Influx Press has acquired Attrib. and other stories, the debut short story collection from Eley Williams.
Attrib. and other stories centres upon the difficulties of communication and the way in which one’s thoughts — absurd, encompassing, oblique — may never be fully communicable and yet can overwhelm. William’s background in lexicography influences her work, leading to "playful experimentation with language".
The publisher holds world rights to the title and will publish in late 2016.
Kit Caless, publisher at Influx Press, said: “We are so happy to be publishing Eley’s first collection. She is a emerging as unique voice in literature and one we look forward to sharing with the rest of the UK and beyond. This collection is right out of the top drawer.”
Williams said: “I’m delighted to be joining Influx’s stable of writers; to appear on a bookshelf along such names as Linda Mannheim, Darran Anderson and Chimene Suleyman is a complete privilege. I am very proud to work with the team at Influx, and set my pen to their paper.”
Williams is co-editor of fiction at 3:AM magazine. Her prose has appeared in the journals Ambit, Night & Day, The Dial and Structo; in 2005, she was awarded the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize and her work has been shortlisted twice in The White Review's Short Story Prize. She teaches both creative writing and children's literature at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Picture: © Royal Holloway, University of London