Rare Swan Partners

RARE SWAN PRESS has a small in-house team. We partner and collaborate with diverse writing, publishing and media professionals. Together we bring a wide range of skills and years of experience across the publishing, educational, media and performance spectrum. We love what we do, and we do it with commitment and passion.


ALT.Alternative Stories and Fake Realities. Audio Drama, Poetry, Writing.

Chris Gregory

Director : Sound Technician : Producer.

Chris Gregory is a writer, musician and audio technician from the UK. An “adequate” guitarist, struggling mandolinist and self-confessed “Thesaurus-Hugger”, Chris still feels capable of playing cricket for England and topping the UK album charts in the face of overwhelming evidence that neither is going to happen.

Alternative Stories 100 Words of Solitude Podcast


100 Words of Solitude

Philippa Holloway

Editor, Lecturer, Author

Dr. Philippa Holloway is a fiction/non-fiction writer, published in the US, Australia, Africa, Europe and the UK in various publications including Ascent, Bukker Tillibul, New Contrast, LitroThe Commonwealth Writers, New Writing, Lunate and as a single-authored chapbook by Nightjar Press. She has won prizes in literary awards including the Fish Publishing Prize and The Scythe Prize, was the Judge for the 2018 Hedge Arts Short Fiction Competition and the 2020 Lancashire Futures ‘Lockdown Diaries’ competition. Her short memoir ‘Energy Crisis’ was highly commended in the inaugural New Welsh Writing Awards, and from this she was commissioned to curate a special feature for the New Welsh Reader on artistic responses to nuclear power stations and landscapes entitled ‘Power in the Land?’ which brought together collaborative work by visual/digital artists and poets. She visited Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone as research for her PhD, and is Writer in Residence at Hack Green Nuclear Bunker. She has taught Creative Writing, English Literature and Fastrack at Edge Hill University since 2015, has presented her research at international conferences and as part of an interdisciplinary showcase at the TATE Liverpool, and has led interactive writing sessions at literary/arts festivals. She is a member of the University of Liverpool’s Literature and Science Research Hub and has had work commissioned by the Material Cultures of Energy project and the Cognitive Sensations project. As the Vice-chair of the Gramsci Society UK she recognises the power of education and writing to empower people, and is dedicated to helping underrepresented voices find confidence through collaborative teaching and learning, mentorship and support. Her debut novel, The Half-life of Snails, is due out in 2022 with Parthain Books. 

Simon Holloway

Editor, Lecturer, Author

Dr. Simon Holloway is, in no particular order, a novelist, short story writer, poet, critic and academic. His latest novel, The Words We Use are Black and White, is the first to be published under his own name, and is described by the international language expert Prof. David Crystal as ‘compelling…a world steeped in images of language.’ His poetry has been published in places such as The Rialto, The North, Staple, The Frogmore Papers, Envoi and Iota, and his short fiction in places such as The North American Review, Litro, Mechanics Institute Review, Stand, New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, and TEXT. He even had a short play performed at a festival. For 13 number of years he has taught fiction writing in UK Universities, most recently at the University of Bolton, where he founded and is the executive editor of The Bolton Review, and where for two years he was programme leader in Creative Writing. He co-organised Great Writing: The International Creative Writing Conference for over ten years, and developed and led a series of writing workshops for the Mental Health Charity MIND in North Wales. His critical research into creative writing theory and process has been published around the world, and he is regarded as a world leader in process theory: that is, the minutiae of creative decision making and the theoretical and practical reasons behind even the smallest of creative actions. His teaching philosophy is rooted in praxis, and as such he focuses on supporting learners from all backgrounds to find their own creative pathways to success. His specialism is supervising doctoral candidates, especially those returning to education or from disadvantaged backgrounds, to the extent that he was invited to co-author the UK Creative Writing Research Benchmark Statement. 

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