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, a translation prize and three poetry prizes, and have been shortlisted for other awards (among those the 2014 Goldsmiths Prize and Guardian First Book Award). An overview of CBe (‘if it began as a publisher of last resort, it has become one of first-class tastes’), published in the online Guardian in 2011, can be read here.
For a snapshot history of CBe, see these Sonfobook blog posts: part 1, part 2.
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.) From mid-2016 the covers of new titles (and repints of existing titles) allude to the two-colour London Magazine hardback editions.
CBe titles are distributed by Central Books and represented to the trade by Inpress. 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.
In 2011 CBe put on a London book fair for 23 poetry presses; this has become an annual event in September of each year (more than 80 presses participated in 2015), organised by Chrissy Williams and Joey Connolly. See the Free Verse: The Poetry Book Fair website.
CBe is a one-person venture. I’m grateful for an Arts Council England grant that will enable the start-up of Sonofabook magazine, which launched in March 2015. The book-publishing programme receives no external funding, public or private, and relies entirely on sales of the books to stay afloat.
Jennie Walker’s 24 for 3 (McKitterick Prize, 2008), one of the first four CBe titles 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. Dai Vaughan’s Sister of the artist is published by Arléa in France, Gabriel Josipovici’s Only Joking by Gerd Haffmans in Germany, Todd McEwen’s The Five Simple Machines by Automática in Spain, Will Eaves’s The Absent Therapist by Penguin in Australia, Andrzej Bursa’s Killing Auntie and Jonathan Barrow’s The Queue by New Vessel in the US.
|To mark its fifth anniversary in November 2012, CBe published three pamphlets: poetry by Dai Vaughan, prose by David Wheatley, drawings by Nick Wadley. |
The pamphlets are available exclusively from this website and as a set.
£6 for all three; UK orders only; free delivery.
CBe events September/October 2016
Thursday 15 September: Lara Pawson launches This Is the Place to Be with Joanna Walsh at Vout-O-Reenees, E1 8BB, from 6.30pm
Saturday 17 September: CB editions at the Poetry Book Fair, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, 10am to 4.30pm; Patrick Mackie & Julian Stannard reading at 6pm at the Square Pig & Pen
Wednesday 21 September: Lara Pawson with Richard Scott at Book & Kitchen, W11 1HE
Tuesday 27 September: Beverley Bie Brahic, Will Eaves, Lara Pawson & Jack Robinson at Shakespeare & Co, Paris, 7pm
Monday 10 October: Diane Williams launches Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine with Katherine Angel at the London Review Bookshop
Monday 10 October: Beverley Bie Brahic at Manchester Literature Festival, Martin Harris Centre, M13 9PL, 7.30pm
Wednesday 12 October: Beverley Bie Brahic and Patrick Mackie at the Broadway Bookshop, E8 4QH, 6.30pm
Thursday 13 October: Diane Williams with David Winters in Cambridge: Faculty of English (9 West Road, CB3 9DP), 4.30pm.
Thursday 13 October: Will Eaves performs The Absent Therapist at Vout-O-Renees, E1 8BB, 7pm
could be one of the most enjoyable fivers you’ve ever spent.’
2014 was CBe's highest-profile year to date: May-Lan Tan’s Things to Make and Break
on the shortlist for the Guardian First Book Award; Will Eaves’s The Absent Therapist shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize; the Scott Moncrieff Prize for translation won by Beverley Bie Brahic for her translations of poems by Apollinaire published as The Little Auto; J. O. Morgan’s At Maldon shortlisted for the Saltire Society's Poetry Book of the Year Award.
Dan O’Brien’s War Reporter: winner of the 2013 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and shortlisted for the Forward First Collection Prize 2013. (CBe’s two previous first collections – J.O. Morgan’s Natural Mechanical and Nancy Gaffield’s Tokaido Road) – also both won the Aldeburgh Prize and were shortlisted for the Forward.)
For one week in July 2013, CBe and Eyewear Publishing ran a pop-up shop in Portobello Road, London W11, hosting readings by many writers and selling our own books and those of three other presses.
Dai Vaughan – film editor, teacher, essayist, poet, novelist, and author of Sister of the artist – died on 6 June 2012.