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SP SQUARE cic has taken on the list of Squaw Pies, and in December 2020 established fully as a reverse-action publisher.

We work with a wide range of communities to create books that mirror their experience and promote their interests. We are particularly interested in ways to connect books to people, in particular populations that may not ordinarily use them.

In 2020 we began working with Glasgow Life – pairing books with food and undertaking live cooking workshops in libraries, now extended to video archive for the library service. Book titles with the Scottish prison population is another of our projects. Work with the local Pantry service is leading to that community representing themselves through a book, as 25 diverse nations and cuisines come together to create a record of their lives, their journeys and their kitchens. Incredible Edible have charged us with representing their vision and their worldwide network of members through a book for COP26 in November 2021. All of these projects show reverse-action publishing as a vehicle for community empowerment and social justice.

The name SP SQUARE builds on Squaw Pies, SQUAW to honour the indigenous blood of our First Nations’ grandmothers and granddaughters. PIES to grandly propose the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Spiritual nature of humankind, or more simply to celebrate the bare pleasures of cooking, perhaps the last great oral tradition of the West. SP SQUARE is also a nod to the Spinning Plates of community, entrepreneurship and learning, coined by Incredible Edible, the unity of which is at the root our work.

Established: 2020 as SP SQUARE CIC
Publications (yearly average): 1–3
Types of books published: Cookbooks, community anthologies, community generated manuals, memoirs and poetry
Submission details: people are invited to contact us via the website.

SP SQUARE highlights

21 Years Free
Festival of Angels
Hand to Mouth
In the Smoke of the Sagebrush
Mano a' Mano
Song of Granada
The Final Touch
Vegan Tales