Numbers (magazine)

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Editor John Alexander, Alison Rimmer, Peter Robinson, Clive Wilmer
Categories Literary magazine
Frequency Biannual
Publisher Numbers Publishing
Year founded 1986
Final issue 1990
Country England
Based in Cambridge
ISSN 0950-2858
OCLC number 16265848

Numbers was a literary magazine published twice a year in Cambridge, England, between 1986 and 1990.[1] Six issues of the magazine appeared, of which the last was a double issue to celebrate the ninetieth birthday of the American poet and novelist Janet Lewis.[2] Issue 4 was a celebration of the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa.

Numbers magazine, cover of issue 1.
Numbers magazine, cover of issue 1.

Each issue contained an editorial, poems, translations and prose by poets.

Numbers was founded and edited by John Alexander, Alison Rimmer, Peter Robinson[3] and Clive Wilmer.

The magazine emerged from the editors' involvement with the 1977 to 1985 Cambridge Poetry Festivals, and with the exhibition Pound's Artists at Kettle's Yard and the Tate Gallery.[4]


Notable contributors to the magazine included:


  1. ^ Tim Love (10 February 2012). "England's literary magazines, 1985-2012". Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Numbers, volumes I to IV, Cambridge, 1986 to 1989, ISSN 0950-2858.
  3. ^ Piette, Adam; Price, Katy, eds. (2007). The Salt Companion to Peter Robinson. Salt Publishing. ISBN 1844712443. 
  4. ^ Alison Blair-Underwood (2012). "Open account - A memoir: the Cambridge Poetry Festival". Blackbox Manifold, Issue 9: Peter Robinson at Sixty. Blackbox Manifold. Retrieved 7 January 2013.