An A-Z of (UK) Independent Publishers – G

I’m focusing on UK based publishers of adult fiction, short stories and poetry. I’ll update my master list as I go along (or I’ll try too) but this fortnightly list will give a more personalised shout out.

Each entry features a sample book cover which clicks through to the website. The accompanying ‘about’ information is taken from each publishers website at the time I put this post together.

If you know of publishers I’ve missed or want to help update my master list then please add details in the comments.

During the current pandemic, we’re all aware that times are tough for indie bookshops and publishers so obviously if you can buy direct from them that benefits them more. During lockdown that isn’t always an option for hard copy books so instead, you might want to consider using Bookshop.org or Hive Books.co.uk – both of which offer a percentage of the sale to a bricks-and-mortar bookshop.

So here we go with G

Galley Beggar Press

Ducks, Newburyport - Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2019

GALLEY BEGGAR PRESS is an independent publisher committed to publishing daring, innovative fiction and narrative non-fiction.

Founded in 2012, we are particularly keen to support writers of great literary talent writing outside the norm, who push the boundaries of form and language. Over the past six years, our authors – from Lucy Ellmann (Ducks, Newburyport), Preti Taneja (We that are young), to Eimear McBride (A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing), Alex Pheby (Lucia), and beyond – have gone on to be longlisted, shortlisted, and the winners of over twenty of the world’s most prestigious literary awards, including the Women’s Prize for Fiction, The Wellcome Book Prize, The Goldsmiths Prize, The Desmond Elliott Prize, The Jan Michalski Prize, The Folio Prize, The Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize.

We have been called a “small-but-mighty institution” (The Desmond Elliott Prize), a “tiny publisher… with a cartload of guts” (The Guardian), and “revolutionary” (The Telegraph).

GALLEY BEGGAR PRESS is run by its co-founders, Sam Jordison and Eloise Millar. 


Gallic Books

A Trap for Cinderella Paperback

Gallic Books was founded by francophile former Random House colleagues Jane Aitken and Pilar Webb in 2007, and has been publishing the best of French in English for over ten years. In 2015 we expanded our catalogue to include an eclectic selection of English fiction from around the world.

Our aim is to give English book lovers a taste of true French reading, and to discover great fiction, written in English, from far and wide. Our authors hail from all points of the globe and the stories they tell span centuries and continents, from Jazz Age Sydney to wartime Suffolk, from New Zealand in the sixties to contemporary London, from modern day South Africa to the heart of the French Revolution.

We believe that books are windows into other lives, and, in a time of turbulence, we are committed to discovering and advocating literature that opens our eyes to global experiences beyond our own, while touching on the universality of the human experience.

The Gallic list now comprises more than 75 works of contemporary fiction, including crime and noir; biography and memoir; commercial, historical and literary fiction; graphic novels and classics.

In 2011 we opened our bookshop, Belgravia Books, near London’s Victoria station, stocking our own books as well as a wide selection of general fiction and non-fiction, championing titles from our fellow independent publishers.

Our authors and translators have won or been shortlisted for a number of prestigious prizes, including the Goncourt, the Prix Interallié, the Grand Prix du roman de l’Académie française, the IMPAC, the CWA Dagger, the French-American Translation Prize and the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, and have been selected to take part in events such as European Literature Night, and promotions including Waterstones Book Club and the ABA Indies Introduce programme.


Garmoran Publishing

Stories from Home: An anthology of stories and poems Kindle Edition

Welcome to Garmoran Publishing.
Garmoran is the area of land including Moidart and Ardnamuchan in the Scottish West Highlands. Our aim is to bring you literature from writers associated with this magical area.


Garreteer Press

Impersonation

Garreteer: (noun) a person who lives in a garret, especially a penniless writer

Garreteer Press is a Europe-based publisher of literary fiction and high quality non-fiction. It was launched in 2017 with a simple mission: to find and develop the best writers and give them the widest possible readership


Gatehouse Press

Lantern Evening: 3 (Gatehouse New Fictions)

Gatehouse Press is a publishing house based in Norwich. Founded in 2006 by Tom Corbett, its mission is to support new writers, primarily through publishing poetry and short fiction.

Tom stepped down as the managing director in 2013 and the press is now run by a team of directors:  Andrew McDonnell, Sam Ruddock and Julia Webb.

Our aim is to provide a platform both for new writers from across the UK, and for established writers who are seeking to develop new and innovative projects. Whilst we seek to promote the work of writers from a diverse range of backgrounds, we also aim to retain a strong sense of connection with our East Anglian roots. Many of our books deal with themes directly or indirectly related to East Anglian history, culture and landscape, and several of our books on East Anglian subjects have been shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards.

