We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate author P. W. Bridgman on the recent launch of his first collection of short fiction, "Standing At An Angle To My Age
", on Sunday 5th of May in Vancouver, Canada.
Mr. Bridgman's story, "Cake, Bang and Elm
", placed third in our inaugural International Short Story Competition in conjunction with the anthology "Gem Street
". "Standing At An Angle To My Age"
is published by Canadian Independent Libros Libertad. More details about the author can be found at www.PWBridgman.ca
It has been something of a journey since the launch of Labello Press back in August of 2011. No stranger to upheaval and change, the time since then has still been very challenging. But intense experience and insight have deepened my commitment. One of the most important factors in my decision to publish other writers is not only the work they produce, but the person they are.
In 2012, Irish writer Steve Wade was one of the Memorial Prize winners in, “Gem Street: The First Collection”, the anthology dedicated to my father after his sudden death. I feel lucky to have met Steve. Completely dedicated to his writing, prolific and professional, he is one of the most genuine people I know.
His fiction has been published in over twenty-five print publications, has won many awards, and been placed in prestigious writing competitions. A prize nominee for the PEN/O’Henry Award, 2011, and the Pushcart Prize, 2013, his first collection of short fiction, ‘In Fields of Butterfly Flames’, is due for an Autumn 2013 release.
In their struggle for acceptance, and their desperate search for meaning, the characters in this collection of twenty-two powerful stories deny the past, forego reality and abandon responsibility. Fractured and broken, some irreparably, they find themselves betrayed, isolated, guilty and vulnerable. Themes of death, disillusionment, loss of innocence and injustice, infuse this uneasy work.
Steve feels alongside his characters, touching their humanness, seeking to understand their complex desires. He doesn’t try to entertain. He tells it as it is, catching what life throws, bare-handed.
We are excited to announce this year's title.
"In Fields of Butterfly Flames", a gritty, poignant and edgy collection of provocative short stories written by award-winning Dublin author Steve Wade,. will be published later this year.
Further details to follow.
Labello is forging ahead. Collaborate with us.
We are interested in finding an inventive, creative and somewhat left-of-centre person who can assist us in the development of marketing/promotional strategies for our upcoming titles.
We're not looking for slick. We prefer attention to detail and a comprehensive approach. Our books are published in a print-only format. We choose our titles with care. Our desire is to create beautiful books and do right by the authors we publish.
For right now, we are a small niche press with a very small budget - this opportunity would best suit someone whose primary goal is to express their creativity and gain experience.
We are great to work with and always open to new ideas.
If you think you would like to pitch in and help, or if you have any questions, we would love to hear from you. Please use the Contact Form on our website.
We wish everyone a happy and inspired 2013.
We are regrouping and restructuring after a very busy first year and the successful publication of our innagural anthology, "Gem Street: The First Collection".
Due to additional publishing demands, we are postponing this year's Short Story Competition. It will re-open on the 1st of July 2013 with a new format, including free entry and a prize structure makeover.
We wish to thank the authors who have sent in their work and apologise for this brief interval. All entrants will be hearing from us shortly.
Again, thank you one and all for your continued support and encouragement. We greatly appreciate it.
We are proud to announce that the following prizewinning stories from "Gem Street, The First Collection: 2012"
have been selected and nominated by Labello Press for the prestigious, US based Pushcart Prize.Folie a' Deux by Paul BurnsCake, Bang and Elm by
P.W.BridgmanThe GyPSy Line by Michael MadiganAnimation by Evan Guilford-BlakeAs Grey Sky and Sea Blend by Noel O'ReganFor the Children by Steve WadeCongratulations and best of luck.And more news....We are honoured and excited that "Gem Street" has been specially selected as one of the fundraising features by Paul Ellis, founder and organiser of the summer Hospice Event on Wednesday, 22nd August in Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross, Dublin 6. If you would like to make a donation, visit: http://www.mycharity.ie/event/paul__ellis_s_event/The anthology is also now available on amazon.co.uk and soon on amazon.com. We have extended our special offer on this website until the end of August.Coming soon.....Information outlining our one-to-one editorial and mentoring services and future titles to be published by Labello.We would like to thank everyone who has purchased a copy (and in some cases many copies) of "Gem Street". Your support, good wishes and inpu
t are invaluable and appreciated beyond what can be expressed here. Hope this post finds you all well and
enjoying the fleeting slices of sunshine this summer.All the bestDeborah
We would like to thank Bob and Ann of the Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin, for providing Labello Press with the opportunity to hold readings from "Gem Street, The First Collection" last Friday evening, 27th July. We greatly appreciate their gracious welcome and flawless organisation of what proved to be a wonderful event.
It is always great to experience such an enjoyable outcome after all the hard work we invested in creating this opportunity for writers to showcase their work.
To all of the authors out there who have put in the time, expended the energy, and spent the money that it takes to professionally self-publish in print, we take our hats off to you. It's no easy feat, which is why we are so indebted to the independent bookshops that are giving us their fantastic support and encouragement.
Thank you to Brendan Fennessey for travelling a long distance, yet again, to attend and photograph the event. Thanks also to John and Juan. It was great to catch up after all these years and to Tom and Sasha for their ongoing friendship and support in this, and all of our projects.
Please join us on Friday 27th of July from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., in The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane, Temple Bar, where Dublin author Steve Wade and Dublin-born author Carol Brick-Stock will be reading excerpts from their prizewinning stories "For the Children" and "The Woman in Her Head". Excerpts will also be read from other great stories in the collection."Gem Street, The First Collection : 2012" containing stories from 11 International authors will be available for purchase
so come along, enjoy a glass of wine, and be a part of the continuing celebration of our first annual anthology.See you in The Gutter and thank you for supporting our
efforts to profile great short fiction.http://www.gutterbookshop.com/