QueenSpark Books is the longest-running and most prolific community publisher in the UK.
QueenSpark Books was formed in 1972, part of a grassroots campaign for a nursery school - instead of a planned casino - in the Queens Park area of Brighton and Hove.
In the early years we published books documenting the lives of local people as part of a pioneering movement that highlighted working class lives and writing through oral history recordings, diaries and workshops. More recently, our books have included histories of the cinema and theatre in the city, accounts of recent migrants' lives, photographic collections and autobiographies of Brighton and Hove residents.
QueenSpark Books has a number of key aims:
Recording the oral histories of residents and communities and preserving, sharing and archiving those stories; both in print and digitally
Publishing a range of high quality books, ebooks, photographs and other material about the social and community history of Brighton & Hove
Facilitating collaborative projects between residents and organisations by providing education, training events and mentoring in heritage and publishing
Bringing Brighton and Hove's history to a wider audience
Providing consultancy to others wanting to develop heritage and / or publishing / arts projects