SP SQUARE cic has taken on the list of Squaw Pies, and in December 2020 established fully as a reverse-action publisher.
They work with a wide range of communities to create books that mirror their experience and promote their interests. They are particularly interested in ways to connect books to people, in particular populations that may not ordinarily use them.
In 2020 they began working with Glasgow Life – pairing books with food and undertaking live cooking workshops in libraries, now extended to video archive for the library service. Book titles with the Scottish prison population is another of their projects. Work with the local Pantry service is leading to that community representing themselves through a book, as 25 diverse nations and cuisines come together to create a record of their lives, their journeys and their kitchens.
The name SP SQUARE builds on Squaw Pies, SQUAW to honour the indigenous blood of their First Nations’ grandmothers and granddaughters. PIES to grandly propose the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Spiritual nature of humankind, or more simply to celebrate the bare pleasures of cooking, perhaps the last great oral tradition of the West. SP SQUARE is also a nod to the Spinning Plates of community, entrepreneurship and learning, coined by Incredible Edible, the unity of which is at the root their work.