Bearded Badger Publishing Co. was born from love....the love of books, magazines, pamphlets, in fact pretty much anything you can feast your eyes on!
After a short lifetime (25 years or so) working in various manufacturing industries, I decided to pack in my well paid job and return to full-time study, and undertook a BA in English at the University of Derby. It was during the course of this degree that I realised that whilst I loved literature, I didn't perhaps love the critical thinking that seemed to be part and parcel of academic life where literature is concerned. It was reading books that I loved, it was looking in bookshops, it was breathing in the scent of pages of all shapes and sizes.
My vision is to develop Bearded Badger Publishing Co. into a publishing company that works for both the writer and the reader, acting as a conduit to connect the two. I look forward to working with new and exciting writers, helping them on their pathway to publication, helping to develop talent along with potential readership through innovative marketing, events and sharing my passion with our readers.
We will be launching in 2020 with two key imprints:
- Tra[verse]: a collection of chapbook sized poetry publications, showcasing the best poetry the East Midlands has to offer.
- East of Centre: a range of contemporary and modern fiction by East Midlands writers.
To complement the publishing side of the business, Bearded Badger Publishing Co. is also developing an indie pop-up bookshop (with a view to one day having a space of our own!), showcasing a curated range of books from across the UK and beyond, in a space for bibliophiles to meet, share a coffee (or something stronger!) and have a chinwag.
Come and join me on the journey!!
Paul (aka The Bearded Badger!)