Chickpea Press aims to publish engaging, contemporary and imaginative books and digital apps for younger readers, drawing inspiration from the great spiritual traditions of the world. We believe there are many paths to God, and even whilst making a whole-hearted devotion to one, we may benefit from a sharing of hearts and stories by all.
We hope to:
- create books that nurture spirituality
- promote a holistic, creative and heart-based approach to education
- foster a sense of unity and interdependence between people of different faiths, races, and cultures
- cultivate an awareness of the equality of women and men
- encourage reverence and respect for the natural world.
Daniel Dyer has worked for over 16 years in the children’s and educational publishing industry for some of the UK’s largest publishers, including Pearson and HarperCollins. He has also taught English to children and adults in the UK and abroad. The 99 Names of Allah will be his first book as an author and his second as an illustrator.
Musical Spirit: Daniel became a Muslim through the influence of a Jewish Buddhist – Leonard Cohen. In one of his albums, Cohen mentions being influenced by Rumi, and due to his love of Cohen’s music, Daniel had to quickly find out who this Rumi was. This began a love affair with Rumi’s poetry and one thing led to another…
Saimma Dyer has also worked for some of the biggest publishers in the UK, and also in the IT and retail sectors. With a background in sales and marketing, project management and events planning, she loves nothing better than getting stuck into the nitty-gritty of seeing a plan come together.
Proud Geek: Saimma’s greatest geek-out moment came while working at San Diego Comic-Con and she grazed past comics legend Stan Lee – she has a blurry picture to prove it!
Our name came into being from the wisdom of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi – and we also love a good chickpea curry!
Boil Nicely Now
Look at the chickpea in the pot,
how it leaps up when it feels the fire.
While boiling, it continually rises to the top
and cries, “Why are you setting the fire under me?
Since you bought me, why are you turning me upside down?”
The housewife keeps hitting it with the ladle.
“No!” she says, “boil nicely now,
and don’t leap away from the one who makes the fire.
It’s not because you are hateful to me that I boil you,
but so that you might gain flavor,
and become nutritious and mingle with essential spirit.
This affliction is not because you are despised.
When you were green and fresh,
you were drinking water in the garden;
that water-drinking was for the sake of this fire.”
[Mevlana Rumi’s Mathnawi III, 4159–4165
translated by Kabir and Camille Helminski]