Upcoming Publishing Events
By Erin Evett and Maria Sadek
Book Launch: Michael Magee – Close to Home
13 April, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Join Michael Magee in Belfast Waterstones as he celebrates the launch of his debut novel Close To Home, which is set in the city of Belfast and focuses on the questions of what it means to be a man. Magee will be joined by Wendy Erksine, author of collections Sweet Home and Dance Move, also hailing from Belfast. For more information, click here.
Cecelia Ahern in Conversation with Joanna Cannon
17 April, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet bestselling authors Cecelia Ahern and Joanna Cannon. Ahern will be launching the release of her brand new novel In A Thousand Different Ways, which follows Alice, a very emotionally sensitive girl who struggles to find her place in the world. Cannon will be celebrating the paperback release of her novel A Tidy Ending, about an avid puzzle solver who decides to investigate the disappearances of people in her neighbourhood. For more information and ticket prices, click here.
Brixton Review of Books: Fifth Birthday Party
18 April, 7:00 p.m.
Foyles Charing Cross, London
Join Foyles Charing Cross as they celebrate the fifth birthday of the Brixton Review of Books. The magazine has become a literary staple since its founding in 2018, distributing out of Lambeth to bookshops, libraries and art centres across London, as well as being available as a subscription. On this special evening, there will be a variety of guest speakers, authors and poets, as well as a panel led by Michael Caines on the future of independent literary journals. To book your ticket to this exciting event, click here.
London Book Fair
We are so excited to share that the London Book Fair is coming back for 2023. If you are a publishing hopeful, this event cannot be missed. Spanning across three days, there will be seminar programmes about every aspect of the book industry, conferences offering invaluable networking opportunities and the much-anticipated Spotlight Programme, which will bring the literature of a selected market to the fair’s international audience. This year, the programme will look at literature from Ukraine.
As well as these organised panels and events, there will also be the opportunity to visit the Writer’s Block, where authors can network and create awareness for their new releases. This will be a fantastic opportunity to find some great recommendations if you’re looking to add more works to your to be read pile.
Excitingly, on 20 April 20 from 3:00–4:45 p.m., there will also be a BookCareers Clinic at the Fair, where publishers such as Penguin, Hachette and HarperCollins will be there to answer any questions you might have as a publishing hopeful. The recruitment teams will be able to give advice to anyone currently searching for a job. Do not miss out on this fantastic event, which is sure to be one of the yearly highlights within the publishing world.
To find out more and to reserve your ticket, click here.
Online Careers Clinic with BookCareers and the London Book Fair
14 April, 9:30–2:30 p.m.
Do not worry if you are unable to get to London to attend the London Book Fair because BookCareers will also be hosting a virtual careers clinic to answer any burning questions. Hosted by Suzanne Collier, founder of bookcareers.com and shortlisted for Career Coach of the Year 2022, this virtual event will provide a breadth of advice to help you on your job hunt. Between 10:00–11:00 a.m., HarperCollins will also be dropping in to talk through their recruitment process and answer any questions, with more guests hopefully being announced in the weeks leading up to the event. To reserve your ticket to the free virtual careers clinic, follow this link.
An Evening with Michael Rosen
21 April, 7:30 p.m.
The Wanstead Tap Ltd, London
Join beloved poet and children’s author Michael Rosen as he reads from his latest poetry collection Advantages of Nearly Dying. In this emotional new book, Rosen reflects on his experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, looking at the government’s actions during the crisis and ultimately ending with a song of praise for the NHS and the front-line workers. This collection marks a move away from children’s literature and poetry for Rosen as he shares his new, just for grown-ups, anthology. Don’t miss out on this intimate evening of reflection and click here to buy your tickets.