Interview – Kate Macdonald

This is another interview that was previously broadcast on Cheryl’s Women’s Outlook show on Ujima Radio.

Kate Macdonald is the founder of Handheld Press, an innovative British small press specialising in recovering forgotten works by women writers. We reviewed their re-issue of Vonda McIntyre’s The Exile Waiting last issue.

In the interview Kate talks about why she set up Handheld, the work it does, and two of its more successful projects. The first is What Not by Rose Macaulay, a book that was a major influence on Brave New World. The story of how it came to be re-published includes a surprise contribution by John Clute. The other book is So Lucky by Nicola Griffith, which features a lead character with multiple sclerosis.