Publisher Spotlight: The Emma Press

2nd Oct 2014

Publisher Spotlight: The Emma Press
Founded by Emma Wright in 2012, The Emma Press is already a favourite with many of For Books' Sake's readers. Emma's dedication to her art and entrepreneurial flair is truly impressive and we thought it was high time to shine our Publisher Spotlight on some of their recent and forthcoming titles. Oh, and we've got some lovely prizes to give away too!

Emma Wright started developing her ideas for The Emma Press in 2012 and published the first book, still one of their biggest successes, in January 2013 (The Flower and the Plough, by Rachel Piercey.)

Emma’s vision was to ‘publish the kind of writing that makes people laugh and cry and text extracts to their friends because it inspires such a strong response in them.’

You can check out our existing reviews of The Emma Press Anthology of Motherhood and The Emma Press Anthology of Mildly Erotic Verse on site. The Emma Press is now accepting proposals for prose pamphlets, as well as poems about Slow Things; head over to The Emma Press’s FacebookTwitter or Website to find out more.

We’re also giving our readers the chance to win some of their exciting titles, details at the end of the feature!

The Held and the Lost

–  Kristen Roberts (published February 2014).


Kristen Roberts is an emerging poet from Melbourne, Australia whose poems have won several awards. Her first solo collection The Held and the Lost focusses on marriage, family and domestic life with heartbreaking honesty and emotional nuance.

The collection is gorgeously understated and quintessentially Australian, full of swaying eucalyptus and everyday objects that sing and add their own stories and personalities to Roberts’ narrative:

‘After the party we lie beneath open windows

and listen as insects play night music.

Each note glimmers like a tiny white light in the darkness,

incandescent against the solid noise of the semi-trailers

that groan up the highway’s climb and whine down.’

 – Night music


Ikhda, by Ikhda

– Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi (published March 2014).


Indonesian poet Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi was published in both The Emma Press Anthology of Motherhood and The Emma Press Anthology of Mildly Erotic Verse.

Ikhda, by Ikhda is vibrant and energetic, the poems are  freewheeling, surreal and an utter joy to read. This is a riotous, furious book which seems to capture the spirit of life and femininity.

Our very own Rosie Tallant describes it as: ‘Awash with diverse characters and adventurous settings, the collection picks apart the joys and tragedies of humanity and celebrates the uniqueness of our individual lives.’

‘Something that you named maidenhead

for me it is virginity

for me it is the boring lacuna –

what on Earth happens without friction?’

 – Lys


Forthcoming titles:

Rivers Wanted

– Rachel Piercey

Rachel Piercey charms and disturbs in her second pamphlet, which considers the frailty of human relationships and makes a strong case for approaching life with an open mind and a generous spirit.

These are poems which recognise and dip into cynicism but never fully yield.

Available October 2014.


– Ruth Wiggins


Myrtle is a celebration of the primal, female force of Nature. Herbs and wildflowers fill the poems with a heady richness and bracingly open voices reflect on fertility and death, and the fragility of modern life is laid bare as she examines the pursuit of perfection and agelessness.

Available November 2014.

If I Lay on my Back I Saw Nothing but Naked Women

– by Jacqueline Saphra

If I Lay on my Back I Saw Nothing but Naked Women

This unusual picture book marries Jacqueline Saphra’s prose poems with Mark Andrew Webber’s linocut studies of the nude female form.

Saphra constructs an eerie, sensuous world with her loosely narrative sequence of poems told from a child’s point of view, drawing the reader in with lush, wry descriptions of eccentric parents and step-parents.

Available November 2014.



1st prize: Copies of The Emma Press Anthology of Motherhood, The Emma Press Anthology of Mildly Erotic Verse, and A Poetic Primer for Love and Seduction

2nd prize: Copies of The Flower and the Plough, The Held and the Lost and Ikhda, by Ikhda

3rd prize: The Flower and the Plough and The Held and the Lost


To enter, simply email your name and address to hello@forbookssake.net with the email header ‘Emma Press Competition’ and we’ll pick three winners at random. Competition ends at midnight on Friday 17th October 2014. Best of luck!