Cinnamon Press is a small, independent publisher run by a family team and based in North Wales. We select books that we feel passionate about and concentrate on a small list of titles into which we put maximum effort at every stage of development.
Cinnamon is an innovative publisher, publishing fiction, poetry and selective non fiction books. Cinnamon Press books are not defined by genre, but by their unique ability to be thought provoking and to say something new.
As a small press operating in North Wales, we aim to include a significant list of Welsh writing in English amongst our titles.
Wales has a tradition of providing a centre of excellence for literature and we also aim to attract books from across the UK and the world. Our list includes books from Wales, Scotland and England and also titles from Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, America and China etc.
Cinnamon Press publishes
Fiction, poetry & non-fiction books from Wales, the UK and the world. Our titles are unique, enjoyable, and thought provoking.
We also run Envoi poetry magazine, now in its 51 st year.
Cinnamon Press runs competitions
Twice each year, providing opportunities for writers of poetry, novels/novellas and short stories. You can find out more about Cinnamon Press competitions here.
Cinnamon Press runs courses for writers
Each year there are two or three courses in beautiful places run by Jan for a small group of writers. You can find out more on the writers’ services page.
Cinnamon Press recommends TriskeleWrites Services to Writers
You can find out more about manuscript appraisals and mentoring from Jan and her colleagues Gail Ashton and Susan Richardson, who together make up TriskeleWrites, on the writers’ services page
Cinnamon Press is run by a small family team
Jan Fortune studied theology at Selwyn College, Cambridge and did a PhD in feminist theology. She has worked as a teacher, parish priest and charity director and moved to North Wales in 2001, where she continues to try to learn Welsh. Jan has tutored creative writing courses for the Arvon Foundation, Open College of Arts, Women on Tour, Gardoussel Retreat and NAWE as well as running writing courses for Cinnamon Press.
Her publications include many articles, chapters and five non fiction books on alternative education and parenting, inspired by home educating her four (now adult) children, the most recent being Winning Parent, Winning Child; novels, including Dear Ceridwen, Coming Home, and a novel for teenagers, The Standing Ground, which is also popular with adults; a poetry collection and a prose poetry collection, Stale Bread & Miracles. She is currently working on a new novel and a long poetry sequence focussing on an abandoned slate mine and valley, Cwmorthin, near her home.
Rowan B Fortune left school at the age of 6 to pursue an autonomous education. He did a humanities degree with the Open Univiersity and is currently completing his final MA portfolio in Creative Writing with Manchester Metropolitan University, a novella and five short stories. His interests include philosophy and politics as well as literature and he is particularly interested in appproaches to the philosophical novel and in reading everything he possibly can by or about Proust. Rowan writes across a range of genres and is currently working on a novel.
Cottia Fortune-Wood is a fine arts photography student at Hereford College of Art where she also served as president of the student body. She is particularly interested in narrative photography and contributes both her design flair and her patient training skills to Cinnamon Press’s new covers.