By Michaela O’Callaghan, Rosie Burgoyne, Erin Evett and Sabeehah Saleq
#MarketYourMarketing: Job Interviews Masterclass
6:00-7:00 p.m., 17 August
Join Ellie Pilcher, Marketing Manager at Avon and author of What Planet Can I Blame This On? in her next workshop all about job interviews. Learn all about the different types of questions asked at publishing job interviews and how to handle those pesky nerves! With a zoom presentation and a thirty-minute Q&A feature, come ready with loads of questions to help you smash that next publishing interview! Ellie Pilcher is a burst of positive energy within the industry, so there is no-one better to guide you through the daunting interview process. Book free tickets here.
Northern Fiction Alliance Summer Showcase
7:00-9:00 p.m., 17 August
The Northern Fiction Alliance was formed in 2016 by some of the UK’s leading independent publishers – including Comma Press, Peepal Tree Press, Dead Ink Books and And Other Stories. The purpose of this collective is to showcase the innovative and creative nature of the UK’s Northern publishers. The Northern Fiction Alliance are breaking barriers in publishing, challenging the London-centric industry and redefining the literary landscape for underrepresented authors and northern indies. Don’t miss their summer showcase, featuring upcoming authors from five of their publishers, including Tice Cin, Courtia Newland, Jill Hopper, Heidi James and Harry Gallon. Tickets here.
UK Publishers’ Walk And Talk
10:20 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., 21 August
BookMachine invites you to this lovely outdoor event, where you’ll get to enjoy a relaxing walk through a beautiful deer park whilst chatting with other publishing professionals (and hopefuls). After being stuck indoors for so long, this event sounds like a real treat! You can find more details on this event here.
Between The Covers Book Club
6:30-8.30p.m., 23 August
The Between the Covers Book Club is all about good books and good company. What more could you want? This month, they’re discussing two amazing books - Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun and The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. Tickets here.
A Slow Fire Burning: Paula Hawkins in Conversation
7:00 p.m., 31 August
Are you a fan of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water? Then this is the event for you!
Join author Paula Hawkins as she discusses her new thriller, A Slow Fire Burning. Tickets are £10, or £25 with a free signed copy. Buy tickets here.
Annie Garthwaite - Cecily
7:30 p.m., 24 August
This live in-person event at Booka in Shropshire, features Annie Garthwaite as she discusses her debut novel (which was published on 29 July), Cecily. In this novel, Annie reimagines the life of Cecily, Duchess of York and her role in the Wars of the Roses. Tickets are £5 and available to order here.
Essex Book Festival
6 June-29 August
Have you attended the Essex Book Festival yet? No worries if not, as there’s still time to attend some brilliantly bookish events. Join Abigail Dean as she discusses her new crime thriller debut, Girl A, on the 18 August. This will be held at South Woodham Ferrers Library and tickets are between £5-£7. Another excellent event is being held on 22 August – listen to Alexandra Wilson as she discusses In Black and White, a stunning memoir exploring race and class within the courtroom. Browse the range of upcoming events here.
Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association
21 August 2021
Have you ever wanted to visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare? Well, now is your chance! The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association is hosting a book fair in Stratford-Upon-Avon, where approximately twenty dealers will be showcasing second-hand books, rare antiquarian books and many more items, such as maps and prints. There really is something for everyone and after the fair, there are plenty of Shakespeare related events to see around the town to keep you entertained. Entry is free. For more details, click here.
Edinburgh International Book Festival: The Business Of Books Events
This year’s free ‘The Business of Books’ programme from the organisers of Edinburgh Book Festival is one to watch for publishing hopefuls and new starters within the industry. The sessions are free and aim to offer invaluable insights for those interested in joining the world of books as a career. All the events are either hybrid or taking place entirely online, meaning that you can join in live, even if you are not local to the festival.
This Summer’s programme is as follows:
11:00 a.m.: Scottish Publisher Showcase
10:00 a.m.: Rethinking ‘Diversity’ in Publishing: Lasting Change
2:00 p.m.: Opening Up Books: Creating Book Events for People with Learning Difficulties
11:00 a.m.: Cover Design Masterclass – Judging a Book by Its Cover
For more information about the ‘Business of Books’ events programme or to register for any of the above events, visit the festival’s website here.