Clevedon Community Press

The Clevedon Community Press is our small independent press. We have set it up to help towards fulfilling our aim to enhance the literary and literacy profile of Clevedon and its environs.

Clevedon Community Press are proud to announce their second publication: Clevedon Cuttings: history, houses and a couple of characters by Jane Lilly.

Clevedon Cuttings will be launched in the Community Bookshop, Copse Road, Clevedon, on 18 November and, from 2.00pm, Jane Lilly will be giving a short talk and signing copies. All welcome!

We are proud to publish the tenth local history book by Jane Lilly, Clevedon’s well-respected local historian. Clevedon Cuttings presents meticulous historical research of places, events and people in Clevedon. Two introductory essays trace the development of the town as it grew to become a select seaside resort. Seven essays focus on Clevedon’s historical houses, their developers and occupants. Two more explore the histories of well-known businesses in the town, and two tell us of significant Clevedon characters. Clevedon’s railway accident in 1881, and the history of sea-bathing, complete this most charming collection of essays fully illustrated with photographs and specially commissioned pen & ink drawings. From 18 November, Clevedon Cuttings will be for sale at the Community Bookshop in Copse Road, Clevedon, and at other outlets in Clevedon, Books on the Hill, the Pier Shop and the Post Office in Old Church Road. It will be available online from the Clevedon Community Bookshop, through Amazon, Abe and Biblio.ISBN: 978-0-9935666-1-5. RRP: £6.00. Publication date: 18 November 2017

Writing on the Lake: an anthology of poetry and prose inspired by the Marine Lake, was published by the Clevedon Community Press in April 2016, the outcome of a collaborative project undertaken with the Marine Lake Enthusiasts Society in Clevedon. It is available from us, at our Bookshop and online, at the retail price of £4.95 and at a wholesale price for retailers and community groups.

The Community Press is run by the Bookshop Co-operative’s Publishing Press Team. We regard publishing as a co-operative effort. There are many steps between an initial manuscript and the published book and we are happy to work with you - authors, organisations and community groups - throughout the whole process. See below for Publishing Guidelines.

The purpose of these Guidelines is to inform those of you interested in publishing your work through the Clevedon Community Press of our publishing interests and the procedures we adopt to make fair and transparent decisions with regard to submissions and proposals. We will publish fiction and non-fiction. Fiction may include: novels, poetry, plays, memoir and biography, short stories and essays. We are particularly interested in writings relevant to the community of Clevedon and its environs. And, as a community co-operative, we are interested in publishing work that relates to community co-operatives and to the co-operative movement. We also will consider children’s literature starting at primary school age who are able to read by themselves onwards to young adults. We are not able to publish large multicolour plate illustrated editions requiring extensive artwork. With the necessary permissions, we will publish new printings of out-of-date publications.

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The first publication from our new publishing press, Clevedon Community Press, Writing on the Lake: an anthology of poetry and prose, was published on Saturday 2 April 2016.


In this anthology, thirty-three writers, drawing on vivid memories and imaginations, celebrate the restored Marine Lake in Clevedon through their poetry and prose. The publication is the outcome of a collaborative project between the Bookshop Co-operative and Marlens, the Marine Lake Enthusiasts Society.

Over the past four years since opening our bookshop on Copse Road, and then developing our internet shop, we have focused on ways to ensure the sustainability of a second-hand bookshop in Clevedon. The development of Clevedon Community Press does this too but is primarily an expression of activity in line with our second objective, to enhance the literary and literacy profile of Clevedon.


We hope that Writing on the Lake will be the first of many publications and the Bookshop Co-operative looks forward to working with other organisations in Clevedon as we have done with Marlens.


Writing on the Lake was launched from ‘the bookshop in the van’ beside the Marine Lake on Saturday 2 April, the celebratory day of the official opening of the restored Lake. It is also available from the bookshop in Copse Road, from Amazon, AbeBooks and Biblio, and from the bookshop website, priced at £4.95.


To purchase online from the bookshop: email your order to so that we may send you an invoice through our PayPal account. £4.95 + p&p @ £2.05.