Christopher approached us to publish a second book of poems which explores his love of both non-league football and travel around the 'hinterlands', the less well-known places where the game is played. The poems are vignettes of his experience during the 2019-20 season which finished early due to the pandemic - he writes:
I recall my last game attended of that forgotten season at Belper Town
and a feeling of a storm coming. Social distancing, clean hands
and with face masks to come, the games ended and
there was a feeling of loss.
We thought that replicating the style of a classic football programme would add something to the mood of the book and Chris wanted illustrations to accompany each poem.
We had been really happy with the way Raphael had worked on Chris's first book of poems 21 Days so asked him to take on this project. He and Christopher work well together and they share a love for the game. Raph really understood the project and worked on a retro-feel for the illustrations.
We agreed a fee for the illustrations and cover separately from the costs of typesetting, design, editing and proofing. We worked closely with Christopher on the edit and we are all very happy with the result.