Edge Hill Press to launch
first book at Edinburgh International Book Festival
THE Edge Hill University Press is proud
to announce it will launch its 1st publication of:- 'Head Land' at the upcoming:-
'Edinburgh International Book Festival' on Saturday, 27 August 2016.
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 1 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, 1 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, 27 August 2016, we'll be there to
raise a glass and introduce Head Land to the literary world.” Rodge
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
The Edge Hill University Press also offers internships to 6 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 28 September, and at Edge Hill University on Tuesday 22
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.