, loss and war.

Alistair Lawrie: A well-kent face in north-east Scotland’s poetry circles, and a widely admired poet, Alistair writes in English and Scots for this much-overdue first solo collection.

Andy Murray: Former journalist Andy mines a deep seam of experience for a debut collection of poems which alternate between contemporary and historical social and political observation.


Late 2023/early 2024: Watch out for more information on our ‘openers’ for 2024 – new books by Cait O’Neill McCullagh, Martin MacIntyre and Kevin Cadwallender.


About us


Drunk Muse Press was founded in late 2020 by Neil Young and Hugh McMillan, based in Scotland, and Jessamine O' Connor in Ireland. Our purpose is to champion poetry that insists on wider attention  . . . by poets with a compelling way of expressing it.  The first Drunk Muse books were published  in spring/summer of 2021. Watch this space for details of more to come.


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Dareen Tatour

Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour shot to worldwide attention when she was jailed by Israeli authorities in 2016 for the 'crime' of writing a poem titled 'Resist, my people, resist them'. Her experiences were chronicled in her memoir 'My Threatening Poem', published by Drunk Muse Press. Now, 'I Sing From the Window of Exile' - published again by Drunk Muse Press - brings her first collection of poems in English translation, alongside the original Arabic texts, and offers a comprehensive view of this brave and defiant poet.

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