Red Squirrel Press is a self-funded independent press based in Scotland. It was founded in April 2006 by Sheila Wakefield and has published over 200 titles to date. It publishes poetry pamphlets and full collections. The most recent publications are highlighted at the bottom of this page. Please browse our catalogue for details of titles in print and available.
Red Squirrel Press showcases young poets such as Claire Askew and
Andrew McMillan as well as more established names like James Kirkup,
William Bedford, Pippa Little and James McGonigal. To submit your own work, please visit our submissions page.
‘I know there is still that core of truth
undefiled, inexhaustible well of love
for life and all its manifestations,
a deep spring of love of poetry ever flowing.’
‘Reading Old Poems’,
from Marsden Bay (2008)
Red Squirrel Press is the publisher partner of the Scottish Writers’ Centre.
All publications for Red Squirrel Press and Postbox Press are designed and typeset by the poet Gerry Cambridge except Valerie Laws’ ‘The Operator’, Ellen Phethean’s ‘Ren and the Blue Hands’ and Tim Turnbull’s ‘Silence and Other Stories’.
Postbox Press, the literary imprint of Red Squirrel Press, was founded in
2015 and publishes short story collections, novellas and novels. Colin Will is Editor of Postbox Press.
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New Issue Out Now
‘‘If you listened to the BBC Radio 4 Christmas Day drama, I hope you’ll know it was based on Neil Gaiman’s short story, ‘Chivalry’. The award-winning author offered his top tips on how to write a good story from first line to finished work on the BBC website and it’s invaluable. They include a novel idea on writing short stories. He says, ‘I decided very early, when I was writing a short story, I should write as if I were paying by the word to write it. If in my head every word is costing me money to put down, I’m going to try and make sure that every word counts; that every word does something.’ I’m a huge fan of ‘less is more’ and this dynamic take on the established ‘make every word count’ advice is something for us all to think about. We’re often short of money in the first half of the year, having over-spent at Christmas and grappled with ‘Blue Monday’, so try applying financial restraints to writing short stories and enjoy Issue 3.’ — Sheila Wakefield