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Why we started Little Peak Press

Little Peak Press sprang out of a passion for reading, writing and spending time in the mountains and other wild lands. A small independent publisher, we make books we hope will take you to these places - wherever you happen to be.

The mountain and adventure writing genre is dominated by hero stories - tales of derring-do, of conquering high peaks, beating the mountain. While there are many great books with these themes - we want to do things differently. We will write about and publish adventures, but not in a conquering way. We want to open up mountain and adventure writing, to explore the other things to be found out there.

In time we aim to build up a library, to keep growing this library, and to always be on the lookout for new additions.

If you like what we’re trying to do, you can help us by telling your friends about us and supporting us by buying a book or two.

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Who we are

Heather Dawe

A writer and artist who also runs and cycles a bit, Heather founded Little Peak Press in early 2019. Her previously published books include Adventures In Mind, and she was an editor of Waymaking, which won the 2019 Banff Mountain Literature Award. Heather is the author and illustrator of our first two books - High Inspiration and A Cycling Year. She now has a strong desire to publish work by other people!

Jo Allen

Jo is our in-house editor. Passionate about editing and helping writers to find the right way to tell their stories, she believes that editing should respect the writer’s voice and be invisible. Having worked on everything from the global communications of multinational companies to tales about antiques and boats, she is happiest looking after words about cycling and nature – and alongside working with Little Peak, has many lovely clients who rely on her to make sure their words say exactly what they want them to mean.

Rhiannon Hughes

Rhiannon is our in-house designer. A Creative Media Technology graduate, she is proud of her local, Otley, roots. She loves books, both to read and as beautiful objects, so designing for Little Peak is more pleasure than work. Rhiannon is a also a partner in The Yorkshire Wordwright, through which she has developed a wide-ranging portfolio of design work.