Flipped Eye Publishing, founded by Nii Ayikwei Parkes, was announced a recipient a grant by Arts Council England as part of a programme to diversify the arts and cultural sector on January 23, 2020.
The Arts Council England has announced a new funding round to specifically address the under-representation of people with disabilities and those from BAME backgrounds across the sector. Two of the recipients of this funding are Birmingham indie The Emma Press and London’s Flipped Eye Publishing with nearly £100,000 each.
Flipped Eye, which specialises in poetry and fiction, will also get £99,740 to develop its website, infrastructure, commissioning, sales and marketing as part of the funding round. One of the founders of Flipped Eye Publishing is Nii Ayikwei Parkes who has featured several times on this blog as a novelist, poet, and short-story writer.
Director Nii Ayikwei Parkes said of the award, “We are delighted to receive support from the ACE Elevate initiative, which helps independent organisations like ours build on their strong foundations. In our case, 18 years as a leading publisher of some of the most urgent voices in contemporary poetry have prepared us to leverage this opportunity and have a similar impact in fiction and non-fiction. We will continue to give our authors the best support to realise their ambitions, while developing a robust business and putting the reader first.”