BSPG is not one of the biggest commercial publishers, to say the least - and, indeed, like a lot of small press indie publishing houses, we struggle to cope with the cost of living crisis, including inflation, that makes printing and shipping so much more expensive. BUT, we have certainly been doing very well culturally lately. We just wanted to underline how globally connected we are, and how we can sometimes see our poets and writers do very well by appearing at highly-respected seats of learning. Recently, in the past few weeks, our authors gave lectures/readings at three of the top-ranked universities in the UK/world: St Andrews, Durham and UCL.
Joseph Boone came from the USA to speak at Durham about his novel with us, Furnace Creek. Travis Mossotti (pictured) came from the USA and gave a lecture/reading at St Andrews (number one university in UK now ahead of Oxbridge) to debut his new poetry book with us, Racecar Jesus. And the other day, Debasish Lahiri came from India to speak on classics, writing Roman Britain, and his new poetry collection with us, Legion of Lost Letters, at UCL.
We are very proud to be associated with these creative scholars. Publishers should not just be judged by how much profit they make, but by the opportunities and books they create, that enlarge the world, culturally and aesthetically, as well.