Writing groups and publishers in the South West
Most areas in the South West will have a local writing group, we are especially lucky that there is a rich history of literature across several counties to provide inspiration. Go to any local authority and or library to find your local group. It may not be your cup of tea but it is an excellent place to start meeting people and find the local scene.
SOUTH WEST BASED PUBLISHERS
Burning Eye Books
"Here at Burning Eye Books we think of ourselves an an upstart indie publishing co. We focus primarily on Performance Poetry. We have heard that Performance Poetry does not transfer to the page. We think this is untrue and we intend to prove it! We are also starting to dabble in fiction."
Address: Portishead, North Somerset.
www.burningeyebooks.wordpress.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Independent publishing company with bases in Plymouth and Edinburgh, specialising in fantasy and science fiction for children up to and including the age of 17.
Address: 34 Bakers Close, Plymouth, PL7 2GH
www.ghostlypublishing.co.uk / email@example.com / 01316080323
Very active publisher of new poetry, mostly from Britain and the USA, based in Exeter.
Address: Velwell Road, Exeter, EX4 4LD, England
firstname.lastname@example.org / 01392-434511
"Awen has been publishing quality writing since 2003 when we launched our first title, Writing the Land: an anthology of natural words. We are a small press specialising in high-quality writing that may not be highly commercial but deserves to find a readership. We like work that is imaginative, boundary-pushing, eco-conscious, enchanting, and challenging to received wisdoms. In a nutshell: fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction with inspiration at its heart."
Address: 78 Daisybank, Bisley Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 1HG
Publisher: Kevan Manwaring
Editors: Jay Ramsay (poetry), Anthony Nanson (fiction)
email@example.com / www.awenpublications.co.uk
Address: Stowe Lane, Exbourne, West Devon EX20 3RY
Editor: Nicholas Johnson
"fal publications is an independent press publishing high quality unusual books by writers from Cornwall. Established in 2004, fal has so far produced 11 varied books, some illustrated, and has won the Holyer an Gof award for 'Outstanding Literary Merit'”
07887 56 0018 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.falpublications.co.uk
Nasty Little Press
"Nasty Little Press publishes entertaining poetry from the UK's best loved live poets. We also run a new talent scheme called Nasty Little Intros in which we guide exciting new writers through the publishing process and help the launch their stage careers. Our list includes John Osborne, Salena Godden, Martin Figura, Byron Vincent and Luke Wright."
Publisher: Luke Wright
Editor: Sally Roe
www.nastylittlepress.org / email@example.com
"We publish only one or two poetry books a year, choosing titles that we feel have a contemplative, inspirational or spiritual focus, but with a dark, challenging edge."
Address: Box 1865, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8YR
Editor: Will Parfitt
firstname.lastname@example.org / www.willparfitt.com
ONLINE SOUTH WEST PUBLISHERS
Suspension is a Bristol based online magazine publishing work by poets with ties to the South West. Who aim to publish quality poetry as well as articles and announcements from writers, groups and events organisers from across the region.
Bristol and London based website for all types of writing, with an emphasis on the therapeutic nature of writing.
0117 961 4081 / www.poetryspace.co.uk / email@example.com