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August 20th, 2019 | Posted by David in Reviews | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We have great books ready to send to book reviewers.

Groundbreaking Henningham Family Press
– Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Publishing is changing.

Traditional Newspaper reviewers require an advance proof copy months ahead of publication. This allows them to write reviews timed to appear at the same time as a book’s publication date. That’s fine. But with independent publishers breaking new ground and experimenting with the publishing process itself, is this still the best way?

Publishing off-plan.

At Henningham Family Press, the making of a book is an artistic process. We build a book from the inside out, helping the writer to  push their story in new directions and forms, such as prints, drawings and sculptures. The book’s final appearance, often with hand finishing executed in our bindery, is important to us and our readers. But it doesn’t exist until shortly before publication.

Publishing in public.

Our creative odysseys are shared with readers and bloggers online as they unfold. Subscription models like Kickstarter enable readers to take part in the development of a book, while that advance proof copy sits in a jiffy bag increasingly out of date. We prefer building a readership around a book.

Reviewing is changing.

Book Blogging seems a much more natural fit for these fresh approaches to publishing. Cheerleaders instead of gatekeepers, Book Bloggers bring passion and experience to their reading-in-public. Like small publishers, Bloggers are doing a lot of unpaid work because of a love of literature.

The longest stretch of a book’s life is on the backlist.

There’s no market limit on the number of Bloggers. You’re not tied to the intensive publication cycle. Whenever a review appears, it is much appreciated. Before, after, even years after publication, because one of the best things about books is that they wait for us to find them.

How to obtain our books for review.

Have a look at our list and see if we’re likely to publish books that will excite you.

If you want to review a book on our list, just send us an e-mail or DM on Twitter and we’ll let you know if there are copies available.

If you’d like to review regularly, please let us know in an e-mail or DM and we’ll have a stroll through your work. We’ll be sure to send you only the books we think will interest you. 

Dedalus Shortlist announcement at University of East Anglia! Scenes!

We are delighted to announce that Dedalus by Chris McCabe has been promoted to the list of six finalists in the Republic Of Consciousness Prize 2019! The Premier Prize for Small Presses. We were present at the Love Takes Risks symposium and plenary panel (David Hayden, Eley Williams) to hear the shortlist announcement.

We thank the judges for unpicking the Gordian longlist, Neil and James Tookey at the prize (who tonight paid for a book to be made. Up yours Booker), generous sponsors and hosts at UEA, and most of all Chris McCabe for writing a stone cold masterpiece and having the spirit to keep on taking it to another level.

You can buy the book here:

Buy Dedalus by Chris McCabe 

Our Kickstarter continues! Discover the second installment from Chris’ incredible body of work!

 

We Are Small Press Of The Year 2019 Regional Finalists!

The British Book Awards (or Nibbies) have drawn attention to our unique line in publishing, making us one nine shortlisted Presses in London!
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The Awards say:

We received a huge number of fantastic entries this year so it really is a big achievement to make it to the shortlist.

We look forward to finding out the winner at The London Book Fair IPG Party in mid-March.

Thank You!

Meanwhile we must thank Chris McCabe, Pascal O’Loughlin, Sophie Herxheimer and our Colour Club; our Sales Team at Inpress Books; the wonderful book bloggers who review and recommend our projects, and the lovely community of readers who unleash our boxes of books.

Get Into The Mud.

You can follow and back our current project as it develops with our Kickstarter. Click the widget below to watch our video and discover the treasures on offer to early adopters:

 

 

With Dedalus still circumnavigating the literary world on the Republic of Consciousness longlist, we launch Chris McCabe’s second novel, Mud!

Mud is a re-imagining of Orpheus and Eurydice set beneath Hampstead Heath, tracing Borak and Karissa’s subterranean quest to split up.

Mud is fucked up. It’s unlike anything else. It’s amazing. – Sam Jordison, Galley Beggar Press

Exquisite Objects

An invitation from Gemma Seltzer at Kickstarter to take part in their month of Exquisite Objects has encouraged us to ditch our lo-fi pre-sale and run a Kickstarter campaign instead.

