Llandeilo based Black Bee Books is Wales' Newest Publishing House
Newly launched Black Bee Books will publish its first titles in September 2020.
Launching with three titles this year, from debut and established authors, Black Bee will be publishing a contemporary crime novel, an historical novel set across the twentieth century in rural west Wales, and a collection of Young Adult Horror and Sci-fi Short Stories.
Seonaid and Huw Francis already run the successful ThunderPoint Publishing (www.thunderpoint.scot) which publishes a variety of genres, including crime, historical and literary fiction, predominantly set in Scotland. ThunderPoint titles have been long and shortlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize, Dundee International Prize, the Polari Prize and the Bloody Scotland/McIlvanney Prize. ThunderPoint has recently sold translation rights for The Peat Dead to Estonia's oldest publisher, Eesti Ramaat.
Black Bee Books aims to work with authors that reflect the wide range of communities in Wales, and publish titles that resonate with a diverse readership.
Black Bee titles will be distributed by the Books Council of Wales, and we look forward to working with bookshops across Wales to engage readers with our authors and books.
Seonaid Francis, Editorial Director says, “We are excited to be launching Black Bee Books, and though the Covid pandemic has impacted on our launch plans, we are very much looking forward to working with an expanded group of authors and engaging with bookshops, readers and new audiences in Wales. We are actively looking for authors who represent the diverse communities in Wales, and write with a distinctive and engaging voice that readers will empathise with.”
A spokesperson at The Books Council of Wales said, “We are delighted to welcome Black Bee Books to the Welsh publishing industry and look forward to working with them as a distributor. The benefits of reading have been forgrounded once more during the strange times in which we currently live, and it is important that readers in Wales are able to choose from a wide selection of titles which reflect the diversity and distinctiveness of our country in both Welsh and English.”
Black Bee Authors
Angela Johnson was born in West Wales, and is a Welsh speaker. Her work is often inspired by the Welsh countryside, and the characters she knew in childhood, and the tales they told.
She was an English teacher and taught in a number of schools in the South East of England She then studied Creative Writing at the University of Kent. Her novel Harriet and her Women was shortlisted for the Impress Prize for Fiction, and she has won the Poetry Prize at the Folkestone Arts Festival.
She lives in Kent, enjoys travelling to look at birds and plants in exotic places, and is a passionate environmentalist, and, latterly, is spending too much time fulminating about politics.
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-913853-00-6
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-913853-01-3
GB Williams has a business degree and works as a systems architect. She writes crime fiction as GB Williams, and has written novels, shorts and flash fiction. She has also had some success with steam punk (writing as Abi Barden in the US), paranormal prose, and poetry.
She was born in Kent, grew up in Tonbridge, and now lives in Swansea.
Title: The Chair
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-913853-02-0
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-913853-03-7
Colin R Parsons was born in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales. He was always fascinated with science fiction and other worlds, creating stories of his own from a young age. He left school, and writing, at sixteen and didn’t start writing again until his early forties.
He has written short stories, children's books and adult fiction, including crime. and has been a full-time writer since 2013.
Colin works with Primary Schools in England and Wales running presentations and workshops to encourage reading and literacy.
Title: The Man with the Black Shoebox and Other Strange Stories
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-913853-04-4
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-913853-05-1
Black Bee Books is based near Llandeilo and will launch its first titles from September 2020.
Established by experienced publishers Seonaid and Huw Francis, Black Bee Books will build on their success with ThunderPoint Publishing, and aims to work with authors that reflect the wide range of communities in Wales, and publish titles that resonate with a diverse readership.
Tel: 01558 685860
ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd., a Publisher Member of Publishing Scotland, was established in 2012: www.thunderpoint.scot