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Sarah Jackson and Eireann Lorsung, July 19 2012

Serotine’s first event – please come!

I’ve been muttering for a while about setting myself up in business as… something. Small press would be the ideal, but there are lots of other things I want to do. And quite a few things I can do to bring in some money to keep the wolf from the door (wouldn’t want Mr Wolf to eat the kids – most of the time, anyway).

I thought Serotine (bat species, etymology) would explode onto the scene with a big fanfare. The website would be amazing, I’d have a full business plan for the first five years, the publication schedule for the press would be clearly set out, and I’d offer a specific set of services at affordable costs. And the Great British Public would rush to throw money at me.

One of these days I’ll get the hang of how the world really works… I started writing a few years ago with the idea that I’d produce a best-selling novel within a year, and from then on I’d earn my living from writing. Ha ha. Nothing is ever that easy. And Serotine seems to have slowly grown from an idea into a real thing without me putting much energy into it as a discrete entity. I guess Serotine is just me.

Serotine website banner

So, what will Serotine do? I’d love to direct you to the website… but I haven’t finished it yet! These are the services I offer at the moment:

  • Typesetting and layout design
  • Graphic design – logos, posters, flyers, etc
  • Website design
  • One-to-one tutorials on how to use computers and the internet
  • Advice and training for writers on social media and websites
  • Creative writing teaching and workshops
  • Proofreading and copy-editing

Other projects I have in mind include:

  • A six-monthly magazine for creative non-fiction
  • A small series of publications, beautiful words in beautiful books
  • Learning more about hand bookbinding and doing (something) with it
  • Learning more about letterpress printing and doing (something) with it
  • Knowing everything and doing everything

Watch this space… in the meantime please come along to Serotine’s first event. The marvellous Éireann Lorsung (Music for Landing Planes By and a forthcoming collection of poems about her time in England) and the wonderful Sarah Jackson (Milk and Pelt), who organised the Poetry Café at the Flying Goose in Beeston in 2011/12, have agreed to read for us (FOR FREE!) on Thursday 19 July at 7.30 pm. This will be your last chance to hear Éireann read for a while, as she’s moving to Belgium on the 20th (a great loss to the Nottingham writing scene). And it will be one of your first chances to hear Sarah read from Pelt, recently released by Bloodaxe.

I’m not getting anything from this event other than the joy of hearing two awesome poets read their work. Please come along and let me share that joy with you!

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