POLARI PRESS makes bijou print runs of “hi-niche” fiction & non-fiction, poetry, photography, artist catalogues and journals that stand out as beautifully bespoke and hand-crafted titles. We are currently closed for submissions and proposals, but hoping to reopen in early 2022 for autumn 2022 and 2023 releases.

Although Polari was spoken almost exclusively by gay and bisexual men, the nature of clandestine meetings of the mid 1900s when homosexuality was still criminalised brought together people from all walks of life who all had an influence on the language. Cockney, Romany and Italian languages mixed with the slangs of thespians, circus performers, wrestlers, sailors and wider criminal communities. Inspired by those origins, we seek involvement of people from any under-represented or marginalised group to share our perspectives with each other; building a collaborative platform for all of us.