Quickthorn is a new independent publisher creating practical and ethical books. Subjects include sustainable crafts and making for wellbeing and personal resilience
Quickthorn publishes books with an emphasis on making, and personal agency.Making empowers us to be more self-sufficient and take control over the way we consume.
Making something with your own hands is a reflective process, it encourages you to slow down when the pace of life feels too fast, to be patient and to learn that good things don’t happen immediately. There is a huge joy in making, to create something that is unique, tangible evidence of your time and labour.
We have been researching new ways to reduce our environmental impact, using local suppliers and printers where possible, sourcing recyclable packaging and recently using a cellulose lamination process for book finishing that is fully biodegradable and compostable.
We are always interested in submissions for illustrated non-fiction titles around craft and making (we don’t publish fiction or poetry thanks). If you think your idea might fit with our other books, please send a brief outline of your ideas to info[at]quickthornbooks.com
- Reading around craftDid you know that you can buy our books on Bookshop.org, a marvellous innovation over the last couple of years, that is an effective alternative to buying on the more familiar online routes (you know who I mean). After the marathon of writing and editing Intelligent Hands, I’ve created a reading list of books on Bookshop.org that are mentioned in the book. That way, if you’re interested you can find the books and benefit local independent bookshops at the same… Read more: Reading around craft
- Look inside our booksQuickthorn has been going for just over one year and come the launch of Intelligent Hands this week, we’ll have four independently produced books to share with you. If you click on the books below it allows you to have a look inside. The launch for Intelligent Hands will be at Crafts Alive – The Maker’s Hands, appropriately, at Rodmarton Manor, Gloucestershire. I’ll be there with Paul Harper, Cleo Mussi and Chief Executive of Heritage Crafts, Daniel Carpenter. The even… Read more: Look inside our books
- Intelligent Hands | Why making is a skill for lifeMaking is good for us. Using our hands benefits our cognitive development, improves our mental agility and can have a positive impact on our mental health, too. We know this, intuitively and intellectually yet, recent years have seen a decline in craft and creative education in schools (60% fewer young people have taken art and design GCSE over the last 12 years) and a shift from practical to theoretical learning models in higher education. The impact on the craft sector is evident. Young people are… Read more: Intelligent Hands | Why making is a skill for life