Callender Press was set up in 1991 jointly by by Agnes Finnegan (Campbell) and me, ruth, her eldest daughter, both from the ancient City of Derry [IMAGE TO COME ] in Northern Ireland and fresh from the beautiful sea and countryside of Donegal. [IMAGES TO COME] Like all her family now and in the past she was inspired by the faerie ‘gentle’ woods and sea of Donegal [seagulls etc images on right, below Derry] But in a way the origin was earlier still for the Press was named after two earlier maternal forebears from , both named Callender before marrying into the notable Campbell family and becoming loyal residents of Ulster. Ireland. It was at my mother’s request that I, Ruth, the eldest daughter -again the maternal inheritance. - named our new enterprise the ‘Callender Press’, a happy and historic name.
Since its origin in 1992, and after a pause between then and 2012, Callender Press has moved from old style hardcopy printing and physical storage (ohh!) to the new technology of computer files and print-on-demand – the acclaimed ‘revolution in publishing’ that we (well most of us – there are still a few dinosaurs around) are living through - , and by now we are proud proud to have published over 300 titles in nineteen different series – and growing. We have focused on first, family related works, principally my mother Agnes’ Finnegan’s Reaching for the fruit , a moving account of growing up in Ulster and of her amazingly courageous, intimate and perceptive visit to incipiently Nazi Germany in 1929, nnd of my father Tom Finnegan’s eminently brave 1937 War at any price?for which, among other things, he and my mother wereeventually to be permanently driven out of their homes in Northern Ireland. Then we moved on to other works by or related to the family both fiction (with the Little Angel series (like The heavenly rocker, now also available in an audio version, then other, longer, works such as Pearl of the Seas with illustrations by RacelBackshall recalling my childhood memories of Andrew Lang’s marvellous fairytale books and their black and white images. [LINK?]. By now it is proud to specialize in making available, sometimes for the first time in a century or more or at any rate in new, sometimes specially prepared editions, classic works from the past, grouped into several series [LNK TO SERIES PAGE. They treat of many subjects both fiction and non-fiction and come from many parts of the world and from all eras. Many had been been long neglected and we are proud to make them again available in attractive and accessible formats for general, not just specialist, readers. The theme that links them is the high quality, of their writing, their ideals, and international and community commitment
[PLACE WHERE APPROPRIATE THE IMAGES (TO COME) ETC ON THIS ORIGIN’ PAGE] Catherine of Newtown Cunningham We do not know her second name, we have no image but it was the loving Catherine who, is described (or, perhaps, imagined, but with intuition and insight) in Reaching for the Fruit. She must have been a gentle and inspired woman, doubtless from a modest farming background, and then little more than a girl herself, for she was the first that we know to start the fair lineage thatv became the Callender and Campbell family. It was into this family that were born the women who inspired the press in their name - Callender. William Campbell, their progenitor, was a member of the Society ofUnited Irishmen in the great 1798 rebellion against the English. Defeated and in fear of his life, he fled to the new world, leaving Catherine with his unborn child - one destined to would grow up in the enchanted magical countryside of Donegal and bequeath a legacy of peace and reconciliation to the ensuing descendants. Margaret Callender Kate Callender Lucy Emma Farrar Catherine Farrar [TEXT ON THE ABOVE TO COME - SOON] Ruth Finnegan About Ruth says Honours and awards About Ruth I am Irish as well as British, born and brought up in Derry and Donegal which will forever affect my outlook and language, not least my love of music (I still like to sing in a choir – reflected in Safia’s reluctant engagement in the Little Angel Books and in the rhythms and cadences of Black Inked pearl, specially brought out in it forthcoming audio version ) and not leasdt in the music of words. For this and much else I owe a great debt to my parents, Tom and Agnes Finnegan, to my brothers and sister who are still there, and to our wonderful three daughters and their children, who I hope will one day read and enjoy many of these books. I am the author of numerous influential anthropological and comparative monographs (I love writing) and of the acclaimed prize-winning literary novels ''Black Inked Pearl', 'Pearl of the Seas' and (on the way) 'The Helix Pearl'. I have a particular commitment to reviving appreciation of the too often forgotten classic nineteenth-century English novels More about Ruth ‘Interviews with leading thinkers’ , video interview with Alan Macfarlane ‘Pioneers of qualitative research’, audio interview with Paul Thompson e_finnegan University profile php?name=Ruth_Finnegan Facebook author page Amazon author page nnegan&search-alias=books&field-author=Ruth+Finnega &sort=relevancerank Goodreads Garn Press New York Other social media An international conference celebrating her famous The Hidden Musicians Readings Selected interviews html Book video trailers 6066530797091 How did Ruth write her prize-winning Black inked pearl? Prepare to be amazed Honours and Awards Honours 1996 Elected Fellow, British Academy 1997 Elected Hon. Fellow, Somerville College Oxford 2000 OBE for services to Social Sciences 2002. Honorary Member, Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and the Commonwealth 2002 Emeritus Professor, Open University. Awards National Indie Excellence, Finalist (visionary fiction) 2016 New York Book Fair, Honorable Mention ( romance) 2016 Readers Favorite, for both fiction and nonfiction books 2016 Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book, Runner up 2016 Hungry Monster, Silver award, 2016 National Indie Excellence, Finalist (religious fiction) 2017 Literary titan, Silver Award 2017 Ca;;ital. Fund Screenplay Contest, Genre Winner, 2017 Ruth says Under my academic name of Ruth Finnegan I am currently – and proudly – Emeritus Professor in Social Sciences (Sociology) at The Open University, United Kingdom. I have conducted anthropological fieldwork in Africa, Fiji and England, publishing mainly on the anthropology of art, communication, and performance, also on comparative literacy, ‘orality’ and multimodality. My recent publications (several of them prize-winning include ‘Communicating’ (2002), ‘The Oral and Beyond’ (2007), ‘Why Do We Quote?’ (2011) and a second (illustrated and updated ) edition of Oral Literature in Africa’ (free to read on the Open Book Publishers website, and so far read by many thousands of readers, principally, as is fitting, in Africa)) I have been writing and publishing as an academic (quite successful in my own field as shown by my election to a British Academy Fellowship) since the 1960s and enjoy it an agonised kind of way, each work producing its own kind of anguish, apart from ‘The Little Angel‘ which came to me by a different route. In 1969, after some years teaching in Africa, my husband David and I, now living in Old Bletchley in south central England, came to the Open University []in 1969 as part of the first wave of academic staff. Throughout our careers or teaching, writing and research we have hugely appreciated the Open University revolutionary – and successful - mission to reach part-time distance-learning students who would otherwise not have been thought capable of attaining university degrees. I am greatly honoured that I will thus stay associated with the Open University for the rest of my life following my election as an Emeritus Professor. We now live in Old Bletchley, just round the corner from the code-breaking and long secret (we had no idea!) Bletchley Park [] the home of computers, now a celebrated and very visitable museum. Contact [QUERY CAN YOU SET UP THIE=S EMAIL FOR ME?}