Good to see you here at the website of Black Pear Press (BPP).

BPP is a small press dedicated to promoting and selling books.

We publish quality books of fiction and poetry.

Where did Black Pear Press begin?

Prof Rod Griffiths

Rod Griffiths is an ideas man, ‘Let’s start a publishing company’ he said. Tony and Polly agreed that the idea was sound and would draw on their previous careers, and so BPP came into being. Each had previously self-published books and their combined experience in writing, editing, proofreading and publishing would make for an effective publishing company. This was in mid-2013 and by December of that year plans were in place and Black Pear Press was born.

Rod has published two novels and a collection of short stories and is a member of the Society of Authors. He contributes structural editing and cover design, as well as dealing with obligations to the legal deposit libraries. He is company chairman.

Rod’s previous career was in the NHS as Regional Director of Public Health and Deputy Chief Executive for the West Midlands. He was awarded the CBE in 2000.

Dr Anthony Judge

Tony is an experienced writer of non-fiction and fiction, and a member of the UK Society of Authors. He has written two novels: his first, Sirocco Express, is published by Wet Zebra Media. He has a strong background in critiquing and editing the work of other writers.

He is company treasurer. From 1998 until 2006, he ran a successful telecoms consulting family business, Judge Consulting Ltd.

Tony takes the lead in assessing the cost and profitability of each proposed book, before it is accepted for publication. He is also involved in selecting and editing books for publication.

Tony selects suppliers of printing services and orders volume print runs of books.

Polly Stretton M.Ed

Polly returned to writing following careers in management and education. She specialises in quality in education, coaching and mentoring, and lectured in leadership and management, sales, marketing and business start-up. Polly supports Tony and Rod with editing, PR, design and communications for Black Pear Press and is also the company secretary.

With wide experience in writing, copy editing and proof reading of fact, fiction and poetry, Polly is involved in the local literary scene. She spent six years as a director of the Worcestershire Literary Festival and was a creative resident at Croome Court in 2014. She’s Chair of the Open University Poetry Society. Her publications include a first collection of poetry Girl’s Got Rhythm and limited first edition Chatterton a series of poems about the tragic teenage poet. Four years were taken up with collating WWI pamphlets and more recently Polly collaborated with Worcestershire Poet Laureate Charley Barnes in Pressed Flowers. Her new collection The Alchemy of 42 launched on Zoom in August 2020. She is a member of the Society of Authors and The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.


With extensive connections in West Midlands writing communities, BPP is pleased to promote and sell quality books. Marketing principally through book launches, signings and at regional spoken word events, the company uses social media and networking to advise of new publications.

BPP encourages all writers to promote their work regularly at spoken word events and through social media and networking; other promotion opportunities arise and BPP will give advice and support.


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