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The University’s new literary imprint, Edge Hill University Press, celebrates the publication of its first book today.

Head Land: 10 Years of the Edge Hill Short Story Prize is a collection of short stories commemorating the 10th anniversary of the prestigious Edge Hill award. The book cements the University’s reputation as a thriving, creative hub for writers, researchers and aficionados of the genre.

Head Land, which features stories from some of the authors who have been awarded the Prize in the last decade, is published by Edge Hill University Press (EHUP), a student-led literary imprint designed to equip students with industry knowledge and highly marketable skills. Staffed by a mixture of undergraduate and postgraduate students, EHUP has worked in close partnership with Glasgow-based Freight Books, giving the interns an authentic industry experience and helping them to build the skills and contacts they will need to secure a job in the competitive world of publishing.

Rodge Glass, Creative Writing Programme Director and co-director of EHUP, said: “Every aspect of the book, from selecting the stories and liaising with authors to booking promotional events and marketing the book on social media, has been done by students. Most of the interns had never been involved in publishing before so they have had to learn everything on the job – and they’ve exceeded all of our expectations.”

This type of hands-on publishing experience is pretty rare in higher education and we hope it will give our students the edge when it comes to applying for jobs after graduation.

Student intern Harriet Hirshman is responsible for arranging a book tour to accompany the launch of Head Land. She added:

It can be quite stressful, particularly when I’ve had coursework or exams to do at the same time, but I’m really glad to be doing the internship. It has given me so many opportunities to develop new skills, talk to people and just get myself out there that will definitely be useful in the future.

Head Land features stories from some of the authors who have been awarded the Prize in the last ten years, including Kevin Barry, Colm Tóibín, Ali Smith, Neil Gaiman and Kirsty Gunn, plus some of the best shortlisted authors and past winners of the student-judged Reader’s Prize. Together, this anthology represents the very best of those writers at work in the short story form in these islands in the 21st Century.

To celebrate Edge Hill’s entry into the world of literary publishing, three of the book’s contributors will be reading from their award-winning stories at a special FREE event at the Arts Centre on 22nd November 2016:

  • Edge Hill graduate and rising star Carys Bray whose first novel, A Song for Issy Bradley, was shortlisted for the Costa Book before winning the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award and the Utah Book Award.
  • Adam Marek, acclaimed author of two short story collections, Instruction Manual for Swallowing and The Stone Thrower, whose work is featured in The Penguin Book of the British Short Story.
  • Rob Shearman, who has worked as a writer for TV, radio and the stage, and published four collections of short stories, including two that have been nominated for the Edge Hill Prize. He is well-known as one of the writers on the BAFTA-winning revival of Doctor Who.

The event is free but booking is essential. There will be drinks and canapés from 6.30pm, plus an introduction by the Vice Chancellor, Dr John Cater. Tickets can be booked online at www.edgehill.ac.uk/artscentre or via the box office on 01695 584480 Book your tickets here.

More information about EHUP can be found on the student-led website:  www.edgehill.ac.uk/university-press

To find out more about Head Land and to oder copies visit: www.freightbooks.co.uk/head-land-ten-years-of-the-edge-hill-short-story-prize.html

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