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Events Round Up for February

Ashley Audrain and Lisa Jewell in Conversation with Daisy Buchanan

When? Monday 1 February, 7:00pm

Where? Online (Free)

Ashley Audrain, author of The Push and Lisa Jewell, author of The Family Upstairs and Invisible Girl join forces to celebrate their publications. Join them as they chat with Daisy Buchanan about their gripping thrillers.


Caleb Azumah Nelson in Conversation

When? Thursday 4 February, 7:00pm

Where? Online (£5.00+)

Join Caleb Azumah Nelson as he sits down to chat about his highly anticipated debut, Open Water. A love story giving insight into race and masculinity, Caleb will discuss his writing process, themes of the book and how London influences his work.


Wednesday Wisdom: Live Interview with Rachel Johnson (Cambridge Learning)

When? Wednesday 3 February, 1:00pm

Where? Online (Free)

Tune in to Book Machine for a lunchtime Q&A with Operations Director, Rachel Johnson. Hear about team communications, supplier relationships and skill building. The final ten minutes will have time for your questions so come prepared!


Talking Production (Book Machine Unplugged 2021)

When? Wednesday 10 February, 6:00pm

Where? Online (£5.00+)

Join Book Machine as they discuss production with a panel ranging from companies across trade fiction, non-fiction and professional publishing. Hear about their experiences and pick up some tips on how to move forward in 2021.


Slough House with Mick Herron

When? Tuesday 2 February, 7:00pm

Where? Online (£5.00+)

With a new populist movement taking hold of London streets, the world is an uncomfortable place for those deemed surplus to requirements. Join Mick Herron for a night in as he discusses his latest novel, Slough House.


The Joy of Being Selfish with Michelle Elman

When? Thursday 11 February, 7:00pm

Where? Online (£5.00+)

It is time to discover the joy of being selfish. Join life coach and influencer Michelle Elman in conversation with Grace Latter, as she teaches us about reclaiming our lives in her new book, The Joy of Being Selfish.


Bloomsbury Spring Highlights: #BloomsburyNightIn

When? Thursday 4 February, 7:00pm

Where? Online (£2.50)


Meet the literary stars of 2021 at Bloomsbury’s Spring Highlight event, with Tandem Collective UK. Hear live readings from a host of authors, ask questions and enjoy some bookish chats. All attendees will also receive the first chapter of the books discussed and have the chance to win exclusive giveaways. An event not to miss!


A Career in Publishing: Starting Out

When? Monday 1 February, 6:00pm

Where? Online (£3.48 – £5.76)


In a new career advice series, join some of Bloomsbury’s most talented employees as they talk about their role, their career so far and what they wish they had done differently. Audience questions will then be welcomed so come along with some ideas about what you would like to know! The first event will be with two of Bloomsbury’s apprentices, Jess Stevens and Eleanor Rose.


Online Event with Children’s Book Illustrator & Writer, Nadia Shireen

When? Thursday 4 February, 7:00pm

Where? Online (£12.00)

Orange Beak Studio presents a special evening with picture book writer and illustrator Nadia Shireen. Join online to hear Nadia talk about her career, working process and inspiration. Followed by a Q&A and creative activity led by Nadia, for all participants.


The Coast is Queer Literary Festival

When? Friday 5 – Sunday 7 February

Where? Online (Donate to attend online)

Brighton and Hove’s LGBTQ+ Literature Festival is back, with a packed programme of events from writers, performers, activists and academics. A whole host of panel discussions, workshops and performances all celebrate queer lives and writing. Speakers include writers Alan Hollinghurst, Golnoosh Nour, and 2020 Booker Prize Winner, Douglas Stuart.


The Bishop’s Stortford College Festival of Literature

When? Tuesday 2 – Friday 12 February

Where? Online (Ticketed)

The Bishop’s Stortford College is bringing their Festival of Literature straight to your homes as they host talks with authors, illustrators and poets for both children and adults. Get ready for a fun week full of interactive events.


Bad Form Presents: How to Get into Editorial Book Publishing

When? Saturday 20 February, 9:30am – 5:00pm

Where? Online (£50.00 for a standard ticket)

Whether you are dreaming of securing your first publishing role or looking to move into editorial from another field, this one-day course will help introduce the skills required to thrive in editorial. Covering proof-reading, the different types of editing used in publishing, advice on job applications and much more, this workshop is not to be missed. The event will be run by Amy Mae Baxter and Aniké Wildman, both Editorial Assistants at Penguin Random House, who will provide unique insights into what being an Editorial Assistant entails.


Standard tickets cost £50 for access to the whole day of events, with discounted tickets available for Black, Asian and racialised community writers, along with one free scholarship place available. Proceeds from the event will go towards funding the Bad Form review magazine.



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