Meet the editors of ASP Abergavenny Small Press - the independent publisher with the personal touch.

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Dogs Darnborough

Editor in Chief
Fiction editor

Even the impossible is possible! It just takes time, dedication and perserverence.

I've had an eclectic life to date, I was the Literature editor for one of the first online magazines set up in the early '90's. I am a published writer, retired counsellor and, once upon a time trained to be a forensic archaeologist, but life took me down a different path.

Rachel Carney

Poetry editor

Rachel Carney is a poet, PhD student and creative writing tutor based in Cardiff. Her poems, reviews and articles have been published in several magazines including the New Welsh Review, Wales Arts Review, Acumen, Ink Sweat and Tears, and Envoi. Two of her poems have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and she’s also been commended in the Cheltenham Poetry Festival Competition and the Welsh Poetry Competition. She blogs at

Danielle Farrington

Art editor

My name is Dan Farrington, I am a local artist based in Abergavenny. My preferred medium is prismacolour coloured pencils; and photorealism is what I like to do best.


The colours of the hills and the skies in the surrounding area are where I take my inspiration from; always ending up on the darker side of the rainbow.

Sharif Gemie

Reader & In-house author

Sharif is a retired Professor of History. He was a university lecturer for 32 years. Originally a historian of modern Europe, he grew interested in the histories of marginalized and minority peoples in Europe. He wrote (or co-wrote) eight non-fiction works, and countless academic articles. His most important books include: Women and Schooling: Gender, Authority and Identity in the Female Schooling Sector, France, 1815-1914 (Keele University Press, 1995); Galicia: A Concise History (Cardiff: UWP, 2006); French Muslims: New Voices in Contemporary France (Cardiff: UWP, 2010); Outcast Europe: Refugees and Relief Workers in an Age of Total War, 1936-48 (London: Continuum, 2011), co-authored with Fiona Reid and Laure Humbert; and The Hippy Trail: A History (1957—88) (Manchester University Press, 2017), co-authored with Brian Ireland.

            After retirement, he turned to writing fiction. To date, he has published twelve short stories and flash fictions, including:

A Visitor,’ in Carmel Mawle (ed), DoveTales: an International Journal of the Arts (2018), pp. 139—51.

The Map and the Migrant,’ in Emma Larking (ed), We Refugees (Raleigh, North Carolina: Pact Press 2019), pp. 69—73.

Leonard and the Mad Girl’, Magazine of History and Fiction 1:4 (Winter 2019)

Helping the People Help Themselves’, Storgy (

Jack T. Canis

Reader & In-house author

Jack has had an eclectic career spanning archaeology, self-employment as an armourer, a person centred counsellor and a nanny recruiter! He has been published in a number of countries and magazines incl. Teleport magazine, Purple Wall Stories (Honourable mention), Datura, Sledgehammer, Potato Soup Journal & incl in two anthologies published by Monnath Books & one anthology by Purple Wall stories - two of these are due later this year, Tabula Rosa due July 5th by Monnath Books & pending by Purple Wall Stories.

Twitter: @jackcanis

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