Scottish Field did a wee interview with us last month, and featured it on their website.
This came about from a conversation about the unexpected Scottishness of some of the stories in Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Kingdoms of Elfin (31 October). For a writer who lived in Dorset for most of her life, Warner had a remarkable grasp of Scottish cultural traditions, as seen in these stories. We may be publishing one of these in Scottish Field as we approach Hallowe’en.
The Conscientious Objector’s Wife
We’re coming up to the centenary of the end of the First World War, but the conscientious objectors’ war did not end until well into 1919.
The book launches for The Conscientious Objector’s Wife have multiplied: as well as London on 27 June at the Quaker Bookshop, Friends House, Euston Road (all welcome), there will be an event at David’s Bookshop in Letchworth on 15 November, and an event in Bath at the Friends’ Meeting House on 4 October.
Anyone and everyone can come to these: do email us for details.
Bath & Bristol Small Publishers’ Gathering
With Dr Sam Walton of Bath Spa University (also the proprietor of Sad Press), Handheld Press is organising the Bath & Bristol Small Publishers’ Gathering, on Saturday 3 November, at the Friends’ Meeting House, Bath.
The morning will be a trade event, with speakers and much networking; the afternoon will open the Gathering to the public, to buy and sell books. We’re working on the poster design, website and email address, and we’re collecting sponsorship. If you’d like to support this event by buying a half or a full page in our A5 catalogue, we’d be very grateful. Please contact me for the numbers, and to discuss other ways to get involved.
Bird buys Desire
Handheld attended the Arnold Bennett Society conference in Stoke this month, and managed to sell a few books as well as give a talk. One of the buyers of Una Silberrad’s Desire (a novel of the Potteries) looked familiar: it was that chap off The Big Issue.
Browsers in the Blackwells Oxford shop will soon be able to admire all the Handheld Press books in a special display that they’re arranging at this very moment. We’re delighted that Blackwells have adopted Handheld so heartily, and there are plans afoot for further collaborations.
Talking to students
In October and January Kate will be talking to publishing students at Oxford Brookes and University College London, explaining how publishing works from the sharp end, and setting them interesting tasks to do (asking their local Waterstones where they keep the erotic novels, counting the stock of well-known best-sellers versus classics). If you think your classes would like to hear what Handheld has to teach from experience, please get in touch!
And that’s enough news for this month: do send us ideas for things that you’d like to know more about.
Kate & David