The Emma Press has announced that they are relocating to Birmingham in October 2015. To mark the end of their time in Berkshire, the publisher is collaborating with local arts organisation Jelly to deliver a special day of events in The Oracle.
On Saturday 8th August, the Emma Press will take up residence in the empty unit on the ground floor of The Oracle, currently occupied by Jelly as part of their Open for Art initiative. During the day, the publisher will run a bookshop selling their books and invite people to view an exhibition of illustrations from Emma Press books, including linocut prints by local artist Mark Andrew Webber.
In the early afternoon, there will be a free poetry reading for children aged 8+, with poems from the Emma Press’s first children’s book, Falling Out of the Sky: Poems about Myths and Monsters. Later in the afternoon, publisher Emma Wright and artist Mark Andrew Webber will give a short talk on their collaboration on the pamphlet If I Lay on my Back I Saw Nothing but Naked Women, followed by the leaving party event, with refreshments provided.
Publisher Emma Wright said: ‘I’m delighted to be working with both Jelly and The Oracle on my fond farewell to Reading. It’s very exciting to be bringing the Emma Press to The Oracle for a whole day, and it feels very fitting to be collaborating with Jelly on my departure since I had my first craft fair table at their Aunt Elsie’s Spring Fling.’
The Winnersh-based publisher was founded in 2012 by Emma Wright and Rachel Piercey, who met while both attending Kendrick Grammar School.