An independent literary publisher specialising poetry and based on Cross Street in Manchester, publishing work from all over the world.

Carcanet publishes contemporary and classic poetry both in English and in translation, as well as fiction titles, literary criticism and letters.

Carcanet began in the 1960s, when it was established as a literary magazine publishing periodical poetry, short fiction and criticism. It had become a publisher by 1969, developed by Peter Jones, Gareth Reeves and Michael Schmidt in Oxford. Schmidt eventually moved the imprint to Manchester.

Carcanet was based in Manchester’s Corn Exchange for a number of years, before its offices were destroyed by the 1996 IRA bomb. Since the the company has occupied offices on Princess Street, Blackfriars Street and now Cross Street – close to the chapel where author Elizabeth Gaskell’s husband William used hold services.

Carcanet has many awards associated with it and its works – including the title of Sunday Times millennium Small Publisher of the Year in 2000. Nine of its published authors have been awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

In 2017, there were three Carcanet poets on the T.S Eliot prize shortlist – Tara Bergin, Caroline Bird and Robert Minhinnick.

In 2018 they were also shortlisted for the Forward Prize with Vahni Capildeo‘sVenus as a Bear and the The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection for Phoebe Power‘sShrines of Upper Austria.

Other published writers include Chinua Achebe, John Ashbery, Sujata Bhatt, Eavan Boland and Donald Davie.