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Punchy, challenging, defiant and pertinent –  this anthology explores the diverse spectrum of gender discourse and experience.
Punchy, challenging, defiant and pertinent – this anthology explores the diverse spectrum of gender discourse and experience.
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What is this project about?

A taste of things to come: 

Gender is an elusive subject. Gender is deeply personal and subjective. It depends on who's asking, who's looking and who is living it. But it is also objective, rooted in history and a harsh, confining, reality for some. This anthology – a collection of short stories, essays, poems and comics – explores the subject without forcing certainty and definition upon it's reader in a quarrelsome, uncompromising way. We think it offers something for everyone through a wide range of perspectives on the nature of gender, how we define it and ultimately how we identify ourselves.

Uniting ideas about gender across such a pantheon of opinions and experiences has been not only challenging but deeply informative. We have delighted in getting to know our contributors better and working with them to shape their stories into an anthology that explores our past perceptions and experiences, how things may be perceived in the present, and how they may evolve into the future. As a fledgeling publisher, we have a great deal to learn and are deeply grateful to all our contributors who have helped and guided us towards what we hope you will agree is a bold and relevant collection.

Featuring: femmes fatales, brazen boyishness, fierce feminism, mythos & eros, intersectional discourse, non-binary experiences, modern masculinities, speculative futures, supernatural beings, perspectives on 'passing' and everything in-between...

"Knight Errant Press’ F,M or Other anthology couldn’t be more timely and needed, especially given that the UK is suffering under a Tory government and we’re all feeling the effects from America’s lurch to the far right. Whatever your political sympathies, gender equality and LGBT+ rights is the fight for fundamental human rights and this is a fight ongoing across the world. These narratives are human stories, relevant to us all, and extremely urgent. It’s been a pleasure working with KEP. They’re an exciting new publisher who are showcasing marginalised voices and I can’t wait to see how they bloom." Ever Dundas

The Humans Involved 

We have gathered an international, transcontinental collection of voices: poets, essayists, artists, academics and writers. 

Our line-up of 22 fantastic humans for Volume 1:

Laura Bridgeman (playwright and writer; The Butch Monologues)
Iliria Osum (poet, playwright and illustrator; Strange Horizons and Goblinfruit)
Max Scratchmann (poet, writer and illustrator)
Julya Oui (writer; Them Horrors Be Everywhere)
Eris Young (writer; Aether and Ichor, No Filter anthology)
Ever Dundas (writer; Goblin)
Brook Shelley (writer; The Toast and the Transfigure Project)
Douglas Bruton (writer)
Ely Percy (writer)
Hannah Newell (essayist)

Jonathan Bay (poet; House of Three)
Gray Crosbie (poet, writer and performer)
Freddie Alexander (poet and performer; Inky Fingers Open Mic night, Gutter Magazine, Broadway Baby, Scotsgay)
Laura Nicholson (artist)
Robert Stirrups (writer and reviewer)
Fee Johnstone (writer; Ad Hoc Flash Fiction, Paper and Ink and Razur Cuts zines)
Nic Lachance (poet, writer and performance artist)
Sarah Spence (poet and writer; Gilded Dirt)
George McDermid (writer; Fife Writes, Eternal Love, Light & Darkness and Spring Awakening anthologies published by Forward Poetry)
Oliver/Samanta | Geffers/Bellevue (performer and activist)
Tanisha Catt (writer and illustrator)

Top to Bottom, L to R: Freddie, Ever, Brook, Eris, Julya, Fee
Top to Bottom, L to R: Freddie, Ever, Brook, Eris, Julya, Fee

Keep an eye out on our website and social media, we will be revealing interviews with our contributors throughout the Kickstarter campaign.

Why February?

We wanted to get F, M or Other launched and funded during February, the UK LGBT History month, both to raise awareness with our core audience, but also to have the book ready by summer's Pride celebrations.

Who is Knight Errant Press?

We are a queer press and our humble goal is to amplify and give power and agency to voices from the margins.

Knight Errant Press was founded in March 2017 and in January 2018 was incorporated as a community interest company. We are based in Scotland. We facilitate accessible creative writing workshops throughout Scotland on a monthly basis and we publish queer, fierce and relevant tales. We are particularly passionate about words and lives in translation, speculative fiction, migration tales and intersectional, genre bending stories by and about LGBTQI+ and BAME folk. You can find out more about us here.

The press was founded and is currently managed by Nathaniel Kunitsky. But it is in no way a "one-man-effort". We have an incredible team of talented and passionate freelancers making this project happen.

