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.
In 2018 I plan to produce a new anthology of Cumbrian Poetry. The Lake District has inspired poets throughout the centuries. This will be a thrilling new collection that gives voice to today’s talented poets who are keeping the tradition so very much alive.
The anthology was announced at Dalton LitFest on November 4th by Kim Moore during a great night of poetry reading. We are calling on Cumbrian writers to submit poetry which ‘fastens on the particular effect that Cumbrian people and places have on the imagination.’ There are so many good poets writing now and I hope they will feel encouraged to contribute.
Entry details can be found in the Recent Posts’ section under ‘Calling Cumbrian Poets’.
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 and are delivered postage-free in the UK.
You can contact Handstand Press via this website, by email or phone.