Welcome to Handstand Press, a small publishing company based in the beautiful village of Dent, near Sedbergh in Cumbria.
Handstand Press is run by me, Liz Nuttall. I publish local history books and books by Cumbrian writers. My aim is to work closely with authors and a team of professionals to produce books of high quality. I publish one or two books a year at the most.
2018 has been a busy and exciting year as Kim Moore, Kerry Darbishire and I have worked together to edit a new collection of Cumbrian Poetry. THIS PLACE I KNOW was published on October 1st. It is over a quarter of a century since the last Cumbrian anthology appeared.
Poetry is arguably the literary medium we first think of to capture the particularities of the north-western county of Cumbria in all its diversity. Handstand Press is proud to have produced this collection which shows how the tradition of Lake District verse has evolved in the 21st century and celebrates the lively and innovative poetry scene which flourishes here.
Details of all Handstand Publications can be found on the BOOKS PAGE and they can be ordered from this site or from any good bookshop.
Handstand’s backlist is small but we have had some notable successes.
- In 2007 June Whitehead was a runner-up in the Lakeland Book of the Year Awards with Lost Children: the Ulverston Workhouse in the 19th Century.
- In 2013 The Paradise of Furness, The Story of Conishead Priory and Its People by Sarah Holmes was long-listed for the Lakeland Book of the Year Award
- In 2017. Ulverston – An English Market Town Through History, by Helen Shacklady was long-listed for the Lakeland Book of the Year Award.
Books may be purchased on line or ordered from any good bookshop.
You can contact Handstand Press via this website, by email or phone.