Valley Press awarded £50k ACE grant

Valley Press awarded £50k ACE grant

A Scarborough-based independent publisher has won nearly £50,000 grant from the Arts Council England (ACE)

Valley Press, which publishes 12 titles a year across poetry, fiction and non-fiction has been awarded a £49,443 grant in National Lottery funds from ACE.

The publisher was founded in 2011 by English literature graduate Jamie McGarry with funding from the Prince’s Trust and has around 70 titles in print.

McGarry said: “I am absolutely delighted, but very aware of the responsibility now on my shoulders – to spend the £50,000 in a way that brings the maximum benefit to authors, readers and the literary world in general.

“I see this grant as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build Valley Press into something truly great – a powerhouse of publishing in Yorkshire that will draw in talent from across the country, and stand the test of time.”

The funds will support the publisher’s programme in 2016, along with a national tour and a search for submissions. They will also be used to develop the business for the future, with an emphasis on increasing public awareness of Valley Press, McGarry said.  “A national tour is planned, as well as a heavily-promoted search for submissions, with the intention of finding writing in unexpected places, from diverse, new voices,” he said.

Valley Press books are represented to the book trade by Inpress, a sales agency which represents a variety of independent publishers in the UK and Ireland.