Flambard Press Archive

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Consists of editorial material relating to published works by Flambard Press. Also contains documents relating to the marketing of the company.

Administrative / Biographical History

Flambard was a North East-based independent press which published a range of poetry and fiction, as well as some non-fiction and visual-art books. It was particularly focused on publishing new and neglected writers in the North of England, as well as promoting live literature.

Flambard Press was established in 1990 by Peter and Margaret Lewis. They began using early word processors and desktop publishing at Newcastle University, before securing funding from Northern Arts. In 2000, they were named a Regularly Funded Organisation of the Arts Council to cater for neglected writers of both poetry and prose, particularly of, but not exclusively from the northern region.

Over 20 years they published 129 titles, including several which were shortlisted for major prizes such as the Booker Prize, the T.S. Eliot Prize, and the Whitbread First Novel Award. Flambard Press supported many writers from the North East and Cumbria, as well as publishing authors from across the UK and overseas.

Flambard Press was supported by the Arts Council England until 2012, and officially closed in March 2013.

Conditions Governing Access

Access restrictions apply to parts of this collection in accordance with the United Kingdom's Data Protection Act 1998 and Freedom of Information Act 2000. See individual items for further details on where these restrictions apply.

Access is open to bona fide researchers; appointment in advance and proof of identity required. Please see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/library/special-collections/using/requesting.php for further details.

Archivist's Note

This catalogue was created by Rachel Hill, Senior Archives Assistant at Newcastle University Special Collections in 2016.

Related Material

Peter and Margaret Lewis, the founders of Flambard Press, are also the founders of Makaris, a poetry publication produced by Durham University Literary Society. The Makaris Collection is also held at Newcastle University's Special Collections, and a catalogue of the material can be found here.

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