New indie Okapi launches first title

New indie Okapi launches first title

A new independent press has confirmed the release of its first title as part of the Off the Shelf literary festival in October.

Sheffield-based Okapi Books will launch a collection of short stories titled The Storm by Akeem Balogun (pictured), the co-founder and c.e.o. of the press.

The press was founded by Hackett, Balogun and Nathan Stacey to focus on fiction, short stories and anthologies, publishing on a book by book basis. "The idea of young people reading is a big part of our vision," said Brett Hackett, sales executive at Okapi. "We're invested in making reading cool again, and relevant to young people. Our publishing will reflect the growing trends of audio and visual consumption occurring across all demographics."

The company envisages having an online launch for the book in the future, with a public event in Sheffield once coronavirus restrictions have been lifted.

The Storm will be released in paperback and hardback on 19th October.