Tredellian Press is a micro-entity, founded and directed by Nicolas and Angela Tredell, which focuses on publishing pamphlets of fiction, drama, poetry, and literary and cultural criticism. 23 titles have                                                                   appeared so far.


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Henry Declinant Two

One bright spring morning Henry Walters arrives at the cramped office he shares with five other LockItUp employees and, before getting down to work, he starts furtively to pen a poem. Then a summons to see his boss makes him apprehensive and he soon hears significant news ...

32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-7392794-2-4


Henry Declinant One

Henry Walters arrives at his executive office one fine spring morning in buoyant mood and, before getting down to work, pens a poem celebrating the season that pleases him. But a summons to see the Managing Director makes him apprehensive and he soon hears life-changing news ...

28 pages
ISBN 978-1-739274-1-7

Henry Dancing

Henry Walters takes his wife to his firm’s annual dinner dance, always a hazardous enterprise because he and Liz, who hardly ever go out on social occasions otherwise, are on show to his fellow-directors and his supposed underlings, and he feels vulnerable to their gaze and their overt and covert remarks. But, still light on his feet, he believes he can look forward to at least a a twirl or two on the dance floor and a few minor terpsichorean triumphs. Before he even gets on to the floor, however, he keeps finding himself repeatedly wrong-footed and the evening starts to spin out of control …

23 pages

ISBN 978-1-7392794-0-0


Henry Solus

We first met Henry Walters in the earlier Tredellian Press tale Henry Ascendant, which took him up to the early 1950s. In this tale, set about ten years later, Henry, alone in London on a business trip, hears some disturbing news, takes a walk in the park, recalls key events of the previous decade, has an encounter that triggers his rage, enjoys a large meal with wine, and returns to his hotel to write, make an awkward phone call to his wife, look at a book, and experience an alarming dream. Henry Solus offers a penetrating portrait of a middle-aged man confronting the complexities and contradictions of his own life and of a fast-changing world. 

24 pages

 ISBN: 978-1-7397741-9-6

Visions of the Street: Transformative Moments in the City

This expanded version of a keynote lecture delivered at the 2022 University of Lisbon Conference on 'The Street and the City IV - Moments' focuses on visions of the street in which the street, and by extension the city, seem transformed and transformable. These may be all-encompassing visions or less total but still intense insights that involve an enhanced awareness of the human activity in the street and the aesthetics of the street. In particular, the lecture explores literary representations of three kinds of key urban experiences: defamiliarization, in which the familiar seems strange; derealization, in which the seemingly solid world feels unreal; of epiphany, a moment of sudden illumination, which may arise from an apparently banal stimulus. It draws on examples from Blake, Wordsworth, Gogol, Poe, Hugo, Baudelaire, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, James Thomson, Conrad, Bely, T. S. Eliot, Woolf, Yeats and Pessoa.

                                                 38 pages
                                                 ISBN: 978-1-7397741-8-9

To the Garden

Samuel Walters sets off to the Roman Garden at the western end of Seabourn's long promenade to try to gain access once more to the strange subterranean world he discovered in his descent to the bibliodepths and his ascent of the Tower. The results again prove surprising ...

26 pages
ISBN: 978-1-7397741-7-2

Speaking the Unspeakable: Six Types of Disaster Discourse

This keynote lecture, delivered at the 2022 University of Bucharest online conference on 'Disaster Discourse: Representations of Catastrophe', explores the tension between the sense that disaster is unspeakable and the urge to speak and write about it. It proposes six types of disaster discourse - causal, eventive, experiential, witnessive, consequential and interpretative - and considers verbal and visual material  from the Bible, Burke, Byron, Donne, G. F. Watts, Goya, John Cowper Powys, John Martin, Anna Kavan, Kejii Nakazawa, Livy, Pietro di Donato, Pope, Shakespeare, Tennyson, Turner, Virgil, Voltaire, Whitman, William James and Winifred Knights.

49 pages, illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-7397741-6-5

Home from Home

This tale recounts Samuel Walters' experiences after his parents move, when he is six, from their home in Gracewell, a Surrey suburb, to their native city of Learton in the East Midlands, where they have no home of their own ...

32 pages

ISBN: 978-1-7397741-3-4

Henry Ascendant

Henry Walters was born in 1913, the last year of the Old World. This tale traces his progress through school, work and the Second World War to his new start in life in the early 1950s ...


33 pages

ISBN: 978-1-7397741-5-8

Descent to the Bibliodepths

Samuel Walters is about to start writing in the library when an unwelcome visitor interrupts him, forcing him to take evasive action that leads to unexpected discoveries ...


34 pages

ISBN: 978-1-7397741-4-1


To the Tower

Samuel has long been fascinated by the tower on the beach that he can glimpse distantly from the balcony of his flat and in this tale he tries to gain access to it with results that surprise him ....

25 pages

ISBN: 978-1-7397741-2-7

Fruitful Interfusion: Nella Larsen's Passing

& F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

This offers an informed and insighful account of the similarities between Larsen's Passing and FItzgerald's Gatsby as examples of accessible modernism; as narratives in which the main character is evoked via a secondary but significant character; as presenting their protagonists as performers and tricksters; as exploring the relationship between passing and the past; as American tragedies; as narratives that culminate in the shattering of performed selves; as representations of speech and laughter that combine the musical and the metallic; as still inexorably divided by the colour line; and as opening up possibilities of bridge-crossing and fruitful interfusion.

