Having spent 10 happy years at the Bookshop at the Tinners’ Rabbit in Ulverston, I have retired to Dent to concentrate on local publishing. It was quite a wrench to leave Ulverston, it is such a lively literary place; the Word Market Festival there goes from strength to strength. However, where better to move than close to Sedbergh, a place with a growing reputation as a book town.


The author of The Paradise of Furness, the Story of Conishead Priory and Its People, is Yorkshire born but lives now in Cumbria working as a fine artist and writer. Sarah’s first book, Famous Relations: My Wilberforce Family from Yorkshire was based on research she began as a child. Since then she has had articles published in the BBC Magazine ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ and in the academic research journal of the Brontë Society, Brontë Studies. Sarah is never happier than when researching. She leaves no stone unturned! The Paradise of Furness is the definitive story of Conishead Priory, a favourite landmark on the Furness Peninsula and a wonderful example of an historic house that has somehow survived the centuries.




A well known Cumbrian writer and the author of The Drover’s Boy, published by Handstand Press in 2008. His published titles include Road to Paradiseand Norman Nicholson’s Lakeland. His latest book i The Ghost Show. You can find out more about Irvine and read an extract from The Drover’s Boy by going to his website


Kenny is the creator and illustrator of Timmy Ted and the Chapel Island Adventure. The book is the realisation of a life-time’s ambition. Kenny’s talent for drawing was evident from an early age and he invented the character of Timmy Ted for his children. The teddy bear adventure takes place in and around Ulverston where he has lived all his life. There are echoes of Rupert Bear, one of Kenny’s all time heroes.




Lindsay’s maiden name was Smith and she truly is a word smith. She has been writing stories and poems since childhood and did a wonderful job for Handstand Press of setting Kenny Bower’s story of Timmy Ted and The Chapel Island Adventure to verse.
Lindsay has been an English Teacher for many years, in England and other countries. She has published short stories, poems, articles and a children’s book, Petra and the Princes. In between teaching and mentoring other writers she is working on a novel. She lives in Somerset and has two sons, one of whom is also a writer.


Gill’s first poetry collection Naming Dusk in Dead Languages was published by Handstand Press in 2009.She became a full-time writer following her retirement. A prize-winning poet, she performs regularly at poetry events and was a founder of A Poem and A Pint which attracts nationally known poets and a large and enthusiastic audience.




Lost Children, The Ulverston Workhouse in the Nineteenth Century
June has had a lifelong interest in writing and in history. Taking a Certificate in Local History at Lancaster University led onto the study of The Ulverston Workhouse. As a member of the History of Kirkby Group, she is also involved in the compilation of their various publications. June is doing further research on Ulverston Workhouse and her own family history.


Marianne and Adam Naylor met and married whilst history students at Edinburgh University. They opened a secondhand bookshop together there, and Adam continued studying for his PhD at the same time. Their interest in books and history continues unabated after more than thirty five years, and has lead to the Chronicle of Lowick Hall: their family home for the last twenty one years.
The age of their manor house home, together with its boxes of ancient documents, started the authors on a trail of discovering its story. The chronicle of Lowick Hall and its village set in the Crake valley recounts the history of country life in a corner of the English Lake District.



JACK LAYFIELD (Editor – The Sir John Barrow Monument)

Jack Layfield is sadly no longer with us. He was a keen local historian. Born and brought up in Ulverston, he began his working life there as an apprentice watchmaker. Following National Service he retrained as an instrument mechanic with Rolls Royce in Derby but soon came back to Ulverston to work at VSEL in Barrow. A forced redundancy at the age of almost 60 years brought a new change of direction and he accepted a post of technical author at BNFL. This led to the study of local history.


Graphic Designer & Photographer
Drawing on many years spent working for a major educational book publisher Russell has the skills on hand to produce any type of book – from layout & typesetting to image scanning & preparation and cover design. Projects for Handstand include among others – the Chronicle of Lowick Hall and The Cumbria Quiz




Editor and DesignerKate Kirkwood at Long House Publishing Services provides a book publishing service to both large and small publishers, offering a broad range of skills, including copyediting, proofreading, design, layout, typesetting, map-making and project management. She also offers guidance for self-publishing authors, advising and steering their dream projects to practical fruition.


Graphic Artist



Ellie Chaney is an artist living and working in Cumbria. She is a film-maker, painter, and illustrator. Recently she has exhibited in several exhibitions in Cumbria, illustrated flyers and manuals, and designed the Handstand Logo. She is always keen to discuss ways to visually interpret an idea, and can be contacted on [email protected]


Web and cover designerWorking under the name Design Jack, Martin designed the cover for The Sir John Barrow Monument, the first book from Handstand Press,as well as this website. Martin now works for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as publications manager.