Schooldays Launch

This summer, we have been ‘on tour’ to launch our new anthology, Schooldays. Over three August Saturdays in London, Oxford and Edinburgh, we held events where we listened to our poets and writers read their work. Each event was an absolute pleasure to host; there was a real buzz and the conversations at each event showed buckets full of enthusiasm and passion for poetry and writing, especially with small presses like us.



Edinburgh was our smallest venue but, perhaps, invoked the greatest amount of excitement as we saw our books for sale in the Festival bookshop. This made me feel enormously proud of Paper Swans, but more than that, absolutely thrilled that our writers and poets were gaining exposure to a wider (and very literary savvy) audience. I did a quick ‘stock-check’ before I left and they were selling, so I flew home, happy in the knowledge that Paper Swans was making some ripples at The Edinburgh Book Festival.


Throughout the events, one thing I heard time and time again was what a great collection Schooldays is. And it’s true; it’s a book that (dare I say?) is rather swan-like. Elegant and demure on the surface, but swans are angry creatures – they hiss and fight. I felt like that about many of the pieces in Schooldays. Happy memories of youth…but underneath runs a thread of rejection, rebellion, remorse.


Below is a selection of pictures from our launch events and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our poets and writers who came to read. It was a genuine pleasure to meet you all and, even more so, to hear you read your work.





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