Based in East Anglia, Full Circle Editions launched in the summer of 2009 with a publishing philosophy rooted in its founders' belief that, even as new technologies gather pace, there is a continuing – and indeed growing – demand for arresting writing and art in beautiful, collectible books.
Liz Calder describes how, on leaving London for the quiet life in rural Suffolk, "we found ourselves surrounded by flotillas of novelists, poets, nature-writers, historians, essayists and an even greater flotilla of artists of every kind. What else could we do but start a publishing house?
"Our colophon of a hare leaping over the moon was drawn for us by the inimitable Jeff Fisher, responsible also for the famous paperback cover of Louis de Berniere's Captain Corelli's Mandolin. It was only some months after the colophon was created that we learned from Robert Macfarlane's wonderful book The Wild Places that hares tend to run in full circles. ‘I have followed a hare's run, I thought, out, round and back to my starting point, turning arc into circle.'"
From East Anglia's fertile cultural landscape, Full Circle Editions will publish, in beautifully designed and printed hardback books, new illustrated works of fiction, poetry and non-fiction by writers and artists of the region, as well as new editions of classics.
The journey around the circumference of our circle began in July 2009 with our first publication, The Burning of the Books by George Szirtes and Ronald King. In March of this year we followed that with Richard Mabey's The Barley Bird: Notes on the Suffolk Nightingale, with striking images by Derrick Greaves, and a new edition of George Ewart Evans' classic Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay, with glorious new artwork by David Gentleman. Our autumn titles are Wildtrack, a collection of short stories with an East Anglian accent by Rose Tremain, with artwork by Jeff Fisher, and Maggi Hambling's The Aldeburgh Scallop, the artist's account of the conception, construction and the responses, for and against, to her iconic sculpture on Aldeburgh beach. In January 2011 we published Mary Chamberlain's 1970s oral-history classic Fenwomen with a new photographic essay by Justin Partyka. This book was followed in March by Jules Pretty's This Luminous Coast, an account of his explorations of the East Anglian shoreline from the Dartford Crossing to King's Lynn. Our eighth book to date, Lavinia Greenlaw's Audio Obscura, is published at the beginning of July in collaboration with Artangel to coincide with her new sound work for the Manchester International Festival. See more details on our BOOK pages.
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