Charlotte Wetton on the inspiration for Accessioning
When I was a kid, I had collections: miniature china animals, bright-haired trolls, gem stones. Now, I feel that we’re ruining the planet with our consumerism and ruining our peace of mind with our over-crowded houses, houses like ‘The Archivist’s House’, where ‘box files split like fruit-skins / spongy and bulging’. And yet… part of me misses collecting.
I came up with the idea to put together a book on early parenthood after having my own babies and noticing that there were a lot of writers exploring the topic. Some of these writers weren't necessarily known for writing about parenthood but had begun to do so after having children themselves. Some were already writing wonderful things about parenthood. I guess it's something to do with being part of a certain generation of writers, many of whom were now beginning to have families.
Award-winning poetry publisher The Emma Press has announced their first three pamphlets of 2019, after an open call for submissions in late 2017.
Award-winning Birmingham publisher the Emma Press is to publish a collection of LGBT-themed poems for teens, based on retellings of Scottish myths, on 28th February 2019.
The Emma Press has launched the first batch of Bicki-Books, a landmark series of pocket-sized picture books for children originally published in Latvia by liels un mazs. Each Bicki-Book features a classic Latvian children’s poem, newly translated into English, with illustrations from some of Latvia’s leading illustrators. The six titles include Ice Cream and Naughty Gnat. The English publication of the Bicki-Books is supported by a grant from the Latvian Writers Union.
Award-winning Birmingham publisher the Emma Press is launching Everything That Can Happen: Poems about the Future on 31st January 2019. Edited by Suzannah Evans, whose debut poetry collection Near Future was published by Nine Arches Press in November 2018, and Tom Sastry, whose first full collection A Man’s House Catches Fire will be published by Nine Arches Press in Autumn 2019, the anthology explores many kinds of future; versions of our world that are recognisable in differing degrees.
The Emma Press has launched a call for poems inspired by the Gothic. Successful poems will be published in an anthology to be edited by Nisha Bhakoo and Charlotte Geater. The call opens on the 18th September 2018 and ends on the 9th November 2018. The anthology will be published in 2019.
Award-winning publisher the Emma Press has published In Transit: Poems of Travel, an anthology of poems about travelling experiences and personal change. Edited by Sarah Jackson and Tim Youngs, this is a collaboration between the Emma Press and the Centre for Travel Writing Studies at Nottingham Trent University.
The Emma Press has acquired English-language rights to two Latvian children’s titles and a landmark series of Latvian children’s picture books. For these titles, they received a grant from the Republic of Latvia’s Ministry of Culture.
To celebrate the publication of their fiftieth book in five years, Jewellery Quarter-based publisher the Emma Press is throwing a birthday party. The business has grown from humble origins – in 2012, production assistant Emma Wright quit her job with a large trade publisher in London to start her own publishing business.