Rún is the Old Norse spelling of ‘rune’ and it came into Irish where it means ‘inscription’, ‘intent’, ‘secret’, and by extension a secret or treasured love.  It has also been borrowed into Finnish where ‘runo’ means ‘poem’. The poets Robert Graves and Valentin Iremonger in a correspondence in 1944 described poetry as ‘a shared secret’.

Rúnepress Ltd publishes substantial collections of poems, and books about poetry, by poets whose work is already known through previous publications. Founded in 2013 as Rúnpress Ltd in Cork, Ireland, as of 2017 it has been based in London, UK. Its imprint, Parmenides Books (www.parmenidesbooks.ie) publishes ‘crossover’ books between literature and neuroscience.

David Cameron – The Bright Tethers, Poems 1988-2016

The first collection from this award-winning poet who, as Seamus Heaney remarked, ‘provides an answer to Frost’s wish for poems about subjects common in experience but rare in books.’

David Cameron was born in Glasgow in 1966 and lives in N Ireland. He is the author of two books of fiction, Rousseau Moon and The Ghost of Alice Fields, and in 2014 won the Hennessy Literary Award for Poetry.

Although many of his poems are about ordinary things, they are not ordinary poems. Robert Nye described Cameron’s writing as possessing ‘a quality of verbal  alchemy by which it transmutes the base matter of common experience into something like gold’.


THE RÚN POCKET POEMS series was launched in June 2014 in Dublin and London with The Poems of Valentin Iremonger and The Poems of Martin Seymour-Smith – see an article from The Irish Times here.

The Poems of Valentin Iremonger

This collection is as close to complete as we have found possible: it includes all poems from his published volumes and a few unpublished.

MartinSeymourSmithThumbThe Poems of Martin Seymour-Smith

Contains all poems from his published volumes, a selection of translations, and unpublished poems. This collection enables Seymour-Smith, widely known as a critic and encyclopaedist of literature, to take his rightful place as a pre-eminent 20th century English poet.