Bird’s Nest Books is an imprint of small independent publisher Eyrie Press. It is run by me, Jane Spencer, as Managing Director, and I am supported by two co-directors David Johnson and John Spencer.
I set up Bird’s Nest Books in 2014. As a former home educator, I had noticed a distinct lack of books that featured home educated characters in a non-tokenistic way, and realised there were probably other groups who felt similarly about their representation in fiction. Bird’s Nest Books was set up to address that issue.
In 2018, we set up Eyrie Press, which publishes speculative fiction for adults and young adults, and retained Bird’s Nest Books as our imprint for children’s and family-oriented books.
We are a social enterprise and Community Interest Company. Our aims are:
- to publish books that feature individuals and communities who do not often recognise themselves in fiction
- to support new and emerging writers and illustrators, particularly those from our local region of East Anglia
- to bring literary activities and opportunities to our local region, which has many areas of rural isolation
We’re based in the fens in north Cambridgeshire. This part of the UK is very rural and geographical isolation can be a real challenge, so we work to bring more literary activities to our local area by running events ourselves or working in partnership with other local organisations. We’ve held workshops, run competitions and helped organise literary festivals.
Read more on our main Eyrie Press website.
A word about Community Interest Companies
Eyrie Press is a Community Interest Company. Whilst CICs can make money (indeed they have to, in order to be sustainable), their main focus is their community. Any profit made after running costs are met must be invested back into that community. CICs are accountable to the CIC Regulator.