Negative Press London was launched in 2012 by Roelof Bakker to enable creative collaborations in print with other artists and writers, and to employ the artist’s book as a vehicle for his own investigations into form and the tactile experience, in works often combining photography and text.
IN CAMERA (2016)
Nicholas Royle is the author of First Novel, as well as six earlier novels, and a short story collection, Mortality. He has edited nineteen anthologies and is series editor of Best British Short Stories (Salt). A senior lecturer in creative writing at the Manchester Writing School at MMU, he also runs Nightjar Press and is an editor at Salt Publishing.
David Gledhill has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. He’s a senior lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Bolton and a PhD candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has contributed writing and reviews to numerous artists’ projects and publications and is co-director of Rogue Artists’ Studios CIC in Manchester.
PLACING STONES (2015)
Martin Crawley was born in London in 1955. After attending art school at Middlesex Poly, he supported his practice for many years working in animation. His art has been included in group shows at Angela Flowers (London), Manchester Art Gallery and Spacex in Exeter. He works from his home studio in Bow.
John Douglas Millar is a writer and poet based in London.
STRONG ROOM (2014)
Jane Wildgoose is an artist, writer and researcher who works with museums and collections, including Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA (2009-10). In 2005 she was awarded a NESTA Fellowship to develop her role as Keeper of her own collection, The Wildgoose Memorial Library, which is dedicated to memory and remembrance.
Roelof Bakker is a London-based artist and the founder of Negative Press London. He is the editor of Still (Negative Press London, 2012). His stories are included in Unthology 5, 6, 7 and 9 (Unthank Books, 2014-2017), editors Ashley Stokes and Robin Jones. Strong Room (with Jane Wildgoose, 2014) was selected for Kaleid 2014, an exhibition of fifty new European artists’ books.
Still (ed. Roelof Bakker, 2012) features writing by twenty-six international writers from across the world, or have roots in many places – including Great Britain, USA, Canada, Pakistan, South Africa, Australia, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
Richard Beard has published five novels including X 20 A Novel of (not) Smoking (1996), Damascus (1999), which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Dry Bones (2004) and Lazarus is Dead (2011).
Andrew Blackman’s debut novel On the Holloway Road (Legend Press, 2009) won the Luke Bitmead Writer’s Bursary and was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize. A Virtual Love was published in 2013. Q&A
SJ Butler’s first published short story, ‘The Swimmer’, appeared in The Warwick Review and in Best British Short Stories 2011 (Salt Publishing, 2011). She has since had stories published in Paraxis, Litro and Untitled. Q&A
Myriam Frey is a Swiss illustrator, translator and writer. Her short stories have appeared in Ambit Magazine and online at Paraxis.org. Q&A
SL Grey is a collaboration between South African writers Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg. Their first novel, The Mall, was published by Corvus in 2011 and was followed up by The Ward in 2012. Q&A
Tania Hershman’s first book, The White Road and Other Stories (Salt, 2008) was commended, 2009 Orange Award for New Writers and included in New Scientist’s Best Books of 2008. Q&A
James Higgerson is a writer from Manchester. His debut novel is The Almost Lizard (Legend Press, 2013). Q&A
Justin Hill is an English author living in Hong Kong. The first of his Conquest Trilogy, Shieldwall was published in Spring 2011. He’s won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Betty Trask and Somerset Maugham Awards. Q&A
Nicholas Hogg was nominated for the IMPAC prize for his debut novel Show Me the Sky. His second novel The Hummingbird and the Bear was published in 2011.
Ava Homa is a Kurdish-Canadian writer. Her collection of short stories, Echoes from the Other Land was nominated for the 2011 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Q&A
Aamer Hussein was born in Karachi in 1955 and now lives in London. His early stories were collected in Mirror to the Sun (1993). He has since published four volumes of short fiction and two novels, Another Gulmohar Tree and The Cloud Messenger. Q&A
Deborah Klaassen is a Dutch, London-based blogger, essayist, philosopher, copywriter and the author of the horror novel Bek dicht en dooreten! (Shut up and eat!). Q&A
Nina Killham is the author of three novels: How to Cook a Tart, Mounting Desire and Believe Me. She also writes short stories and screenplays.Q&A
Sarah Ladipo Manyika was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, and England and now resides in San Francisco. Her debut novel, In Dependence, was published by Legend Press (2008). Q&A
Claire Massey is a writer and editor. Her short stories have been published online and in print in various magazines and anthologies including The Best British Short Stories 2011, Patricide and A cappella Zoo. Q&A
Jan van Mersbergen, born 1971, lives in Amsterdam. He has written six novels, his latest Naar de overkant van de nacht (2011). Tomorrow Pamplona (Peirene Press, 2011) was his first book translated into English.
Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende is from Zimbabwe. She now lives in Ann Arbour, Michigan, currently working on a short story collection and a novel. Q&A
James Miller was born in London in 1976 and is the author of the acclaimed literary thrillers Lost Boys (Little, Brown 2008) and Sunshine State (Little, Brown 2010). Q&A
Mark Piggott is from London. His first two novels, Fire Horses and Out of Office, were published by Legend Press. His short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies including 3:AM and Pulp Books. Q&A
Mary Rechner is from Oregon, USA. Her story collection, Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women, was published in 2010 by Propeller Books and was nominated for the 2011 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Q&A
David Rose lives in Middlesex. His stories have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies, including Murmurations (Two Ravens Press, 2011). His first novel, Vault was published in 2011 (Salt Publishing). Q&A
Nicholas Royle is the author of a short story collection, two novellas and six novels and has edited fourteen anthologies. His latest novel, First Novel, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2013. Q&A
Preeta Samarasan grew up in Malaysia. Her first novel, Evening Is The Whole Day, has been translated into fourteen languages and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth First Book Award.
Jan Woolf is a writer and reviewer who lives in London. Her first book Fugues on a Funny Bone, a collection of short stories, was published by Muswell Press in 2010. Q&A
Evie Wyld is an Australian living in London. Her first novel After the Fire, a Still Small Voice (Jonathan Cape, 2009) won the John Llewllyn Rhys Prize and a Betty Trask Award. All the Birds, Singing was published spring 2013.
Xu Xi is a Chinese-Indonesian native of Hong Kong and author. Recent books include Access: Thirteen Tales (2011) and the novel Habit of a Foreign Sky (2010), shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize.