New indie publisher to use books sales to help restore a Welsh woodland
A new Welsh independent publisher wants to provide ‘books that give back’ with an innovative partnership project with a woodlands trust.
A percentage of sales from the books sold by Aderyn Press will be donated to Penllergare Trust to support the planting of trees in the Swansea woodland area.
Author Rebecca F. John decided to launch Aderyn Press as an ‘act of defiance’ during the height of lockdown as the pandemic disrupted many people’s lives.
She said: “While the Government closed down arts projects and facilities with flippant assurances that the UK’s host of world-class artists could ‘retrain in cyber’, the population turned to books in ever greater numbers.
“Our response to that frightening upheaval was to seek out stories. I wanted to honour that response by opening up opportunities for more writers and, in turn, readers, but it was also important to me that Aderyn did more.
“I came to the conclusion that Aderyn’s publications could and should be ‘books that give back’.”
Rebecca approached the Penllergare Trust which oversees the restoration of the Swansea woodland which had suffered from more than half a century of neglect.
The Penllergaer estate was developed by 19th-century photography pioneer and botanist John Dilly Llewelyn.
Stuart Hemsley-Rice, of The Penllergare Trust, said: “The Trust was delighted to be approached by Rebecca with this innovative and exciting project, that will see books sales turn into new native woodland at Penllergaer.
“The trees that we will plant as a part of the project will be sourced and grown locally by the Coeden Fach Nursery.”
Aderyn Press will publish its first two titles in 2022: The Empty Greatcoat, by John herself; and The Sandstone City, a debut novel from Irish writer Elaine Canning.
The Empty Greatcoat was inspired by John’s great-great-uncle and is a reimagining of his time fighting on Gallipoli during the First World War.
Every ten books purchased through the publisher will buy one oak tree from Coeden Fach Nursery, which will be planted within the woods.
The books will also be posted in 100% recyclable packaging, to ensure that Aderyn Press operates as sustainably as possible.