Beautiful Dragons Press started on the night of the supermoon in May 2012. Two poets, one in England, one in Germany, wrote a poem about the same old moon at the same old time, and swopped their work the next day. Working together, to a deadline proved to be exciting, exhilarating and chummy.
So they decided to extend the fun. The result was the first Beautiful Dragons Collaboration. Only then, it was just a collaboration, no dragons involved.
Out Of The Ocean...
They started to rear their fiery little heads when the poets realised the press needed a name. Various sensible, descriptive options came to mind. Break-even Press was one – because we all have our ambitions. But then the poets thought, steady on. Lets not be too ambitious. Not just yet. As they both liked maps, and they were in relatively unknown territory, they thought of ancient charts of the world. In the remote regions, as we all know, there be dragons. Lovely. That’s what we’ll call it.
But, not everyone is the first with an idea. Other publishing ventures had come into similar exciting waters before and nabbed the name.
Then one of the poets looked at the collection in front of her. The work was beautiful. The poets who did it of a similar ilke. Strong, occasionally fierce, very fine.
Right then, Beautiful Dragons it was. And before you know it, there were four, five, six collaborations with oh, ever so many bloody gorgeous dragons.