Winter: cold, wet, and dark with glimpses of sunshine. This time of year is traditionally when As Yet Untitled retreats from the world, not to hibernate (much as we might want to) but to do some catching up, take a breath and make a year long plan. Throughout the year there are emails that aren’t unsent, admin that isn’t done, print runs with errors that we don’t have time to fix. From December to March we hide away and pick up all these pieces so that we can start again with a clean slate. This winter taking that catch up time was particularly important. 2015 was a roller coaster ride of joy and wonder that left us with even more threads to tie up and even more plans to make.
The huge success of our Kickstarter means that 2016 is a year of potential and change for us. We have dedicated the last few months to taking the first steps in laying the foundations we will need for the coming year. None of what we’ve done is particularly exciting nor does it make for interesting storytelling but it was all completely vital to the success of the press. However, just last week things started to feel exciting again and so we thought we would open to doors and windows to the press once more and continue to share our story, our plans and our progress…
Firstly a Kickstarter update: The first set of rewards went out before Xmas, with back issues finding new homes. It was such a pleasure putting them in the post! We have been researching the other rewards and they will be coming (very) soon. The digital proof just came back for the tote bags today and we cannot wait to get our hands on the real thing. And it isn’t only the rewards we have been working on. Ella Chappell’s book, the first to be released this year, is well underway. It is a truly exciting project and we will share more about it in the next few weeks. Perhaps most excitingly we are ready to start shopping and filling our studio with the amazing tools and equipment you have supported us to get. We will let you know when our parcels start arriving!
Elbow Room: The first Elbow Room of 2016 is due out on March 18th. We will be releasing it at Elbow Room Live at The Harrison in Kings Cross. Much to our joy Late Arrivals Club will be returning to the Elbow Room stage for the first time in over a year, helping to ensure we kick the year off with a bang. It worth coming for just them but as always our line-up will be packed with poetry, fiction and short films. We will confirm the full line-up shortly so keep an eye on the Facebook page for details, tickets and further announcements as we confirm who is reading with us.
And that’s not all where Elbow Room is concerned. We opened submissions during Jan and Feb and found ourselves positively swamped by more incredible work that we could possibly fit between the covers of the journal. So we have decided to stretch beyond the pamphlet and publish a new, twice yearly Elbow Room Broadsheet. Free to subscribers and sold at selected book fairs the broadsheet will be released to accompany our June and December volumes. It is going to be full of glorious poetry and prose that we cannot wait to share it with the world. Our recommendation- subscribe now and don’t miss a single line. We will even send you a free back issue if you subscribe on or before the 18th of March.
And last but in no way least As Yet Untitled will be at Pages in Leeds on the first weekend in March. Hopefully we will see some of you there.
Here to a brilliant year full of new books. We will keep you updated so watch this space.
Rosie and Zelda