“Knight Errant Press have demonstrated ingenuity and genuine graft in publishing this new volume. At all times the admin team has been friendly in communications, and they have shown a true desire to craft a range of voices in this new collection. I’m very proud to be a part of it.” Freddie Alexander

 

Here we are in all our bookish glory: 

Left to Right: Nathaniel, Rhiannon and Lenka at the Lighthouse Bookshop (Edinburgh)
Left to Right: Nathaniel, Rhiannon and Lenka at the Lighthouse Bookshop (Edinburgh)

Our press is constantly evolving and growing. Even in the short time since this team picture was taken our team has grown and we’ve a new member – Rita Faire is now our PR & BAME Officer!

How will we use the money?

a colourful way to visualise costs
a colourful way to visualise costs

 

Making books is expensive, making a beautiful book even more so: from buying ISBNs to getting copies of the book off the press and into your hands, costs add up. A large portion of funds is allocated to printing and distribution. Since we are doing our own distribution, this cost includes packaging and shipping worldwide and is included in the cost of your pledge.

Most importantly: we pay all our contributors. Nobody will go by without some sort of compensation for their time, expertise and effort.

It is a well known fact that people love books. Most are more than happy to part with their money to obtain them. Some understand the rights of authors and are happy to contribute to their financial wellbeing. Few realise just how much work goes into putting it all together – we know first hand and we want to show everyone who has worked on this project our appreciation.

Everyone who has put work towards this anthology receives compensation, we firmly believe this is a standard that should be upheld industry-wide. This makes our total costs higher, but for a worthy and essential reason.

The founder of Knight Errant Press CIC will not be collecting personal profit from the Kickstarter funds; this is strictly to cover operational costs and should the funding surpass its goal the surplus will be put towards stretch goals and further development of the press and future projects.

What will happen if we go over our funding goal?

If we earn above our goal and the Kickstarter does well, we will be able to put money towards additional print runs and add to our contributors' remuneration. We will also have stretch goals that are fitting for our ethos as a social enterprise. The extra money raised will help fund Volume 2 of the anthology and thus reduce the overall total for our second crowdfunding project. We hope to learn a lot from this run and expect it will influence the decisions we make as we go about creating Volume 2.

What's next?

Volume 2!

What's in the Unicorn Bundle?

#1 Unicorn Bundle - Allolune / Alice Carnegie

The book, the eBook, your name in the book, shipping anywhere worldwide (anywhere, honestly) and a limited A3 print of the artwork below produced on a risograph printer at Out of the Blue Print – a local, social enterprise based in Edinburgh. 

by Allolune - Alice Carnegie
by Allolune - Alice Carnegie

 

Alice Carnegie is an illustrator, brooch maker, general crafter and cinema dweller. Freelance Edinburgh based illustrator with an interest in movies, girls, patterns, gifs and teen nostalgia.

You can find her on Twitter and Facebook and pretty much everywhere else! 

#2 Unicorn Bundle - Cinnamon Curtis / Paul Wilson

The book, the eBook, your name in the book, shipping anywhere worldwide (anywhere, honestly) and a limited A3 print of the artwork below produced on a risograph printer at Out of the Blue Print – a local, social enterprise based in Edinburgh.

by Cinnamon Curtis - Paul Wilson
by Cinnamon Curtis - Paul Wilson

What is risograph printing?

Risograph printing is a low-cost, eco-friendly print process with a unique aesthetic. Invented in the 80s as a cheap duplicator, riso is now really popular with graphic designers, artists and illustrators. The process works a lot like screenprinting.

Risks and challenges

Editing and producing a good quality book is a challenging quest: beyond the initial planning and commissioning for the concept – there is copyediting, typesetting, proofreading, cover design, marketing and all the little bits in between to be done.

The primary challenge here is to meet our funding goal so we can pay all contributors and publish the first print run of Volume 1. We've learned a lot as we put together this book, but there is still a long way to go and a lot more to learn, always!

The book itself is in it's finalised stages, a large proportion of the work in it has had it's final edit – all we need is to tinker away at the finer details and work on our design. We want this book not only to be full of brilliant content but also to be beautiful inside and out.

Most tasks are done in-house by Knight Errant Press, as well as the distribution, for as long as it is feasible. We have chosen a tried and true local book printer, so the physical product will be manufactured to a professional standard that we trust.

The better we do here, the more copies we can get out in the world to spread the message of the anthology and our press.

Should this Kickstarter not succeed – we try again, reconsider our marketing approach and presentation. We will also have to seriously reconsider printing, as priority goes to paying the contributors first and foremost.

Time is against us: We're launching this Kickstarter at a tricky time of the year! Almost everyone is still in the post-holiday slump, having spent lots on the festive season and just starting to recuperate.

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