Ruth Huddleston, a former sales and marketing director of Templar Publishing, and her husband, author and illustrator David Ellwand, are launching their own publishing company, Old Barn Books.
The company will publish seven titles this year, including three pre-school photographic board books by Ellwand – Bluebell Bears (April, £6.99), Wake Up, Alfred! (May, £6.99) and Racing Bears (June, £6.99).
Other books in the pipeline include an Alice in Wonderland, a board book by Alison Jay (July, £7.99), and Hare, a hardback picture book about hares by first-time author and former Daunts bookseller Zoe Greaves (August, £10.99).
The children’s titles will be distributed in the UK and export by Bounce Sales and Marketing.
Old Barn Books will officially launch at the Bologna Book Fair on 30th March at the Publishers Association Stand.