Poetic Hours magazine was launched by Nick Clark in 1993. Like most amateur writers, the desire to be published was the spur and having had his first acceptance in 1984, his interest was was stimulated by the rise of the small presses in the latter part of that decade. Having had some experience of magazines (he was on a team that won a national
Sunday Times award twice running in 1980-1 for Pseud) he decided to have a go.
In 1987, after compiling several books on historical subjects for use in schools, Nick began an imprint called Erran Publishing. It's purpose was to give a banner under which he could print books and also develop the ideas he had for poetry publishing. The next year Erran produced its first title,Island Light, a poetry anthology. Two further books followed and by now, a regular collection of poets wanted to be involved in each of Nick's projects.It made sense to combine them all into a group with the aim of producing further publications.
The Dreamlands- the second poetry anthology by Erran Publishing came out in 1989 and was the first to feature the trademark clock on the cover.
Nick Clark- general editor
This was achieved in 1993 with the first issue of Poetic Hours. The magazine used the trademark Victorian woodcuts to illustrate readers poetry from the first and these have remained an integral part of its character although developments in affordable print technology have meant he can now also use photographs from his own collection as well. Another landmark was passed in the Autumn of 2000 when issue 15 was produced, for the first time, entirely on computer. With a small circle of friends and family, the magazine is assembled and posted off entirely by volunteers meaning more money can be raised for the charities Poetic Hours supports.
With increasing internet traffic on the website, 2008 saw another step forward with the publication being entirely online for the first time.