Independent Publishers’ Book Fair

Independent Publishers’ Book Fair

Part of Off the Shelf Festival, admission free.

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A chance to see and buy books not usually found in your local bookshop.

The fair will include hand-made artists’ books, niche publishers of poetry, fine art and photography along with a programme of talks, workshops and readings.

Our programme of talks include:

11:30am – award winning Indian author Hema Macherla will give a talk; ‘The Plight of Indian Women’ and read from one of her books.

Hema Macherla was born in the rural village of Atmakur, Andhrapradesh, India. She has published 25 short stories and a number of articles in Indian magazines. She lives with her husband in London and has two grown up children.

12:30am – Jim Hinks, digital manager of Comma Press will give a talk about Comma’s app projects ‘LitNav‘ and ‘ Macguffin

1:30pm – Paul Morris of Seven Arches will give a reading from Beyond the Morning Sun. 

The poem evokes the emotions and experiences that I am sure many military families will have had to cope with… sensitively highlighting the impact operational military service can have on families, and particularly children.
Iain Standen, Chief Executive Officer, Bletchley Park, former Colonel in the British Army
Paul’s poem is great, really strong, love it.
Matt Black, Derbyshire Poet Laureate 2011-2013

3pm –  Audience and Readership: A Panel with James Davies, Jim Hinks, Alec Newman and Togara Muzanenhamo

Who do publishers sell their work to? How do they know where the work of their authors ends up? How do writers go about presenting and promoting their work? Are there any demographics of potential readers who are unaware of a work or publisher’s existence? How do both publishers and poets maintain their readership and also encourage the growth of audience? In this lively panel discussion James Davies, poet and editor of if p then q, poses these questions and more to Jim Hinks editor of Comma Press, Alec Newman editor of Knives Forks and Spoons and Carcanet poet Togara Muzanenhamo.

Publishers taking part include:

The Poetry Business – Sheffield

We publish books, pamphlets, audio and eBooks under the Smith/Doorstop imprint; edit a literary magazine, The North; and run Writing Days, masterclasses, residential courses, and a Writing School for published poets. We also run the annual Book & Pamphlet Competition.
Our poets have won or been shortlisted for almost every major poetry prize, including the Forward Prize on 11 occasions and 10 Poetry Book Society awards, and Smith/Doorstop Books was awarded the 2011 Michael Marks Award.

https://twitter.com/poetrybusiness

http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/

Comma Press – Manchester

Comma Press is a not-for-profit publishing initiative dedicated to promoting new fiction and poetry, with an emphasis on the short story. It is committed to a spirit of risk-taking and challenging publishing, free of the commercial pressures on mainstream houses. Comma believes British publishing is missing out on something in its neglect of the short story, and to make up for it we are currently the most prolific hardcopy publisher of short stories in the country.

https://twitter.com/commapress

http://www.commapress.co.uk/

Longbarrow Press – Sheffield

Longbarrow Press publishes poems by Sheffield based poets. Titles range across various formats, including pamphlets, boxes and CDs; each is designed and produced by hand, some in limited editions.
The ethos governing the output of the press is that the poem should dictate the format of publication. The resulting objects – matchboxes, acetates, maps – allow poet and publisher to explore alternatives to the book without resorting to gimmickry.

https://twitter.com/LongbarrowPress

http://longbarrowpress.com/

Templar Poetry – Matlock

We are an independent publisher founded in Scotland in 2005 with an outstanding modern poetry list, printed in our superbly designed and skilfully made paperback and hardback editions. Many of our published poets have received recognition in major poetry awards and competitions.

https://twitter.com/TemplarPoetry

http://templarpoetry.com/

If P Then Q – Manchester

if p then q is a publisher of experimental poetry based in Manchester. The press has been running since 2008 and has published a host of authors of international repute including P. Inman, Geof Huth, Tim Atkins, Philip Terry and Tom Jenks. Chrissy Williams and Holly Pester’s collections have both been featured on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb. The titles we publish often use styles which could be called conceptual or minimal and are regularly hilarious. Fun is the word.  

http://ifpthenq.co.uk/

Audience and Readership: A Panel with James Davies, Jim Hinks, Alec Newman and Togara Muzanenhamo

Who do publishers sell their work to? How do they know where the work of their authors ends up? How do writers go about presenting and promoting their work? Are there any demographics of potential readers who are unaware of a work or publisher’s existence? How do both publishers and poets maintain their readership and also encourage the growth of audience? In this lively panel discussion James Davies, poet and editor of if p then q, poses these questions and more to Jim Hinks editor of Comma Press, Alec Newman editor of Knives Forks and Spoons and Carcanet poet Togara Muzanenhamo.

Linen Press – Edinburgh

Linen Press is a small, independent publisher run by women, for women. Our policy is to encourage and promote women writers and to give voice to a wide range of perspectives and themes that are relevant to women. We display and rejoice in the differences in female creative voices, rather than defining them in terms of a simplistic and one-dimensional genre.

Linen Press will be presenting a talk from one of their authors, award winning Indian author Hema Macherla will give a talk; ‘The Plight of Indian Women’ and read from one of her books.

http://linen-press.com/

Seven Arches – Stockport

A small independent publisher that produces titles for children, especially in the 8 – 12 age range.  Our most exciting books are

in our Time Traveller Series. This series of 11 books features places and people of historic interest,

 so that what happened in Chatsworth during the Second World War or what it was like to be a child working in one of Yorkshire’s

mines comes vividly to life for the reader.

http://www.sevenarchespublishing.co.uk/

Knives, Forks and Spoons – Newton-le-Willows

http://www.knivesforksandspoonspress.co.uk/

Green Arrow – Bacup

An independent publisher established in 2000 to provide a new opportunity for writers of all types of Fiction and Non-Fiction, Poetry and Drama to achieve publication and therefore a wider market for their work. Green Arrow has had extensive experience at the centre of independent publishing in the UK, having been a member of the Association of Little Presses and The Small Press Group of Britain. We were also founder members of The National Small Press Centre.

http://www.greenarrowpublishing.com/

Floating World

The aim of Floating World is to find ways for artists to disseminate their ideas as widely as possible using the medium of artists books. Glenn Holman and Andy Parsons initiated the project in 2003, and have asked more Artists to contribute and collaborate over the years. Recently, Floating World has used the Artist Book as a catalyst for complex participatory projects, ranging form the renovation of a derelict house into an Arts Centre to the creation of a book of insights into Samuel Beckett.

http://www.floatingworldbooks.com/

Route – Pontefract

Founded in 2000, Route is a terraced publishing house in the north of England. Our author list is an eclectic mix that includes Nobel laureates and first time writers, music superstars and warehouse operatives. The principle commitment is to authentic stories and good books. Route publishes stories in print, audio and digital forms, creating books one way or another.

http://www.route-online.com/