Upcoming Publishing Events
By Maria Sadek and Fernanda de Madariaga
SYP Oxford Networking Session
12 October, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Don’t miss the opportunity to attend SYP Oxford’s networking social at the Wig & Pen. These events, run by the Society of Young Publishers, are a great way to meet and network with people from all over the industry, with professionals attending from a range of different publishing sectors. The event is open to everyone, regardless of whether you’re an experienced professional or you’re wanting to take your first steps into the industry. For more information about this exciting event, click here.
Black Book Festival
21 October, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Join Goldsmiths, University of London, as they host this annual grassroots festival aimed at showcasing African-Caribbean authors, publishers and booksellers. This important event is designed to give the global community a chance to listen to new and exciting Black writers and publishers, learn about the global Black book industry and identify opportunities to publish and exhibit books on the Black experience. This event is free entry and tickets provide access to over forty stalls. There are also optional seminar presentations that have an entry fee. If you are unable to attend the event in-person, the Black Book Festival is also putting on a range of online events, including seminars, workshops and discussions. These online talks will be split into three parts: ‘Children and Family Session’ from 11:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., ‘On Writing Our Story’ from 2:05 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and ‘Pioneers’ from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. For a full list of the schedule or to reserve your tickets, click here.
SYP South West ‘Publishing Perspectives’ Panel at Storytale Festival
23 October, 8:00 p.m.
This online event, organised by SYP South West, is an exciting opportunity to learn more about publishing in the South West and beyond! The call will introduce publishing in a variety of different departments including Sales, Publicity, Marketing, Contracts and Business Affairs and Editorial, with panellists including Hayley Symonds, Jemma Crocker-Wilson, Pollie Frances, Laura Forker and Natalie Dale. The topics will include anything ranging from how they got into the industry, what their department does, busting some myths about publishing and their favourite parts of the job. To reserve your free tickets to this Zoom event here.
Battle of the Kingdoms Fantasy Panel
11 October, 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Fantasy literature is brought to life through Waterstones in this evening of discussion. Among the authors in the panel of discussion stand; Samantha Shannon, who recently re-released a beautiful edition of her debut novel: The Bone Season; Saara El-Arifi, author of one of the latest hits in the fantasy world: The Final Strife; C.L. Clark, author of the Magic of the Lost series and finally Tasha Suri, author of the series: The Books of Ambha. The event will be chaired by Laura Sebastian (author of the Ash Princess Trilogy) and promises a magical night immersed in the imagination of these wonderful authors. To purchase tickets for this event, click here.
Meet Richard Armitage
14 October, 11:00 a.m.
Richard Armitage, who is best known for his acting career in movies such as The Hobbit, Captain America and Oceans 8 will be joining Waterstones to commemorate the release of his first novel, Geneva. In this heart-racing thriller, Sarah (a scientist) and her husband are facing the early symptoms of Sarah’s upcoming Alzheimer’s disease. When given the opportunity to make something better out of their situation, they must contemplate how far they will go for each other in spite of the consequences. In this event, Armitage will be greeting everyone and signing copies of his book, which can be purchased alongside the tickets. To purchase these and for more information, click here.
Es Devlin and Katy Hessel in Conversation
15 October, 4:00–5:30 p.m.
In a fascinating combination of art and literature, this event will bring two representative figures of these to have a conversation on their compelling work. Es Devlin, an artist and stage designer, will be bringing to the table her first monograph, An Atlas of Es Devlin. This volume will show her dedication from a sculptural point of view to the textual reviews and commentary the artist makes throughout it. On the other hand, Katy Hessel is an art historian, broadcaster, curator and author of the book she will be discussing during this evening: The Story of Art without Men. Hessel raises the voice of female artists throughout the world and brings about this bestselling novel in celebration of the history of women in the art world. This will surely be an evening of memorable conversation between two professionals who passionately share a field of interest through different expressions of it. You can find out more information on the event or purchase tickets here.