THE BLACK SPRING PRESS GROUP TEAM
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WE ARE A SMALL TEAM OF FREELANCE POETS, WRITERS, EDITORS, BOOK DESIGNERS, AND ARTISTS, DOING OUR BEST TO PRODUCE BOOKS IN MANY MEDIA, WHILE LIVING IN THE SAME STRANGE TIMES AS YOU.
WE COME TOGETHER ON VARIOUS BOOK PROJECTS, TO GET THE JOB DONE, WITH A SENSE OF EMPATHY, ARTFULLNESS AND PRIDE - WE WANT YOUR BOOKS TO BE AS WE WOULD WANT OURS TO BE PUBLISHED. THIS MEANS WE EMPHASISE CARE, PROCESS AND ATTENTION TO EXCELLENCE AND DETAIL OVER SPEED.
Consultant Crime Editor: Mr Luca Veste
Luca is the internationally bestselling author of eight novels, the host of the hit podcast Two Crime Writers and a Microphone, and the co-founder of the Locked Up Festival, which has raised over £25,000 for the Trussell Trust charity. He is editor of the Spinetingler award nominated anthology Off The Record, and has over a decade of extensive experience within the crime fiction genre. He studied psychology and criminology at the University of Liverpool, and lives on Merseyside with his wife and two daughters.
Poetry 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 IS 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. He designed almost 100% of our books until the pandemic, and still designs many of them now, espcially the poetry and literary works.
Publicity & Reviews Associate: 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.
Associate Publisher: Ms Amira Ghanim
Amira is a Law graduate, poet and business owner. She co-owns an innovative medical start-up company. She is well-travelled and a strong advocate for the rising art culture in the Arab world. She's been with the team for three years now, and edited numerous projects and anthologies for the press.
Director and Founder: Dr S.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, and 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'.
Editorial Assistant: Ms Nesa Fayz
Nesa has completed her summer internship - she was excellent - at the company and is currently studying English Literature at Durham University, third year. Her interest in publishing stems from having witnessed the discrepancies in access to education, information and literature during the post-war period in Afghanistan, where she lived before coming to the UK. She will continue to work as an editorial assistant, freelance, for us.