Censorship of After the Death of Ellen Keldberg
After The Death of Ellen Keldberg is doing nicely after its arrival on 3 September. We’ve received praise for its cover, so we were a bit surprised to be told that Apple Books wouldn’t accept the cover and we’d have to do a new one specially for the Apple ebook readers. So we did. We hope you think it suitable.
Kingdoms of Elfin in Scottish Field
One of the stories from Sylvia Townsend Warner’s collection Kingdoms of Elfin — to be published on Hallowe’en — is to be serialised in Scottish Field’s online pages. From 22 to 26 October you’ll be able to read ‘Foxcastle’ in five parts. It’s about an eighteenth-century natural philosopher from the University of Aberdeen who falls into a fairy hill, and is kept there for the fairies’ curiosity and examination. The book is exceeding all our pre-ordering expectations. We sent the Japanese and US pre-orders off yesterday, to be sure that they’d arrive just before the publication date, as we’re off on holiday ourselves for a week.
One year, eight books
When Kingdoms comes out, we will have achieved the publication of eight books in a year and a day, since the first Handheld Press books came out on 30 October 2017. This is quite remarkable, and we’ve enjoyed every minute. Kate gave a lecture at Oxford Brookes University in early October on the first year of being a publisher, which became a very useful reflective exercise, considering how the business has grown, how our practices have changed and developed, and how proud we are of the books that we’ve brought out.
The Bath & Bristol Small Publishers’ Gathering
Twenty-five publishers have taken tables already at the Gathering on Saturday 3 November, at the York Street Quaker Meeting House in Bath. They will be listening with close attention to a morning of four speakers and doing a lot of networking. The Gathering will open to the public from 12.00 for buying and selling. Speakers include Bridget Shine from the Independent Publishers’ Guild, Lily Green of No Bindings, Bristol’s social publishing project, and Helen Chaloner of Literature Works, the Arts Council England-funded literature development agency supporting and encouraging writers in the south-west.
The event is free, and you can book on Eventbrite, to help keep an eye on numbers, and ensure that you’re kept up to date.
The 20thC Book Group
The book group met in October to animatedly discuss Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier (1918), which nearly all of us liked immensely. In November we’ll be taking on Siegfried Sassoon’s Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man (1928), which will continue to be haunted by the First World War, though it’s set in pre-war days. If you’d like to check our reading list, and use it yourself, do so!
Kate and David