The Origins Of Garn Press

“In a way, dropping stones down a mine shaft reflects Garn,” Taylor says, “for as the stone falls we can see beyond the moment, focus on the particular and the infinite, the known and the unknown, the sublime, and the exquisite.

THE ORIGINS OF GARN PRESS

Garn Press CEO Denny Taylor spent every summer of her childhood living with her Grandparents “on the Garn”. The Garn is short for Garn-yr-erw, a coal mining village in South Wales. The coal miners and their families lived in segregated villages, not in the beautiful green valleys, but in four roomed row-houses built on heaps of grey-black slag, the detritus from the mines when the shiny black coal was dug up. Nevertheless it was a beautiful place, filled not only with deep hardship and sorrow, but also with the music of brass bands and the voices of people singing and telling great stories. Big Pit is now a coal mine museum, and Blaenavon, the nearest town, is a World Heritage Site.

“Garn Press is named for the Garn,” Taylor says. “We used to go into the hills and drop stones down a 19th century shaft. We would lie around the edge of the shafts, with our heads and shoulders over the edge staring down into the emptiness, terrified and exhilarated, foolish and brave, seeing nothing but the void, dropping stones, watching them momentarily as they hit the side where a few ferns grew, and then disappearing, counting, reaching ten, and hearing the sound of the stone hit the water at the bottom of the shaft with a deep dead plunk. I’ve written about this in a novel called Rosie’s Umbrella that Garn published in 2015.”

“In a way, dropping stones down a mine shaft reflects Garn,” Taylor says, “for as the stone falls we can see beyond the moment, focus on the particular and the infinite, the known and the unknown, the sublime, and the exquisite. We can also see beyond ourselves and glimpse the possibilities. All of this is Garn.” Visit Garn Press imprints and explore Garn Press books that are available and forthcoming. The more people support Garn the more Garn can support people.

 

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