Penguin Live: Boost Your Career
When? 16th Feb at 1pm.
Make the most of your lunch break listening to advice from careers podcaster and author, Helen Tupper, on designing your own working life, ditching the ladder and how to play to your strengths.
Comma Press: Manchester in Translation
When? 16th-18th Feb.
A free virtual conference celebrating the field of literary translation and offering aspiring translators the chance to gain practical skills through a whole host of panels and workshops, with a special focus on literary translation from Urdu, Punjabi and Spanish into English.
When? 18th Feb at 7:30pm.
Where? Online, join for free here.
Join the indie booksellers for an evening discussion on books to get excited about, events taking place at Book-ish, upcoming products and a special giveaway for participants.
Byte the Book: Why are Literary Scouts Important in Publishing?
When? 24th Feb at 3-4pm.
Where? Online, tickets (£20) here.
Ever wondered what a literary scout does? Hosted by the co-founder of Francis Literary Consultants, Helen Francis, this exclusive event will see her joined by various publishing experts to discuss the role that literary scouts play in linking authors, publishers and agents together across the publishing and media industries.
Orange Beak Editorial Insight Night
When? 25th Feb at 7pm.
Where? Online, tickets (£20) here.
In this exciting event for aspiring children’s publishers, Alice Corrie, a freelance editor and author of children’s books who has previously worked at Penguin Random House, will be unpacking what an editor actually does, how editors work with authors, the role that editors play in the making of a book and how the overall publishing machine works. And there will be a Q&A!
Polari Live Literary Salon
When? 2th Feb at 7pm.
Where? Online, £5 tickets here.
London’s award-winning LGBTQ+ literary salon will be going online, bringing in special guests like award-winning writer Stella Duffy speaking about her upcoming novel Lullaby Beach, and Polari prize shortlisted author Niven Govinden, discussing his sixth novel Diary of a Film.
Greenteeth Press Horrifying Tales: An Anthology Launch
When? 26th Feb at 6:30pm.
Looking for an evening venturing into all things weird and eerie? Look no further than independent publishers Greenteeth Press and the York Centre for Writing launch event for their Horrifying Tales Anthology. Along with selected readings from the book, there will be a chance to fling your burning questions at Greenteeth’s panel of authors and publishing professionals. In the link above, the event’s organisers have included contact details for any accessibility requirements.
Typographic Surprises Event
When? 26th Feb at 6-8pm
Tune into this new webinar series from the Printing Historical Series and delve into the lesser known aspects of the print medium’s past, including the curiosities of typographic archives and printed collections. As the talks explore the collections held at the Oxford’s Bodleian, they will broach topics such as the evolution of printing technology and the role of illustration in early printed books.
Exciting Times Event with Naoise Dalon
When? 1st Mar at 6:30pm
To mark the paperback release of Sunday Times bestseller Exciting Times, author Naoise Dolan will be speaking with Pandora Sykes in a one-off virtual event organised by Fane Productions. “Stream and book” packages for the night include a signed copy of the book available for £15, with “stream only” tickets available for £8.
Guardian Live: An Evening with Kazuo Ishiguro
When? 2nd Mar at 7pm.
Listen to Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro discussing his hotly anticipated new novel Klara and the Sun, all from the comfort of your own home through this global in-conversation event hosted by Guardian Live. From “pay what you can” tickets starting at £7, to a limited number of signed book packages priced at £26, various ticket options are available.
News From the Publishing Events World
In the face of the pandemic, events organisers are showing continuing resilience to bring publishing and literary events to the public in new forms. Recently, the organisers behind World Book Day 2021 have announced the schedule for Share a Story Live. From its £1 #WorldBookDay authors and illustrators, it will feature a packed 3 days of virtual events between the 3rd and 5th of March. In the same vein, the organisers behind this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival have announced that the festival will be going ahead, with a change of venue to the University of Edinburgh’s Edinburgh College of Art. Covid-dependent, the festival organisers have unveiled their plans for either a socially-distanced festival using the university’s outdoor grounds, or, a hybrid festival, making use of the added space and infrastructure to host online events to engage with a global audience.