Little Island Press are asserting themselves as a new publishing force to be reckoned with tonight at a sold out launch event at the London Review Bookshop.
To mark the occasion founder editor Andrew Latimer spoke to The Bookseller this week about all things aesthetic, and what drives him to publishing perfection.
Speaking to Danny Arter in an interview that encompasses the search for the perfect cover fabric, typography and Brexit, he said, "The fact is that some people don't read poetry and are, in fact, actively uninterested in it, irrespective of price. But there are a modest, and relatively stable number of readers who are."
"Why, then, should we insist on an often unfeasibly low price point at the expense of the quality of the product, merely in order to keep alive the pipe-dream of poetry's popularity? We risk devaluing the whole medium. Out decision to turn the poetry collection into a tactile, collectable hardback is merely one means of addressing the awkward fit of the poetry book in the contemporary market. By deliberately investing in production values, we hope to restore something of the medium's intrinsic value."
The whole article isn't online yet but you can squint at it above and you can find out more about the Little Island Press philosophy, and information on upcoming titles, on their website.