About

About Us

Eyrie Press is a small indie publisher based in the Fens in north Cambridgeshire (UK), publishing adult and YA fiction and non-fiction. We began as an imprint of Bird’s Nest Books, but in 2018 we decided to move forward with Eyrie Press as the main publishing house, maintaining Bird’s Nest Books as its imprint.

Eyrie Press is a Community Interest Company. As well as looking for books that are a great read, we especially want titles that reflect the lives of individuals and communities that do not often recognise themselves in books. We also have a particular interest in publishing books by writers living in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk.

As a social enterprise, we also work to bring more literary activities to our local area and to support and encourage new and emerging authors and illustrators.

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Publisher and Managing Director – Jane Spencer

Jane has been involved in publishing in various forms for 20 years, starting in technical writing and moving to freelance editing and proofreading. She became a freelance publisher in 2006, working mainly with local community groups and individuals. She also has a strong background in working with not-for-profit groups as consultant, employee and volunteer.

Jane developed a strong interest in alternative educational practices after withdrawing her four children from school in 2001 to educate them at home. In 2010 she and a colleague founded Education Outside School Magazine, a digital publication supporting and encouraging the UK home educating community. In 2014 she founded Bird’s Nest Books with the aim of publishing books featuring home educated characters, and this grew into Eyrie Press in 2018.

 

The Team

Jane is supported by her wonderful co-directors who brainstorm, advise and assist. They are:

David Johnson

David is a local filmmaker, writer and businessman whose support in all capacities is invaluable. You can find him via his company website DMJ-Imagery

 

John Spencer

John is an avid book reader, skillful wordsmith and enthusiastic user of Excel spreadsheets – characteristics which are enormously valued within Eyrie Press. He’s also Jane’s brother!

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A word about Community Interest Companies

Whilst CICs can make money (indeed they have to, in order to be sustainable), their main focus is their community. Any profit made after running costs are met must be invested back into that community. CICs are accountable to the CIC Regulator.