Projects

Queering the Map of Glasgow

We are back.

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After the success of our first crowdfunded anthology F, M or Other: Quarrels with the Gender Binary – Knight Errant is back, putting queer experiences firmly on the map of Glasgow.

Mark the date: 24 November 2018

Time:13.30 to 16.30 (sharp)

Place: The Mitchell Library, North St, Glasgow G3 7DN

Tickets can be booked here. Prices are £5 for a regular ticket. There are 20 FREE tickets available for those who need one (see below).

The price of the ticket includes a hot drink, treats (vegan friendly) and £2 off 1 book OR art print of your choice from Knight Errant.

Ely Percy will read from their debut novel Vicky Romeo plus Joolz, a butch meets femme romantic comedy set in Glasgow and set to be published in February 2019; followed by readings from Ryan Vance, Michael Lee Richardson and Eleanor Capaldi of their pieces from the Queering the Map of Glasgow collection.

The readings will be followed by a panel discussion with Ely, Nathaniel (Knight Errant) and Monstrous Regiment (of “The Bi-ble” and Monstrous Regiment Magazine fame – Crimson, Emerald et al.) about our recent recon mission to map and record the local queer spaces and histories of Glasgow, and the significance of publishing queer voices as a way of placing and retracing queer experience in the past, present and future.

This event will also mark the launch of the Wicked Wee Bks imprint (more about this imprint soon) – the first publication of the series conveniently shares its name with this event. Our queer map of Glasgow, by no means exhaustive, will be beautifully executed by Kirsty Hunter and available to purchase at the event.


Accessibility: The event will be mostly sitting room, is wheelchair accessible and has accessible facilities.

Due to the high demand we’ve had to increase the number of tickets available. We will be relocating to a bigger, equally accessible venue with Category is books as a smaller mobile bookshop.

1/3 of the total number of tickets are FREE (i.e. we have 60 tickets available, of those 20 are free)

The code is 34QU.

For students, people on a low income, un(under)employed folks and any other beans who find themselves in a tough spot. Come and join us.

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UPDATE: Publication Date and Edinburgh Launch

🚨 PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨

The kick-ass anthology you folks helped come to life will officially be published on

May 5th

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It will be available to order from our online store from June 1st.

“Why the wait?”: Because we’d like to make sure that our Kickstarter backers get their hands on their copies first. It’s only fair, don’t you think?

#QueerQuarrels Volume 1 will very soon strut around the world with this bangin’ cover, artwork by Alice ‘Allolune’ Carnegie.

For a sweet treat – come join our book launch at Lovecrumbs, Edinburgh on Saturday, May 12th @ 18.00-20.00 pm to celebrate our first Kickstarter anthology through an informal panel with our contributors, lots of delicious cake, books and art prints!


Tickets are £5.00, this goes towards a full fiver discount when buying the book.

Watch our social media channels for awesome goodie vouchers that give you ticket discounts, free cake… OR BOTH!

 

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Projects, Team

Kick-Starting #QueerQuarrels

A lot has happened since Knight Errant Press was established in March last year. We have been slowly growing, improving and figuring things out.

Of course, the biggest project that took up most of our time and focus was F, M or Other: Quarrels with the Gender Binary. Ever since we opened our submissions, we have been trying to be a constant presence in your timeline with various updates and our most recent, and the biggest so far, has been the launch of our Kickstarter campaign.

The Anticipation

If you’ve ever planned a big project, then you might know that there is a lot of anticipation that builds up over the course of making preparations and putting things in place. The excitement, mixed with a good dose of stress, kept us on our toes the entire time. Tackling one thing (and sometimes more) at a time made it seem as if the end goal was miles away.

The team got together one day to work on blads which were to be distributed during our launch. Blads, while strange sounding, is a very straightforward concept, it serves as a sample or a taster of an upcoming book.

We mused over the right pieces and parts to include, stared intensely at a screen trying to judge whether the cover’s font should be a point smaller or bigger and tweaked all the little details while consuming large quantities of tea and snacks. I, personally, also got distracted by Rhi’s adorable cats and had to indulge in some cuddles.

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Working on the blads at our Edinburgh base (basically, taking Rhiannon’s spare room hostage).

 

A lot of us are very familiar with being stressed out over intense work. What is harder to describe is what you feel once everything you have been working on is suddenly out there, for everyone to see and scrutinise. Suddenly the thing you have poured all your energy into isn’t yours anymore, you put it out there and wait for the reaction.

The Event

Knight Errant Press hit two significant milestones at once. On the 8th of February we organised our first ever spoken word event and launched our Kickstarter campaign.

We were caught off guard by how quickly it sold out (thank you so much for that!) so expectations were already in place. We arrived early on the day to prepare as best as we could and while we were trying our hardest to be completely cool beans, we were decidedly not. The nerves definitely made themselves known, but once I was standing in the ‘green room’ (i.e the one room in the bookshop that was sort of blocked by a plant for privacy) surrounded by the team and all the authors who have so generously agreed to give us their time and performances, I felt like I was floating from joy.

Seeing our contributors together in one room, nervous, but excited and so supportive of each other was an amazing experience. Hearing them preform and utterly captivate the audience with their words made my ears tingle from all the happiness I was feeling.

There is something really special about the moment when a creator connects with an audience, that moment when their words manage to shake something up and I couldn’t be more grateful to be able to be a part of that.

I was so happy that I must have been grinning like a fool the entire time, sorry not sorry.

We have received an incredible amount of love and support for our work and the project. It is incredible to see that there is so many of you out there who want to hear these stories and believe in their importance. Every time we get a donation to our campaign or someone tweets about it, we get the warm fuzzies that fuel us to keep on working.

So thank you, again, for all the support we have received. Thank you for sticking by us, we cannot wait to share even more with you soon.

Your friendly neighbourhood Marketing Assistant,

Lenka

The Team
L to R: Lenka, Nathaniel and Rhiannon – chill beans!