Our Publications

Cox Bank Publishing specialises in writing about sport, physical activity, exercise and outdoor adventure.  We produce anthologies of writing, with our current portfolio of books centred on Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and surrounding areas.

Our latest books are A Sporting Prodigy, an entertaining anthology of sporting memories from local author Brian Mate, with illustrations from Scartoons; and Active City Stories: Stoke-on-Trent, the second in our ‘Active City’ series.

We've also just published the third in our "This School Loves..." sports-writing series, featuring the creative talents of local primary school children. RUN! covers - you’ve guessed it - running and was produced in collaboration with The Willows Primary School in Penkhull, Stoke. It follows on from HEROES! (celebrating local sporting heroes) and SPLASH!, a compilation of swimmimng poetry.

You can scroll down through all our books below and find them in our webstore here.

Other publications include Sporting Stories - an anthology of over 80 contributions on 30 different sports and activities, celebrating Stoke-on-Trent's status as European City of Sport; and Potters 'Arf 2016, covering the Potters 'Arf, Stoke-on-Trent's iconic half marathon race.

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The story of a half marathon, the ever-popular Potters ‘Arf, with contributions from over 60 participants: runners, walkers, volunteers, organisers, charities and more. In support of the Dougie Mac Hospice and Donna Louise Trust.

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By life-long Stoke City supporter Roger Horwood: his memories, spanning seven decades, of watching football’s greatest like Stanley Matthews and George Best. In support of the Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching Foundation.

SPLASH! This School Loves... Swimming

An anthology of poetry and artwork from the children of Hillside Primary School - in support of the Royal Life-Saving Society

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Over 80 contributors tell their stories of what physical exercise means to them. With more than 30 sports and activities covered, there’s inspiration for all – and some great artwork too. In support of three great good causes: The Dougie Mac Hospice, the Donna Louise Trust and the Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching Foundation.



Inspiring stories and poems from 2016's Potters 'Arf race in Stoke-on-Trent, capturing the spirit of the popular half marathon. In support of the Dougie Mac Hospice and Donna Louise Trust.

The Best of the Fells is a collection of fell race accounts, written by runners, and featuring a wide range of races and challenges across the UK (and a few beyond).

Read it for entertaining accounts of the Bob Graham Round, the Fellsman, classic Lake District fell races, the Ben Nevis Race, the Grizzly and many more.

Thirty-five different running clubs and fifty runners have contributed to the book. All proceeds from the book are being donated to UK Mountain Rescue.



Other publications in preparation include:

  • The Cat & Fiddle Cycling Challenge - stories from the 2016 and 2017 events

  • Local Heroes - sporting stars, written about by children, for children

  • The Potters 'Arf 2017 - a new collection of stories from this year's race

  • Sporting Stories 2017 - a new anthology of stories across a range of sports