Meet The Team

THE BLACK SPRING PRESS GROUP TEAM

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Senior Editor: Ms Cate Myddleton-Evans

Cate graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in English Literature, writing her final dissertation on William Blake. She also has an MA in Acting, which was born from a love for stories, literature and especially poetry. She was the editor for our best-selling title, Idiot Verse, by Keaton Henson. She has studied with The Poetry School in London, and spent many wonderful evenings listening to poetry readings.

 

Book Design: Mr Edwin Smet

Edwin has worked as an independent graphic designer for over two decades, and is based in The Netherlands. He has published three books of poems and images, Pessoa loopt door de straten van New York (2005), Een Landschap (2008) and A Repetition Of Something Useless That Might Be Considered Beautiful (2015). Over the last eight years, he has focused more and more on painting and designing books.

 

Curator of Eyewear Classics reprint Series: Mr Nigel Proktor

Nigel is the latest recruit to the Eyewear talent pool having introduced himself by delivering the return of the 1980s noir-inspired cult comic, ‘Brute!’ (Malcolm Bennett & Aidan Hughes). He turned professional graphic designer in 1984 and straight away started working on record sleeves at Malcolm Garret’s collective, Assorted iMaGes, designing for the likes of Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Hugh Cornwell, Sinead O’Connor, Phil Collins, Culture Club and various other top pop acts of the day. At the end of that decade things twisted & turned and Nigel has since added a few more strings to his bow by moving left into radio, television and film (‘The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross' (Channel 4); 'Radio Tip Top' (BBC Radio 1); 'Tip Top TV' (Channel 4 / Paramount Television); 'Big FM', and 'Father Christmas - The Documentary' (Speck Productions)) and right into pop music production, publishing and management, working with Buzzcocks, Howard Devoto, Dave Formula, Magazine and Adam Ant.… all the while keeping his hand in the design game by either working on his own projects (see above) or to commissions from clients as diverse as The Chartered Institute of Insurers to Westminster Academy to Umberto Giannini Hair Products. As of right now, Nigel has been brought on board as the communications designer for the recently launched BBC Maestro e-learning platform.

 

Publicity & Reviews: Ms Jane Collins

Jane has over 25 years experience as a journalist, editor, and writer. Her articles have appeared in many well-known newspapers and magazines for decades. She has written a feminist study of sex advice for women, published by an imprint of HarperCollins. She lives in London.

 

Logistics & Stock: Mr Ayrun Mason

With a colourful career history, including working as a model, secretary, courier, tour guide and gardener, Ayrun is now putting his range of practical skills to perfect use. He is based in London.

 

Associate Director & Managing Editor: Ms Amira Ghanim

Amira is a Law graduate, poet and a business owner. She co-owns an innovative medical start-up company and hopes to be the next superhero. She is well travelled and a strong advocate for the rising art culture in the Arab world.

 

Royalties: Mr M. John Penny

John ('MJ') has 15 years' experience in retail at Oxfam Great Britain, 12 of them as Manager of the charity's flagship bookshop, in London. Before that, he was an engineer and accountant. He ran national poetry contests at Oxfam, and hosted the long-running Oxfam Poetry Series for ten years. He is married with two children and divides his time between the UK and Turkey. He is a passionate Chelsea supporter, and a collector of Harry Potter and Agatha Christie editions. His father worked on the famous Goon Show.

 

Director of Publishing: Dr Stanley T. Swift

Stanley Todd, born in Montreal, Canada, in 1966, was named after his British granddad, Stanley Swift, and Todd, the character from the TV show Route 66. He was a 2017-2018 Visiting Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge, as the Writer-in-residence. He has had over twenty collections of his own poetry published, by presses in Canada, the US, Ireland, and the UK. Mentored by A. Alvarez in London, he considers himself a confessional poet. He has a PhD in creative and critical writing from the UEA, where his supervisors included George Szirtes, Denise Riley and Jon Cook. He is a book collector, lover of cats, keen swimmer. He has many wonderful nieces and nephews, and one godson, the beautiful lad Alex. He has written over 100 hours of television, including for Paramount, the CBC, Fox, CINAR, Disney, and HBO - and was the series editor for anime cult classic Sailor Moon. Professor Mark Ford of UCL has called him 'the Orson Welles of contemporary poetry'.