Volute is the publishing name and vehicle for Children’s Early Reading, the gateway to learning, progress and security.


Volute is in the midst of creating an important and special series of early readers for children aged 5 to 7 and those older, struggling with reading. A child’s confidence quickly evaporates and learning becomes difficult when he or she falls behind with reading.

Ned in a Tub, Chit-Chat on the Bus, Crunch at Lunch and Honk in a Huff are the first four titles of a graded, colourful and fun phonic series that will stimulate the imagination and navigate a child through single and complex letter sounds; the building blocks of more than 70% of the English language.

Volute is, also, the publishing name and compact portal for the distribution of titles on Second City Architecture and Second City History. It is neatly packed together in a concise form to deliver works of writing and illustration on the UK’s second most populated city and with a metropolitan economy that is the largest, next only to London. This is Birmingham.


Volute is dedicated to creating titles that illustrate the historical architecture of Birmingham. Past individuals and communities often erected functional buildings with imagination and creativity and time and again did so with admirable skill. The study of ancient Birmingham churches, as a group, has long been ignored. These were the most significant buildings at the heart of medieval and later life in the villages, now swallowed up by the city.

James Melling, in the forthcoming title, Medieval Birmingham Churches 1086 – 1850, examines the most important assemblage of Second City buildings.


Birmingham boasts an impressive history and enjoys a rich heritage of artefacts, buildings, transport systems, art collections, written works and an array of so much more, created by the people who lived and worked in the great Second City. Volute is committed to the delivery of Second City History and begins with the absorbing Worcester & Birmingham Canal written and richly illustrated by James Melling. This is a study of great and ambitious canal engineering in the late 18th Century.