The Indigo Press


The Indigo Press are a new publisher of fiction and creative non-fiction, essays, memoirs, current affairs, contemporary fiction, global writing, diverse writing, world literature, radical literature and innovative literature.



'A person's spirit is in their cloth'

The Indigo Press is an independent publisher of fiction and creative non-fiction, bringing together a conversation-starting curation of books that offer bold ideas and beautifully-crafted stories. We are open to writing from around the world and literature that explores radical thinking and literary innovation in both form and approach. 

The Indigo Press is the latest addition to a portfolio of book businesses that comprise the MILD Group, which includes long-established rights specialists The Marsh Agency, award-winning independent bookshop Dulwich Books, and LiveLit, a successful literary events series, that includes two annual literary festivals.

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The team

Susie Nicklin, CEO of the MILD Group, began her career at The Bodley Head publishers and co-founded The Marsh Agency, before becoming Director of English PEN and subsequently Director of Literature at the British Council. She rejoined The Marsh Agency in 2014 and acquired Dulwich Books Ltd in 2015.


Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, OBE, Publishing Director of The Indigo Press, is a former deputy editor at Granta magazine and former senior editor at Jonathan Cape, Random House. She has commissioned stories for Audible and BBC Radio 4 and has written for publications including The Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and The Spectator, as well as reviewing and presenting for BBC Radio 4 and NPR. She has a served as a judge on a number of prestigious literary prizes including the Man Booker, Dublin International Literary Award, Commonwealth Short Story Prize and The David Cohen Prize. She currently sits on the Advisory Council of Art for Amnesty and the advisory board of the Johannesburg Review of Books. She is a trustee of the Caine Prize for African Writing, the Jalada Collective (Kenya) and The Royal Literary Fund.


Alexander Spears, Sales and Marketing Manager, joins the press with ten years’ experience in independent publishing, including marketing, editorial and digital roles at Pluto Press, Constable & Robinson, Elliot & Thompson and Walker Books. He was co-founder of the new independent publisher of cross-genre fiction, Dodo Ink. 


'A person's spirit is in their cloth'  © 2011 Catherine E. McKinley Indigo: In Search of the Color that Seduced the World