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QueenSpark Books is the most longstanding and prolific community publisher in the UK.

QueenSpark Books was formed in 1972, part of a grassroots campaign for a nursery school - instead of a planned casino - in the Queens Park area of Brighton and Hove.

In the early years we published books documenting the lives of local people, part of a pioneering movement that highlighted working class lives and writing. In latter years, our books have included histories of the cinema and theatre in the city, accounts of recent migrants' lives, photographic collections and autobiographies.

QueenSpark Books produces these key outputs:

  • Recording the histories of residents and communities and sharing and archiving those stories; both in print and digitally
  • Publishing a range of high quality books, websites, photographs and other material about the social history of Brighton& Hove
  • Facilitating collaborative projects between residents and organisations providing education, training events and mentoring in heritage and publishing
  • Developing new audiences for QueenSpark Books
  • Providing consultancy to others wanting to develop heritage and / or publishing / arts projects


Since 1972 QueenSpark Books has been dedicated to gathering, preserving and making accessible Brighton & Hove’s histories. We do this through publishing oral histories or creative responses to local history, via books, e-books, exhibitions, events, websites and other projects.


To inspire and involve residents of Brighton & Hove – particularly people who are seldom heard – to share and preserve their stories in an artful and accessible way; engaging the wider community in understanding those stories.


QueenSpark Books aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Contributing to the cultural and artistic social fabric of Brighton & Hove
  • Illuminating histories and heritage through the engagement of a broad range of residents in telling their stories
  • Better informing residents and educating them about the social histories of our city
  • Enabling volunteers to learn publishing and heritage skills
  • Connecting residents to enable a greater understanding of one another’s cultural context and histories


QueenSpark Books values:

  • The importance of sharing diverse social histories in order to facilitate greater understanding and inclusion
  • The importance of art and heritage in the creation of community identities
  • The principal of non-profit making in the sharing of people’s stories and the reinvestment of any surplus into the telling of further stories
  • The importance of engaging people and communities who are seldom heard in quality arts & heritage projects
  • A commitment to equality and diversity in our work practices and outputs


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