Upcoming Publishing Events
By Kellie Smith and Rosie Burgoyne
Book Launch — The Break Up by Charlotte Barnes
27 May, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Worcester Theatres, Worcester
Join Charlotte as she releases her debut romantic comedy, The Break Up. On the day of the book's release, Charlotte will read a selection of her favourite scenes from the book, followed by a short question and answer session. The event is free and open to the public; however, seating at The Studio in The Swan Theatre will be limited, so please RSVP early to ensure a spot. The book is now available to pre-order, and you can register your interest in the event here.
SYP UK Masterclass: Author Care and Talent Management with YMU
30 May, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Online webinar, hosted via Zoom
Tickets: Free for SYP members, or £5 for non-members
Join the Society of Young Publishers UK and market-leading literary agency, YMU Books, for an insightful evening aimed at publishing professionals in their early career. The masterclass will offer attendees the chance to hear about all things author care and talent management and its importance to the book industry.
Speaking about what to expect from the event with The Publishing Post, Michaela O'Callaghan, Events Officer at SYP, said:
“We can’t wait for our first masterclass in this new series! Our first masterclass is with the brilliant YMU and we can’t imagine a better team to lead this zoom webinar on author care and talent management!
This series is part of the SYP Ahead stream for those looking to get ahead within the industry but, through a quick survey that we are distributing, we are hoping to develop masterclasses perfectly pitched for the attendees of each event. We hope the event will be really interactive and useful for all so please do fill in the survey, sign- up, and come armed with loads of questions! I already have a fresh notepad at the ready!
Ultimately, this will become a member-exclusive series, but we are excited that our first event is accessible to both member and non-members (for a cost of £5).
This is just part of a broader SYP UK focus on highlighting and developing the range of events and extras we have available for members so there is no better time to sign-up!
This event will be captioned and recorded for future playback. Please do contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about this event or any suggestions to help you get the most out of the masterclass.”
To find out more and get your hands on a ticket to the event, visit the SYP website here.
Welcome to The Final Girl Support Group with Grady Hendrix
1 June, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Join Grady Hendrix, bestselling author of Paperbacks from Hell and My Best Friend's Exorcism, will be discussing his upcoming horror novel, The Final Girl Support Group. Grady will also be talking through the history of murder in books and movies. The talk will be introduced by Tiffani Angus, a senior lecturer in Creative Writing and Publishing at ARU (Anglia Ruskin University) and Director of the Anglia Centre for Science Fiction & Fantasy Society. There will also be a book signing at the end of the talk. For more information and ticket prices, click here.
An Evening with Lucy Holland
2 June, 6:30 p.m.
Join Lucy Holland for this evening in which she will be discussing her new book, Sistersong. It is set in ancient Britain and is a reimagining of the old folk ballad, The Twa Sisters. It involves themes of magic, treachery and love. For more information and ticket prices, click here.
M.W. Craven - The Botanist
4 June, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Join M.W. Craven in the Durham Waterstones as he discusses his latest instalment of the Tilly and Poe series, The Botanist. It focuses on a new murderer, who uses poisons to kill his celebrity victims. If all this talk of plants catches your interest, Durham is also home to Botanic Gardens which you can look round after the event. For more information, click here.
The Black British Book Festival
4 June, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Legacy Centre of Excellence, Birmingham
The Black British Book Festival is an event that attempts to showcase and bring attention to black authors working in a variety of literary fields.
This event will feature several stalls, all of which will be operated by aspiring authors and publishers from the Midlands and further afield and will span a variety of literary subgenres. They are extended an invitation to market their work by selling merchandise, personally signing copies of their books, and engaging in general networking activities. In addition to that, there will be a reading nook dedicated to Black Children's Books, creative activities and writing workshops. Tickets start from £3.00 and can be bought here.