Since April 2015 the SLG shop has been collaborating with a selection of independent publishers to highlight the rich and diverse range of publishing today. Once a month, a new publisher presents a curated selection of publications on the publishers’ shelf.
CURRENT PUBLISHER OF THE MONTH
Peninsula Press, 3 Dec – 6 Jan 2019
Peninsula Press was formed by three booksellers from Burley Fisher Books and Camden Lock Books. Following a successful kickstarter campaign, the list launched in 2018 with a series of Pocket Essays (personal essays that excavate and explore the contemporary world) and a collection of short fictions by David Wojnarowicz.
www.peninsulapress.co.uk T: @presspeninsula I: @presspeninsula
PREVIOUS PUBLISHERS IN 2018
Test Centre, 30 Oct – 2 Dec 2018
Test Centre is an independent publishing house and record label with an interest in the spoken and written word. It was established in 2011 by Will Shutes and Jess Chandler. Their publications are often interdisciplinary, with great care taken over the design and format of each unique item. Test Centre’s first project was a series of spoken word vinyl LPs, starting with Iain Sinclair’s Stone Tape Shuffle. They have since published poetry and prose by writers including Derek Jarman, Sophie Collins, Sam Riviere, Holly Pester, Jack Underwood, Chris Torrance, Jen Calleja, SJ Fowler, Rachael Allen, Stephen Watts and many more. They also publish an annual magazine of new fiction and poetry.
www.testcentre.org.uk T: @TestCentre77 I: @TestCentreBooks
Spector Books, 18 Sep – 28 Oct 2018
Spector’s publishing practice is settled squarely in the intersection of art, theory, and design. Based in Leipzig Germany, our publishing house explores the possibilities offered by an active exchange between all parties involved in the book production process: artists, authors, book designers, lithographers, printers and bookbinders. The book as medium is turned into a stage, a site of encounter for productive exchange.
www.spectorbooks.com I: @SpectorBooks
Strange Attractor, 14 – 19 Aug 2018
Strange Attractor Press is an entirely independent publishing house, founded in 2003, based in London, UK and run by Mark Pilkington and Jamie Sutcliffe.
They aim to celebrate unpopular culture and to document and historicise rare, lost, marginal or rejected history, culture and knowledge. Increasingly they have also come to see their role as documenting British underground, fringe and counter culture, from medieval heretics via nineteenth-century decadent poets, the twentieth-century literary and musical undergrounds, and current strands in art, music and writing.
www.strangeattractor.co.uk T: @StrangePress
Charco Press, 24 – 29 Jul 2018
Charco Press is a new Edinburgh-based independent publisher. Their mission is to bring outstanding, award-winning fiction by today’s Latin American authors to English-speaking readers for the first time. They published their first titles in September 2017, and have already received widespread acclaim and been nominated for a number of prizes. The Man Booker International Prize 2018 selected one of their first titles, Die, My Love by Argentinean author Ariana Harwicz, in their longlist. It is also one of Charco’s goals to work with emerging translators and support them in the early stages of their careers in literary translation.
www.charcopress.com T: @CharcoPress I: charcopress F: CharcoPress
Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 26 Jun – 1 Jul 2018
Dostoyevsky Wannabe publish independent, underground and experimental books, anthologies and samplers across a number of different imprints. Based in Manchester but working with writers from all over the world, they pioneer an idiosyncratic publishing model, a zero budget operation about to embark on Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities: a new imprint with events happening in London, Brooklyn, Manchester, Santiago, Madrid, and more. This year they made the shortlist for the Republic of Consciousness Prize for small, independent presses with Isabel Waidner’s Gaudy Bauble.
www.dostoyevskywannabe.com T: @dw_wannabe F: dostoyevsky wannabe I: @dostoyevsky_wannabe
STRANGE PERFUME, 22 – 27 May 2018
To coincide with Strange Perfume, a LGBTQIA book fair taking place at the SLG on 26 and 25 of May, you can find a curated selection of publications including queer fiction, artists’ books and critical and political writing on the Publisher’s table.
CLINIC, 24 – 29 April 2018
clinic (est. 2009) is a poetry press, producing pamphlets and an anthology series. Recent publications include White Hills by Chloe Stopa Hunt, and Savage by Rebecca Tamás, which were both selected as LRB Bookshop poetry pamphlet of the year (in 2016 and 2017, respectively), and Can I Borrow a Feeling, an anthology of poetry and art inspired by The Simpsons. clinic is part of Inpress.
www.clinicpresents.com T & I: @clinicpresents
OOMK, 28 FEBRUARY– 11 MARCH 2018
One of My Kind (OOMK) is a collaborative publishing practice led by Rose Nordin, Sofia Niazi and Heiba Lamara. Working together since 2014, we make, publish and distribute books and printed works which arise from self-initiated projects. We also commission new works by women artists and curate independent publishing fairs.
http://oomk.net T & I: @oomkzine
NOUS VOUS PRESS, 23 – 28 JANUARY 2018
Nous Vous Press was established to provide a platform for new work by William Luz, Nicolas Burrows & Jay Cover, exploring a holistic and multi-disciplinary practice through image-making, illustration, writing and storytelling.
Our aim is to foster an inquisitive and playful attitude towards learning and making through the publication of artists’ books, periodicals, short fiction, poetry, children’s books and editions.
http://nousvouspress.eu T: @nousvous I: @nous_vous_collective