Journals and Imprints Fair

Peckham Pelican


Sunday 22nd June, Noon – 4pm
The Peckham Pelican

This June, The Learned Pig is delighted to be co-hosting a Sunday afternoon journals and imprints fair, as part of the week-long Literary Kitchen Festival. Taking place at the Peckham Pelican in south London, the fair features a host of our favourite independent publishers and publications, plus there are readings, walks and talks going on throughout the day.

Visit the Literary Kitchen website for more details on the full festival programme, which features all manner of readings, workshops, short films, and even a dog walking morning with literary agent Jo Unwin.

We’re particularly excited about a series of poetry walks entitled Riddle Me This. A collaboration between Linus Slug and Singing Apple Press (run by The Learned Pig Contributing Editor Camilla Nelson). Each walk merges information about plant and insect behaviour to form a fictitious ‘spotters guide’ particular to specific areas of surrounding Peckham.

The schedule for Sunday’s fair is pretty much completely finalised, but if you are an independent press/publisher and would like to take part, then please do email

Confirmed for Sunday’s journals and imprints, co-hosted by The Learned Pig, are:

And Other Stories
And Other Stories is a not-for-profit, subscription based, literary publishing house working on the principle that great new books will be heard about and read thanks to the combined intelligence of a number of people. With the support of a growing band of subscribers and the help of our network of readers, writers, translators, editors, academics and critics, we have been able to publish some mind-blowing books form around the world.

Coelacanth Press
The Coelacanth Press, so named after the prehistoric fish that was thought to be extinct, but then rediscovered under a ledge in the South-Seas, was founded in 2008 as a publisher, research methodology and collective happening. It brings together a variety of new, established and neglected practitioners from different fields with the intention of creating new publications, works of art, events and collaborations.

Copy Press
Copy Press is an independent publishing company based in London, dedicated to extending ideas of writing, pictures and readability. Currently publishing 100-page paperbacks under the series name Common Intellectual, each title provides a proposition for living, thinking and enjoyment. Copy Press publishes authors whose work endeavours to bring writers and readers into a space where common voices can come together and gather mass.

Highchair Editions
Founded in 2011 Highchair Editions design make and publish limited edition photo books. Set up by James and Edward Newton as a way to self publish their work, Highchair aims to celebrate the simple pleasures of photography.

Influx Press
Influx Press is an independent publisher formed in London by editors Gary Budden and Kit Caless, starting life in 2012 with the publication of Acquired for Development By . . . A Hackney Anthology. All their books explore in some way the idea of ‘place’; we are committed to publishing innovative and challenging site-specific fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction from across the UK and beyond.

Itinerant Poetry Library
Since May 2006 The Itinerant Poetry Librarian has been travelling the world with a free public library, installing the library & librarian and archiving the sounds, poems and poetry of the cities, peoples and countries she meets. The library has now clocked up over 1000 hours of public library service, in 11 countries and 21 cities worldwide, in over 150 different locations.

Ladies of the Press
Ladies of the Press are a performative publishing due, Ana Čavić and Renée O’Drobinak, whose practice involves mincing together print and performance in impromptu settings, often with unexpected results. They have been working together in the UK since 2007 and have performed at various institutions including Whitechapel Gallery, ICA, Tate Modern, as well as KIBLIX Festival in Slovenia and Kulturni Centar GRAD in Serbia.

Litmus Publishing
Litmus is a small press exploring the intersection between science and poetry. Their biannual magazine contains poetry, essays and images. They are interested in science-poetry interdisciplinary collaborations, and what happens when poetry is enmeshed with scientific language.

Longbarrow Press
Sheffield-based Longbarrow Press was founded in 2006 by editor and publisher Brian Lewis. It has gained a reputation for its high quality publications and innovative performances (embracing film, painting, music and other media). Titles range across various formats, including pamphlets, boxes and CDs; many are designed and produced by hand, some in limited editions.

Myrdle Court Press
Myrdle Court Press advances critical, independent and rigorous inter-disciplinary work that interrogates contemporary notions and experience of ‘cities’. Established in 2009 Myrdle Court Press commissions, collects and publishes work that tackles pressing and political concerns without restraint. It shares the experiences, astute insights and agitation of contributors from around the world and from diverse fields of knowledge.

Poet for Hire
Poet For Hire is the latest incarnation of Flame Proof Moth, aka Tim Siddall, the musician best known for busking in the River Thames. Give him a subject, he’ll write you a poem, pay whatever you like. After years of tapping weakly at the writer’s block, Tim decided to try something drastic to break through the barrier, and Poet For Hire leaves no room for faffing about in front of a blank page.

Quick Fictions
Quick Fictions is an evolution in digital storytelling, full of bite-size tales to read on the bus, in the tube, or while the kettle boils. Developed by Professor Nicholas Royle, author of Quilt, at the University of Sussex in partnership with Myriad and Aimer Media, Quick Fictions features the finest stories – each fewer than 300 words.

SelfMadeHero is a quirky independent publishing house committed to producing ground-breaking work in the graphic novel medium and championing the very best graphic novels in translation. They are extremely proud of their high editorial and production values and are known for successfully promoting their authors through our innovative press and marketing campaigns.

Singing Apple Press
Singing Apple Press springs onto the small publishing scene for the very first time this year at Peckham’s Literary Kitchen Festival. This small independent publisher produces prints and poem objects that investigate the material politics of poem production in relation to plants, fruit and vegetation.

Standart Thinking
Standart Thinking is a collaborative project led by Javier Rodriguez and Lise Hovesen, based at the Old Rotherhithe Library in London. Their practice is rooted in action research and education set within a social-ecological framework. FIELDS provides a comprehensive overview of their theoretical discourse, exploring the potential transition from Monoculture to Permaculture, and has recently been published in Spanish by Campo Adentro.

Word Factory
Word Factory is dedicated to the short story. Having held Salons for the last eighteen months, the Word Factory has now extended its work into publishing and hosting writing Masterclasses. These new activities complement its established Apprentice Scheme which supports new writers through to prize-winning and publication.


The Literary Kitchen Festival is at the Peckham Pelican from the 16th – 22nd June, 2014.



The Learned Pig

Launched in November 2013, The Learned Pig is an online arts magazine with a love for plants and animals. Our thinking has grown out of our engagement with landscape aesthetics and environmental ethics and these days we try to bring together multiple perspectives on bodies and places, interspecies interactions, and alternative conceptions of that which has rather too frequently been defined as “nature” or “the animal”.