404 Ink is the award-winning, independent publisher of powerful fiction and social issue-driven non-fiction, based in Edinburgh.
With co-founders described as ‘the “nasty women” shaking up the book industry’ (Huck magazine), 404 publishes diversely and loudly, showcasing the likes of Chris McQueer, Nadine Aisha Jassat, Elle Nash & more.
Joe Donnelly is here to tell you that video games save lives. They saved his. Inspired by his own experience navigating depression following a tragic personal loss, Checkpoint reflects on the comforting and healing effect that entering into new digital worlds and narratives can have on mental health both personally and on a wider scale.
With intolerance and inequality increasingly normalised by the day, it's vital for women to share their experiences. Nasty Women is a collection of essays, interviews and accounts on what it is to be a woman in the 21st century. Keep telling your stories.
From the streets of working class Scotland, and on occasion, a little beyond our solar system, comes one of the country's most hilarious debut writers. Putting surreal and witty twists on the everyday, Chris McQueer creates recognisable characters you will love and want to avoid like the plague.
A young woman embarks on a fraught three-way relationship and begins to recognise the dark undertow of obsession and jealousy that her presence has created between Matt and Frances, and finds herself balancing on a knife's edge between pain and pleasure, the promise of the future and the crushing isolation of the present.
Constitution Street considers what real life stories from neighbours on one street in Leith, Edinburgh reveal about today's constitutional crisis in an age of anxiety. It encourages a reclamation of human rights practice as something that belongs to each of us, too important to be left solely to politicians and lawyers.
From the electrical jolts that bring Frankenstein to life, to powerful names in poetry, from pain relief to navigating identity through video games, 404 Ink tackles the topic of power in all its forms through fiction, non-fiction, poetry and comics.
Take a seat at Stephen Hawking's time-travelling soiree. Venture into a swiftly shrinking city. Climb onto your rooftop to gaze at the stars. We chat with Brian Binnie, the first Scot in space, mourn the loss of NASA's Opportunity rover, and learn from Adriana Ocampo how it feels to be a NASA legend. And more.
Earth includes array of poetry, fiction and non-fiction takes us on global adventures, offers recipes to create minerals, and questions the yearning to consume handfuls of soil. Also features from Amanda Palmer, Salena Godden, Karine Polwart and Anna McNuff.
Mayhem & Death is the matured, darker companion to On the Edges of Vision and shows McClory's ever expanding ability to envelop and entrance her readers with lyrical language of lore, stunning settings and curious characters.
What's the one piece of advice you wish you had at the start of your career? Euan Lownie asked this question to influencers from across Scottish industries include Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, actor Alan Cumming, forensic anthropologist Dame Sue Black, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and many more. Ideal gift for those wondering 'what next?'
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