Out now – The Rook: Citizens of Nowhere

Fincham Press’ first anthology of narrative journalism – The Rook – is now available to buy from the University of Roehampton e-store.


Edited by John Doyle and Juan Pérez González, the collection features journalism by current and former students of the University of Roehampton. Here, they share their unique experiences from all over the world: from the beaches of Bali to the cities of Europe, they reveal the secrets of places such as Russia and Havana, and shed new light on more familiar territory.

They are citizens of the world, traversing land and sea, and trying to find a place they can call their own. A place called Nowhere.

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Out now – In Which Dragons Are Real But

We are happy to announce that Fincham Press’ fifth anthology of student work In Which Dragons Are Real But is now available to buy from the University of Roehampton e-store.


This anniversary collection marks a five-year milestone with two innovations – the use of colour illustrations and the inclusion of work by alumni as well as current students from the University of Roehampton’s Creative Writing programme. The anthology, edited by Leone Ross (Come Let Us Sing Anyway), features short stories, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, screenplays, and poetry. Our authors explore dark themes, tender moments and satire with joy and even triumph, as they fight off the dragons that lurk in our world.

The dragons are real, but…

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Summer Surprise #2: The Rook revealed

It has been a busy summer for Fincham Press.  Following our creative writing anthology cover reveal, we are delighted to share our second summer surprise. Here we reveal details of The Rook: Citizens of Nowhere.

Front cover of The Rook: artwork and design by Rudolf Ammann

The anthology is a collection of gripping journalism from current and former students of the University of Roehampton. The pieces gathered here tell true tales from every corner of the globe, from Havana to Russia. Within its pages, readers will discover the unique experiences of young citizens and what it means to be a citizen of Nowhere. Check out the contents below.

The collection is edited by John Doyle and Juan Pérez González and will be available to purchase soon. Follow Fincham Press on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to find out more.






Citizens of Nowhere

Juan Pérez González · The European


Aleksandra Antonova · A July Morning in Bulgaria


Isabelle Kern · My Russian Friends


Isobel Rafferty · Lost on a Stranded Land


Vilde Haugen · Dreamland Beach


Ellis King · Mallorca, Martina and Me


Josh Downes · Bulls and Blood


Stephanie Badaru, Federica Infantino and Isobel Rafferty

Going Country, Going Undetected


Barbora Palovcikova · The Sounds of Camden Market


Conor Young · North of the Heart of Babylon


John Doyle · Citizens of the Sea: A Reawakening


Notes on Contributors


Summer Surprise #1: Cover reveal for our fifth creative writing anthology

Following an especially busy period for Fincham Press, we are excited to share the first of two surprises this summer. Here we reveal details of our fifth anthology of creative writing: In Which Dragons Are Real But.

Book cover: artwork and design by Rudolf Ammann
Front cover of our fifth creative writing anthology: artwork and design by Rudolf Ammann

This fifth anniversary publication marks the occasion with two firsts in Fincham’s history. This collection is the first to include work by University of Roehampton alumni alongside that by current Creative Writing students. It is also the first time we have published original illustrations in full colour. Different forms are showcased in 47 pieces; often dark in theme, but also funny and thought-provoking.

Check out a sneak peek of the cover (above) and the table of contents (below)! The collection is edited by award-winning author Leone Ross. An official launch will take place at the University of Roehampton in late 2018 – follow Fincham Press on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for further details.






Short Stories

Sarah Tucker · Exit Stage Right


Charlotte Byrne · Georgy Girl


Steph Elliot Vickers · White Walls


Nanou Blair-Gould · Innocuous Disposition


Katharine Cheetham · Bruises


Andrew D’Arcy Collins

So I Finally Rescued My Piano


Ellenor Pickles · Daisy Girl


Molly Glinski · Transcript: Interview Room 2


Jacob Bathgate · Fossils


Melissa Healey-Mullee · 99 In The Rain


Stiina Honkavaara · A Taste of God


Veslemøy Stavdahl · White Bird


Hanna Andersson · Compost


Yen-Yen Lu · Friends


Serena Michel

Ojos Que No Ven, Corazón No Siente


Glenn Shadbolt · The Happening Now


Frederik Helgesen ·Thank You, Mr Lighthouse


Flash Fiction

Arun Jeetoo · The Exhibition of Margo


Thomas Cole · Fake Updates


Mehmet Suleyman · And Now You Know Her


Charlie-Anne Butterworth



Palace of the Babies


Liz McAnder · Fatigue


Jess Styles · Freaks Anonymous


Georgina Charles



Yujin’s Mother



Sean Wai Keung

the spring bamboo


the new golden phoenix


Bronia Waldron · For Simon & Garfunkel


Natalie Howard · Make Me a Sandwich


Emma Strand · Bye-Bye Bluebird


Jacqueline Robinson · Cake Making


Kristina Kjønigsen · Hush, Little Baby


Anne Malewski



1920s charleston


Tess O’Hara · To Slinky Duvet Days


Milanta Petkauskaite · Collage One


Haley Jenkins ·Greyscale


Megan Lewis · Some of Myself



Rosie King · A Picture of You


Jack Purkis · Audition #34


Nadia Elaissaoui · Eager for Eden


Creative Nonfiction

Cameron Turner · Those Aren’t Fireworks


Matthew Delicate · Etcetera


Max Blindell · Rules


Oana Liana Martisca · The City Between the Rivers


Lisa Gaultier · In Which Dragons Are Real But



Notes on Contributors


Issue 2 of The International Journal of James Bond Studies – now available

The International Journal of James Bond Studies logo designed by Rudolf Ammann

The Spring 2018 issue of The International Journal of James Bond Studies is now available online. This issue of the open-access research journal features articles and reviews on all things 007, including an exploration of the geopolitical function of Bond’s train journeys, the relationship between Bond and pirate culture, and the franchise’s use of extreme sports.


