The Edge Hill University Press is proud to announce it will launch its first publication Head Land at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
A joint enterprise with Glasgow-based independent publisher Freight Books, Head Land is an anthology of previously shortlisted authors that have featured throughout the past ten years of the University’s Short Story Prize.
Including works by China Miéville, Neil Gaiman, Ali Smith and many more, the anthology will be launched at the Festival’s Spiegel Tent with a panel discussion featuring contributors Kevin Barry (Dark Lies the Island), Kirsty Gunn (Infidelities) and winner of the 2016 Short Story Prize, Jessie Greengrass.
Rodge Glass, Co-Director of the Edge Hill University Press said that it is an honour to launch a book that showcases outstanding UK and Irish literary talent at one of the biggest book festivals in the world.
“This time last year the Edge Hill University Press was just an idea. Twelve months later, we have our first publication, one that we’re incredibly proud of. A glance down the list of contributors to this book highlights the sheer talent of writers across the UK and Ireland, and Head Land is all about spreading the word about this strong, growing tradition.
“During the process of developing the book we have also been able to ensure Edge Hill students get meaningful experience in the publishing industry in all fields from event management to author liaison and copy editing to press.
“There’s no better platform than the Edinburgh International Book Festival to celebrate both the new Edge Hill University Press and Head Land itself. The Festival is one of the very finest of its kind in the world. It’s where writers and readers come to explore the best in contemporary literature, and to find new literature to love. When we started this project, Edinburgh was where we wanted to be on publication day, and on Saturday the 27th August, we’ll be there to raise a glass and introduce Head Land to the literary world,” Rodge said.
The Edge Hill University Press will publish another three books throughout the next three years. The initiative builds on the University’s already established literary profile which includes the nationally recognised Edge Hill Prize for the Short Story. Recently celebrating its tenth year, the Edge Hill Prize is the only UK award that recognises excellence in a published collection of short stories.
The Edge Hill University Press also offers internships to six Edge Hill students per year which see the students assigned a variety of roles working alongside the Freight Books team, giving them real publishing industry experience.
Adrian Searle, Publisher at Freight Books said: “Freight Books has been delighted to partner with Edge Hill, and this prestigious anthology contains some of the most exciting and dynamic authors writing in the UK today. Edinburgh International Book Festival is the perfect place to launch the book and Edge Hill University Press into the world with a bang.”
The Press has plans to hold similar Head Land in-conversation evenings in Manchester on Wednesday 28th September, and at Edge Hill University on Tuesday 22nd November for members of the public and media.
EHU Press is led by Edge Hill academics Dr Rodge Glass and James Byrne. Rodge is Senior Lecturer & Creative Writing Programme Leader as well as a novelist, short story writer, biographer and editor. Poet, editor and translator James Byrne lectures in Creative Writing.
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