We are four people with a passion for art, music, poetry and film. We hope to find great books on real-life stories, fiction, human potential, wellness, narratives on spirituality, on the environment, poetry, technology, physics. There are no limits to subject matter - all we ask is good-writing and a powerful message.
Be open to new ideas, and alternate concepts of life; avoid perfectionism yet strive for greatness; provide a platform for balanced viewpoints; acknowledge our human frailty, be honest with ourselves and with one another; aim high and dream large. Our independent press seeks to empower new and emerging voices from around the world; together we will co-create a positive planet.
Story ideas? Okay, let’s start with Mother Earth!
Can we undo the destruction of the rainforests, the depletion of our endangered species? Can we repair the coral reefs, and control the trajectory of global warming and climate change?
Can we develop new cultural mindsets for the 21st Century?
What about technology?
Some say the whole thing is a holographic delusion? Do you agree?
Are we prepared for the Ai revolution?
Peace on earth?
Was Lennon correct to say that all we need is love? Or is global harmony a long-haired eco-sci-fi utopian fantasy?
In a future world, could we produce and share enough food and shelter and medicine to eliminate hunger, poverty and needless outbreaks of disease?
Gender–male, female, and points in-between
What are your thoughts on malleable pro-nouns? On shape-shifting sexes? Cyborgs and Ai. Will we live in 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 brave new world!
We want your ideas coming through all available channels. We want to develop you the writer, and collaborate on an exciting new world.
Let's not forget to laugh and have fun in the process, and let our imaginations run riot!
Purcell Press started as a fiction and poetry magazine full of edgy Londoners - people like Bette Bourne, the doyen of costume-filled extravaganzas at the long-lost Drill Hall, Quentin Crisp, and Suzanne Moore, veteran of The Guardian newspaper. In 2011, we morphed into a blog, and in 2014 we began workshops in West London, with writer-agency events in central London. Our plan is to continue this process online.
Over the years at NLW, our contributing poets, especially those writers from Asia, have displayed incredible style and imagination, call it ‘word art’, weaving mystical perceptions with keen observations of everyday life, and doing it with modesty, humour and wit!
On collecting these gems from East and West, we are privileged to include award-winning poets, Debjani Chatterjee, and Yogesh Patel, both due for publication this year.
How do I get involved?
So, send a sample of your writing via our submissions page.
Three poems, or one chapter and a synopsis, will give ample idea of your writing style.
Can I write for your blog, and how will you promote my writing?
Among other things, we distribute our blog posts around a wide networks of publishers, editors, subscribers, social media outlets, and writing partnerships, including associate literary agencies who subscribe to our updates.
PP online creative writing course is in development - watch this space
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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.
In the mid-'90s Ali started a zine called New London Writers, it morphed into Purcell Press. Ali is passionate about writing, and about individual empowerment through language. She worked for several years on providing ESOL tuition to economically disadvantaged communities in East London. Her work appears in Edge, Litro, Tales to Terrify, Storylandia, Mir, Paradise Press, Yellow Mama, Indian Voice Review and other outlets. Currently working on a script for film and TV.
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 2019. Starred 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: Savvy, Screenwriter, 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 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.
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