Drawn from the East of England's fertile cultural landscape, Full Circle Editions publishes, in beautifully designed and printed hardback books, new works of fiction, poetry and non-fiction by writers and artists of the region, as well as new editions of classics, all with stunning artwork by some of the region's best artists.
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.'"
Our circular journey began in July 2009 with our first publication, The Burning of the Books, a gripping meditation on Elias Canetti's Auto-da-Fé by George Szirtes and Ronald King. This was followed by 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 pioneering work of oral history, Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay, with glorious new artwork by David Gentleman. Since then we’ve published Wildtrack, a collection of haunting short stories by Rose Tremain, with art work by Jeffrey Fisher, artist Maggi Hambling's The Aldeburgh Scallop, her own account of the conception, construction and reception, both positive and negative, of her iconic sculpture on Aldeburgh beach, and Mary Chamberlain's 1970s oral-history classic Fenwomen, with a new photographic essay by Justin Partyka. These were followed by Jules Pretty's award-winning This Luminous Coast, an account of his explorations of the East Anglian shoreline from the Dartford Crossing to King's Lynn. Our eighth book, Lavinia Greenlaw's Audio Obscura, was published in collaboration with Artangel to coincide with her sound work for the 2011 Manchester International Festival. Body of Work, an anthology celebrating 40 years of the Creative Writing programme at the University of East Anglia, was followed by Jason Gathorne-Hardy’s An Artist in the Garden, in which the text combines beautifully with Tessa Newcomb’s delightful paintings. Candy Whittome’s oral history The Last Hunters: The Crab Fishermen of Cromer, with photographs by David Morris, was named Book of the Year 2012 at the East Anglian Book Awards. In 2013 we published two works of fiction, Jennifer Potter’s darkly comic novel The Angel Cantata, accompanied by stunning artwork by Ffiona Lewis, and Shire by Ali Smith, a collection of dazzling autobiographical short stories-cum-essays with a Cambridge focus, with artwork by Sarah Wood. Other Carnivals: New Stories from Brazil, edited by Ángel Gurría-Quintana, was launched at our first FlipSide festival of literature and music at Snape Maltings in October. We have lots more in our (circular) pipeline for 2014, including a brilliant new book by David Gentleman, so watch this space!
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