Flagon Press is the imprint belonging to James Crowden Publishing and its aim is to publish local books with the same ethos as local food. In other words, local subjects for local books, local writers, local designers, local printers, alternative low key marketing, low carbon footprint distribution to local bookshops and other alternative outlets.
The main graphic designer is the artist Andrew Crane of Whitelackington near Ilminster. Two of the covers already used by Flagon Press are from mixed media textile works by Alice Crane of Wambrook.
James Crowden’s first book Blood, Earth & Medicine was a hot lead monotype/letter press book printed on a 5½ ton Heidelberg by the Parrett Press in 1991. The same Heidelberg printing press has now moved a few miles to Ilminster and is now being used by Rose Mills Print.
Other books for Flagon Press have been printed and bound by Remous of Milborne Port on the Dorset/Somerset border or Butler, Tanner and Dennis of Frome. Other Flagon Press titles include The Last Broomsquire, The Devon Food Book, Literary Somerset, Dorset Coast, Dorset Footsteps, Coastlines, Chasing the Light, The Bad Winter, Lewesdon Hill and We Have Heard Ravens.
James Crowden and his team of designers believe that each book is an individual work of art that should arise organically and be crafted, not mass produced. Books are to be savoured … and enjoyed like an artisan Calvados or Cider Brandy.