Bird’s Nest Books is an indie publisher based in Fenland, Cambridgeshire, in the UK.
We are a Community Interest Company (CIC) – a social enterprise which aims to:
- publish fiction and non-fiction titles for adults and children, particularly (but not exclusively) books which are aimed at or feature traditionally underrepresented groups and communities
- hold our authors and illustrators in high regard and take care to involve them in the decisions surrounding publishing their work as much as possible, to maintain their involvement in the creative process
- provide genuine publishing opportunities for new and emerging writers and illustrators – a chance for them to be published, receive royalties and gain experience to further their careers
- bring literary activities (festivals, workshops etc) to the local area – the rural community of Fenland, Cambridgeshire
We LOVE all things bookish and literary! And we have a very broad definition of that – we are just as excited about comics as we are classics, about poetry as we are prose. We love the telling of stories in any form, be that words, pictures, plays, films and anything else you can think of!
Publisher and Managing Director – Jane Levicki
Jane has been involved in publishing and editing in various forms for 20 years, starting in technical writing and moving to freelance editing and proofreading. She became a freelance publisher in 2006, working mainly with local community groups and individuals. She also has a strong background in working with not-for-profit groups as both employee and volunteer.
She developed a strong interest in alternative educational practices since withdrawing her four children from school in 2001 to educate them at home. In 2010 she and a colleague founded Education Outside School Magazine, a digital publication supporting and encouraging the UK home educating community. In 2014 she decided to take her publishing interest a step further and start Bird’s Nest Books.
Jane is supported by her wonderful co-directors who brainstorm, advise and assist. They are:
John is an avid book reader, skillful wordsmith and enthusiastic user of Excel spreadsheets – characteristics which are enormously valued within Bird’s Nest Books!
A word about Community Interest Companies
Whilst CICs can make money (indeed they have to, in order to be sustainable), their main focus is their community. Any profit made after running costs are met must be invested back into that community. CICs are accountable to the CIC Regulator. Read more on the CIC Regulator’s website.
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Bird’s Nest Books CIC Registered in England, No. 9038103
Registered Address: March Town Hall, Market Place, March, Cambs., PE15 9JF