Welcome to Arkbound
We are a charity book publisher based in Bristol and Glasgow. Our aim is to support authors from disadvantaged and diverse backgrounds to get their voices heard, especially for writing that covers important social and environmental themes. The Arkbound Foundation furthers this through workshops, events and mentoring. Since 2015, we have published a range of books in fiction and non-fiction, with a list of available books here. New book submissions are welcomed, although we usually focus on authors who have been supported through the Arkbound Foundation.
John McGlade is a freelance writer from Glasgow. Inspired by the comedy of The Young Ones, the Marx Brothers, and Spike Milligan, he began his writing career by stealing school jotters, filling them up, and passing them round the playground. He’s since gone on to write for television and radio, scripting many satirical and comedy shows, and his work has been nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award.
His debut novella ‘Invisible Schemes’ (published on 15th August 2022) brings the housing schemes of Glasgow to the forefront in a passionate commentary on the inherent hope and power of small communities.
After a long hiatus due to Covid, we have launched our first creative writing workshop project in Bristol. Partnering up with The Wild Goose, a branch of the charity Inhope, we have curated a set of eight workshops taking place at their drop-in centre on Stapleton Road.
We have developed a new crowdfunding platform that opens up publishing to a wider range of people, whilst being able to support projects by other organisations that need funding.
The website, Crowdbound, was launched on 21st June 2022 – in line with World Localisation Day – and it represents the only UK-based crowdfunding site with a focus on social inclusion and environmental sustainability.
The Power of the Pen project at Arkbound was dedicated to reaching out to individuals in Scotland who had found their mental health exacerbated by the social isolation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The aim of this project was to help individuals tackle these issues and create a new sense of community through a series of creative writing workshops. Some of the participants agreed to share some pieces of the works they produced during the program on our blog: