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is an independent publishing house, committed to publishing high quality books and pamphlets that are good to hold, touch, look at and read; books that will call out to you – over and over again.


Publication is by invitation only.                         

Scroll down to read about our editor Nadia Kingsley

Contact Nadia: on [email protected] – for press enquiries, review copies, author interviews etc

In 2021:

To come is a book by Selima Hill and Tim Nicholson, and pamphlets by Selima Hill


We have published:

A Spell in the Woods by Stella Wulf – a poetry and art pamphlet

Woods River Road by John Sewell – a poetry collection endorsed by John Burnside

Fan-peckled by Jean Atkin and Katy Alston – a poetry and art pamphlet on 12 old Shropshire words endorsed by Katherine Swift and Nancy Campbell

Rescue from the Dark by Paul Francis – a poetry collection based on news and photos from the guardian newspaper and endorsed by Emma Purshouse and Tom Sastry

Great Master/small boy by Liz Lefroy – a poetry pamphlet about searching for Beethoven in Bonn and Vienna with her son and endorsed by John Suchet and Andrew McMillan

Changing Places by Carl Tomlinson – a poetry pamphlet about loss of family and farming heritage, endorsed by Helen Mort, Di Slaney and Charles Foster


Run Workshops:

Vegetation Verse by Steph Morris – a 2 saturday morning course in May


Hosted Zoom events:

with Jean Atkin, Katy Alston, Steve Griffiths, John Sewell, Carl Tomlinson, Helen Mort, Alan Buckley, Charles Foster, Paul Francis, Emma Purshouse, John Mills, Stella Wulf. These can be seen on the Fair Acre Press youtube channel

In 2020:

We have published:

These Are The Hands NHS Poetry Anthology co-edited by Dr Katie Amiel and Deborah Alma, reviewed in the guardian, The Nursing Times, The Psychologist, Oxford Poetry Library, Atrium, Write out Loud and others and endorsed by Stephen Fry, Adam Kay, Simon Armitage and others
‘This is the writing wing of the NHS. This is where the open heart surgery is. What a beautiful operation. Read on’ ~ Lemn Sissay

Burke and Hare by Tom Wentworth – a play with 4 and 5 star reviews in the national newspapers

Ensured that I Once Knew A Poem Who Wore A Hat by Emma Purshouse and Catharine Pascall Moore remains in print; having won the International Rubery Award for Poetry
‘Emma’s poems are full of life and laughs, bubbling with music and wisdom and silliness and jokes and cute animals. She’s a great performer of her work and the book is crammed with tips to help the reader become a performer too’ ~ A.F.Harrold

Updrafts by Steve Griffiths a poetry pamphlet endorsed by Jean Atkin and Nicholas Murray

Please don’t trample us; we are trying to grow! by Steph Morris – a poetry pamphlet endorsed by Daljit Nagra, Jacqueline Saphra, Tamar Yoseloff and David Constantine

No Guiding Star by John Mills – a poetry pamphlet about Parkinson’s disease and about life , endorsed by Helen Mort, Clare Shaw and James Sheard


Started The Word Bin PODCAST – with over 100 recorded episodes – this can be found on itunes and most podcast apps with people from around the world saying what word they would like to bin and why


Run Umbrella – An Arts Council England-supported project involving Paul Kielty, Derwen College, Qube gallery and animation.

In 2019:

We have published:

Aeschylus’ PERSIANS by Kaite O’Reilly, winner of the Ted Hughes Award for new works in Poetry
Persians is a beautifully poetic version of Aeschylus’ tragic play. Kaite O’Reilly’s masterly retelling of this 2,500 year old story focuses on how war destroys people’s identity and her use of language is contemporary but never loses any of the historical context ~ The Poetry Society

Windy Old Fossils by Tom Wentworth
Tom’s a generous writer. In Windy Old Fossils he gives the actors lines they can ring every drop of comedy and tragedy from ~ Elizabeth Freestone

