Guillemot Press is a new publishing venture based in Cornwall, attracting talent from across the UK and abroad. The imprint has a preference for the simple, small and beautiful, in both theme, form and production values, and the editors are actively encouraging collaboration between writers and artists.

In this first year, Guillemot will have published five short books or pamphlets: Henry and the Moon Baby by Granta novelist and award-winning short story writer Rob Magnuson Smith illustrated by St Germans artist John Dunbar Kilburn; Harvest by Devon-based Poor Clare nun-poet Sister Mary Agnes, with artwork by Dartmoor’s Garry Fabian Miller; And Now They Range by new poet Karl O’Hanlon with paintings by Penzance artist Kate Walters; The Tender Map by poet and librettist Melanie Challenger illustrated by Rose Ferraby; and The Clay Dump, a republication of Cornish poet Jack Clemo’s most mature work of short fiction, with etching and painting by Somerset’s Tony Martin.

These are all extraordinary writers and artists, whose previous work has been exhibited, read and published across the world. Big fish for such a small bird!

“Guillemot is a very small press,” says editor Luke Thompson, “with community values, and we are pleased to have found so much great talent so close to home. Based near Bodmin Moor, we use the small, family run Palace Printers in Lostwithiel to print and bind our books. For our logos we used Pickle Design in Wadebridge. And to exhibit and launch our work, we are collaborating with the lovely Altarnun Gallery, Terre Verte. Wonderful people doing wonderful work.”

The Guillemot will be delivering lots more titles throughout 2017 and flying around events both in Cornwall and abroad, so keep up to date with its progress online at the imprint’s website. And if you enjoy reading, books, poetry or art, please do support a new and ambitious local venture.