Our Story



At Atlantic Press, we create works of graphic literature which respect the illustrator’s personal voice: their ideas, their pictures and their words. We call this ‘authorial illustration’

Our rare and collectable books present imaginative ideas or tell intriguing stories, and are often illustrated for an adult audience, or designed to appeal to an audience of all ages. We are an independent press, publishing limited edition first books by authorial illustrators. Associated with the Masters course in authorial illustration at Falmouth University, Atlantic Press seeks to promote new authorial illustration talent, as well as recognising existing practitioners in the illustration field

We work closely with talented illustrators, allowing them authorial freedom; our role being to support their personal imaginative vision. Atlantic Press is run by illustrators and educators and we aim to publish innovative picture books which display the highest literary and visual standards. In so doing, we want to encourage illustration to be a developing practice and not just a repetitive commodity. We want illustrators to be enterprising, and most importantly, we want to contribute to a cultural shift whereby intelligent illustrated books become popular with the general book-buying public. You can buy our rare and collectable books direct from this site.

Artists published by Atlantic Press include: Paul Slater, Gemma Anderson, Alys Jones, Harriet Lee-Merrion, Anna Kiernan, Em Strang, Phyllida Bluemel, Alyson Hallett, Heidi Ball, Rose Forshall, Barnaby Richards, John Kilburn, Chris Odgers, Tom Barwick, Anna-Kaisa Laine, Mat Osmond, Nicholas Williams, Steve Braund, Helena Wakefield, Dean Owens, Daryl DeBeugny, Simon Davies and Belinda Whiting.


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Atlantic Press Books has ceased trading. Since 1998 we have produced many beautiful and startlingly original illustrated books and would like to thank everyone who was involved - authors, illustrators and customers.