News and Events
Two Ravens Press' books business sold
The sale of Two Ravens Press' books business takes effect on November 18th 2013. It will continue to be based on a croft on the Isle of Lewis, and that the new proprietor will be Samantha Hawkins, from Ness. Sam was raised and educated in Guernsey before leaving to study law. She also pursued further study in Zoology and Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia. After 10 years of being based on the mainland, she moved to the Outer Hebrides where she currently works as a director for a number of corporate bodies, in addition to running a small croft. Sam says: 'I am delighted to have the opportunity to take Two Ravens Press forward, and follow on and build upon Sharon and David's work over the last seven years. There will not be any radical changes at Two Ravens Press, more an evolution of their original ethos.'
EarthLines Magazine (www.earthlines.org.uk) will no longer be a part of Two Ravens Press, but will continue to be produced by Two Ravens Press' founders, Sharon Blackie and David Knowles.
For new contact details, please see the 'Contact Us' page.
Online course for writing about nature, place & the environment
EarthLines editor Sharon Blackie is now offering a 6-month intensive course for writing on nature, place and the environment. Please click HERE for more details.
Places are also available at a residential course (Singing Over the Bones: Women Writing the Wild) based at the beautiful Arvon-affiliated Moniack Mhor writing centre in October: click HERE for more information.
EarthLines Essay Prize
Please view the longlist, shortlist, and details of the winner here.
Launch of Entanglements: new ecopoetry
Please click here for information.
THE EARTHLINES ESSAY PRIZE
ANNOUNCING the new EarthLines Essay Prize. Click here for more information.
Now available for ordering:
ENTANGLEMENTS — New ecopoetry. You can now pre-order our forthcoming anthology of new ecopoetry, Entanglements, by clicking HERE. Includes work by Les Murray, Jorie Graham, Alice Oswald, John Kinsella, Ruth Padel & many more.
TRP's bestselling novelist Susan Sellers (author of Vanessa & Virginia) is at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival on March 30, talking about the novel and rewriting Virginia Woolf, with Clare Morgan. Full details here: http://oxfordliteraryfestival.org/events/detail/fictional-freedoms-rewriting-virginia-woolf
Calling for submissions for a new ecopoetry anthology to be published in 2012 ... click on the link for more details!
Please note that submissions for this anthology are now closed.
This year's Black Isle Words festival is in September: see the full programme here.
We're delighted to announce brief details of our 2012 list (to date) here. Further information will follow.
Our 2012 poetry list is full and we are working to capacity dealing with that list. The chances of us responding positively to a poetry enquiry by asking to see the manuscript are therefore slim, at least until the end of 2011.
Don't miss the world premiere full-length performance of Alasdair Gray's Fleck at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, with the literary cast from hell - including AL Kennedy, Ian Rankin, and Will Self. Both limited edition signed copies of Fleck and the paperback version are still available from this site! Tickets for the event, on August 29, are available here.
TRP author Frances Bingham will be appearing at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival along with Meaghan Delahunt, talking about her novel The Principle of Camouflage. August 15 at 8.30pm. For tickets and more information, please go to the EIBF site. Please also visit the site to vote for Frances in the Newton First Book Award!
Sharon Blackie will be a guest speaker at this year's Dark Mountain Festival: Uncivilisation, at the Sustainability Centre near Petersfield in Hampshire from August 19-21: "Sharon Blackie, novelist, crofter and co-director of the award-winning Two Ravens Press will talk about rooted publishing and how to draw new stories from the land." Find out more information at http://www.uncivilisation.co.uk/ and http://www.dark-mountain.net/wordpress/2011/05/12/prepare-for-the-summer/
What is Tartan Noir? Len Wanner (author of Dead Sharp) and crime writer Paul Johnston will be at Blackwells, South Bridge, Edinburgh, on August 10 at 6.30pm. For more information, visit http://www.booksfromscotland.com/News/Edinburgh-Events/Tartan-Noir-The-Making-Of
JANUARY 2011Two Ravens Press author Erin Pringle (The Floating Order) will be a guest at the Phoenix Convention (P-Con) in Dublin from March 4-6 2011. P-Con is an international literary event with an emphasis on Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction. For more information, see the P-Con website.
Donald Paterson's Homecomings has been shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Award.
We're delighted to announce six Two Ravens Press authors on this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival programme: Alice Thompson, Alasdair Gray, Richard Price, Nora Chassler, Mandy Haggith and Regi Claire. Well worth a ticket or two!
See the EIBF website to download a programme.
Friday 26th February will see the launch of Small Expectations, the latest book by Donald S Murray, published by Two Ravens Press. This unique event will be held simultaneously in Lerwick (at Shetland College), Inverness (UHI MIllenium Institute), Stornoway (Lewis Castle College), Kirkwall (Northern College), and Skye (Sabhal Mor Ostaig) via the video network of the University of the Highlands and Islands and will begin at 4.15pm.
