Today we welcome back Purple Pomegranate Press, who will this time join us at Brighton Open Market on Saturday 12th May. Find out more about them….
Please introduce yourself and your brand….
I am an author and editor and I’ve worked in children’s publishing for many years. In June last year, I set up a small independent publishing company, Purple Pomegranate Press. We publish little story books which are a greeting card and a gift all in one.
How would you describe your style and your creations?
I think they all have a fairy tale quality, not only the stories. They are bright, colourful and visually very attractive. They are the kind of thing that brighten up a room or brighten up your day. They are keepsakes – collectibles – things to be treasured.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy everything about my work. I am passionate about books and have always loved stories and reading. The thing I enjoy most about my work is seeing the illustrations for the stories for the first time. It’s wonderful to finally see the characters on the page and to see how the artist has interpreted the story.
What can we expect to find on your stall at The Fairy Tale Fair Fringe Festival Special on Saturday 12th May at Brighton Open Market? And are you looking forward to taking part?
I am very excited about taking part in the Fairy Tale Fair Fringe Festival, as we had a great day at the Fairy Tale Fair Easter Special at St Barnabas in March.
On our stall, you’ll find our little story books which are a gift and a greeting card all in one. Also on the stall we will be selling hand-knitted polar bears and foxes which we commissioned to accompany the story books. They can be purchased alone or with a story book. A range of 6 stunning polar bear prints signed by the artist, Claire Fletcher and some exquisite antique boxes beautifully lined with velvet and Liberty print fabrics will also be on sale.
Do you have a best seller?
The Birthday Surprise is a bestseller but The Little Red Hen comes a close second as many people have happy memories of it as a childhood favourite.
Do you have any plans or ambitions for the future?
I hope to grow the publishing company and create more little books. I would like to publish a series of stories inspired by castles, towns and places of interest around the UK and would love to hear from other authors and illustrators who have a story they’d like to tell and that they think would suit this format.
I want the company to be a showcase for good story telling and beautiful illustration.
Do you have a motto or inspirational quote?
Reading a lot of positive mystery and adventure books and fairy tales with happy endings as a child, instilled in me the idea that anything is possible. If there’s something you want to do, then go for it. Characters in books don’t let obstacles defeat them, they overcome them and so should we.
‘The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will’.’
How can we find out more about you?
You can visit the Purple Pomegranate Press website www.purplepomegranate.co.uk
or instagram: purplepomegranatepress