Eyrie Press is a small independent publisher. We publish speculative* and historical fiction, and our imprint Bird’s Nest Books carries children’s picture books.
We are a social enterprise, with the aims of:
- publishing books that feature individuals and communities who do not often recognise themselves in fiction
- supporting new and emerging writers and illustrators, particularly those from our local region of East Anglia
- bringing literary activities and opportunities to our local region, which has many areas of rural isolation
The press was set up by Jane Spencer in 2014. While home educating her four children, Jane noticed that there was a distinct lack of books that featured home educated characters in a non-tokenistic way, so she decided to address that. Our first three titles were by well-known home educator and writer Ross Mountney and were published under the imprint Bird’s Nest Books. Eyrie Press grew from that and now our books feature other underrepresented groups, such as children in hospital and the Chinese Labour Corps!
We’re based in the fens in north Cambridgeshire. This part of the UK is very rural and geographical isolation can be a real challenge, so we work to bring more literary activities to our local area by running events ourselves or working in partnership with other local organisations. We’ve held workshops, run competitions and helped organise literary festivals.
We are particularly keen to receive submissions from writers from Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Peterborough, and our annual short story competition is only open to writers in that area.
What’s an eyrie?
Glad you asked! An eyrie is the nest of a bird of prey, especially an eagle, built high up. Our logo features an eagle’s head and was designed by Gemma Wells who won our first short story competition and went on to illustrate The Music Man’s Songbook by Jon Lawrence. Gemma has since created her own children’s book, Somewhere Out There, Right Now, published by Ragged Bears in May 2019.
*Speculative fiction is an umbrella term encompassing fiction with certain elements that do not exist in the real world, such as fantasy, sci-fi, steampunk, dystopian fiction and so on.
A word about Community Interest Companies
Eyrie Press is a Community Interest Company. 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.