Journal editor Dr Ian Kinane says: ‘We’re delighted to publish our second issue of the journal with Fincham Press and to further develop research in the field of James Bond Studies. Within the Department of English and Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton, The International Journal of James Bond Studies continues to enhance our provision of research and teaching in popular literature and culture.’

The journal welcomes submissions on any aspect of the James Bond franchise. Submissions for the second volume are now open!

Don’t forget to interact with the journal on its official Facebook page and Twitter

Fincham Press titles now available at The Hive!

campus poster hive
Fincham Press at The Hive: poster by Rudolf Ammann

We are pleased to officially announce that you can now buy Fincham Press titles at The Hive Café! The Hive Café is run by RSU and is situated in the heart of Digby Stuart College at the University of Roehampton.

The café serves fair trade coffee and food, as well as food grown on-campus through the Growhampton scheme. Fincham Press contributor and Hive employee Brad Cohen said that ‘the Hive Café is excited to support the local authors of Roehampton through stocking the Fincham Press anthologies. If you, like us, prefer your coffee with a side of literature, then come and pick up a copy.’

In short, The Hive is an ideal place to check out the entire Fincham Press catalogue!


The Rook: new journal for nonfiction stories

The Rook: masthead

The Rook anthology is a new collection of experimental and literary journalism that showcases innovative forms of non-fiction storytelling.

Why The Rook? Roehampton derives from the Old English, “the homestead of the rook”. Communal by nature, the Corvus frugilegus roosts in great numbers across our campus.

Propitiously, a gathering of rooks can be called a parliament, a clamour, or a storytelling. Rooks form a circle, in the middle of which a solitary bird caws, as if telling a story.

Our first anthology explores the theme “Citizens of Nowhere”. We are interested in submissions that explore Citizenship, National Identities, Place and Space, in response to the wider questions raised by Brexit, but we also want to extend the parameters of the debate. Possible submissions could include reportage from Brexitland, features on global citizenship or polemics on space and place. We are open to all subjects and submissions that respond to the theme.

We are calling for contributions from all of our university communities. Staff, students and alumni are encouraged to submit unpublished journalism of between 500 and 5000 words by September 1 2017 May 21, 2018.

We are open to submissions that explore the boundaries of journalism and encourage experimentation with form. We only ask for accuracy, veracity, and most of all, originality.

The Rook aims to build a community of lively writers from our corner of London.

Please respond to our call! Send an email to:

John Doyle – j.a.doyle (at) sussex.ac.uk
Juan Perez-Gonzalez – j.perez-gonzalez (at) roehampton.ac.uk

Anthology #5: Call for submissions (Roehampton alumni only)


It’s that time of year when Fincham Press start compiling the new anthology of student work. This time, as well as our usual call-out to the present student body we are seeking submissions from University of Roehampton alumni to celebrate our fifth year as a press. We will accept most forms including flash fiction, novel extracts, poetry, creative nonfiction, and short screenplays. For examples of our previous collections, please visit our catalogue.

Submission guidelines

This call is open to alumni of the University of Roehampton’s Creative Writing programme only. There is no specific theme for this anthology, and we are open to all genres.

Please submit only one piece for our consideration; the exceptions are flash fiction and poetry, where multiple pieces may be submitted but must not exceed the maximum word count as outlined below.

There is no minimum word count, however please bear in mind these maximum word counts for specific forms:

  • Short stories – 2500 words
  • Nonfiction and novel excerpts – 5000 words
  • Flash fiction – multiple stories allowed, but together should be no more than 1000 words in total
  • Screenplays – 15 pages
  • Poetry – 10 pages

All submissions should be double-spaced and set in 12pt Times New Roman or rough equivalent. The title of the work should be set in capital letters; please do not underline the title.

You should include a coversheet with your submission. This must include your name, the year you graduated from Creative Writing at Roehampton, and a contact e-mail and postal address.

All submissions should be sent as word-processed documents (.odt or .docx) with a brief covering email to finchampress@roehampton.ac.uk. If you are submitting concrete poetry or anything experimental in terms of form and layout, please also provide screenshots in addition to the word-processed document.

The deadline for alumni submissions is 10am on Sunday 25 March 2018. Any submissions received after this time will not be considered for publication.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Publishing Assistant Veslemøy Stavdahl if you have any questions.

Thank you, and happy writing!

Get involved – Review The Unseen

The Unseen cover detail, remixed

As we are all thrust into 2018, so too do we at Fincham find ourselves thrust into production. With our sights set on the upcoming fifth anthology, we are looking for reviewers to give us their verdict on The Unseen following its official launch in December. Your opinions will help us to make this year’s anthology better yet.

Whether you are a literary critic, work for a magazine, or you have a blog, website or even a vlog, we would love to hear from you. If you are interested in reviewing The Unseen, please contact Managing Editor Charlotte Byrne with details of your publication or links to previous reviews. All reviews will receive a special mention on our website and our Facebook and Twitter pages, so this would be a great opportunity to attract new followers.

Of course, you do not need to be an active reviewer to get involved. If you have read The Unseen, you can always leave us a few words about your experience on Amazon or GoodReads. After all, it is the opinions of our readers that we prize most of all.