Jacob Bathgate reads his poem “How To Write A Sonnet” featured in Fincham Press student anthology “The Box”

In preparation for the upcoming Hidden Treasures book launch of Fincham Press’s two student anthologies, The Box and All That Glitters, students whose work is featured in the anthologies read their work.

Jacob Bathgate reads his poem How To Write A Sonnet from Roehampton University’s sixth creative writing student anthology The Box. 

Jacob studied Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton. He lives in London and splits his time between cycling, building Lego, procrastinating, writing lists and talking about himself in the third person. He is not to be trusted.

Get your ticket here to attend the upcoming free double book launch event of The Box and our newest anthology All That Glitters.

Or order your copy of The Box here.

Jon Call reads his short story “The House of Chicken Wire” featured in Fincham Press student anthology “All That Glitters”

In preparation for the upcoming Hidden Treasures book launch of Fincham Press’s two student anthologies, The Box and All That Glitters, students whose work is featured in the anthologies read their work.

Jon Call reads his short story “The House of Chicken Wire” from Roehampton University’s seventh creative writing student anthology, All That Glitters.

Jon lives in Chicago, Illinois. He was born and raised in a small town in Wyoming and prefers mountains to skyscrapers. He has the literary guilty pleasures of an edgy frat boy, including Bukowski and Hunter S. Thompson, but he truly loves reading different slices of Americana, from Carver to O’Conner. He graduated from Lake Forest College with a bachelor’s degree in English and is pursuing an MA in Teaching.

Get your ticket here to attend the upcoming free double book launch event of The Box and our newest anthology All That Glitters.

Or order your copy of All That Glitters here.

Haley Jenkins reads her poem “Home Is A Place She Cannot Find” featured in Fincham Press student anthology “The Box”

In preparation for the upcoming Hidden Treasures book launch of Fincham Press’s two student anthologies, The Box and All That Glitters, students whose work is featured in the anthologies read their work.

Haley Jenkins reads her poem Home Is A Place She Cannot Find from Roehampton University’s sixth creative writing student anthology The Box. 

Haley published her first poetry collection Nekorb in 2017 (Veer Books). She has been published twice by Fincham Press, in Guttural magazine, Tears in the Fencepainted spoken, The Journal of British & Irish Innovative PoetryPlaster Cocktail, and others. She runs Selcouth Station Press, an online imprint committed to new writers. www.selcouthstation.com 

Get your ticket here to attend the upcoming free double book launch event of The Box and our newest anthology All That Glitters.

Or order your copy of The Box here.

Hidden Treasures: Double Book Launch

After a pause last year, Fincham Press is releasing its two latest student writing anthologies together this May. Readers can hear from the authors in a series of online public readings from May 10, leading up to a live online panel event on Tuesday May 25.

The two collections, All That Glitters and The Box, were held up by the pandemic shut-downs of the last year, but they are now going ahead, with the joint theme of Hidden Treasures. The final event on May 25 will take place via Zoom from 18.30h to 20h, when our special guests Clare Bogan and Giselle Leeb will explore the delights of the anthology as a format.

Clare Bogen is the founding editor of 3 of Cups press, which started in 2017 in the hopes of creating a more equal literary landscape. 3 of Cups have released four anthologies of short stories and creative non-fiction, and are currently working on a poetry anthology to be released later this year. Clare is also the publicity director at Fitzcarraldo Editions.

Giselle Leeb grew up in South Africa and lives in Nottingham. Her short stories have appeared in over forty publications, including Best British Short Stories 2017 (Salt), Ambit, Mslexia, The Lonely Crowd, Litro, and Black Static. She has been placed or shortlisted in competitions including the Ambit, Bridport and Mslexia prizes. She is an assistant editor at Reckoning Journal and a Word Factory Apprentice Award winner 2019, and was recently chosen to attend the David Higham Associates New Writers’ open week. Her story, ‘Scaffolding’, is forthcoming in MAINSTREAM, an anthology of stories from the edges, from Inkandescent.

It is a special delight to bring these two books into the world and reward the patience of their student contributors.

‘I’m thrilled to hear that All That Glitters is finally being published, and my poem, ‘The Last Time’ will be included,’ says Annabel Black, who is studying creative writing and drama, theatre & performance studies.

You can order the two books here. Meanwhile we invite you to follow Fincham Press on social media (see links below) for the latest updates about the Hidden Treasure book launch.

Book your free ticket to the Hidden Treasures book launch here.

Leone Ross: teacher, editor, author – and cover girl

It is with both pride and sadness that we say farewell to Leone Ross, who has been editor of the Fincham Press student writing anthologies since they first appeared seven years ago.

Leone, formerly Senior Lecturer on the Creative Writing Programme, left the University of Roehampton ahead of the April 19 launch of her novel, This One Sky Day. It follows two previous novels, All The Blood Is Red and Orange Laughter, as well as a collection of short stories, Come Let us Sing Anyway.

In an interview with photographer, writer, and podcaster Naomi Woddis, Leone talks about what compels her to write. ‘There’s always private stories going on underneath the surface of people … I write about that, that’s what I’m most intrigued about.’

Her latest work emphasises these layers. The story takes place during one day on the island of Popisho, where everyone is born with magical gift – but one that may not be as helpful as it seems. Xavier, a chef, and Anise, a healer, bring the reader into this world and promise that you won’t leave it the same as when you arrived.

‘As long-time colleagues, Leone and I had the kind of mutual trust that makes collaborations a joy, and brings out the best in the students’ work,’ says Susan Greenberg, publisher of Fincham Press, Senior Lecturer on the Creative Writing Programme and Convener of the MA Publishing. ‘We aim to continue with the same high standards.’

Leone’s last two Fincham Press anthologies – All That Glitters and The Box – are being launched this May and news of the double-book launch will be posted here soon. Meanwhile, you can go ahead and order copies from the the university e-store,: either singly (see Glitters and The Box) or as a launch package.