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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.

Submissions open now until 14th September 2019:

We will be publishing TheseAre The Hands Anthology – an NHS poetry anthology

Call for Submissions: ‘These Are the Hands’

An NHS Poetry Anthology with Michael Rosen

Open now – until 14th September 2019

 This is a unique opportunity to see your work published in an exciting new poetry collection.

The aim is to give a voice and reflect the experiences of NHS staff and celebrate their creativity and talent, while at the same time raising money to support the NHS.

Winning entrants will have their work published in an anthology book, ‘These Are The Hands’ published by Fair Acre Press, foreword by Michael Rosen and including poems by leading UK poets including Michael Rosen, Roger McGough, Lemn Sissay, Kate Clanchy, Molly Case and Sabrina Mahfouz. The book will be widely available in UK bookshops and online including Amazon.

All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to NHS Charities Together, supporting over 100 NHS charities.

Winning contributors will also be invited to a ceremony and book launch event at the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries.

Editors: Dr Katie Amiel & Deborah Alma

Open to: All those working and training in the NHS (both clinical and non-clinical staff) and all those who have worked for the NHS

Judges: Michael Rosen and Deborah Alma

Deadline: 14 September 2019

For more details including submission details: click here

Publication is by invitation only.                         

Scroll down to read about our editor Nadia Kingsley

Contact Nadia: on – for press enquiries, review copies, author interviews etc

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!”


and other books to be announced nearer the time of their publication


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


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 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 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
  • Worked as a GP, and then a medical examiner


  • 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 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