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Fly on the Wall Press named Small Press Regional Finalist for the British Book Awards 2023

Manchester-based Fly on the Wall Press has been named Small Press Regional Finalist for the British Book Awards 2023 for the 4th year running. The independent publisher specialises in socially conscious, politically-engaged fiction, poetry, and cross-genre anthologies.


A one-woman enterprise run by Isabelle Kenyon since 2018, Fly on the Wall Press has built its reputation on its commitment to accessible and sustainable literature, taking great care in making decisions that reflect its ethos, from working with under-represented authors to partnering with sustainable paper and packaging companies.


Despite being unfunded in 2022, Fly on the Wall Press achieved significant commercial success and business growth, with a 42% revenue increase. The publisher signed with Central Books LTD to expand its distribution model and increase bookshop visibility, resulting in a successful partnership with Waterstones and a meeting with the head office to advise on sustainable business practices.


Fly on the Wall Press has also achieved critical success with several of its titles. Notably, Shahe Mankerian's "History of Forgetfulness" was longlisted for the Julie Suk Award, and Dr. David Hartley's "Fauna" was longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize 2022. The publisher has also helped several début authors and under-represented writers gain recognition.


The Small Press Regional and Country Winners for the British Book Awards will be announced on 15 March 2023. These winners will form the shortlist for our Small Press of the Year Award, announced at a ceremony on 15 May.




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