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Hello from The CopyPress Team!

COVID UPDATE: We hope all our customers have been keeping safe since the country entered level 4 almost a fortnight ago. Our doors will be shut until it is safe to reopen, and our staff are contactable via email, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Any orders made through our bookshop will be sent within two weeks of exiting level 4 lockdown. Stay home, stay safe, stay kind.

It’s been a busy few months at The Copypress! While it’s been cold and miserable outside (Is it just us, or has winter felt extra long this year?) we’ve been keeping warm by our printers busy making your books and prints. We have been enjoying all the wonderfully creative works coming through our post, so please keep them coming … and bring on Spring!

We have completed some fantastic stories, such as the latest adventures from a naughty little sock monster by the talented team, Deborah Brookes and Polly Rabbits; the quirky true story by Adrienne Joyce of a house named Harry who goes surfing, and a young man who goes bush in some quintessential kiwi fiction by B.W Young.

You can see all these titles and more at our bookshop.


Out with the old

After a herculean 9.3 million impressions, we packed up and said goodbye to our old C1000. This made way for two shiny new printers which our designers have affectionately named Willy and Dobby. The new machines are large scale digital printers, capable of printing up to 1200mm long, thus providing more opportunities for custom books and posters.  We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the adventures of Willy and Dobby!

We recently gave our cosy little office on Pascoe street a bit of a makeover. The goal was to make the printer room bigger, and also to create more space for the designers (they are notoriously solitary creatures, and were getting cramped …)





Featherston Booktown

The Copypress had a spot at Featherston Booktown in May. This is an event which happens every year in Featherston, an internationally recognised Booktown.

Dave chaired a public panel with authors to discuss self publishing to a crowd of around forty people.

It’s a fantastic event which gave us the opportunity to showcase the fabulous collection from our talented authors.








Farewell Holly …

We are sad to have said goodbye to our marketing and book superstar, Holly Dunn. Many of you will have had the pleasure of working with Holly during her time at The CopyPress. She has recently embarked on a new life down south – we wish you all the best, Holly!



… Hello New Faces!

The Copypress have welcomed on board some new staff over the past few months. Introducing:


ANA HASSAN Graphic Design

Ana grew up in North Canterbury and studied in Wellington for five years before moving to Nelson to work at The CopyPress.

Ana is a graduate of the Whitireia publishing course, where she was able to learn about all aspects of making books, including design, editing, marketing and project management. She is very happy to have moved into the design and printing side of the publishing business and enjoys the opportunity to do creative work and meet lots of interesting people.

When she is not working, Ana enjoys curling up with a good book, watching live music and exploring the beautiful Nelson region.



Jess took over the marketing role at The CopyPress in early August.

She led a former life as a graphic designer, working at the likes of Ballantynes, Smiths City and Lincoln University (all Canterbury based). She loves all things books, with a particular interest in illustration. In her free time, Jess loves to do her own artwork, writing and baking. She is a Nelson original, and you’ll often find her at the beach with her family, her dog, and a strong coffee.

Jess is looking forward to meeting visitors to The Copypress and working with them on their projects.



What We’re Reading

Catfish and Caviar Contest

By Amy Hindley
Review by Dave McManus
Amy’s first book Not A Leg To Stand On told the story of her life and how she overcame illiteracy, disability, heartache and tragedy to discover passion and a full life. Her life story  which included the chosen removal of her legs  is nothing but amazing.
The experience has led to her first novel, Catfish and Caviar Contest. The story is based in 1950’s and 60’s South Africa,  with segments in England. This was  apartheid at its height, though some were starting to question their part in it. Throughout the story, we are exposed to the reality of life, and the beliefs of both sides.
Amy gathers a diverse range key characters placed in often the seedier side of life with no holds barred. They are often playing the very difficult balancing act  between the law and what is right.
Not for the faint hearted  but definitely a story which helps us to understand the beginning of change and the struggles that come with it.
I was enraptured.


Mark the Calendar

05/09 – Father’s Day
26/09 – The CopyPress at the MacKenzie Book and Art Festival, Lake Tekapo Community Hall

Ockham Book Awards:
14/09 – Final submission date for books published 1 Jan-31 Aug 2021
15/09 – Submissions open for books published 1 Sep-31 Dec 2021

24/10 – Labour Day

Ockham Book Awards:
27/10 – Final submission date for books published 1 Sep-31 Dec 2021





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