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!
Contributors, Interviews, Projects

Meet the Humans: Gray Crosbie

As part of our campaign we will be introducing you to our contributors – the fabulous, creative and talented people we’ve recruited for this project.


Gray Crosbie is a queer writer and performer who often writes in the boundary between flash-fiction and poetry. Their writing has been published in journals such as Firewords Quarterly, Northwords Now and Litro. In their free time, they enjoy travelling, drag shows, and too many vegan donuts.DSC05135b

www.mcrosbie.com

[Knight Errant Press] Is gender identity a theme that comes up a lot in your writing? If not, what pushed you to explore it this time around?

[Gray]: I write about gender quite often. I think how we’ve thought of gender up until recently, particularly in terms of it being a strict binary system, is changing, which makes it an interesting topic to document and explore.

[KEP] Was there a particular book, short story, poem or event in your life that inspired you to write your own?

[G]: I tend to find inspiration in day-to-day life, in the things that go wrong, overheard conversations, daydreams etc.

[KEP] What’s the most famous book you haven’t read?/play you haven’t seen?/album you haven’t listened to?/film and TV series you haven’t watched?

[G]: Oliver Twist. The Sound of Music. Game of Thrones.

[KEP] Tea or coffee?

[G]: Nettle tea.

[KEP] Early morning or late into the night?

[G]: The place where the two meet.

[KEP] Digital or analogue?

[G]: Digital watches, analogue music.


GetFileAttachmentWould you like to support #QueerQuarrels?

Here are a couple of the ways you can do so:

  1. pre-order the book (and other perks) on Kickstarter
  2. boost us on Thunderclap
  3. support us by sharing and retweeting on Facebook and Twitter!
  4. if you’re in Edinburgh, Scotland – pick up a copy of our preview booklet @LighthouseBooks