Meet the editors of ASP Abergavenny Small Press - the independent publisher with the personal touch.
Editor in Chief
Even the impossible is possible! It just takes time, dedication and perseverance.
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.
Jackie Biggs has had three collections of poetry published.
Before we Breathe (Littoral Press 2021) is inspired by the coastal waters and hinterland of Cardigan Bay where she lives. The Spaces in Between was published in 2015 by Pinewood Press (Swansea). Breakfast in Bed (Indigo Dreams Publishing 2019) was shortlisted in the Welsh Poetry Book Awards.
Jackie performs her work at spoken word events all over Wales, in England and Ireland. She had a poem Highly Commended in the RS Thomas Festival Poetry Competition in 2019 and was also Highly Commended in the Welsh International Poetry Competition 2019. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is co-organiser of The Cellar Bards spoken word event in Cardigan, a former chair of PENfro Book Festival and a member of the Rockhoppers poetry performance group. She is currently working on a new series of poems related to climate crisis (who isn't?!) Her poetry appears in many online and print journals and anthologies.
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.
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) https://magazineoftheoldwest.neocities.org/leonardomadgirl.html
‘Helping the People Help Themselves’, Storgy (https://storgy.com/2020/04/27/helping-the-people-help-themselves-by-sharif-gemie/)
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. Recently longlisted in the Bridport Flash Fiction Competition (2021).
He has two short story collections out. One can be found in the ASP shop: 'Horrific Tales for a Horrific Year' (2022)
The second, '#Rehashed':