By Justin David and Nathan Evans
An anthology of stories from the edges by independent publisher Inkandescent
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Mainstream brings thirty authors in from the margins to occupy centre-page. Queer storytellers. Working class wordsmiths. Chroniclers of colour. Writers whose life experiences give unique perspectives on universal challenges, whose voices must be heard. And read.
The collection places emerging writers alongside some of our favourite established authors. Contributors are Aisha Phoenix, Alex Hopkins, Chris Simpson, DJ Connell, Elizabeth Baines, Gaylene Gould, Giselle Leeb, Golnoosh Nour, Hedy Hume, Iqbal Hussain, Jonathan Kemp, Julia Bell, Juliet Jacques, Justin David, Kathy Hoyle, Keith Jarrett, Kerry Hudson, Kit de Waal, Lisa Goldman, Lui Sit, Nathan Evans, Neil Bartlett, Neil Lawrence, Neil McKenna, Ollie Charles, Padrika Tarrant, Paul McVeigh, Philip Ridley, Polis Loizou.
This is our most ambitious project yet and we need your help to make it. When we raise 100% of our budget, we can pay our contributors and cover print costs. If we raise 200%, we can also pay our team of designers, editors, readers, copywriters, content creators working tirelessly behind the presses. And (hopefully) throw a big-splash launch party.
In these problematic times, the arts are suffering. It’s not a level playground. Often, only the voices of a privileged minority are heard and those of ‘minority’ groups are not given the amplification they deserve. We believe it’s crucial that everyone’s contribution is valued. That’s why this call-to-arms collection is so right for right now.
Back Mainstream and help us bring the outside in.
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Justin David is our publisher; he’s also a writer and photographer. A child of Wolverhampton, he now lives and worked in London, graduated from the MA Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, has read for Polari Literary Salon at Royal Festival Hall and was a founder member of Leather Lane Writers with Kit de Waal. His novella The Pharmacist is published by Inkandescent.
Nathan Evans is our editor; he’s also a writer, director and performer whose work has been funded by the Arts Council, toured with the British Council, archived in the British Film Institute, broadcast on Channel Four and presented at venues including Royal Court Theatre, Royal Festival Hall and Royal Vauxhall Tavern. His poetry collection CNUT is published by Inkandescent.
Our authors come in all colours, classes, sexualities, ages and experiences: some are award-winning literary doyens, for others this is their first publication, all of them are bright and brilliant and handpicked by Inkandescent.
Kit de Waal, The Weight of my Revenge
I wanted to hurt him back and the truth would serve me well for that. It needed no embroidery, no clothes nor shoes and looked its best naked like a winter garden.
The truth hung heavy in my coat, made me lean and veer but still, from time to time, I would take it out, weigh it, spit on it and whet-stone it sharp on both sides to wound going in and wound coming out.
- 12th January 2021 Last Orders at the Printer
Happy (Belated) New Year from Inkandescent: we've barely touched the ground in 2021, so busy have we been editing Mainstream. It really is an amazing collection—funny, moving, thought-provoking. The writing is as consistent in its brilliance as it is diverse, and we know people are going to love reading it as much as we have working on it.
The book is now being proofed but doesn't go to print until…28th September 2020 Full house
Congratulations to the emerging authors joining our established writers. Here is a full list of contributors – Aisha Phoenix, Alex Hopkins, Chris Simpson, DJ Connell, Elizabeth Baines, Gaylene Gould, Giselle Leeb, Golnoosh Nour, Hedy Hume, Iqbal Hussain, James Maker, Jonathan Kemp, Julia Bell, Juliet Jacques, Justin David, Kathy Hoyle, Keith Jarrett, Kerry Hudson, Kit de Waal, Leone Ross, Lisa Goldman…22nd September 2020 The Fiction is Emerging
We did it! We've worked our way through the many hundreds of submissions and arrived at our chosen ones! We'll be announcing our emerging writers at 5pm this Friday 25th September over on Twitter and posting here shortly after. Hurrah!
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