We set up the Handheld Press YouTube channel, to hold all our videos about our books, readings from the books by the translators or the authors of the introductions, and the book launches.
Interested in what we do? See the full playlist of our behind the scenes videos here.
We made a long video about how we choose (some) of our book covers with Lucinda Gosling of the Mary Evans Picture Library. We also chopped that long video into short 4-minute segments, so you can go straight to the book you’re interested in learning about. See the full playlist here.
Readings from our books
Jeremy Hawthorn, who’s been championing Ernest Bramah for years, reads here from our edition of What Might Have Been, for which he wrote the Introduction.
Here’s Juliane Roemhild, who wrote the Introduction to Elizabeth von Arnim’s The Caravaners, reading the bit from the novel where Otto explains why he’s not going to show his write-up of their holiday to his wife any longer.
Book blogger Lil from Lil’s Vintage World talks about Latchkey Ladies and reads a short section from it. Kate talks about how Handheld discovered Latchkey Ladies, and why we wanted to publish it.
Here are the editors of A Quaker Conscientious Objector, Rebecca Wynter and Ben Pink Dandelion, reading extracts from the prison letters of Wilfrid Littleboy.
2023: Book launches, talks and interviews
In January 2023 T H White and Sylvia Townsend Warner specialist Gill Davies joined us to talk about Sylvia’s biography of White. Enjoy the video here.
In May 2023 we had an online book launch for Betty Bendell’s wonderful magazine collumn collection, My Life and I. Here’s the video.
In March 2023 our new anthology editor Henry Bartholomew held a rapt audience in the palm of his hand as he talked about Algernon Blackwood and our new collection, The Unknown. Watch the video here.
2022: Book launches, talks and interviews
In January we launched our edition of Malcolm Saville’s Jane’s Country Year with an online talk and Q&A.
In March we did a talk on Women in Bohemian London for Westminster Libraries, with Sarah LeFanu, talking about Latchkey Ladies and other books about women living rackety lives after the First World War.
We launched Helen de Guerry Simpson’s The Outcast and The Rite online in May with three of her granddaughters talking to Melissa Edmundson about their grandmother’s life and work.
Kate and Melissa did a talk for Westminster Libraries about women writers and supernatural stories.
If you missed our September launch talk for Strange Relics with Amara Thornton and Katy Soar for Westminster Libraries, here it is.
2021: Book launches, talks and interviews
Here is a link to the British Library’s video archive in which Kate talked about publishing in their Creative Feminisms festival in January 2021.
Here is the link for Kate’s conversation with Lucy Scholes about recovering women’s stories, for Westminster Libraries (July 2021).
Here is the book launch at Gay’s The Word for Valentine Ackland by Frances Bingham (May 2021).
Here’s the link for Kate’s conversation with Tom Shakespeare about disability in fiction, for Westminster Libraries in October 2021.
Here is the link for Kate’s conversation with Frances Bingham about Valentine Ackland and ensuring that LGBTQ+ stories remain available and in print (for Westminster Libraries, September 2021).
Here is the video for the book launch of Elinor Mordaunt’s The Villa and The Vortex, with Amy Sturgis interviewing Melissa Edmundson (September 2021).