The Broken Spine

is creating Poetry and Photography Journal

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Your name will appear on a list of Patrons in each Artist Collective Publication.

Official Patron

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  • A copy of each of the biannual journal issues
  • A reserved seat at all live events put on by The Broken Spine 
  • Your name appearing on a list of patrons in all future journal issues

All-access Patron

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  • A copy of each of the biannual journal issues
  • A reserved seat at all live events
  • Your name appearing on a list of patrons in each future publication
  • A copy of each of the chapbooks published by The Broken Spine Artist Collective




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About The Broken Spine

Hi there!

who are we?

The Broken Spine is a poetry and arts collective proudly published on the coastal edge of North-West England. Founded in 2019 by Alan Parry and Paul Robert Mullen – two school friends reunited after twenty years through a mutual love of poetry. In the time that has passed since, we have created a real excitement both online and in our local community for our artistic vision - our debut edition published over forty artists from all corners of the globe and which included our youth poet of the issue - something we are keen to continue given our careers in education.


Each issue will feature original poetry and photography from an entire spectrum of artists – unpublished to well established – all submissions are welcome and will be treated equally.
The Broken Spine is an independent and open press that encourages people from all walks of life to submit. We encourage those internationally, from minorities, from the LGBTQIA+ community and those with disabilities to send their work. Anybody that sends work to us can rest assured that it will be carefully considered and that we will respond as soon as humanly possible. We will endeavour to provide feedback when possible – please know that we care about your work – we are both active poets who know all about the rollercoaster emotions of submissions, rejections, acceptances, feedback and never hearing anything!

what next?

Our success to this point has been made possible through generous donations of time and money by people who have a passion for what we are trying to achieve. 

Both of our founding editors believe in the power of literature and its instrumental force to evoke agency in the reader to bring about change in the contingent world; to bring and spread joy; to provide a cathartic release and offer an escape. 

However, to continue our growth and to firmly establish ourselves both in our local community and the wider artist community we will require some help and further backing.

We're offering you, our readers and supporters, the opportunity to back our journal so we can continue to share high quality art with those who need it most, you! This is your chance to back us with a monthly donation as big or as small as you can afford on a recurring monthly basis. Your backing will go a long way to helping us achieve that.

our goal?

We are looking to raise £250/month. This money will cover the running costs of our journal's design and printing costs. This will also allow us to publish chapbooks of emerging and established artists as we continue to grow our brand. Further, we will be able to explore hosting community arts projects and reward our contributors who have made this project what it is today and afforded us the opportunity to continue.

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