About

An independent small press with a big heart...Established in 2021 by Mark Fen and Carol Anne Strange, Light Vine Press is a small independent publishing press, currently based in the shire of north west England.We publish pocket books, booklets and vintage art prints that are inspired by the Earth journey - particularly on the themes of nature, art, poetry, story, landscape, mystery, intentional living and affairs of the heart.Our publications are likely to appeal to the appreciator of all things fascinating, curious, alluring, beautiful, inspiring or strange... something different to enjoy and treasure.

Our Vision

By supporting Light Vine Press, it will help us achieve our vision to:1) Expand our collection of pocket books, booklets and prints.2) Help writers and artists independently publish their work.3) Longer term... We would like to create a fund that supports the guardianship of fruit orchards and wild natural spaces.Please subscribe to our mailing list at Beautiful Things

The Alchemy of Night

Limited Edition of 500. Available Now!£7.00 | 36 Pages Printed Booklet | £1.50 UK Postage.A collection of writing and illustrations inspired by the hours of darkness by Carol Anne Strange
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The night isn't only for rest, sleep and dreaming. The darkness holds us in its nurturing embrace, giving glimpses of the mystery and enchantment that resides there. And although these faded hours, much loved by owls and moths, can be foreboding to some, there is a sense of comfort, insight and awe for others.In this collection, Carol Anne Strange celebrates the night in the way of stories, poems, personal insights, ideas and illustrations. Inspired by the hours of darkness, it's an invitation to contemplate the evening's mood while sat cosy in your favourite chair or around a camp-fire beneath a sky full of sparkly diamonds. It's for those who seek the secret wisdom that is present in the dark. You see, there is magic there - pure alchemy - that is both beautiful and extraordinary...
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This beautiful A5 booklet is printed on 100% recycled paper and posted out in an eco-friendly envelope. Each Limited Edition print copy is numbered. Delivery is currently UK only.Thank you for supporting our small press.♡

pocket book fiction

Beneath a Wishing Moon

£3.50 | 20 Pages Pocket Book | £1.00 UK PostageOne of the author's most well-loved short stories, Beneath a Wishing Moon contemplates life around the salt-licked pavements of a seaside town under the heady influence of a powerful full moon. Includes illustrations by the author.This 20 page pocket book can be sprung from one's pocket and held comfortably in one hand. They are slim enough to take on your travels or to pop in a greetings card as a gift, and they'll slip neatly into the most crowded book shelf.This beautiful A6 pocket book is printed on 100% recycled paper and posted out in an eco-friendly envelope. Delivery is currently UK only.Please note that Beneath a Wishing Moon was one of the stories that featured in the author's booklet, The Alchemy of Night.Thank you for supporting our small press.♡

pocket book nostalgia

A Kind of Magic

£3.50 | 20 Pages Pocket Book | £1.00 UK PostageThe author looks back to a childhood of bluer than blue skies, endless sunshine, and honeysuckle and roses growing profusely in the cottage gardens, and to her friendship with 'Ma Higham who shared a love of the natural realms.This 20 page pocket book can be sprung from one's pocket and held comfortably in one hand. They are slim enough to take on your travels or to pop in a greetings card as a gift, and they'll slip neatly into the most crowded book shelf.This beautiful A6 pocket book is printed on 100% recycled paper and posted out in an eco-friendly envelope. Delivery is currently UK only.Thank you for supporting our small press.♡

(c) mark fen

And so it begins... Dramatic silence. With ripples on the lake...

The Letter of Beautiful Things

A free monthly letter about all things fascinating, curious, alluring, beautiful, inspiring or strange... something different to enjoy and look forward to.The letters are about nature, art, poetry, and life. Truth, and fiction... We try to make it feel like a letter from a friend.Published by Light Vine Press.

