I’m very (VERY) excited to announce the launch of a new small press in Cardiff, run by my pal Hana Johnson under the We Are Cardiff umbrella. She’s worked super hard on sorting everything out and is publishing the FIRST BOOK this November!
It’s an anthology of short stories called The 42b, based around a fictional Cardiff bus route. We Are Cardiff Press is a non-profit social enterprise, where any profits made will be put back into making new books or running writing workshops, encouraging local citizens to find their creative voice – through fiction or non-fiction. Books or blogs: stories are stories.
There are many reasons to be excited about this:
- It means We Are Cardiff moving from digital products to super lovely, high quality physical products
- It extends the project’s interest in stories from the realm of reality to creative fiction
- It opens up a whole new world of storytelling that can encompass long form writing, illustration and photography in a way that just isn’t possible online (and I say this as someone who works in digital pretty much seven days a week)
- (side note: what is reality other than a series of stories we tell ourselves, anyway?)
- The first story in the book is one that I wrote!
- Pretty much all the other stories are wonderful
- Pretty much all the illustrations are fabulous.
I feel like that’s probably enough reasons. But I can do more, if you really want.
You can PRE-ORDER copies of the book through The 42b Indiegogo Campaign, where you can also opt for extra rewards like limited edition prints AND spaces on forthcoming writing workshops!
We’re having a launch party for the book on Thursday 5 November, at a secret Cardiff location (don’t want to reveal EVERYTHING all in one go!) – more details will be released closer to the time, but if you want to keep an eye on what’s happening, there’s:
- the 42b Launch Party Facebook event
- the 42b Eventbrite page (you need a ticket for the party so we can plan how much booze we need, but tickets ARE FREE!)
The launch party is taking place as part of the Swn Festival “fringe” this year. More information about the full music festival here: Swn Festival.
I’ll post more about that soon. But in case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been the past few months, this is one of the many places and projects I’ve had my nose in …