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Tollington Press publishes new writing by women (and non-binary people) with unique stories to tell. From poetry to memoir and from drama to short stories, Tollington brings you voices you might not hear elsewhere.




The Woman in Beige: A celebratory 20th Anniversary Edition of VG Lee's brilliant offbeat comedy - with a new afterword by the author. Sept 2023.



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Liberty: Compelling new historical romance by Jay Taverner, accompanied by reissues of the author's previous Brynsquilver novels. Oct 2021.


Free to Be Me: Refugee Stories from the Lesbian Immigration Support Group, edited by Jane Traies. A new book of interviews with lesbian and bi women seeking asylum in the UK and the campaigners working with them. March 2021.

With Some Wild Woman: Poems 1989-2019, by Jill Gardiner. A vivid poetic journey through one woman's life.


Tell Me I'm Forgiven: The Story of Forgotten Stars Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney, by Alison Child. Rollercoaster biography of 1920s stage duo. Shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize.

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Gateway to Heaven: The Play, by Clare Summerskill. LGBT history as sparkling verbatim theatre.


Oh You Pretty Thing: A splendid new collection of short stories by VG Lee.

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Now You See Me: Lesbian Life Stories, edited by Jane Traies. A Gay's the Word book of the year.


Rights of Passage: Clare Summerskill's moving play about lesbians and gay men seeking asylum in the UK. Accompanied the theatrical tour.

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Out on a Limb: Sermons of risk and revolution, by Rev. Glenna Shepherd. Linking social justice and spirituality, with lyricism and compassion. Foreword by Rep. John Lewis.


Not in Our Hands: The second novel from Charlotte Gringras is a feast of Italian food, forbidden fruit and hidden history.

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Grit: Short, sharp poems in a first collection from our very own American in Cardiff, Carey Wood-Duffy. Longlisted for the Polari Prize.

Threads of My Life: Anita Canter (author of Tailors on Both Sides) takes us back to the street in Copenhagen where she grew up, in this unique memoir about what makes us tick.

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Bruceville: An intense reunion of schoolfriends stirs up memories that refuse to go back in the box. London author Robyn Vinten revisits her homeland of New Zealand for this compelling novel.


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Gateway to Heaven: Fifty Years of Lesbian and Gay Oral History, by Clare Summerskill.

The Purple Rose: This enthralling first novel by Charlotte Gringras tracks the ups and downs of a Manchester Jewish family.
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The Adventures of the Yellow Sofa: Our first children's book! Follow the yellow sofa from palace to farmhouse in this charming story by Anita Canter, illustrated by Lynne Kersh.

The Full Heritage Experience: Poems and stories from one family: Tollington's very own Helen Sandler, her mother Maureen and sister Rosie. Witty and moving.


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The Comedienne: A tenth anniversary edition of VG Lee's funny but sad first novel, with a new afterword by the author.


Hearing Voices: Clare Summerskill's powerful and groundbreaking play about real people's experiences on an NHS psychiatric ward.

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Love, Hope and High Heels: Clare Campbell's magical poems invite us to reclaim all the tiny, sacred and soulful stories that fill our lives. Shortlisted for the Polari Prize.

Tailors on Both Sides: Anita Canter's moving memoir traces generations of her Jewish family - and the miracle of how she survived the Holocaust.

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Into Temptation: Sophia Blackwell's stunning debut poetry collection takes us through love in all its guises.

As You Step Outside: VG Lee's brilliant collection of short stories serves up sapphic scandal with a slice of Battenburg.

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