Inchivala Press was started by Melinda Lovell and Hannah Lovell in May 2007, in a small hamlet in the Auvergne, South West France, which gave the press its name. (Inchivala, 2005, below.)


So far, Inchivala Press has produced nine chapbooks of poetry, including a series on past poets, a collection of haikus, and a collection of children’s rhymes. Further categories in progress include cookery and children’s stories. Poetry selections are chosen and introduced by Melinda Lovell, and all chapbooks are designed and made by Hannah Lovell.

The chapbooks range from 36 to 56 pages and are printed in Baskerville font, on thick paper, either a plain white or a more grainy ivory. The current poetry editions have duck-egg blue or jade-green card covers, and are sewn together by hand with golden embroidery thread. The cookery editions will be in cinnamon or pumpkin coloured card. For some titles we have plain covers, and for some we offer the choice of an original ink illustration, on both front and back cover, by Barbara Sedassy.


Each Inchivala Press chapbook is an artisan object, never quite the same as its fellows, something to savour, and light to carry about, or post as a present. The layout is simple, without index or numbers on pages. Our aim is to make the chapbook a beautiful thing, which is a pleasure to handle.




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