Our intention is to expand the range of avenues available to new writers through publishing innovative new work, both through our quarterly journal, Lighthouse, and our poetry and short fiction pamphlet series. We are active in soliciting work for these publications: we are always looking out for new writers who are emerging through both Lighthouse and other national poetry & short fiction journals, and may be ready to produce a more substantial volume of their work.


Girasol Press

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Hand-made poetics, community arts & experimental translation. Girasol Press sits between the world of poetry-pamphlet publishing, which is often fast & ephemeral, and the slow-paced ethos of the artist-book. We try to foster a collaborative ethos and to work between design and text. The aesthetic is bright, bold colours, paired or contrasted for sunflower-like visual vibes. It’s not particularly subtle (& that’s how we like it). 

Our five pamphlets to date – involving Mexican, Spanish and Scottish authors and translators – are printed using an Adana 8×5 traditional hand-press, in limited runs, on fully recycled paper and card. We’ve also worked with linocut artists for our covers and within the books, and hope to collaborate more in this way in the future. 


Glagoslav Publications


Orchestra

In 2011, a group of like-minded people with a shared appreciation of the important place Slavic literature holds within world culture – as well as collective expertise covering the fields of publishing, multimedia, marketing, and law – came together to found Glagoslav Publications, with offices in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands.

The name Glagoslav is formed from the roots of two Slavic words: Glagolitsa (Глаго́лица) or Glagolitic – the first Slavic alphabet, and Slavyanye (Славя́не)or Slavs – the largest ethnolinguistic group in Europe. The name Glagoslav is an expression of our mission – not just to bring translations from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus to the English- and Dutch-reading public, but to offer works that are uniquely Slavic in nature and facilitate a dialogue between East and West.

Glagoslav publishes contemporary fiction and non-fiction by authors from these three countries, and also republishes valuable works from the past that, despite their enduring relevance, are currently unavailable in English and Dutch. 


Gomer

Delilah

Gomer Press is a printing and publishing company based in Llandysul, west Wales. The company was first established in 1892 and is owned by the same family to this day. Jonathan Lewis, the great grandson of the company’s founder, is the current managing director. Gomer Press today is both a thriving printing company and  publishing house and is the oldest in Wales.

Every year, we publish over 36 titles, specializing in books which have a distinctive Welsh identity. We have four distinct lists:

English books for adults

Gomer’s English-language books continue to be characterized by their Welsh dimension and their willingness to engage with the world at large. Our wide-ranging list features history, biography, travel writing, visual arts, fiction and poetry titles, as well as handsome publications combining literature and landscape photography of the highest quality. The enviable production values of such books are also applied to our sports titles, as demonstrated by our range of rugby bestsellers. Our authors include Trevor Fishlock, Jim Perrin, Jon Gower, Gillian Clarke, Nigel Jenkins, Mererid Hopwood, Matthew Rhys and Eddie Butler.

English books for children

All our books are written in English, but there is always a strong Welsh connection or background. We have won many awards, and praise from reviewers in The Times Educational Supplement and Books for Keeps, as well as Gwales. Our list provides invaluable resources for the Curriculum Cymreig, taught in all schools in Wales.

Welsh books for children

Gomer specializes in attractive and exciting books for children of all ages in the Welsh language, from Sali Mali and Smot board books to hard-hitting books for teenagers. There are a number of different series – including Helpwch eich Plentyn / Help Your ChildTudur Budr, Cyfres Swigod, Cyfres Strach and Hanes Atgas.

Welsh books for adults

Gomer Press considers it a privilege to publish the work of a number of the Welsh-language’s eminent literary figures, past and present. Amongst the list are Islwyn Ffowc Elis, T.Rowland Hughes, Gwenallt, Hywel Teifi Edwards, Eigra Lewis Roberts, Alun Jones, Angharad Price, Manon Rhys and Owen Martell. We also publish two popular bilingual series – Trosiadau/Translations and Cip ar Gymru/Wonder Wales .


Graffeg Press

The Sheriff of Geneva

Publishing books started for Graffeg in 2003 when designer and founder Peter Gill produced a large photographic book about Cardiff, titled Cardiff Caerdydd with Steve Benbow, Photolibrary Wales. Graffeg has since produced and published over 100 illustrated books with titles about food, arts, culture, heritage and architecture, gardens, landscapes, photography, sport and lifestyle. Authors include best selling writers, award winning photographers and illustrators with international reputations.


