Allied to feminist publishing and in tribute to the long history of independent publishing in Bristol, we have set up a small press from our studio at Spike Island. Publishing experimental written work from self-identifying women, non-binary and queer artists – with the aim of encouraging and exposing new writing, ideas and early iterations of works that don’t yet have funding.
The small press publishes as an act of collaborative inquiry, experiments with the design of making things public, publishes to create a public.
The catalyst for the small press was our experience of losing access to equipment during the pandemic and our subsequent scavenging, borrowing, buying and building of everything we needed in order to seize the means of production. We want to share these resources with others.
For our first edition we’re really excited to be working with Hannah Sullivan to publish Pit-Murk, a collection of short stories inspired by darkness. By what it allows, it’s richness; the qualities and creatures it keeps. These stories follow those who turn towards the magnitude of the darkness, and away from the light. Bringing together experiences of curiosity, grief, magic, solitude, and the unknown.
Hannah Sullivan is a writer and performer In Bristol. Hannah has previously written theatre shows ‘Echo Beach’ and ‘With Force and Noise’; performance piece ‘Draw to Look’; and self-published a collection of short stories ‘Ann, Aida, May’. Hannah studied MA Performance Research at the University of Bristol and BA Theatre with Visual Practices at Dartington College of Arts.
Pre-sales of Pit-Murk and Other Dark Places launched on 21st June 2021, the shortest night of the. If you buy one through pre-sales your publication will arrive just before December 21st so you can begin your reading on the longest night of the year. Pre order your copy here.
This project is running on a DIY not-for-profit basis. We will use a sliding-scale pricing system variable according to income. Please note we won’t be accepting unsolicited submissions.