From Rowan Ridge by Chris Kinsey
I thoroughly recommend From Rowan Ridge, a celebration of a poet’s endless curiosity, yet a book with an inescapable bittersweet quality ~ Robert Minhinnick

My Darling Derry by Sally Festing
Unafraid of emotion, she confronts reality squarely, marvelling equally at its beauty and its pain ~ Helena Nelson

In 2018

We have published:

Winner of the Saboteur Awards


Longlisted in the Saboteur awards 2018 in the BEST ANTHOLOGY category

“The Goldsmith’s Apprentice is a triumph; an absorbing and impactful collection of heartfelt poems…”

“This is a collection full of grace, at once deeply authentic and heart-felt.”

“Matt Hazard comes from way out on the left field, and bounces off the walls on his way in, and I laughed out loud frequently!”

Nadia Kingsley:

  • is one of 4 visual artists, and project managing, an Arts Council England-funded project “Painting by Pixels” that culminates in an exhibition at Qube gallery, Oswestry, Shropshire in August 2018
  • is one of many poets and artists collaborating and showing work at VAN gallery, Shrewsbury in March/April 2018
  • will appear in 2 events at Saboteur Awards festival day on May 19th – on #MeToo and DIVERSIFLY books
  • is giving a talk to the Bridgnorth Naturalists on April 10th
  • will support the #MeToo launch in International Women’s Day week, and at festivals and events through 2018

In 2017

we published:
Beyond Spring is one of five books shortlisted in the BBC Countryfile magazine awards for BEST COUNTRY BOOK OF THE YEAR
It is on THE GUARDIAN’s “Best Nature Books of 2017” list
we also:
  • ran a successful Kickstarter campaign – to raise funds for the printing of Matthew’s book
  • ran an Arts Council England-funded project on DIVERSIFLY/ Urban Birds


In 2016

we published three books:
plus found, published, and launched our 2 Poetry Pamphlet competition winners, Shauna Robertson and Jill Munro – at Wenlock Poetry Festival – alongside judge, Costa-winner Jonathan Edwards
 We are interested in:

Science, the Natural World generally, Shropshire in particular
Poetry, prose, photography, art, craft, cartoons, challenging ourselves with new genres and projects
Finding new audiences and giving those audiences something new
Collaborations – between Sciences and Arts, and between the different genres within the Arts
Making podcasts


As previously stated –  publication is by invitation only. This means there is no submissions process other than when we are running specific projects.


We are proud to be a member of the Independent Publishers Guild

You can read Nadia’s answers in their Meet the Members section here




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Zest Press  is an Imprint of Fair Acre Press.

Zest Press supports authors in bringing their quality writing and projects to print.

This is a small venture which is increasingly being sidelined by time constraints because of Fair Acre Press’ endeavours and activities, but if you are interested in paying for Nadia’s expertise in getting your book into print; without marketing or post-publication support please do email Nadia at [email protected] and she will see if she can help.


About Nadia Kingsley

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  • I have had poetry published in magazines and anthologies, plus have three poetry pamphlets in print, and have been placed in poetry competitions.
  • I wrote a poem a month about a specified herb for medical herbalist Jayne Palmer’s herbal blog since January 2015 for two years – and which culminated in A Year in Herbs: a collaborative pamphlet with Jayne’s edited blogs, Nadia’s improved poems with12 friends and family’s artworks
  • I have read poetry at Stratford Literary Festival, Wenlock Poetry Festival (including the ‘Ones to Watch’ event curated by Jacob Sam-La Rose), Ted Hughes Festival, around the West Midlands, Knighton’s Poetry Marathon in aid of refugees, as guest poet at a fundraiser for Cuan Wildlife Rescue Centre, at Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s Merefest, at Birmingham Literature Festival.
  • I co-wrote poems, and performed in e-x-p-a-n-d-i-n-g: The History of the Universe in 45 minutes (see below). We also performed parts of this on stage with the Greenwich Observatory’s Public Astronomer Dr Marek Kukula, at Stratford Literary Festival 2016
  • In 2017 I was guest poet at the Cuan Wildlife Rescue Centre fundraiser, Wenlock Pottery, Shropshire in June alongside Keith Chandler and Chris Kinsey. I read at Bridgnorth Writer’s group day of poetry and music, alongside David Calcutt and Keith Chandler.
  • On September 9th 2017 I will read at a Refugee fundraising event at Knighton, Shropshire.
  • In 2017 I wrote poems for specific events – including Charles Darwin related poems for Merefest, and Cuan Wildlife Rescue Centre poems based on their workers’ ‘adventures’ and a guided visit.
  • In 2017 two of my herb poems were published in The Physic Garden, edited by Adam Horovitz


