Founded in 2013, Lamplight Press is an exciting, independent publisher servicing creative and academic communities within the East Midlands and further afield. The Press is based at Loughborough University and utilises the specialist skills and expertise of undergraduate students in Publishing, English, Creative Writing and Art and Illustration.
Melanie Ramdarshan-Bold is the founder of Lamplight Press and was the Director in the first year of the student-run publishers. With years of practical publishing experience, she acted as a mentor and advisor to the team and it was her sheer enthusiasm and passion that motivated everyone in the difficult task of setting up the Press from scratch. The first year was a success with the publication of two titles, as shown in our catalogue. Lamplight Press was also nominated for an Enterprise award in 2014.The team behind this achievement was comprised of nine members including Melanie.
Becky Wheeler was the Rights and Contracts Manager and the joint Marketing Manager of Lamplight Press. Becky had had various work experience in publishing Marketing Departments and she had an active interest in the law. She aspired to work in the legal area of publishing, or in marketing in the creative industries.
Maria Convey was the Editorial Manager of Lamplight Press. Maria had freelanced at Pearson's Primary Editorial Department and had also spent time in other departments involved in the publishing process. Maria intended to pursue a career in publishing, particularly in editorial, and aimed to focus on children’s educational publishing.
Aaron Price was one of the Social Media Managers and is now a final year student. Whilst working for Lamplight Press, Aaron acted as the Media Representative of Harry French, a university hall, and was in charge of marketing and social media. When Aaron graduated from Loughborough in 2015, he hoped to join the Teach First initiative and use his media based skills to help struggling children, and later enter into a teaching or social media management role as a full-time profession.
Becky Denton was the Admin and Communications Manager, and is now in her final year. Becky had undertaken relevant work experience in specific departments and was continuing to expand her knowledge of the industry. When she graduated in 2015, Becky aimed for a position where she would work with all departments, and she had a particular interest in the marketing of fiction books and theatre productions.
Joey Amoah was the Digital and Multimedia Content Manager in addition to the Finance Manager of Lamplight Press. Joey worked for ESPN in his placement year and had also gained valuable work experience with Random House. Within the university, Joey also gained work experience as the producer for Loughborough Students Union TV and as the Media Secretary for the university’s Handball club. He aimed to pursue a career in either media content creation or digital publishing, with a particular focus on interactive storytelling in adult fiction.
Sian Caton was one of the Social Media Managers of Lamplight Press. Sian had interned in the Publicity Department at Bloomsbury which gave her an insight into how social media is used as a major publicity tool. Sian aimed for a career in publicity or communications, ideally within a publishing company.
Josh Moses was the Design Manager and shared the Marketing Manager’s role with Becky Wheeler. With a passion for marketing, he was keen to develop his skills within the press for a similar role in the industry after graduation.
David Keown was the Webmaster at the press. David had previously completed two weeks of work experience at Pearson in their Primary Education Department whereby he gained experience across a variety of different aspects of the publishing world. He aimed to pursue a career in publishing, ideally in creative and fictional works.
Since then Lamplight Press has produced four more publications. The creative team of behind the Journeys Anthology and This is not normal behaviour was comprised of eighteen people.
Dr Sally Maynard became the Director of Lamplight Press in 2014 as Melanie Ramdarshan-Bold’s successor. She is currently a Publishing Lecturer at Loughborough University and her main research interests encompass children’s literature and librarianship. Currently, Sally is teaching a module entitled “Child and the Book”, which is concerned with the development of children’s literature and how it relates to the publishing world. As well as this, Sally is an Editor of the New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an International Scientific Board Member.
Dr Kerry Featherstone is the Chair of the Editorial Board of Lamplight Press. With extensive experience in the creative process, Kerry is also a lecturer in Creative Writing and a published author. He is a valuable advisor to the Lamplight Team and ensures that all work is of the best quality.
Chloe Collins is currently a third year undergraduate student at Loughborough University, studying Publishing with English. On top of Lamplight, she writes her own blog and enjoys reading classics in her spare time. She has a weak spot for the Romantics, in particular their poetry! Chloe has undertaken work experience in both Publishing and Journalism, and has also had some of her work published in anthologies. Upon graduating, Chloe hopes to enter the publishing industry, particularly within the editorial department of fiction publishers.
Samantha Warburton is a final year Publishing with English undergraduate and is passionate about design. Samantha has completed graphic design work for companies such as Chantry Brewery and Charnwood Arts, as well as selling artwork at exhibitions and writing creatively for leisure. Samantha is part of the Marketing Department for Label. Samantha has taken on the role of Overall Student Manager at Lamplight Press in order to coordinate team members and further establish the Press. Graduating in 2015, Samantha hopes to achieve a career that combines marketing and design skills with project coordination in the creative industries.
