Aspiring writers sought for campus publishing house

Published on: 27 August 2014

The Penryn Press publishing house has been created by students at University of Exeter's Penryn campus. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

A new publishing house created by students from the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus is aiming to publish innovative literature inspired by Cornish landscape, history and folklore, with the hope of becoming the first port of call for budding writers in the county.

Penryn Press are keen for submissions, not just from students, but also from local people and businesses.

Emily Gouge, Marketing Director said: “This is a great platform for university students to get their work noticed but we don’t just want submissions from our peers. There are lots of creative businesses and individuals in Cornwall and we want to hear from them too.

“We have recently visited a few local schools and attended some festivals to raise our profile locally, which has been fantastic and a really positive experience. We really want to leave a legacy for our successors and make sure that Penryn Press has a future.”

Jordan Irwin, who has just taken over the role of Director of Production and Distribution said: “We’d like to see Penryn Press financially stable and still growing in years to come so it’s important that we make our mark this year. We have lots of ideas including exploring digital platforms and we’re keen to link with local creative businesses to find out if and how we can work with them.”

(l-r) Penryn Press team members Jordan Irwin (Director of Production and Distribution), Alex Simon-Lewis (Digital Director), James Stix (Finance Director), Holly Blood (Admin Director) and Emily Gouge (Marketing Director).

‌Penryn Press was set up and run exclusively by students at the Penryn Campus, supported by the Annual Fund. There are six directors who serve a one-year tenure, after which the baton is passed to the next group of student directors.

The aim of the publishing company is not only to uncover new writing talent but also to help students gain practical experience for a career in publishing. The new group of student directors have just been appointed and they are eager to follow in their predecessors footsteps and carry on the company’s recent success.

Jordan said: “I would love a career in publishing so this is a great opportunity. It’s a very unique project, which I’m proud to be a part of and I think we all bring something different to the table so it should be a really exciting year.”

Emily added: “We’ve got big shoes to fill, last year’s team did so much, they managed to not only create the company and raise awareness but also publish a book. We want to make sure we build on this success, develop the brand and publish another title.”

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