Martin Holroyd was captain, first mate and bottle washer and provided myself and others with a forum and some much needed encouragement over the years. I chose Martin to be my publisher because I knew I could depend on him to navigate me through my first book and together we won 1st prize in the 2008 Purple Patch Small Press Awards for Best Individual Collection.
Several well-known poets, household names such as Geoff Stevens, were also to be found publishing their work at Poetry Monthly.
I suspect that what finally knocked the wind out of Martin Holroyd's bardic sail was not any of the reasons he has put forward in his last editorial. Martin you are made of sterner stuff! But it is I think something more personal.
The death in July 2009 of Dylan Thomas's daughter, Aeronwy Thomas, also a Poetry Monthly Press poet, and a co-organiser of the Laugharne Festival was a blow. She was more than a contributor for Martin Holroyd. She was a personal friend too. I think Martin never really recovered the enthusiasm for 'the job' that he lost at that time.
Good luck Martin with whatever you turn your hand to next!