Festival company Wild Rumpus launches children's publisher

Festival company Wild Rumpus launches children's publisher

Wild Rumpus, the arts organisation behind immersive events such as the Just So Festival, is to start publishing children’s books after launching its own press.

Sarah Bird, one of the directors of Wild Rumpus (along with Rowan Hoban), said she wants to publish “visual, engaging, inspirational, delightful books” through its new publishing arm, entitled Wild Rumpus Press.

“My background before I started the Just So Festival was in bookselling and publishing, having managed various Waterstones and Ottakars stores and also having worked for Routledge,” said Bird. “We felt like we had the tools in-house to be able to start our own publishing arm.”

The company raised more than £3,000 through a kickstarter campaign to fund the new press and the publication of the first book, Two Parts Mischief (p/b, £10.00), with text by Geoff Bird and illustrations by Hoban.

Two Parts Mischief is about Stan, who is two parts mischief and one part fireworks, and comes with a free audio download, accessed via the Wild Rumpus website, of the author reading the book and a musical accompaniment.

Bird has not set a fixed goal for the number of books she will publish per year, but said she will grow the list “slowly”.

“It will really depend on us finding books we love, that we think we can add value to and which we think can be told in different ways," she said. 

Books from Wild Rumpus Press will be available from the company’s website, Amazon, some Waterstones outlets and “hopefully” independent bookshops, she added.