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Upcoming Publishing Events

By Sophie Dickinson and Maria Sadek


NYALitFest – Get into Publishing

22 July, 10:00–10:45 a.m.

Harrington Building, Preston


Source: Eventbrite

The Society of Young Publishers North branch has teamed up with NYALitFest to bring you a special event all about getting into a career in publishing. A panel of publishing professionals working and living in the North will discuss getting into the industry and having a career outside of London. The panel includes Georgina Bulga, Treasurer and Secretary for SYP North working in a MedComms company; Alexa Gregson Kenmuir, Lecturer in Publishing at UCLan with previous experience in academic publishing; Liz Scott who works in children's book publishing and Becca Parkinson from Marketing at Manchester UP. The event is free and tickets can be found here.


Also found at the NYALitFest is one-to-one careers advice, with CV reviews from Alexa Gregson Kenmuir. They are offering ten minute slots and booking in advance is essential. For more on this opportunity, click here.


Opening the Book: Behind the Scenes at a Publishing House

11 July, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Hachette UK, Carmelite House, London


This event will announce the winners of the Hachette sponsored bursary for unpublished writers, but will also include a panel discussion which will be of interest to publishing hopefuls. Included in the panel are Literary Agent Kate Evans; Emad Ahtar, Publisher at Orion; Head of Marketing at Dialogue Books Emily Moran and the 2022/23 bursary recipient Angelita Lapuz Bradney. Tickets and more information available here.


Gabrielle Zevin in Conversation with Bobby Palmer

06 July, 7:00 p.m.

Waterstones, Brighton


Gabrielle Zevin will be in conversation with Bobby Palmer to celebrate the paperback release of her novel Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, which explores platonic love and the need for connection. Palmer is the author of Isaac & The Egg. For more information and tickets, click here.


Jaqueline Crooks at Rye Books

13 July, 7:00 p.m.

Rye Books, London


Do not miss out on this chance to hear author Jaqueline Crooks discuss her new novel Fire Rush. You may have heard the discussion currently surrounding this novel after its recent announcement as a shortlisted contender for the 2023 Women’s Prize for Fiction. The book explores themes of reggae, love, loss and Black womanhood whilst setting the story in a 1970s London club. The novel has had a myriad of five star reviews and event tickets are selling quickly. To guarantee your attendance, click here.


An Evening with Maggie O’Farrell

11 July, 6:30 p.m.

St Mary’s Church, Nottingham


This exciting opportunity to meet acclaimed author Maggie O’Farrell cannot be missed! O’Farrell became a household name in 2020 with the publication of her novel Hamnet, which won both the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Waterstones Book of the Year award. At this exciting event in Nottingham, O’Farrell will be discussing her new novel The Marriage Portrait, which is set in Renaissance Italy and follows Cosimo de Medici’s daughter as she navigates the Florentine Court. The event will be held in the beautiful St Mary’s Church in Nottingham, an apt backdrop for this novel of decadence and beauty. To book your tickets or to find out more information, click here.


Caitlin Moran – What About Men?

03 July – 16 July

Various Locations


Do not miss this exciting opportunity to see Caitlin Moran discuss her brand new novel across the nation, including shows in London, Northampton and Nottingham, as well as visits to Cardiff, Edinburgh and Dublin. This satirical show will introduce Moran’s brand new novel What About Men? and will offer audience members the chance to have their books signed by the author. This event is organised by Penguin and is sure to be equal parts informative and hilarious. To book your tickets or to find out more information about the venues Moran will be visiting, click here.


On Language: John Grant and Will Burns

18 July, 7:00 p.m.

Foyles Charing Cross, London


Join lyricist John Grant and poet Will Burns, who was named one of The Observer’s Top 10 Debut Novelists in 2021, as they discuss Rough Trade’s new pamphlet On Language. The speakers will discuss the nuances of words and their passions for language, whilst analysing contemporary issues such as politics, history and music. By doing so, the panel will explore the unique portraits of artists through the medium of language. This fascinating conversation is part of a series of events that celebrates the publishing past of Rough Trade Books as it enters into its sixth year. To find out more or to buy a ticket, click here.

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