University of Chester Press

The University of Chester is one of a minority of UK universities to have its own publishing operation.

Founded in 2001 and launched as the University of Chester Press in 2011, the aim is to disseminate excellent original research and creative work from within the University, together with publications with a significant relationship to the history, life and culture of Chester and its surrounding area.

Managed by an Editorial Board and supported by a critical peer review process, the University of Chester Press seeks to ensure that the University’s core value of excellence in learning, teaching, research and innovation is evident throughout its list of publications. The Press aims to provide authors with a cost-effective means of publishing their research, together with a personal approach. Prospective authors and editors are welcome to read the Guidelines  and contact Sarah Griffiths if there are any further questions. We ask all prospective authors and editors to complete the Proposal Form with as much detail as possible and this, together with a sample chapter, will form the first part in the approval process. 

Forthcoming titles: Acedia and the Transformation of Spiritual Malaise; The Neston Collieries, 1759-1855; Trauma Informed Mindfulness; Beyond the Big Six: Expanding the Boundaries of the RE Classroom.

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The launch for the latest anthology in the Cheshire Prize for Literature series took place in July 2018 and was attended by the new High Sheriff Alexis Redmond accompanied by Phil Redmond. Opening Words: Stories and Poems for Children from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2017 features a cover illustration by Alex Brychta MBE and a foreword by Dr Roderick Hunt MBE, creators of the 'Magic Key' stories for the Oxford Reading Tree, as well as 15 entries from shortlisted authors and the eventual winner.

The latest book to be published in June 2018 is the eleventh instalment in the Issues in the Social Sciences series - Pornographies: Critical Positions, edited by Katherine Harrison and Cassandra A. Ogden.

The Cheshire Prize for Literature Awards evening took place on 22 November and we look forward to seeing the best of the short stories and poems (including those of the prizewinners) in the anthology to be published in summer 2018.

Edges of Identity: The Production of Neoliberal Subjectivities was launched in Adelaide, Australia on 15 September 2017.

The Cheshire Prize for Literature anthology Crossings Over: Poetry from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2016 which features the best poems from the competition was launched in July. Read more here

We had a very successful event at Linghams Booksellers in Heswall in May where Professor Stephen Harding talked about 'The Vikings of Wirral' and his book Ingimund's Saga: Viking Wirral .

The University of Chester Press has assisted with the publication of Bolesworth and the Barbours: A History of the Bolesworth Estate and the Barbour Family which was launched in May 2017 and is being sold in aid of Cancer Research UK's work at the Manchester Cancer Centre.

See the video from the Advocacy and Public Speaking: A Student's Guide book launch with the Rt Hon Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales (who wrote the foreword).

Recent titles:

Pornographies: Critical Positions (Issues in the Social Sciences).

Edges of Identity: The Production of Neoliberal Subjectivities (Issues in the Social Sciences).

Crossings Over: Poetry from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2016 edited by Dr Ian Seed.

Landscapes Past and Present: Cheshire and Beyond  edited by Dr Sharon M. Varey and  Professor Graeme J. White.

Advocacy and Public Speaking: A Student's Introduction by Professor Derek Halbert and Hayley Whitaker.

Ingimund's Saga: Viking Wirral by Professor Stephen Harding.

Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane: Precarious Positions edited by Dr Rebecca Mallett, Dr Cassandra A. Ogden and Dr Jenny Slater.

Patches of Light: Short Stories from the Cheshire Prize for Literature edited by Dr Ian Seed.

Bright Star in the Present Prospect: The University of Chester 1939-2015 by Ian Dunn.

Out of this Word: Stories and Poems for Children from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2014 edited by Jaki Brien.

War Torn: Manchester, its Newspapers and the Luftwaffe's Blitz of 1940 by Dr Guy Hodgson. 

Cycling Cultures edited by Dr Peter Cox.

Listening to Less-Heard Voices: Developing Counsellors' Awareness edited by Dr Peter Madsen Gubi.

Work and Society: Places, Spaces and Identities (Issues in the Social Sciences) edited by Dr Paul Taylor and Dr Paul Wagg.

Great Escapes: Poetry from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2013 edited by Dr Emma L. E. Rees.

On Chester On: A History of Chester College and the University of Chester by Professor Graeme J. White.

Backstage Economies: Labour and Masculinities in Contemporary European Dance by Dr Dunja Njaradi.

Other selected titles: Contesting Historical Divides in Francophone Africa; Lost and Found: Short Stories from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2012; Shades of Expression: Online Political Journalism in the in the Post-Colour Revolution Nations; Corporeality: The Body and Society (Issues in the Social Sciences); Landscape History Discoveries in the North West (for the Chester Society for Landscape History); The Prime Minister’s Son: Stephen Gladstone, Rector of Hawarden More Bagpipe Music: Poems on Scotland and Wordlife: Stories and Poems for Children from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2011 are available to order online.