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The Emma Press publishes Belfast author’s postcard stories

The Emma Press is publishing a collection of short stories by Belfast author Jan Carson, titled Postcard Stories, on 30th May.

The collection is a result of a project that Jan carried out in 2015, when she wrote a story on the back of a postcard every day for the whole year and posted them to friends. The stories are based on thoughts, events, and people observed in Belfast. Postcard Stories collects the highlights to present a panoramic view of the city. It features illustrations from Benjamin Phillips.

Jan Carson said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted that the Emma Press have chosen to publish some of the highlights from my year of postcard story writing. It was such an incredible and sometimes overwhelming experience to find and develop a different story every day for a year, not to mention a wonderful way of reconnecting with friends across the world. This beautiful book with stunning illustrations from Benjamin Phillips is a lovely way of celebrating my Postcard Stories project and all the people who signed up to receive a story.’

Jan has previously published a novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears (2014), and a short story collection, Children’s Children (2016), both with Liberties Press. Postcard Stories is one of the first prose pamphlets to be published by the Emma Press.

Postcard Stories is launching at the Strand Arts Centre in Belfast on 30th May, followed by events at Waterstones Piccadilly in London on 2nd June and in Books Upstairs in Dublin on 15th June. More details here:


Postcard Stories
ISBN 978-1-910139-68-4 / RRP £6.50 / 80pp / 198 x 129mm
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Emma Dai'an Wright is the founder of The Emma Press, and works across all areas of the business, from commissioning, editing, typesetting, illustrating, marketing and sales. She isn't the author of any books - this bit is just appearing under every book until we've finished updating the website!
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