Liquorice Fish Books

Words Without Boundaries

Liquorice Fish Books logoWe live in a time when we're led to believe our options are limited. Our imaginations are colonised and co-opted by manufactured images and visions of our landscape that are deliberately constrained and ulterior in intent. Many of the words we use to express ourselves have been suborned, whilst others have been marginalised, ridiculed because they are no longer "fit for purpose". And what is our purpose? To aspire, to strive, to do nothing unless it returns monetary profit.

Our world is shrinking because we are being told there is less here than meets the eye or heart.

Cinnamon's Liquorice Fish Books imprint tries to redress this balance. It champions writing that is innovative and idiosyncratic and writers who are passionate and committed to finding an individual voice and approach to their writing, who are restless with the stunted world of corporate authorship — writing that is experimental, yes, but only because this is the best, perhaps only, way for an author to find full expression. First and foremost, Liquorice Fish Books aims to bring you writing that is alive and on fire.

Think of Liquorice Fish Books as (in the words of author and innovative writing advocate, Lance Olsen) a possibility space where everything can and should be considered, attempted, and troubled. Our aim is to encourage and foster new writing that is vibrant, playful, transgressive, radical and beautiful, wherever it might be found.

Writer and literary theorist Ronald Sukenick once wrote: "If you don't use your own imagination, somebody else is going to use it for you." Liquorice Fish Books wants you to reclaim your imagination.

The imprint has already published the powerful Baby, by Patricia Debney; a miasmatic debut novella from Omar Sabbagh, Via Negativa; and This is the End of the Story, the facetted, vital new novel from Jan Fortune. The latest in an occasional series of anthologies, What Lies Within, was also published recently, a diverse and rumbustious collection of voices and approaches that gives a sense of the breadth of our church. And also just out is the very personal, visually arresting, collection of poems by Gail Ashton, What rain taught us.

This year will also see debut offerings from Nigel Hutchinson (The Humble Family Interviews) and Donna Kirstein (Borderlands), both writers with individual voices and viewpoints.

Liquorice Fish Books hopes you will find much to inspire, to surprise, to vitalise, to enjoy and fall deeply in love with in these and forthcoming projects. Joins us and become part of a community where the imagination and the word exist without boundary.

Liquorice Fish Books' commissioning editor is Adam Craig, the author of the innovative anti-novel, Vitus Dreams.

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