Arts Council England Fiction Group

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Arcadia, Ayebia, Dedalus, Flambard, Peepal Tree, Tindal Street Press

Flambard is proud to be a member of the newly-formed Arts Council fiction group. All the publishers in the group receive regular Arts Council funding and demonstrate how effective Arts Council funding has been in widening the range of fiction available to readers in England. The publishers in the group have very different lists but all share a commitment to artistic excellence, finding and nurturing the writers of the future and providing an alternative to commercial fiction.

Collectively we have won a lot of literary prizes and accolades and have made an important contribution to the creative economy. We are an Arts Council success story and our books make the case every day for Arts Council England’s investment in literary fiction. We have formed ourselves into a group to help promote what we do and argue the case for public investment in literary fiction. There will be presently a link to the websites of all the publishers in the group and each month the group will recommend the work of a publisher in the group.

March’s featured publisher is Dedalus and the selected title is Hugh Lupton’s The Ballad of John Clare Dedalus.

February’s featured publisher was Ayebia. The selected title was the engaging and feisty African Love Stories edited by Ama Ata Aidoo. The 21 stories in this award-winning anthology debunk the myth that African women are downtrodden and oppressed victims.

January’s featured publisher was Arcadia and the selected title was Richard Zimmler’s Last Kabbalist of Lisbon.