Upcoming Publishing Events
By Sunny Moen, Sabeehah Saleq, Michaela O’Callaghan and Rosie Burgoyne
Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival
Do you love poetry? Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival will be held over four days with twenty-three poetry events, readings and workshops to choose from! Benjamin Zephaniah will share his Desert Island Poems with Rhian Edwards, and the festival will also showcase emerging new voices such as Natalie Ann Holborow and Mar Ellis Dunning. What’s more, the festival celebrates the rich and vibrant literary culture in Wales. Find out more here.
SYP Ireland: Who’s Who and What’s What in Publishing!
19 April, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
In this webinar, Alison Hackett, Director and Founder of 21st Century Renaissance, and Ivan O’Brien, Managing Director of O’Brien Press, will be talking through their experiences in publishing and giving some advice to those looking to start their careers in the industry. This is the first in a series of SYP Ireland webinars and we can’t wait to see what’s next! Register here.
#MarketYourMarketing: Meet the Writers Working in Publishing
20 April, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
This month brings yet another brilliant free careers event from Ellie Pilcher, Marketing Manager at Avon and author of upcoming release What Planet Can I Blame This On? The panel will focus on the experience of being a writer working in publishing and will include insights from guests such as Kirsty Capes, author of Careless and Senior Marketing Manager at Mills & Boon, and Phoebe Morgan, author of The Wild Girls and Editorial Director at HarperCollins, speaking alongside Ellie about their experiences as both authors and publishing professionals, with opportunities to ask questions in a Q&A at the end of the event. Register for your place here.
Publishing Innovation Event
22 April, 11:00–8:00 p.m.
This special event, organised by MA Publishing students at London College of Communication, will offer a full day of programmed events exploring how innovation is impacting the publishing industry and its future. The free event will cover topics like interactive design, the changing nature of audiences and sustainability in publishing, along with live Q&As and the unmissable opportunity to network with guests, staff and alumni. The packed line-up of guest speakers features a whole host of publishing professionals including Hannah Chuku (Editor at Penguin and Five Dials), Alex Layt (Publicity Manager at Orion), Robert Feoli De Lucia (Venice-based printmaker), Christina Storey (Sales and Marketing Assistant at Allison and Busby) and The Publishing Post’s very own founder, and Happiful Magazine’s Editorial Assistant, Chelsea Graham. Book your place here.
The Publishing Conference
Comma Press and Manchester Metropolitan University are partnering up to present The Publishing Conference. This fantastic online event, which will span over two days, is an exciting opportunity for publishing hopefuls to gain valuable insight into the world of publishing from professionals across the industry.
When speaking with the Events team, Comma Press said: “We’re delighted to have partnered with Manchester Metropolitan University to deliver this event online so that aspiring publishers from all over the country can access vital information and advice, especially at a time when they are facing huge competition. Our ticketed sessions sold out in a matter of days, including over twenty sponsored places for those currently underrepresented by the industry, but the two free events we’re running during the conference will be live streamed to our YouTube channel and are open to all.
The range of speakers we have joining us from across the industry is amazing, and we’re so grateful to them for giving their time to this event. We hope that attendees will leave feeling informed and confident going forward with pursuing a career in the publishing industry.”
The National Antiracist Book Festival
24 April, 2:00 p.m.
This unique event celebrates and empowers leading antiracist writers. Hosted for the second time by Boston University’s Centre for Antiracist Research, the online event features a stunning line-up of writers such as bestselling author Brené Brown, co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter Alicia Garza and celebrated author Min Jin Lee amongst many others. Find out more about this brilliant event here.
Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival
Do you want to extend your awareness of events relevant to a career in children’s publishing? Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival is an exciting, annual event aimed predominantly at children from ages 3-12. The festival involves Derek Landy, author of the bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series, and award-winning children’s illustrator Rob Biddulph. Find out more here.
How to Get Into Editorial Book Publishing
8 May, 9:30–5:00 p.m.
The event will cover proof-reading, copy-editing, structural editing, copywriting, which jobs to apply for and how to structure your application. The course will be taught by Amy Mae Baxter and Aniké Wildman, both editorial assistants at Penguin Random House. Sign up to this full day event here.