Shared Press is an independent publisher, initially set up in 2013 to publish Dawn Reeves’ ‘town hall thriller’, Hard Change. Its remit is to share stories that engage with the sharp edges and messy boundaries of modern life; to give voice to new writers who care about ideas and innovation; and to inspire new creative conversations with readers. It is developing a number of projects – sign up for updates on what’s coming up.
Published by Shared Press in 2013, Dawn Reeves’ Hard Change centres on the compelling ramifications of the murder of a young girl, but it isn’t a traditional political thriller or a conventional crime novel. Set in and around the local council of a medium-sized Midlands city, where officers and politicians are grappling with budget cuts, police corruption and serious community health issues, it’s about strategy rather than procedure, and examines whether – and how – individual and collective action can make a difference.
Walk Tall: Being a 21st Century Public Servant - published July 2016 - is an intriguing mix of short fiction, profiles and opinions about the experience of working in the public sector. Find out what people do, how they lead and what’s needed of public servants in a complex and changing society. The free ebook celebrates the best of public service and shows the way ahead. It features 65 public servants, 25 organisations and plenty of shoes. Commissioned by the Local Government Association, SOLACE and the Public Sector People Managers Association this is a free ebook.
Published October 2014, Change the Ending is a flash-fiction collection that opens up an imaginative and creative dialogue about the future of local government and public services. See the Shared Press blog for a selection of curious, quirky and inspiring stories, exploring the future of public life, written by people who care about it. The project is supported by Solace, KnowledgeHub and the Guardian.