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Longbarrow Press publishes poems by James Caruth, Matthew Clegg, Kelvin Corcoran, Angelina D’Roza, Mark Goodwin, Lee Harwood, Rob Hindle, Andrew Hirst, Chris Jones, Fay Musselwhite, Alistair Noon and Peter Riley. Titles range across various formats, including pamphlets, boxes and CDs; many are designed and produced by hand, some in limited editions.
Founded in Sheffield in April 2006, Longbarrow's 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.
And Other Stories is a not-for-private-profit Community Interest Company: profits being re-invested. Their aim is to make their decisions based on what we think is good writing and a good way of working. This, they say, sets them apart from shareholder-driven publishing companies where all decisions are ultimately about increasing profits.
They have a network of readers, writers and literary translators and the support of a growing band of subscribers. Their focus is on literary books, which are now capturing people’s imagination. So far they have concentrated on translations because there are so many amazing writers currently not available to readers in English. However, they are also reading a lot of English-language fiction too, and publish what they love, such as Deborah Levy’s Man Booker shortlisted novel Swimming Home. They are happy to consider submissions from authors and agents.
1889 books was started by Steven Kay, Sheffield Author, as the vehicle for independently publishing his first novel The Evergreen in red and white. He then caught the bug for publishing, starting with releasing out-of-print classics.
In 2015 he compiled and published Joe Stepped Off the Train: a compilation of short stories with a war theme on which he collaborated with 14 authors, all of whom have donated their royalties to War Child. As well as his own work, he is now working with other writers helping publish their work and providing creative input, copy-editing, and laying out beautiful books. He is also doing some ghost-wrting. He is excited at where 1889 books might take him next and is on the look out for exciting projects if he can fit them in round a full-time job that he has to do to pay the bills. "I'll consider anything that gives me a buzz - if it's good enough, I'll take it on," he says.
Founded in 2015, Tilted Axis is a not-for-profit press on a mission to shake up contemporary international literature.
Tilted Axis publishes the books that might not otherwise make it into English, for the very reasons that make them exciting to them – artistic originality, radical vision, the sense that here is something new.
Tilting the axis of world literature from the centre to the margins allows us to challenge that very division. These margins are spaces of compelling innovation, where multiple traditions spark new forms and translation plays a crucial role.
As part of carving out a new direction in the publishing industry, Tilted Axis is also dedicated to improving access. They are proud to pay our translators the proper rate, and to operate without unpaid interns.