Corridor Press has been producing “local books by local people for local people” for over quarter of a century.  The Community publisher, Corridor Press, was established in 1992.  Its name comes from its original location within the M4 Corridor of Berkshire, England.  Books on topics such as Buildings, Food, Football, Gardens, Health Remedies, Music, Poetry and Reading’s Twinning Links were produced with all age groups from schoolchildren to nonagenarians being involved in the writing, designing, publication and publicity.

 

Initially funded by grants from Reading Borough Council and Southern Arts, it became a club of volunteers from 2003, encouraging them to produce their own titles as well as joint ventures. 

 

Following the popular photographic record “George Palmer School in photographs” in 2004, many of its titles have encompassed aspects of schools and education, although “Taylor-made Jackpot” in 2012 tells the story of a Reading born and bred back-street bookie who developed his own chain of Bookmakers shops (Taylor’s Racing Service).


In 2015 Exmouth's Rolle was launched maintaining that theme of education but this time looking at the life and history of Rolle College, Exmouth and its predecessor on the site, Southlands School.  This is author and historian Daphne Barnes-Phillips' first book with links to Devon - it was launched on 23rd May 2015 at an event for over 150 people in the author's home and garden and is proving to be extremely popular.  Copies are available directly from ourselves; Devon Archives and Local Studies Service in Exeter or can be ordered through any bookshop.


In September 2017 Daphne launched her latest book -
Long may our Lion Roar which charts the 140 year history of one of Reading's most successful Schools -
Kendrick School in London Road.  Daphne had been a pupil at Kendrick from 1955 to 1962 and has maintained strong links with the school and her peers.  Kendrick School celebrated its 140th Birthday with a special event for over 300 old girls on Sunday 1st October, 2017.  You can read more about Long may our Lion Roar on the web page dedicated to that book.