Test Centre is an independent publishing house and record label with an interest in the spoken and written word. Based in Hackney, East London, it was established in 2011 by Will Shutes and Jess Chandler.

Test Centre…have returned Hackney to a state of readiness and experimental action.Iain Sinclair

Test Centre’s first project was a series of spoken word vinyl LPs, starting with Iain Sinclair’s Stone Tape Shuffle. This was followed by Chris Petit’s Museum of Loneliness, Stewart Home’s Proletarian Post-Modernism and Jonathan Meades’ Pedigree Mongrel. In 2012 Test Centre hosted a 12-week series of radio shows on Resonance FM, presenting a subjective history of spoken word recordings.

In autumn 2013, Test Centre had a 5-week residency at ‘F’, a new arts venue in Stoke Newington, teaming up with its roster of writers, recording artists and associates to present a month of events, a rolling exhibition, and a pop-up shop.

In 2014, Will Shutes established Test Centre Books, a book-dealing branch of the publishing house, with regular catalogues and a permanent online store.

In 2015 Test Centre was nominated as ‘Most Innovative Publisher’ at the Saboteur Awards.

Test Centre has published 8 issues of its fiction and poetry magazine, with future issues continually in the process of compilation. Other publications include a number of books and pamphlets by Iain Sinclair, including Austerlitz After: Tracking Sebald and RED EYE; GOOGLEmeGOD and House of Memory by Chris Petit; a facsimile edition of Derek Jarman’s rare and only collection of poetry, A Finger in the Fishes Mouth; the poetry anthology I Love Roses When They’re Past Their Best; Within Habit by Oli Hazzard; The 9 Lives of Ray The Cat Jones by Stewart Home; To End It All by Paul Buck; Dark Islands by Tom Chivers; {Enthusiasm} by SJ Fowler, Pangs! by Robert Herbert McClean, Serious Justice by Jen Calleja, Republic Of Dogs/Republic of Birds by Stephen Watts, microaggressions by American poet Erik Stinson, Currently & Emotion: Translations edited by Sophie Collins, and Common Rest by Holly Pester.

Recent publications include Sam Riviere’s ‘ambient’ novel Safe Mode and the long-awaited collected edition of Chris Torrance’s life work, The Magic Door. In 2017 the Arts Council funded a series of publications looking into the relationship between poetry and visual art, starting with a collaboration between poet Rachael Allen and artist Marie Jacotey, followed by a debut collection by Laura Elliott.

Forthcoming are publications with Jack Underwood and Wayne Holloway-Smith, with more projects to be announced soon.