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Anvil Press (which also operated under the names Raven Books, Anvil Origination, Optica, Profile, and Outline) was a business partnership formed in 1970 by Susan P. Place and Ben Coker.

Susan Place was the lead editor. Later, she became known as Susan Hanley-Place, MBE, and Chief Executive of the Mersey Heritage Trust.

Anvil Press

The company was the publisher and printer for works of local poets, Liverpool University and Liverpool Polytechnic (later known as Liverpool John Moores University) handbooks and student union promotional materials, as well as posters and fliers for entertainment events and property sales.

Over the years, the company changed addresses quite frequently around Liverpool:

  • Circa 1971-72:
c52 The Temple, 24 Dale Street
L2 5RL
tel: 051-236-7547
  • Circa 1975
5 Cases Street
L1 1HW
tel: 051-708-0201
  • Circa 1977
89 Victoria Street
L1 6DD
tel: 051-708-0201
  • Circa 1979-81
17 Duke Street
L1 5AP
tel: 051-708-0201

Works of Brian Jacques

All of Brian Jacques' pre-Redwall poetry was published by Raven Books. This included:

Mersey Heritage Trust

The Mersey Heritage Trust was formed by Susan Hanley-Place and Geoff Hanley in the 1980s as a means to provide unemployed Liverpudlian volunteers with a framework for developing skills and learning new ones. The MHT owns and restored the tall ship Zebu, which was built in Helingsborg, Sweden, in 1938 and is now moored at Liverpool's Albert Dock.