About Nightingale Editions

The manuscript of John Keats' 'Ode to a Nightingale'

The manuscript of John Keats' 'Ode to a Nightingale'

"Was it a vision, or a waking dream?  Fled is that music:—Do I wake or sleep?" - John Keats, from Ode to a Nightingale

Nightingale Editions is a new imprint of Blackbird Digital Books. The Nightingale, of course, is a bird which sings in the darkness, and is considered symbolic of beauty and immortality.

Here at Nightingale Editions, we aim to publish unique, original voices, voices which will endure. We believe in nurturing writers' careers and will publish only those who are deeply committed to their craft, to honing their own talent and thrilling readers with their 'song'.

We will publish high quality and literary fiction. Founded by authors Jacqui Lofthouse and Stephanie Zia, we respect authors and the work they do. We are innovative and modern in our approach, but traditional in the high standards we set ourselves. 


About the Nightingale Team


Jacqui Lofthouse


Jacqui Lofthouse is the founder of Nightingale Editions. She is a novelist, and founder of The Writing Coach, a mentoring and consultancy service for writers. Her novels including Bluethroat Morning and The Modigliani Girl have been translated into four languages and have sold 100,000 copies.

She has an MA in Creative Writing from UEA and has taught creative writing at City University. She is currently writing her first Young Adult novel and studying photojournalism at City Lit. Her latest photography work focuses on the plight of contemporary libraries.


Stephanie Zia


Stephanie Zia is the founder of Blackbird Digital Books. She originally trained as a production assistant, researcher and documentary director for the BBC.

She has had two commercial fiction novels published by Piatkus and two non-fiction books published by Hamlyn. She has also written for a variety of publications including The Sunday Times, Which? and Woman's Own. For many years she was a regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper's popular Space Solves column. 

She now divides her time between publishing, editing and writing.

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