Danielle Sullivan is a Publishing with English undergraduate but also a book lover with a penchant for good food and travel. In keeping with her role at the press, she would love to go into marketing after leaving university.
Megan Cliffe is a second year English student who has a penchant for any sort of dark, dystopic novels! Coming from a creative family, Megan also developed a keen interest in textiles, whether it is making a mural for the wall or bunting for her room. As social media manager, she hopes to use her skills in a constructive manner by assuring that Lamplight becomes the name on everybody’s lips!
Alice Bilsborough is a first year Publishing and English student, who is very interested in new platforms for media such as YouTube and blogging. Alice has loved reading from a young age and this love has influenced her to learn more about publishing, the way books are made, and how they can influence society. In the future, she would like a career in Marketing or Design.
Rachael Milson is studying English, in her third and final year at Loughborough University. As well as working for Lamplight, she writes for the Features section of the student magazine Label. Unsurprisingly, she enjoys reading, particularly literature of the 18th century. Rachael also enjoys travelling and experiencing different cultures, particularly the food! When she graduates, Rachael intends to pursue a career in publishing, ideally in the editorial or communications department.
Becky Davis is a second year Publishing and English student at Loughborough University. Aside from her work, Becky enjoys reading and swimming. She would like to become an literary agent upon graduating, or would also love to work in journalism.
Charis Edworthy is a first year Publishing and English student at Loughborough University. Outside of her academic interests, she is part of the marketing team for Label, helping to organise launch parties and promote the magazine. Charis also plays for the Loughborough Longshots Quidditch team, and although she admits it may look ridiculous, she insists it is great fun with a lot of good people. Charis hopes to pursue a career in the publishing industry when she graduates.
Olivia Hayton is a third year English Literature undergraduate and works on the Marketing team here at Lamplight. She was also the head of Marketing for LCR last year. Aside from this, Olivia enjoys reading and playing chess and is also doing an Events internship outside of her studies. Olivia is hoping to pursue a career in Marketing and Events as they are two areas that she has gained significant experience in and is also passionate about.
Lizzie Akass is a second year English undergraduate, who writes for Label magazine and is on the committee for the Disney Society. She also writes short stories and novels, with a few short stories being published, and is currently researching publication for her novels. In the future Lizzie wants to continue writing, but is also interested in working in publishing, magazines, or other creative industries.
Grace Norris is a second year English undergraduate and also Social Media Rep for the Belly Dance society. She helped with the Loughborough Literary Salon last year and enjoys participating in publishing related events at the university. Grace also does freelance brochure design, incorporating creativity and writing for advertising. In the future, she wants to pursue a career in publishing due to her love of reading and interest in advertising.
Katherine Hardiman is a first year Publishing and English student studying at Loughborough University, aiming for a future career in the publishing, film or music industry. One of her passions is developing diverse and interesting ideas, alongside the rest of the Lamplight team, to create strong bodies of work that can be enjoyed by our audience.
Emma Morgan is in her first year of a Publishing and English undergraduate degree. She is an avid reader and takes part in Right to Read with children. Emma would like to pursue a career in publishing.
Ellie McKenzie is a first year publishing and English student. She is also involved in the student magazine and writes for the Culture section of Label. Ellie hopes to eventually edit books when she graduates.
Jade Ledingham is a first year English student at Loughborough University. She is part of the Marketing and Events team at Label and is interested in Graphic Design and advertising. When graduated, Jade sees herself working in advertising.
Joely Campbell is a third year English literature student. In her spare time, she enjoys playing piano and being part of Stage Society. In the future, Joely hopes to pursue a career in editing or marketing in the publishing industry.
After a brief hiatus between the academic years 2016 and 2017, Lamplight Press started up work again last year and produced Diversity and the Overton Prize nominated Uproot. The creative team behind these two latest publications was comprised of nine people.
The East Midlands is a vibrant hotbed of creative and academic writing and internationally renowned academic institutions such as DeMontfort University, Nottingham Trent, Nottingham University, The University of Leicester, and Loughborough University, as well as numerous creative writing groups all within a stone’s throw of one another. We aim to help foster and develop relationships and talent within these communities by giving writers of all genres a platform from which to connect with a national audience, as well as the chance to publicise their creative work.
Lamplight Press strongly supports writers and their craft and we welcome unsolicited manuscripts. For further information regarding submissions, please see our contact us page.