Well, this is so blimmin’ exciting that we’re tempted to write this whole post in CAPITAL LETTERS, but we’ll refrain for the sake of your eyes!
Our long-awaited new venture, the We Are Cardiff Press, is officially launching on Thursday 5 November 2015 , AND AND AND we are taking pre-orders for our very first book, The 42b, which is an anthology of short stories and illustrations based around a fictional Cardiff bus route.
You can be one of the first people to order the book by heading over to our Indiegogo page – the first 125 people to order will get their name printed in the back cover of the book! Other rewards include limited edition prints, and a place on a We Are Cardiff writing workshop.
Pre-order the book here: http://igg.me/at/wac-press/x/332021
Our launch party on 5th November is going to be part of Sŵn Festival, and will feature some dramatic readings from the book as well as a couple of spangly new Cardiff bands. The 42b Launch party Facebook event is here – make sure you come along for a drink and a dance!
Our debut book
‘The 42b’ is an anthology of short stories and illustrations based around a fictional Cardiff bus route.
Each story follows a different character as they get on and off the number 42b bus. It’s a series of warped kaleidoscopic reflections of the Cardiff that we live in today.
From wrestlers to adulterers, pensioners to murderers, the passengers on the 42b exist in a city of different realities, where everyday life brings the threat of grisly mutation, and citizens are bound by their occupations.
Although self-contained, the plots weave in and out of each other to form one whole piece of fiction: a journey through life, death, epiphanic moments, shopping bags full of intestines, and all the extras that can come with a bus pass.
Eleven writers and illustrators created the book, which is the first publication for We Are Cardiff Press. All books are beautifully designed and made with high quality materials to ensure that each copy is a piece of art that you’ll want to keep forever. There will also be limited edition prints of the illustrations available.
We Are Cardiff Press is a small, non-profit collective, publishing literature and art from creators in the city. We’ll be crafting collectable, limited edition runs of beautiful books, from literature to photography, and illustration to personal storytelling.
Each book will be a special, high quality piece that you’ll want to keep and read over and again. We’ll be working with the city’s best writers, photographers and illustrators to tell you the stories that make up Cardiff. These gorgeous publications will be sold online and in local outlets.
Founder of the Press and editor of the book, Hana Johnson, explains her reason for setting up the Press:
“I wanted to create the Press to showcase the city’s incredible creative energy by publishing work as a legacy to the writing and artistic talent of Cardiff.
“There’s a lot of creative talent here – writers, illustrators, photographers, and I want to harness that and make collectible books about Cardiff. It’s an exciting, vibrant place to live, with a long history and diverse population, and we’re looking forward to creating more books to celebrate that.”
We Are Cardiff Press is a non-profit small press, and all profits from sales will be put back into the organisation to fund new books, and run creative writing workshops.
For more info on the Press, get in touch with Hana – firstname.lastname@example.org