In Dark Places, Published by Falmouth University and the National Trust

Falmouth English and Creative Writing is delighted to announce the publication of In Dark Places, Falmouth’s first collaborative publishing venture with National Trust Publishing.


Written by Booker-longlisted novelist, Wyl Menmuir, illustrated by Emma Butcher (MA Illustration), and produced by a team of Falmouth’s English & Writing students, In Dark Places is the launch title for a series of pocket-size books inspired by the history and environment of National Trust places.

The publishing team worked with Katie Bond, Head of Publishing at National Trust, to bring the book to market. The collaboration provided an exceptional opportunity for students to gain experience of all aspects of the publishing process, and to showcase their talent as creative producers.

In Dark Places was launched at sunset, by firelight, in a field above Cheddar Gorge, at the National Trust’s South West Outdoor Festival on Saturday evening. Copies can be purchased in selected Trust shops and online at:

 Book launch at Southwest Outdoor Festival, Sept 2017 (photo credit @WylMenmuir)

Book launch at Southwest Outdoor Festival, Sept 2017 (photo credit @WylMenmuir)

In this darkly atmospheric story, a young couple on their honeymoon set out to explore Cheddar Gorge, only to find themselves increasingly distanced from one another as the presence of the claustrophobic caves closes in around them.

Many congratulations to the student publishing team led by Samantha Pentin, Benjamin G Wilson and Kate Williams. This team comprised Adriana Ciontea, Joanna Varandas, Alyanna Graham, Janina Zender, Anthony Sprouse, Holly Farr and Day Lilico. Thanks are owed to Wyl Menmuir, Katie Bond and the National Trust, Patrick Kinsella and the South West Outdoor Festival, and to John Bond at Whitefox. Thanks also to Falmouth’s Anna Kiernan and Luke Thompson for directing the project, Emma Butcher for her illustrations, and to Steve Braund.

 Illustrations by Emma Butcher

Illustrations by Emma Butcher

You can read more about the production of the book at

The book is available for purchase online at the National Trust website.

We’ll be hosting a further launch of the book on campus during the coming term, so watch out for further details, as well as information about our next project with the National Trust.

by Niamh Downing