Originally established with a ‘one-off anthology’ launch at Ledbury Poetry Festival 2013, V. Press’s founding editors are Sarah Leavesley and Ruth Stacey. From 2015, V. Press moved into publishing its solo-author poetry and flash fiction pamphlets and collections, with Sarah staying on as editor and Ruth looking after poetry cover design. In 2018, the press opened to expressions of interest in guest editor roles to develop and expand the V. Press range.
S.A. Leavesley/Sarah James is an award-winning poet, fiction writer, journalist and photographer, as well as V. Press's main editor. Overton Poetry Prize winner 2015, she is author of four poetry collections, three poetry pamphlets, a touring poetry-play and two novellas. Her poetry has won or been shortlisted for many prizes, with individual poems published by the Financial Times, the Guardian, The Forward Book of Poetry 2016, on Worcestershire buses and in the Blackpool Illuminations. Her poetry has featured on the BBC, in poetryfilms and on radio. Shortlisted in the Gatehouse Press New Fictions Prize 15/16, she's also a widely published flash, essay and CNF writer. Sarah was longlisted for the New Welsh Writing Awards 2017 memoir prize and longlisted in New Welsh Writing Awards 2018: Aberystwyth University Prize for an Essay Collection. She reviews for Riggwelter, as well as micro-reviews and 'In the Booklight' author interviews on her own website.
Her books include: Always Another Twist (Mantle Lane Press, 2018), novella; How to Grow Matches (Against The Grain Press, 2018), poetry pamphlet, shortlisted in International Rubery Book Awards 2018; Kaleidoscope (Mantle Lane Press, 2017), novella; Lampshades & Glass Rivers (Loughborough: Lamplight Press, 2016), poetry pamphlet, winner of the Overton Poetry Prize 2015; plenty-fish (Nine Arches Press, 2015), poetry collection, shortlisted in International Rubery Book Awards 2016; The Magnetic Diaries (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, 2015), poetry collection, highly commended in Forward Prizes, poetry-play version toured by Reaction Theatre Makers and a 'Highly Recommended Show’ at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016; Hearth, with Angela Topping (Mother's Milk Books, 2015), Poetry Book Society Autumn Pamphlet; Be[yond] (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, 2013); Into the Yell (Circaidy Gregory Press, 2010), third prize in multi-genre International Rubery Book Awards 2011.
Instagram: s.a.leavesley Twitter: @Sarah_James Website: www.sarah-james.co.uk
Ruth Stacey is a poet, academic and illustrator based in Worcestershire. Her recent poetry collection, Inheritance, won best collaborative work in the Saboteur Awards 2018. Her collection, Queen, Jewel, Mistress, was described by Fiona Sampson as, '…an astonishing debut…a beautiful and dreamlike collection.' Alison Weir said, 'the poems are exceptional…every line is a joy!' Ruth has a pamphlet, How to Wear Grunge, coming soon from Knives, Forks & Spoons press, and a full-length collection forthcoming with V. Press. She is currently working on a memoir in poems about Pamela Colman Smith as part of her PhD in Creative Writing at Northumbria University, and teaches creative writing and literature at Worcester University. Ruth is also a guest editor for an exciting new V. Press initiative.
Twitter: @mermaidsdrown Instagram: ruth_stacey Website: ruthstacey.com
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Based in the West Midlands but publishing authors from across the U.K., V. Press is very grateful for invaluable support and advice from literature development agency Writing West Midlands. Also to Jane Commane at Nine Arches Press for her encouragement and publishing insights.