Makina Books (Ma KEY na) is an independent publisher based in London. Our publications, audio and audio-described project seeks to promote and celebrate independent and emerging voices—with a particular focus on poetry, nonfiction, fiction, photography and prose.
We currently make collectable books in the ongoing series’ New Words and Makina Archive. In 2019 we launched the Makina Books Podcast which focuses on narratives in publishing. In 2021, Strangers by Rebecca Tamás was longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize. To date we have worked on publications with Rebecca Tamás, AK Blakemore, Flo Brooks, Livia Franchini, Alanna McArdle, Angus Carlyle, Eloise Hendy, Patrick Doyle and David Moore – amongst others. Projects include collaborations with; Pages of Hackney, Brighton CCA, Strange Perfume, White Cubicle Toilet Gallery and Counter Plymouth Book Fair.
Makina is named after the Plaubel Makina, a medium format camera popular with the new colour documentarists in the 1980s. The ‘Makina’ makes a 6×7 frame, the inspiration for our boxier format celebrated in our ongoing New Words series.
Our titles are collected and held in several collections, including; Whitney Museum of American Art Library (New York) National Library of Scotland, Stills Centre for Photography and the National Poetry Library (London).
Submissions for 2021 are closed and we cannot accept requests outside of the submissions window. Please join the mailing list at the bottom of this page to be notified of the next opportunity.
In 2021 we started producing e-books and worked with access and interpretation consultant, Caroline Dawson. Caroline’s first work for Makina Books is an audio description of the front and back cover of Strangers by Rebecca Tamás. The description is available as a free audio and text download and is also available on YouTube.
We regularly donate our eBook and print titles to libraries and prisons. Please email us to discuss a donation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Distribution & Trade & Ordering
INGRAM Publisher Services UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1752 202301
For all other enquiries, please contact email@example.com
Cornerhouse Publications Ltd
2 Tony Wilson Place
Manchester, M15 4FN, UK
Tel: +44 (0)161 212 3466 / 3468
We are a small entity, but endeavour to dispatch orders via Royal Mail twice a week. Please remember to leave adequate time for overseas orders to arrive before getting in touch to let us know that an order hasn’t yet arrived. We use recycled all-board book mailers to ensure you receive your books safely.
This list of shops changes often, but I try to keep it up to date. If you would like to stock any of our titles, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form below:
Brick Lane Bookshop
John Sandoe Books
South London Gallery
The Moon (Singapore)
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