Ruth Huddleston, a former sales and marketing director of Templar Publishing, and her husband, author and illustrator David Ellwand, are launching their own publishing company, Old Barn Books.
The company will publish seven titles this year, including three pre-school photographic board books by Ellwand - Bluebell Bears (April, £6.99), Wake Up, Alfred! (May, £6.99) and Racing Bears (June, £6.99).
Other books in the pipeline include an Alice in Wonderland, a board book by Alison Jay (July, £7.99), and Hare, a hardback picture book about hares by first-time author and former Daunts bookseller Zoe Greaves (August, £10.99).
In September the company will publish Give and Take: A book of opposites by Lucie Felix (boardbook, £12.99), and in June 2016 it will release Bee and Me by Alison Jay (hardback picturebook, £12.99).
“This is a great opportunity to work with inspirational and creative friends old and new and build an eclectic and personal list,” said Huddleston. “We will be free-ranging, starting back to basics with a number of pre-school titles.”
The company will also look to publish books for older children and adults further down the line, she added.
The children’s titles will be distributed in the UK and export by Bounce Sales and Marketing.
Old Barn Books will officially launch at the Bologna Book Fair on 30th March at the Publishers Association Stand.
The publisher can be contacted on 01798 865010.
Huddleston left former independent Templar in 2011, after its acquisition by Bonnier in 2008.