About us

Stop Press! Bristol Folk Publications is pleased to announce that The Record Press imprint won a prestigious, international, academic award for publishing the award winning discography, The Immediate Discography: the First 20 Years. So that's a nice double - both the author and the publishing company picked up awards at the same time. Now there's a double reason to buy our stuff!

Bristol Folk Publications

Bristol Folk Publications is a small and perfectly-flawed publishing company that publishes occasionally rather than often. In this way quality, rather than quantity, is the watchword. BFP's manifesto is simple: to publish books about Bristol and books written by Bristolians and adopted Bristolians; doubtless it will go under soon.

Publishing imprints

The Record Press

The Record Press imprint was created to market the Great British Record Labels series of discographies. The series currently covers Immediate, Charisma, the Saydisc family of labels, Transacord, B&C's non-reggae labels and Virgin. Future volumes will cover Deram's easy listening releases, Harvest, Manticore, WWA, Purple, Swan Song, Vertigo and others.

The next volume in preparation covers the BBC Music Magazine's own label. The BBC Music Magazine has been with us now for over 25 years, during which time every edition has come complete with at least one free cover disc, some of which are now very hard to find. Even harder to find are various of the reader-only offer discs that celebrated various events and the like.

The book is to be fully illustrated with, not only images of the front covers of each release, but also the welcome screens from the multimedia content that came alongside many of the discs and a gallery of ghost-covers-that-never-were, these being the mock-ups of sleeves that appeared in the preceding month's magazine.

Can you help? Publication is being held up by a few very elusive CDs - do you have any of the following?

Burnham Priory Publications

The Burnham Priory imprint was created to market Harry Jones' series of westerns and adventure novels. Writing as Hal Jons and Harry Graham, Jones had almost twenty novels published between 1960 and his early death in 1983. All of the early works were westerns, a genre that was at the peak of its popularity in the 1960s and 1970s: recently these have been highlighted as exemplars of genre. Harry then turned to his mining childhood in south Wales and to his wartime experiences for material, which resulted in Pit Prop and Channel Incident respectively - the latter of which was translated into several languages.

Burnham Priory has worked with the surviving members of Harry's family to ensure that the family benefits to the full from this welcome series of reissues. Harry's death prevented publication of several other works and these too will be published as and when full manuscripts come to light.

Why Burnham Priory? Well, Jones wrote all of his books whilst living in either Priory Road or Burnham Road, both in Shirehampton, Bristol.

Diogenes Academic Press

The Diogenes Academic Press was created to market various academic and business-related books that didn't sit well on the main imprint. The first two books cover database design for non-techies (go see details), whilst still in the pipeline are a guide on surviving university that takes a unique approach, tentatively titled A Systems Guide to Surviving and Thriving at University, and a 'cookbook' of resources for academics teaching on various systems and business courses.

These last two projects are the work of two young academics, Iorwerth Tosca (a wonderfully outspoken Italian-Welsh firebrand - best kept off the Brains SA) and Lol Weston (the worryingly quiet one), who have found the everyday world of academic publishing to be somewhat 'unsympathetic' to real innovation in their respective academic fields. The Diogenes Academic Press firmly believes that it is bad that "Humans have complicated every simple gift of the gods" and is only too happy to provide a home to Iorwerth and Lol, two intellectual mavericks who intend to make things simple again. And fun with it.

Contact us

Please note that we do not supply books to the trade. Any enquiries along these lines will be politely ignored.

An email to bristol.folk@gmail.com will generally be answered within a day or two unless I happen to be climbing some Turkish mountain or other, where Wi-Fi is still sometimes conspicuous by its absence.