Echoing Green Press is a small-scale publishing enterprise aiming to produce a diverse range of quality books (both in content and production) with a particularly South African focus, of interest to a national and international readership. Genres in the Press's current plans are fiction, poetry, and ecological/nature writing. It publishes books by unrecognized and recognized authors selected for their merit.
Echoing Green Press derives its name from William Blake’s poem “The Ecchoing Green” (his spelling), one of his Songs of Innocence. The name suggests not only an ecological metaphor but the gathering place of the human community centred, as in Blake's poem, on the village green, where humanity and nature interact and echo each other back and forth.
The Echoing Green Press logo conveys symbolically a tree above and below the earth, branches and roots, suggesting the conscious and unconscious dimensions of the mind inter-related in the creative process.
Echoing Green Press is a Close Corporation whose sole member, Jim Phelps, has been an academic teacher and researcher in the literatures of English for some thirty years. The Managing Editor is Nigel Bell, also an academic teacher and researcher of many years experience, and editor for some years of the English Academy Review (EAR). Echoing Green Press is registered as a Close Corporation (registration number 2003/012057/23) in South Africa.
All Echoing Green Press titles have worldwide rights.