Inpress is delighted to announce confirmation of future funding from Arts Council England. We have been an ACE National Portfolio Organisation since 2012 and are one of only four literature focused organisations in the North East to receive funding in the last funding round.
The increase in funding will enable us to realise our ambition of a dedicated online poetry bookshop under the Poetry Book Society brand, representing the full spectrum of poetry publishing from the smallest creators to the established imprints of commercial publishing.
Sophie O’Neill, managing director of Inpress said, “I am delighted to receive continued support from Arts Council England and an uplift in funding. We work directly with 45 independent publishers, and indirectly with many more. Confirmed funding means we can continue with our long term strategy, building on the successes of the last year, growing the Inpress and PBS business and that of our members and most importantly promoting the wonderful work of independent publishing and the books our publishers produce to as wide an audience as possible.”
Chairperson, Ian Grant said, “We are delighted that the Arts Council has once again recognised the value of the work that Inpress does in supporting the independent publishing community. During the current funding period, Inpress has increased publishers' sales – and therefore the revenue to literary artists and the resilience of the companies that publish them – by 40%. Last year Inpress rescued the Poetry Book Society and although the PBS is not supported by Arts Council funding, the contribution ACE makes to the core strength of Inpress will help us to grow and improve the services of the PBS. Independent literary publishes can take great heart from this renewed funding of Inpress, for which we are very grateful.”
We'd also like to congratulate our wonderful publishers Penned in the Margins, Peepal Tree Press and newly confirmed NPO Nine Arches Press on their funding, and look forward to working with them for another four years.