Ali Wickham

Joanne Ruocco

Joanne Ruocco

Alice frances wickham

In the mid-90's Alice started a zine called New London Writers, it morphed  into Purcell Press. She is passionate about writing, and about empowerment through language. She also likes teaching, having spent several years providing ESOL tuition to economically disadvantaged communities in London.  Her own writing is published in Edge, Litro, Tales to Terrify, Storylandia, Mir, Paradise Press, Yellow Mama, Indian Voice Review  and other outlets.  Currently working on a script for TV.

Joanne Ruocco

Joanne Ruocco

Joanne Ruocco

Joanne Ruocco

Joanne began working with Purcell Press in 2020.  Her sharp sense of humour, a sense of pacing, and talent for spotting a good storyline, are all invaluable assets. Joanne is from New Jersey, and she moved to London in 1990s to work with Style Council.  Jo is working on the memoir of those rock drummer days. 

Paul Gallagher

Patricia K Frost

Patricia K Frost

Paul Gallagher

Paul Gallagher, oversees the MA Screenwriting at Birkbeck College, London University.  Paul is a company Director of Twelve Chairs Films Ltd developing film and TV projects..  He was script consultant on feature films: The Birdcatcher 2019Starred Up 2013, and Desiree 2014. He founded and was CEO of Euroscript as an EU MEDIA programme [96-02] developing feature scripts with writers and EU production companies, including: Little Ashes 2008.. He was the editor of Screenwriter magazine for a decade and a columnist for magazines: SavvyScreenwriter, and Filmwaves. He has had numerous articles, short stories and poems published, and a book Dancing in the Waves [Mer, 2009]. He has run international workshops and delivered talks at International Festivals in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, London, and Lisbon, as well as sitting on International Film Festival juries and funding panels in Portugal and UK.

Patricia K Frost

Patricia K Frost

Patricia K Frost

Patricia K Frost

Patricia K Frost often draws from her own life experiences in her writing. Her first short stories and poems are inspired by her experiences as a Registered Nurse working in a busy Accident and Emergency Department in West London. After gaining a BA in English Literature, she went on to complete an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton, during this time she wrote her first book 'Shay the Singing Swallow'. Patricia is currently working on an anthology of poems reflecting the experiences of this Covid generation, and a Young Adult Dystopian novel to be published next year.

Mission Statement

What do we want?

We are open to most genres– horror, crime, thriller, literary fiction, utopian or dystopian narratives, real-life stories, spirituality, physics.

But what are the key topics today? 

Let’s start with the planet.

Can we undo the destruction of rainforests, endangered species, climate? 

Or is this life (as some say) a holographic fantasy, an illusion? 

Is there any possibility of global peace, or is that an eco-sci-fi utopian fantasy?

Gender–male, female, and points in-between. 

What are your thoughts on malleable pro-nouns? Or shape-shifting sexes? Cyborgs and AI. Will we even have organic bodies in decades to come?

Exploring the five senses and beyond.

Can you shape an alternate reality, skirt the outer limits, and circle back to hammer out a new commentary on the world!

We are actively seeking new writers. Through our 2020 online workshops (coming soon), we aim to develop and publish original writing from around the world. 

We love ebooks. They don’t hurt the planet too much, and they’re easy to carry and quick to produce. 

We will be keen on publishing your work if your style is authentic and your words stand out. 

Brief background. 

Purcell Press started as a magazine. We published fiction, poetry, and reviews with edgy Londoners such as Bette Bourne of Bloolips and journalist Suzanne Moore.

Today, Bette is known by his/her birth name of ‘Peter’ Bourne. Back in the day, she was the doyen of costume-filled extravaganzas at the long-lost experimental theatre on Goodge Street, the old Drill Hall. Suzanne writes for the Guardian newspaper.

In 2011, we morphed into a blog-type magazine. We held workshops for several years in West London, and a few literary agent events in central London.

What about poetry?

Over the years, our contributing poets have shown style and imagination, call it ‘word art’, weaving mystical perceptions with keen observations of everyday life, and doing it with great humour and sharp wit!

We are collecting those poems into a new volume this year. 

We are lucky to have an award-winning poet, Debjani Chatterjee, joining us at Purcell Press to publish her translation of Tagore later this year. 

So, please send a short sample of your work, including a summary of your writing background. Go to our submissions page.

Three poems, one chapter,  or 1500 words, will give us an idea of your writing style. 

We will send news highlights and writing samples to our networks of publishers and partnerships, including associate literary agencies.

Online writing course.

Learn about our writing workshop.  

Writing services?

We offer: 

  • Proposal-writing service. 
  • Book review. 
  • Book distribution.
  • Proofing, critique, editing, and copy editing your book.

Mission statement

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