  • I project managed Shropshire Butterflies – a poetic and artistic guide to the butterflies of Shropshire – including involving 67 contributors: ecologists, nature writers, poets, artists; organising several group performances, an art exhibition, and a poetry and butterfly walk at Dudmaston Hall.
  • I project managed, co-wrote, and performed  e-x-p-a-n-d-i-n-g: the history of the Universe in 45 minutes at festivals such as Birmingham Literature Festival, Stratford Literary Festival, Birmingham Art & Science Festival, Wenlock Poetry Festival.
  • I project managed, presented podcasts and wrote for the Maligned Species project.
  • I am programme directing ten hours of nature and poetry in the Speaking of Nature tent at MEREFEST, Ellesmere, Shropshire on September 16th 2017
  • I project managed a podcast and poetry & art book project DIVERSIFLY/Urban Birds project – supported with public funding through Arts Council England
  • I project managed and made art and co-ran workshops with Paul Kielty in a digital art project Painting By Pixels – supported with public funding through Arts Council England
  • I project managed Umbrella – an animation project – with lead artist Paul Kielty – supported with public funding through Arts Council England


  • I have written a short story for Literary Salmon’s debut short story collection The Casual Electrocution of Strangers which can be dowloaded for free here.
  • I have short stories that have been placed and have won competitions. Two were recorded by short story radio: Shopping List; After the Tone – you can listen to these on this page. (see right hand side)
  • In 2016, I, and others wrote a short story a month, on a given prompt. The project was called ‘Prompted Tales’ and was run by Alex Townley –  My stories are here


  • I have had ceramics, sculpture, photography and a textile installation exhibited in London, Brighton, Birmingham, the Cotswolds and Wolverhampton.
  • BA (Hons) ceramics, 2:1 from University of Wolverhampton


  • A’levels in Maths, Chemistry & Biology
  • MBBS from King’s College London, MRCGP
  • I work as a GP


  • I have been invited on panels at Writing West Midlands Writer’s Toolkit 2015 –  blogging, and working with small presses
  • I was asked to write a guest blog on the website of  the 2010/11 ‘Ted Hughes Award for New Works in Poetry’ winner Kaite O’Reilly
  • I was asked to write a guest blog on the Independent Publisher’s Guild (ipg) website
  • I was ‘In Conversation’ with novelist James Hannah (author of The A to Z of You and Me) at Shrewsbury Festival of Literature 2016
  • I curated the ‘Who Needs Nature?’ event at Birmingham Literature Festival 2017 – bringing together, in a ONE OFF event – Matthew Oates, Mary Colwell and Brett Westwood
  • I was interviewed by Public Access America podcast in July 2020 about The Word Bin podcast. You can hear it on soundcloud here


I set up Fair Acre Press in 2011 – to publish the Shropshire Butterflies book.
I had always felt the need to create a book, but hadn’t realised until I was choosing and placing the poems, and art; commissioning poets,ecologists and nature writers; making connections with specialists and organisations –  that I would feel such satisfaction.
I was struck by the bug…


Here are a few photos of my exhibited visual art work:

wedding shoes

security blanket close up parsnip

fruit under tree    cosmic snake egg in grass

cosmic egg-snakeChaplaincy tree neg2 June 01 copy