Dead Ink is a small, ambitious and experimental literary publisher based in London and Manchester. We publish around 6 new titles a year as well as continually bringing you new fiction, poetry, interviews and strong-minded reviews on our website. We take part in a number of literary events, festivals and host workshops. We began life as a digital-only imprint and, now, publishing our first print titles, we are continuing to bring new authors to new audiences.
Dead Ink came to being in 2011 as a digital-only imprint founded by Wes Brown. He was joined by Nathan Connolly and together they developed the Dead Ink ethos. They were soon joined by Estelle Morris as our art director, Katherine Horrex as our new writing editor and Chris Kerr as our reviews editor. Dead Ink is completely independent, we have no funding, no sponsors and no agenda. Our team work together as a collective and despite having our own niches, we are all involved in every part of our publishing programme.
Aside from our front list Dead Ink titles, we also offer publishing services under our Ink House imprint to independent authors and third-party clients. We offer our services at competitive rates and they range from producing an eBook all the way up to editing, proofreading, marketing, publicity, design, typesetting and consultancy. The Ink House imprint helps generate income for our pioneering Dead Ink front list.
We believe that there are brilliant authors out there who may not yet be known or be commercially viable. We see it as Dead Ink’s job to bring the most challenging and experimental new writing out from the underground and present it to our audience in the most beautiful and artisan way possible.
Our readers form an integral part of our team. You don’t simply buy a Dead Ink book, you invest in the authors and the books you love.
Dead Ink, 2014
Nathan Connolly – Print Director. Nathan Connolly is a Manchester based Writer and Publisher. He was the founder of The Night Light and has worked for The Big Issue in the North and Crecy Publishing. He is currently on the board of The Society of Young Publishers in the North and Midlands. He is founder and coordinator of The Big Issue in the North Award for Short Fiction, an award that aims to support new writers whilst raising funds for The Big Issue in the North Trust. He tweets at @NightLightNate and is available via email at njwc[at]mac.com.
Wes Brown – Digital Director. Wes Brown is a 28 year old writer based in London. He is the Young Writer’s Co-ordinator at the National Association of Writers in Education and administrator at Magma Poetry. He was the founding editor of Cadaverine Magazine and has worked for the National Association of Literature Development, Borders Books and co-chaired the Society and Young Publishers in the North and Midlands. He Has written for New Trespass, Route, Aesthetica, Poetcasting, Freedom in a Puritan Age, Culture Wars and his debut novel, Shark was republished by Valley Press. He is currently working on a novel called When Lights Are Bright inspired by the Shannon Mathews kidnap. He tweets @wesbrownwriter.
Katherine Horrex – New Writing Editor. Living in Manchester, Katherine deals with the poetry and prose at Dead Ink. One of her most recent poems has featured in Poetry London. Other poems can be found in Morning Star and also in The Times Literary Supplement where some of her reviews have featured as well. She has written for Index on Censorship and is on Twitter @katherinehorrex
Chris Kerr – Reviews Editor. Chris Kerr lives in London and is 24 years old. He is an associate member of the board at Magma Poetry where he is responsible for the digital versions of the magazine. Chris reviews theatre and opera for A Younger Theatre and has written for Culture Wars, and poetry review magazine Hix Eros. His poetry has been shortlisted for the Harper-Wood Studentship for English Poetry and Literature. He recently presented a paper on the work of concrete poet Ian Hamilton Finlay at an academic conference at the University of Strathclyde.
Estelle Morris – Art Director. After graduating in illustration and working in packaging design, Estelle is now a freelance illustrator and designer working in London. She created the Dead Ink logo, as well as contributing ongoing article images and ebook covers. Her work can be found at estellemorris.co.uk and she tweets @estelle_morris.
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