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Submissions for Beautiful Things Zine

Submission GuidelinesWe would love to consider your beautiful insights about nature, the landscape, art, travel, mystery, spirituality and life's journey for publication in a future issue of Beautiful Things.Ideally, your story will be between 500 and 1.000 words and based upon your personal experience, thoughts and ideas... something that will inspire, inform or uplift our readers.For every piece selected for publication, we will send you a small thank you gift. This might be a book, print, notepaper or greetings cards. We'll also send you a complimentary copy of the Beautiful Things issue that you're published in.This is currently for UK based contributors only until we build up our readership.Please submit your story to: hi@lightvinepress.comAllow up to 6 weeks for a response. Alas, we are unable to publish or provide feedback on every story received, but we are grateful for your interest and taking time to write to us with Beautiful Things in mind.We look forward to hearing from you.Mark & Carol

Write Your Beautiful Story

Receive guidance, writing appraisal and have your completed story edited and formatted into a small book (zine/pamphlet) ready for publication.Write Your Beautiful StoryDo you have a story that you wish to share?Perhaps you’d like to write about a magical experience, tales from the heart or messages of insight and inspiration.Maybe you’d like to write about your interests, the place where you live, your ancestry or your life’s work.Or perhaps you’d like to publish a pamphlet showcasing your poetry, fiction, art or photography.If so, we invite you to Write Your Beautiful Story. We’ll help you craft your finest words and will prepare your small book ready for you to publish.Is this service for you?

  • The Write Your Beautiful Story Project Planner (a Word document) to help you outline, plan and draft your story booklet project.

  • An appraisal of your writing (up to a maximum of 8,000 words), which provides detailed feedback to help you revise and craft your best words ready for publication.

  • Your completed story project will be edited and formatted (along with any of your own photos / illustrations where required) into an A5 PDF booklet complete with an attractive cover.

  • Receive digital and print-ready versions of your booklet in PDF, which you can make available as a digital download or arrange to be printed to share with family, friends and readers far and wide.

Light Weaver

"Incredibly well written, with powerful prose and stunningly well observed characterization, Light Weaver is a delight to read from beginning to end, a captivating page turner that I would highly recommend to anyone." – Reader ReviewStrange and inexplicable things are happening in the Lakeland fells… light orbs dance over mossy crags, symbols miraculously appear in grassy lowlands, and Cali Silverthorn keeps disappearing into other worlds.Mobile librarian, Tom Philips, is captivated by free-spirited Cali but is struggling to make sense of her remarkable abilities and the escalating strangeness impacting ordinary rural life.As beliefs are challenged, Tom and Cali’s love becomes the only constant in a questionable reality as they face the heart-breaking realization that Cali may soon disappear for good.Light Weaver, the debut novel by Carol Anne Strange, is a story set in the English Lake District where everyday life collides with otherworldly happenings.

A Few Reader Reviews:‘A lovely, lyrical love story …The love of nature and the earth are so poetically drawn.’‘Enter a world of possibilities … It’s a chocolate bar of a book, one that’s savoured in bite-sized chunks of indulgence.’‘A beautiful sense of place … It’s set in the English Lake District and the descriptions of the landscape are beautifully expressed. The language used is exquisite …’‘Light Weaver spins a tale beyond Strange…This book is overflowing with strange happenings and mind stretching concepts… Light Weaver soon develops into a real page turner!’‘A magical journey! Carol Anne Strange created a fascinating story about the possibilities of other dimensions, dual universes and timeless healing.’‘Strange sets the bar high from the outset with a surprising introduction that begs the question – how will this pan out? Nothing is certain – apart from the fact that you’re in for a riveting, sumptuous read. And when the story’s done, there are a few other surprises waiting for the reader who’s invested in the author’s marvellously constructed world, borne from reality and fiction.’‘…if you are a fan of Sarah Addison Allen’s whimsical stories, you may really like Light Weaver. I think Carol Anne Strange’s story is a bit more “out there” than her’s though.’View the Light Weaver Book Trailer …

Light Weaver can be ordered from all good bookshops and public libraries using the ISBN-13: 978-1899561049The book is also available from:Books Please
The Book Depository
Blackwell’s
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Shop Policies

Delivery:Processing time: Please allow up to 3 business days to prepare your order for dispatch.Then estimated delivery times: United Kingdom: 2-5 business days.We will do our best to meet these dispatch estimates, but can't guarantee them.Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. We are not responsible for delays due to customs.Payment option: Secure Paypal or Stripe.Paypal or Stripe keeps your payment information secure. We never receive your credit card information.Please contact us if you have any problems with your order.