 47 pages                                                
                                                   ISBN: 978-1-7397741-1-0

The Brother's Tale

In this tale of remembrance, an historian looks back to his boyhood and recalls his elder brother from the few photographic and documentary traces and fragmentary memories that remain ...

27 pages

ISBN: 978-1-7397741-0-3

The Father's Theft / The Father's Test

Nicolas Tredell

In these two tales, an historian recalls the stories behind two stories by his father, a would-be writer. The first relates the father’s appropriation of a story originally written by his second son, the narrator of the tale. The second recounts a key event concerning his first son that the father aimed to transmute into fiction, comparing and contrasting the narrator’s recollections of events with the father’s fictional treatment of them.

33 pages

ISBN: 978-1-7399047-7-7

The Literary Life: Two Vignettes

Nicolas Tredell

Comedy and close observation combine in these two vignettes. In the first, 'Initiation Rite', the protagonist loses his virginity as an interviewer with an eminent avant-garde novelist. In the second, "Literati Party', an obscure author attends a gathering of well-known writers and tries to make connections...

38 pages
ISBN: 978-1-7399047-8-4

The Secondbest Bard: A Play

Nicolas Tredell

Unbeknown to biographers and literary historians, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett made a subversive pilgrimage to Stratford-upon-Avon in late Spring 1937. This play offers key scenes, both comic and cutting, from that visit.


31 pages
ISBN: 978-1-7399047-77

Beefs with Relish: More Verses and Three Short Stories

W. Tredell

This includes more poems from Walter Tredell, author of the previous Tredellian Press publication Beefs of an Old Burgher: Satirical and Sentimental Verses (see below) and adds the relish of three compelling and sometimes comic short stories: "It's Never Too Late," in which a downtrodden employee rebels against his bosses; "Final Flutter", which concerns an impoverished bank messenger tempted by a gang of thieves; and "Circuit Breaker" which focuses on the plight of the neglected wife of a motor-racing champion who refuses to retire.

54 pages
ISBN: 978-1-7399047-6-0

The Father's Text

A Tale by Nicolas Tredell

In a tale that combines pathos and humour, an historian revisits his teenage years and his father's attempts to become a published writer, giving insights into an intriguing personality, a complex relationship, and the travails of the literary life.

23 pages
ISBN: 978-1-73099047-6-0

"To break up the frozen ocean in us": Text and Trauma from Measure for Measure to Middle England

Nicolas Tredell

This keynote lecture, delivered at the 2019 University of Bucharest Conference on 'Trauma, Narrative, Responsibility', explores key issues around tackling personal and collective trauma in writing and teaching, considering issues such as trigger warnings, trauma triage, and quiet trauma, and exploring work by Shakespeare, Lovelace, Marvell, Milton, George Eliot, Tennyson, Woolf, Scott Fitzgerald and Jonathan Coe.

51 pages     
                                                  ISBN: 978-1-7399047-4-6


Rites, Resurrections and (Re)Writings: Birth, Death and Rebirth

in Ulysses and The Waste Land

Nicolas Tredell

This keynote lecture, delivered at the 2017 University of Bucharest Conference on 'Birth, Death and Rebirth: (Re)Generation as Text', closely examines these two great Modernist texts by James Joyce and T. S. Eliot in terms of their innovative techniques and their philosophical and existential implications and sets them in their historical, cultural and artistic contexts, drawing on such concepts as Malraux’s 'museum without walls' and Freud’s 'compulsion to repeat'.

 39 pages   
                                                  ISBN: 978-1-7-399047-3-9


Writing the Crisis: Texts and Contexts in Interesting Times

Nicolas Tredell

Originally a keynote lecture delivered online at the 2021 University of Oradea Conference on 'Texts and Contexts in the English Speaking World', this focuses on crisis writing of the past to gain perspective on representations of our current crises, proposing six modes of addressing crisis—the apocalyptic, the analogical, the analytical, the autobiographical, the allegorical and the anticipatory—and exploring texts from the Bible, Shakespeare, Defoe, Wordsworth, Woolf, Empson, Bowen and Lessing.

54 pages. Illustrated.


Wal's War: A Memoir

W. Tredell

Walter Tredell served in MI5 and MI6 in World War Two and his postings took him from his native city of Leicester to Freetown in Sierra Leone, across Normandy to liberated Paris after D-Day, and to Antwerp and Hamburg following the German surrender. Wal's War is his lively, funny and insightful memoir of those times and a valuable contribution to the untold history of that conflict.

77 pages
ISBN: 978-1-7399047-2-2

Beefs of an Old Burgher: Satirical and Sentimental Verses

W. Tredell

This collection of 50 poems by Walter Tredell (1913-2007) provides vigorous verse satires on a range of issues, including TV chat shows, diet regimes, quangos, political showbiz, speech codes, keeping up with the Joneses, spycatching and cats, and deeply felt reflections on such topics as childhood, youth and age, depression and euphoria, aspiration and disappointment, the value of the ordinary person, and war and remembrance.

68 pages
ISBN: 978-1-7399047-0-8