Kickstarter makes it easier to give subscribers a range of choices and to celebrate your support at the back of the book. It also means we can open up the creative process more, which is much more fun for everyone.

Digital Fanfare

Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd are really important. If we can reach 30% of our target in the first 48hrs it will boost the algorithms so even more people get to hear about what we are doing.

So click the link! Watch us channel our inner-Ayoade with our video, and see the treasures on offer: 

Mud: a story re-imagining Orpheus & Eurydice in London today

We can put the tenterhooks away for a bit and celebrate!

We are delighted to hear that Dedalus by Chris McCabe has been longlisted for the trailblazing Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses. The prize that has brought so many great books and publishers together over the last three years. The first port of call for anyone jaded by the scope of mainstream publishing. 90% of the books I have read in the last three years I found on this list. Counternarratives, the Absalon series by Simon Okotie, Forbidden Line, We That Are Young and Lucia from Galley Beggar, Darker With The Lights On (which led to a reading rabbit hole with Little Island Press).

It feels like being offered a seat at the top table of Independent Publishing. Thank you to the Judges!

Meanwhile get your copy of Dedalus here

And fill your boots with the longlist here on the TLS blog.

A Family Friendly Book Launch Fuelled By Colour Energy!

Amazing Colour Experiments that create Art buzzing with Colour Energy! 

Come and celebrate the launch of Colour Experiments by making a Colour Street with us at St Paul’s West Hackney. Enjoy a colourful non-alcoholic cocktail from our half-pint mixologists while your kids get their hands painty.

We learned to use colour at Central St. Martins School of Art, a course based on the Bauhaus Design and Form syllabus, including the colour theories of Itten and Albers. 

FREE 11.30am – 2.30pm
The Church Hall
St Paul’s Church West Hackney
182 Stoke Newington Rd
London N16 7UY

Books will be for sale on the day: £12.95

Preview and pre-order book here.

I’m delighted to be Independent Publisher of the Week on Bookblast.

Dedalus, already one of Bookblast’s Top 10 books for Aug, is getting VIP treatment. You can read my interview here, and look out for an interview with Chris McCabe and review of his debut novel later this week.

© Harpreet Kalsi thatthingyoupluck.com

 

A book that teaches 7-12 year olds how to use colour just like Artists do!

(NB: we are delighted that orders are flooding in for this unique children’s book. We now expect it to arrive 1st November 2018.

Supply chain problems in the print industry meant that we had to find new printers and binders. The series will now be made entirely in the UK, still for £12.95 RRP).

 

Colour Experiments for Future Artists explains what colour is and how to use it to make Art.

Beginning with sunlight, children will make a camera obscura to safely observe the Sun and use water to break light into a spectrum of colour.

Experiments and step by step activities reveal simple colour relationships. “Colours have friends” (complimentary colours), “colours have a family” (hue). The scale increases to our colour street (colour circle) and colour planet (tints and shades). Children will learn to move colours up and down the street by mixing colours.

 

We will be stallholders at this Saturday’s Poetry Book Fair. Here are our top picks!

 

Dedalus

Dedalus is the debut novel by established poet Chris McCabe. It tests the theory that a home can be carved out for Concrete Poetry in the novel.

McCabe’s invention never flags. – Literary Review

Now Legwarmers

Now Legwarmers is another debut by a much-loved poet, Pascal O’Loughlin. Every page is suffused with his poetry, humour and empathy for John, a teenager struggling to cope with the loss of his father, and a safety conscious ghost.

O’Loughlin’s prose, plain yet poetic, is a perfect match for a delightful coming-of-age novel. – The Idler

An Unknown Soldier

An Unknown Soldier formed part of our solo exhibition in the National Poetry Library, for the Southbank Centre’s commemoration of the 2014 Centenary of the First World War. There are only 16 copies left! If there are any left after the fair I might lay them down as an investment.

Henningham’s mordant wit and avant-garde flair is part of another poetic tradition stretching back to Wyndham Lewis, Ezra Pound and the Dada pranksters of Zurich. – The Times Literary Supplement