The Team

The Publisher

Liz Nuttall
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’s such a lively literary place; however, where better to move than close to Sedbergh, a place with a growing reputation as a book town.

The Designers

Russ HoldenRUSSELL HOLDEN – 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:

Kate KirkwoodKATE KIRKWOOD – Editor and Designer

Kate 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.

Projects for Handstand include:

The Artists 

SOPHIE BENNETT – Graphic Artist

Sophie-BSophie has been working as a designer for 3 years, living in the creative and lively town of Ulverston in the South Lakes. Sophie has designed several covers for Handstand Press.

Showing an artistic talent at an early age, she took up graphic design during her school and college years, furthering her skills and training at the University of Central Lancashire, where she studied Computer Aided Design, Illustration and Surface Pattern.

Projects for Handstand include:


Pete ‘the pen’ is our ‘pen and ink’ man. He draws, sketches & doodles for us.


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

MARTIN CHESTER – Cover designer

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