Hebden writer opens a new chapter in publishing

Nicky Harlow, of Manor Drive, Hebden Bridge. The writer and Open University tutor is to publish two of her short stories in the debut anthology from Pandril Press, which was set up by her and her fellow Manchester Metropolitan University alumni.
Nicky Harlow, of Manor Drive, Hebden Bridge. The writer and Open University tutor is to publish two of her short stories in the debut anthology from Pandril Press, which was set up by her and her fellow Manchester Metropolitan University alumni.
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A HEBDEN Bridge writer is to publish her fiction in the debut anthology of a new publishing enterprise.

Creative writing tutor Nicky Harlow, of Manor Drive, co-founded Pandril Press as a platform for emerging talent.

Its first publication Panopticon, a collection of 12 short stories, will include two of her own – A Face at the Window, a drug-fuelled tragedy set in a gritty northern community, and Peverse Fruit, the tale of a mother’s inability to accept her baby son.

“We started our own press because we became aware of a groundswell of opinion that says London isn’t necessarily the last word in publishing,” said Nicky, who co-edited the anthology. Gifted writers from the regions are increasingly willing to take up the challenge and launch their own presses and we wanted to stand up and be counted.”

She set up the Manchester-based enterprise together with six other writers who were all studying for a master’s degree at the city’s Metropolitan University in 2007.

Paul Magrs, a former tutor at the university’s writing school and author of The Bride that Time Forgot, said: “These are my favourite alumni, from any writing course I’ve ever taught.

“In this anthology they present a generous banquet of stories – satirical, romantic, cynical, suspenseful, funny, mythic, nasty, nostalgic and occasionally surreal.”

A launch will take place at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Cambridge Street, Manchester at 6.30pm on Thursday May 5. It will be available from local book shops and online.