ULLAPOOL BOOK FESTIVAL 2010 GUEST WRITERS
Ullapool Book Festival has released the names of writers who will be guests at this year’s festival due to take place in Ullapool Village Hall from the morning of Friday 7 May to lunchtime on Sunday 9 May.
For the sixth festival organisers have lined up sessions of fiction, storytelling, non-fiction, poetry, writing workshops and a ‘one-woman’ show.
The fiction writers are Iain Banks, Ron Butlin, Regi Claire, Jason Donald, Anne Donovan, Iain Finlay Macleod, Kevin MacNeil, Andrea McNicoll and James Robertson. Both Iain Banks and James Robertson will be giving exclusive readings from new works. Iain Banks’ reading is a National Library of Scotland event.
There will be poetry from Umberto Ak’abal (from Guatemala) and Scotland’s Stewart Conn and Tom Leonard.
New non-fiction comes from Andrew Greig, and this year’s Saturday morning storyteller will be Jess Smith who will also tell stories to children in the afternoon.
Add The Moira Monologues from Alan Bissett, writing workshops with both Alan and Kevin MacNeil, Mandy Morning sessions (with local short story writer Mandy Henderson and published poet and author Mandy Haggith from the neighbouring parish of Assynt), and a couple of late night events and we’ve got a line-up to equal previous festivals..
The full programme will be announced at the book festival launch on Saturday 20 March in Ullapool Village Hall. Tickets will be on sale at the launch and then on general sale from Wednesday 24 March. The launch will be preceded by another literary gem – an hour with author and poet Angus Peter Campbell. Tickets for the event/launch will be on sale from The Booth www.thebooth.co.uk or in person from Ullapool Bookshop and The Ceilidh Place Bookshop from 1 February.
Two Ravens Press is delighted to announce that Regi Claire's Fighting It has been shortlisted for the Saltire Society Book of the Year Award 2009, and Esther Woolfson's Piano Angel has been shortlisted for the Saltire Society Homecoming Award. Esther's shortlisting comes hot on the heels of Piano Angel's appearance on the prestigious IMPAC Award longlist. Other publishers whose books appear on the shortlist are: Jonathan Cape, John Murray, Duckworth, Quercus, Granta, Faber, Bloodaxe, Macmillan, Edinburgh University Press, Oxford University Press, Birlinn and Ùr-Sgeul. With the exception of Ùr-Sgeul, Two Ravens Press is the smallest publisher on the lists.
The Prizes, worth £10 000 for Book of the Year and £1500 for the Homecoming Award, will be awarded on Monday 30th November by Michael Russell, MSP, Minister for Culture in a ceremony at The National Library of Scotland.
We are delighted to announce that Esther Woolfson's very fine novel Piano Angel has been nominated for the 2010 IMPAC Award. There's some tough competition on the longlist, but this is a well-deserved accolade. Esther is also author of the bestselling nonfiction book Corvus (published by Granta).
A Wilder Vein is to be featured on BBC Radio 4's travel magazine, Excess Baggage, on Saturday October 24 at 10am: Sara Maitland and Andrew Greig in conversation with John McCarthy.
We're very sad to say that internationally acclaimed innovative author Raymond Federman has died. We had the great pleasure of spending time with him and publishing a new edition of his classic Double or Nothing, and Sharon also had the great privilege of working with him on a translation from the French of The Sam Book, his memoir/tribute to his friend, Samuel Beckett. Federman, who escaped Auschwitz by being thrust into a small closet by his mother just before she and his sisters were taken, espoused the concept of 'laughterature' – laughter as a means of survival. He'll be missed; the world needs more writers like him.
We're delighted to announce our new 2010 list. Visit the 'new books' page for more information.
David Knowles' poem 'So What Does It Feel Like?' from Meeting the Jet Man has been Highly Commended by the judges of the Forward Prize and will appear in the 2009 Forward Book of Poetry.
The Independent: Suhayl Saadi's 'Joseph's Box' should have been a Booker contender...
Suhayl Saadi’s novel Joseph’s Box has been mentioned by The Independent’s literary editor Boyd Tonkin in an article on the Booker Prize as one of the novels that should have been a contender. Well, we did enter it … but, like Tonkin, have given up expecting anything other than the obvious from most big literary prizes. But it’s great to see some recognition for this stunningly original novel.
Tonkin says: ‘We should never have expected a jury as orthodox in taste as the one James Naughtie chairs to seek out as waywardly extravagant a novel as Joseph’s Box by the Scottish doctor-author Suhayl Saadi, which drives us deep into the history and myths of Europe and south Asia alike. But, in a bolder year, he and other writers from non-corporate imprints might have stood a better chance.’