We are a small independent British publisher based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (south west England) specialising in occultism and the Western Mystery Tradition, along with literary fiction and poetry, history and horticulture. Our niche sits somewhere just below the parapet of mainstream publishing, where we are nicely placed to issue gems of quality writing which may have slipped below the radar of bigger publishers.
Skylight Press was co-founded in 2010 by Rebsie Fairholm and Daniel Staniforth, assisted by Gareth Knight acting as an adviser. All of our production and editorial is done in-house.
Rebsie Fairholm (Graphic Designer) has over 25 years of publishing experience and is trained in book production, typesetting, editorial and graphic design. She worked in the production department at major educational publisher Stanley Thornes (now Nelson Thornes) for eight years before going freelance as a book designer and editor. She currently handles all the design and typesetting for Skylight.
Daniel Staniforth (Submissions Editor and General Manager) is a writer and scholar of poetry, fiction, literary analysis, and musical composition, whose work has featured in various small press publications and literary webzines. He also teaches English Composition and Literature, having served in various capacities at Miami University, the Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Daniel is in charge of submissions, author liaison and most of the promotional stuff.
Gareth Knight is the author of more than forty books and a seasoned lecturer within the esoteric field and an established expert on the Western Mystery Tradition. He founded the publishing arm of Helios Books in the 1960s which launched many significant esoteric books, some of which have found their way back to Skylight. Now retired, he worked for many years as a commissioning editor for Longman’s (now part of the Pearson group) and served on a subcommittee of the Publishers’ Association. He now sits on the editorial board of Skylight Press as an honorary adviser.
Skylight Press is the culmination of a long-held dream to found a small esoteric and literary press.