Granta

The Manningtree Witches: 'the best historical novel... since Wolf Hall'

Granta magazine and Granta Books share a remit to discover and publish the best in new literary fiction, memoir, reportage and poetry from around the world.

Granta magazine was founded in 1889 by students at Cambridge University as The Granta, a periodical of student politics, badinage and literary enterprise, named after the river that runs through the town. In this original incarnation it published the work of writers like A.A. Milne, Michael Frayn, Stevie Smith, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.

In 1979, Bill Buford and Pete de Bolla transformed Granta from a student publication to the literary quarterly it remains today. Each themed issue of Granta turns the attention of the world’s best writers on to one aspect of the way we live now. Granta does not have a political or literary manifesto, but it does have a belief in the power and urgency of the story and its supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real.


Greenteeth Press

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Greenteeth Press is an independent publishing house committed to publishing poetry and prose from writers of underrepresented backgrounds. We believe that books should be accessible for everyone.

We were inspired by the landscapes and folklore of the North of England, highlighted in our namesake. The tale of Jenny Greenteeth tells of a river hag that would pull small children into the water and drown them. The name is also used to describe pondweed, which floats over the surface of a river or lake. Our first anthology was published in August 2019, aptly named Pondweed, and Greenteeth Press was born!


Grimbold Books

Amunet

Grimbold Books is home to some of the very best science fiction, fantasy and dark fiction around. We are small, but we’re passionate about books and are committed to finding and publishing a select few brilliant titles each year. Readers can expect the unexpected from our authors. You won’t find books like these anywhere else.

We aim to bring you only the best books in the genres we’re passionate about, and we have lots of exciting plans for the years ahead. We have a fantastically talented team of freelance artists and designers at our disposal to produce fabulous covers and promotional materials for our authors, and we have established solid relationships with bloggers, reviewers, beta readers and others who will help get the word out there about our publications.

Our imprints are Kristell Ink (science fiction and fantasy) and Tenebris Books (dark fiction and fairy tales). We also publish an annual charity anthology from the Oslo Writers’ League under Grimbold Books to which we provide all our services for free in order to support a worthy cause.

Our books are released as e-books across all platforms, as well as in print via all major online distributors, and on consignment with smaller retailers and independent retailers.


Guardbridge Books

Soul Searching

Guardbridge Books was founded in 2015, and released our first books in 2016.

Guardbridge Books is a small company that produces high quality books. Our specialities are innovative speculative fiction and rigorously researched but accessible non-fiction.

Our fiction includes science fiction and fantasy, as well as other imaginative categories like ‘slipstream’ and ‘new weird’. We like fiction that has strong literary qualities and provokes thought about important ideas, but which is also entertaining to read.


Guillemot Press

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Guillemot Press is a small independent publisher with a preference for the simple, thoughtful and beautiful.

The Guillemot, Uria aalge, spends most of its time out at sea, but in Spring we flock landward, clustered on the country’s edges in dense cliff face cities to exchange stories. Guillemot Press will work with writers and illustrators to produce pamphlets and books that are attractive to read and to hold. We will be hosting events and readings, playing with book-making and performance, displaying and preening.

We publish illustrated poetry and single-story pamphlets, postcards, full collections and other objects. We have a love of the edges, the coasts and moors, woods and sea, and of all the beasts and fishes hidden beneath the surface. We also have a love of abstraction, absence, play and experiment – new ways of looking at where we are and who we are.

Our books have won the Michael Marks Publishers Award 2018 as well as the Michael Marks Award for Illustration and a D&AD Award, and have been exhibited at a range of venues, including at the British Library and the New York Poets House Showcase. We have ongoing collaborations with The Word Factory short story salon and with the Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival, and past collaborations that include working with the Eden Project, the Sustainable Eel Group, Port Eliot Festival, and the universities of Exeter, Falmouth and Plymouth, while hosting events, readings, exhibitions and workshops in galleries, theatres, museums, churches and bookshops all across the UK, from Penzance to Shetland.


Gutter Magazine

Gutter is an award-winning, high quality, printed journal for fiction and poetry from writers born or living in Scotland and featuring literature from around the world. The editors believe there is a need for an energetic, ambitious magazine dedicated to the best in new Scottish writing, published in an international context.


2 comments

  1. I’ve recently been published by the new Welsh publisher Black Bee Books, based in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, run by Seonaid and Huw Francis. To date they’ve published three books. Would it be possible to add them to your very useful list?

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