After so many years publishing and editing other people’s books, Jeremy Robson, whose imprint The Robson Press has been part of Biteback Publishing since 2011, has decided to step back from his full-time role as publisher of the list to spend more time on his own writing. He leaves full-time employment at Biteback at the end of the month but will retain an interest in commissioning books for the company as a Consultant Editor.
Jeremy Robson said: “I felt this was the moment to take a break from the daily publishing routine. I have a new book of poems coming from Smokestack in April, which I will be promoting at various festivals. But I have also been encouraged to write an account of the changing publishing scene since I first cut my teeth as a young editor, and of the many colourful people I have worked with along the way – twinning this with memories of my other world, the exciting poetry reading scene of the 1960s, ‘70s and later, which I was very much a part of, a time when we filled the Festival Hall and gave hundreds of concerts around the country, often with jazz. So the cast will range widely. I can’t wait to get started, but also look forward to commencing my new arrangement with Biteback as Consultant Editor.”
Iain Dale, Biteback MD, commented: “Jeremy published my first book, back in 1998, and I have long enjoyed working with him, first as my publisher and then latterly as publisher of The Robson Press at Biteback. In his long and illustrious career, he must have published well over 2,000 books, many of which he has turned into bestsellers. I totally understand his desire to spend more time writing his award-winning poetry and I shall look forward to flicking through the index of his memoirs in the hope of a brief mention. Jeremy is an iconic figure in the publishing industry of the last half a century and many authors have reason to thank him. We will all miss him greatly on a day-to-day basis in the Biteback office, but we wish him all the best in his writing.”
Editor’s Note: The Robson Press list will now be incorporated into Biteback Publishing.
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