Come Write For Us. Armley Press is Looking for New Writers

John Lake and Mick McCann at the Big Bookend festival 2014. Photo by Lloyd Spencer

John Lake and Mick McCann at the Big Bookend Festival 2014. Photo by Lloyd Spencer

What’s not to like? Mick McCann and John Lake are looking for new writing talent. Go on, give it a go. They are slightly bonkers, of course,  but that’s part of the charm and there’s never a dull moment!

Was there always something you wanted to write? A tale or idea you thought was interesting? Have you got a book in you? Maybe just a short story or a brief rant?

Ey up everyone, Mick McCann here.  As well as being Leeds’ greatest ever writer (… ever) I am also impresario of punk publisher Armley Press and we are into a process of kicking up the operation. That’s where you could come in. We, that is me and senior partner (fellow Armley Press author) John Lake are looking for new writers.

There are no real boundaries as to what we are looking for – although John includes poetry and cookery which we’ll have to sort out via a quick arm-wrestle.  So, being confident in the strength of my arm, we’re after anything excluding poetry, cookbooks and I’d add factual books on my beloved Leeds United as a no-no.

Any written or spoken word format is of interest, so we might even be able to help you with that ranting rappy  thing hidden in the back end of your phone.

Don’t be a pussy (rooted in scaredy cat and nothing else) and send us some stuff. Be brave, don’t worry, it may well be crap but so what, we’ll understand and, although everything I’ve ever written is genius, John’s written loads of crap stuff (1) and obviously it’s all subjective. I even once met someone who didn’t like Coming Out As A Bowie Fan In Leeds, Yorkshire, England… I know, can you believe it? What a nutter.

John Lake and friend. Photo by Lloyd Spencer

John Lake and friend. Photo by Lloyd Spencer

We’re in the process of designing the website which we don’t want to be a typical, dry publisher sales tool but a breathing, giddy place full of playful or challenging people and ideas.  Until the site is sorted you can contact me personally to submit material, ask questions or just say ‘Hello’ via Facebook or twitter  @MickMcCann01

Don’t be shy, we’re on your side. Now go on, knock our socks off, we’ve removed our shoes especially.

1.Disclaimer: Mick would like to clarify and formally announce that nothing he’s read by John has been crap, it was part of a comic routine… almost.


Pussycats! We told you.  Photo by Steve Evans

Pussycats! We told you. Photo by Steve Evans

Fiona Gell

Fiona is a lifelong reading enthusiast and book lover. Her career started as a bookseller and has never really veered away from the written and spoken word. It was a dream for her to be a founder member of The Leeds Big Bookend and the Northern Short Story Festival. She continues to be its Director.

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