Redcliffe Press is the leading publisher of books about Bristol, but has other lists, including Cornish interest.
Its first book, published in 1976, was the ground-breaking Children’s Bristol, a popular family guide recently republished to widespread acclaim. In all, Redcliffe has published over 200 books on all aspects of the city’s life – Bristol’s art and architecture, maritime history, Bristol industries, Bristol Doors Open Day, public sculpture in Bristol, Bristol’s Jewish community, literary history, Bristol ghosts, family walks, profiles of local football heroes … the list is almost endless.
Redcliffe has forged links with many Bristol institutions, working on publications with, among others, the City Council, Arnolfini, BBC, Bristol Evening Post, Bristol City and Bristol Rovers football clubs, Bristol Savages, Bristol Zoo, Harveys of Bristol, the JT Group and the Royal West of England Academy.
In the 1980s, the company developed a modest literature list, including the acclaimed Eden by Charles Tomlinson along with a Poetry Society Recommendation for a volume of Ian Caws’s poetry, and republished several books of essays by the neglected Llewelyn Powys, one with a perceptive introduction by Philip Larkin.
In 2005, Redcliffe was a founder member of the Bristol Books & Publishers consortium of local publishers and related creative interests.
An associated company, Sansom & Co, publishes books on Modern British art from 1880 to the present day, and is a noted publisher of books about the artists of Cornwall, notably the Newlyn School, St Ives and Lamorna. Several titles have been published with Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance. Other collaborations include projects with the Royal Watercolour Society, a number of London and provincial galleries, and with the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle.
In 1998, Art Dictionaries Ltd was launched to publish biographical reference works, led by Artists in Britain since 1945, and has a growing list of regional art dictionaries.