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Mainstream brings thirty authors in from the margins to occupy centre-page. Queer storytellers. Working class wordsmiths. Chroniclers of colour. Writers whose life experiences give unique perspectives on universal challenges, whose voices must be heard. And read.

The collection places emerging writers alongside some of our favourite established authors.


Elizabeth Baines, Gaylene Gould, Golnoosh Nour, Jonathan Kemp,

Julia Bell, Keith Jarrett, Kerry Hudson, Kit de Waal, Juliet Jacques,

Neil Bartlett, Neil McKenna, Padrika Tarant, Paul McVeigh and Philip Ridley


Their stories of adolescent awakening, geriatric rebellion, leaping from edges, swimming against tides, sourest vengeance and sweetest deviance are moving, thought-provoking and entertaining, collectively creating an anthology utterly unique in its diversity. This is our most ambitious project yet and we need your help to make it. When we raise 50% of our budget, we can pay our contributors and cover print costs. When we raise 100%, we can also pay our team of designers, editors, readers, copywriters, content creators working tirelessly behind the presses. And (hopefully) throw a big-splash launch party.


In these problematic times, the arts are suffering. It’s not a level playground. Often, only the voices of a privileged minority are heard and those of ‘minority’ groups are not given the amplification they deserve. We believe it’s crucial that everyone’s contribution is valued. That’s why this call-to-arms collection is so right for right now.

Back Mainstream and help us bring the outside in.

‘It’s high time for independent, forward-thinking new publishers like Inkandescent, who are publishing something different, out of the mainstream and giving new voices a chance. Fantastic.’ —Kit de Waal