CB editions publishes short fiction, poetry, translations and other work which, as the Guardian noted, ‘might otherwise fall through the cracks between the big publishers’. The first four books were published in November 2007. CBe titles have won a fiction prize and two poetry prizes and have been shortlisted for a translation prize and other awards. An overview of CBe (‘if it began as a publisher of last resort, it has become one of first-class tastes’), part of the online Guardian’s continuing series on small presses, can be read here.
The covers of the books, which (with the occasional exception) feature simply the title and author’s name on manilla board, allude with respect and thanks to the paperback London Magazine editions published by Alan Ross in the late 1960s and early 70s. (For images of those books, see this interview.)
Jennie Walker’s 24 for 3 (McKitterick Prize, 2008), first published by CBe in 2007, is now published by Bloomsbury (and by Soho Press in the US, Einaudi in Italy and Unionsverlag in Germany). Christopher Reid’s The Song of Lunch, first published by CBe in 2009 and filmed for the BBC in 2010, is now published by Faber.
CBe titles – like those of many other small presses – are not usually stocked by the big chainstore bookshops and are only intermittently available on Amazon. CBe benefits most from purchases made direct from this site; delivery within the UK is free and the books are usually sent within 24 hours of ordering.
CBe receives no external funding, public or private, and relies entirely on sales of the books to stay alive.
Free Verse 2013: the poetry book fair, organised by CBe, Chrissy Williams and Joey Connolly, will be held at the Conway Hall, London, on Saturday,7 September. Last year’s book fair, held at Candid Arts in London, provided a platform for 50 poetry publishers to present and sell their work direct to the public. Over half the publishers attending came from Scotland, Wales and other regions of the UK, with travel costs subsidised by funding from Arts Council England; national poetry organisations also participated. The book fair built upon the success of an initial celebration of the range and quality of poetry publishing in the UK organised by CBe in 2011, and has become an annual event. (Photo courtesy Véronique Dubois.)
In 2013 CBe will publish nine new titles. Details of all the books are in the 2013 catalogue, which can be downloaded from the Home page of this website.
Plans for 2013 include a pop-up shop in London in the summer and closer liaison with a number of independent bookshops. Any bookshop interested in hosting a CBe table for a day, please get in touch.
Free Verse 2013 will take place on Saturday, 7 September at the Conway Hall in London. More information will be posted on the Poetry Book Fair website around Easter. Free Verse 2012 – organised by CBe and Chrissy Williams of the Poetry Library, Southbank Centre – took place last September, at Candid Arts, London, with over 50 poetry publishers taking part.
White Sheets by Beverley Bie Brahic was shortlisted for the 2012 Forward Prize.
Dai Vaughan – film editor, teacher, essayist, poet, novelist, and author of Sister of the artist – died on 6 June 2012.
Forward Poetry Prizes 2011: Voices over Water by D. Nurkse was shortlisted for the best collection prize and Tokaido Road by Nancy Gaffield was shortlisted for the best first collection prize. Nancy Gaffield’s Tokaido Road won the 2011 Aldeburgh First Collection Prize.
‘Wildly inventive and surreal . . . erotically polymorphous . . . bizarre and beautiful . . . darkly comic and macabre . . . fantastical . . . savagely surreal . . . apocalyptically violent . . . a thin line between brilliance and total barminesss’ – see The Queue.
The CBe Facebook page has albums of selected Nights and Days photos, selected Recessional photos and photos roughly pertaining to the whole business.
Photos of the CBe reading at the Shakespeare & Company bookstore in Paris on 15 November – with Beverley Bie Brahic, Gabriel Josipovici and Wiesiek Powaga – can be seen here. (Photos by Lauren Goldenberg.)