Roehampton’s Fincham Press publishes its first title

The Trouble with Parallel Universes is the first publication from the University of Roehampton’s own printing press, Fincham Press.

Posted: 1 April 2014

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First year creative writing students with their copy of The Trouble with Parallel Universes. From left to right: Maja Olsen, Clara Bravo and Emilie Cherry. Photo by Eva Braathen

It was launched by the Department of English and Creative Writing at its annual Creative Writing Day Soiree on Thursday [20 March].

The book, an anthology of new writing from Roehampton students and alumni, is edited by senior lecturer Leone Ross. Short fiction and nonfiction is presented next to punchy innovative poetry that exploits sound and shape. The collection features experimentation with form and constraint and demonstrates the department’s emphasis on craft and the importance of process. The first collection includes 28 pieces and for most of the writers this is their first experience of publication.

Fincham Press was conceived by the department’s faculty, all published writers, who make up the present editorial board: Dr Louise Tondeur and Dr Susan Greenberg and Leone Ross. It was designed by Rudolf Ammann of Arkstack.

Fincham Press made its first public appearance in April 2013 at the London Book Fair, with Dr Greenberg leading a panel discussion about the new wave of innovation in publishing now taking place in British universities.

During the Creative Writing Day Soiree students and alumni networked with a number of writers, editors, publishers and literary agents including Doctor Who writer Rob Shearman and Hodder & Stoughton editor Francine Toon.

The keynote speaker was award-winning author Dr Bernardine Evaristo, MBE whose books have been ‘Book of the Year’ thirteen times in British newspapers and magazines and The Emperor’s Babe, her third novel, was The Times ‘Book of the Decade’.

Creative Writing Day has become a key university calendar event and a learning opportunity for students. A student volunteer team plans the annual soiree and develops skills in arts organisation, leadership, negotiation, event hosting and editorial assessment. The event was attended by over 140 people.

The Trouble with Parallel Universes is available from a number of outlets including the University’s online store and Amazon. An electronic version of the book will be available soon.

Fincham Press Editorial Board
Dr Louise Tondeur
Dr Susan Greenberg
Ms Leone Ross
Twitter: @FinchamPress

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