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Lost and Foundry | Pedro Arilla

Tuesday, 7 May 2019; 6:30pm, The Galley Club at The Water Rats, Gray’s Inn Road, King’s Cross.

Pedro Arilla will talk about the Lost and Foundry project Pedro and how he went about transferring the crumbling, incomplete designs into working fonts, developed by Fontsmith, M&C Saatchi London and Line Form Color on behalf of the House of St Barnabas which is a private members club and charity based in Soho. The campaign saw the crumbling typefaces seen around the area recovered to be sold online as a collection of display fonts, to fund the House’s vital work with London’s homeless.
The House of St Barnabas is a social enterprise that aims to break the cycle of homelessness through its Employment Academy, a programme that works with people who have been affected by homelessness and supports them into lasting work. It does this by operating as a member’s club, with all profits from the club going to the Employment Academy.
Fontsmith worked with M&C Saatchi London to develop seven fonts from crumbling signs around Soho, with each named according to the specific content or location relevant to them, such as Berwick, Cattle & Son and Marlborough. The fonts were hand drawn and turned into fully functioning fonts by Fontsmith designers Stuart de Rozario and Pedro Arilla. This involved adapting and extending the missing characters to make useful and crafted designs out of them, with it taking 3 months to digitise and design a workable series of fonts. The fonts are available to purchase from the Fontsmith website, with all proceeds donated to The House of St Barnabas. Each purchase comes with a one month free membership to the House.

Pedro Arilla
Pedro Arilla is a type designer & typographer from Spain working at Fontsmith and living in London (UK). Alongside his day job at Fontsmith Pedro hosts one of the most well-known publications on typography in the Spanish language (Don Serifa), organises and teaches an international one-week type design workshop (Glíglifo), and owns a small letterpress studio. Before becoming a type designer Pedro ran a design agency in Spain, and previous to that worked as an editorial art director for a newspaper.
Previous projects and interests include editing a metal music webzine, a brief spell as a coder, a few high-school fanzines, travels around the world with a wedding in Las Vegas included, a dog called Bunbury, an unfinished novel, dozens of poems, and hundreds of books still unread on his shelves.

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The London Book Fair

The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.

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London – How to Job Search in Book Publishing

We are pleased to announce that we will be running our popular How to Job Search in Book Publishing Course, in London on 28th February 2019. This is sponsored by The Book Trade Charity BTBS, and supported by The Booksellers Association.

Would you like to know EVERYTHING there is to know about job searching in book publishing?
Are you beginning your job search?
Or maybe you’ve been looking for a while and getting nowhere.

Whether you are established in your publishing career or just starting out, this course is for you. You will learn all there is to know about how to find a job in book publishing. Even if you think you already ‘know it all’ you are likely to come away from the course having learnt something new.

We incorporate all aspects of job searching – from CVs, covering letters, interviews (including competency based interviews), networking, social media, Recruitment Consultants, branding, where to find jobs – and add in lots of valuable inside information that is essential in today’s ever-changing job climate.

This course is aimed at people who already have some experience of book publishing and who may be job searching for the first time in quite a while, or who have already been on a prolonged job search, although we will welcome entry level candidates who have an understanding of the book publishing industry and the jobs available. It doesn’t matter which sector you are in, be it Trade, Academic, Educational, STM etc, the skills you will learn are applicable to all areas.

If you would like to talk to us about the course before booking, to ensure that it is relevant to your needs, please email your CV to online@bookcareers.com and we will schedule a time to talk on the phone.

If you are currently unemployed and from the UK book industry (publishing, bookselling, distribution) you can apply for a FREE place sponsored by The Book Trade Charity BTBS!

If you are unemployed and have made a commitment to a career in the UK book industry (work experience, are a member of the SYP, have an MA in Publishing, or something similar) then you may qualify for your place to be sponsored by The Book Trade Charity (BTBS). In the first instance, to apply for this sponsorship, please email your current CV and a covering letter for job you’ve recently applied for to online@bookcareers.com.
We may from time to time have one bookcareers.com volunteer place per course for people who are unemployed and cannot get funding from elsewhere. Again, please email online@bookcareers.com to apply.

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Fact or fiction: Why the divide?

A talk from Anna Faherty at The Galley Club explores the subject with us. BOOK HERE for this event
Fiction or non-fiction? It’s the first decision we make when we enter a bookshop and it defines many of our reading identities. But why, in an age of ‘curation’, does everyone cling to this divide? At best, it helps us know what we’re getting. At worst, it hinders book discovery.

Anna’s talk will challenge how publishers and booksellers develop, label and present stories of all kinds, both on and offline. She’ll be blurring the lines between fiction and non-fiction, shaking up bookshop tables and sharing her passion for ‘generous browsing’. Expect an evening of diverse and provocative ponderings, from Netflix algorithms to the power of story and the right way to do curation.
Anna Faherty is an award-winning researcher, writer and teacher who has worked in publishing for over 25 years. Anna now collaborates with publishers and museums on an eclectic range of print, exhibition and digital projects. She teaches on publishing and writing courses at City University, Kingston University, Oxford Brookes University, University of the Arts and UCL. Her book States of Mind is a genre-busting anthology of science, philosophy, fiction and art published by Wellcome Collection.
Anna tweets as @mafunyane

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BIC’s Metadata Power Half-Day Training Course

Many twenty-first century book readers are searching for, discovering and purchasing books via the internet instead of browsing the shelves of a library or bookstore. Whether digital or in print, their success in finding the right book for their needs dictates how well the book sells. And this success depends on metadata.

Increasingly, the power of metadata is replacing traditional selling techniques. In effect, the publisher needs to treat ‘information about books’ or ‘product metadata’ as its online sales force. An understanding how metadata is created and managed, how it is distributed through the book trade, and how it is used by retailers, libraries and readers is critical knowledge for today’s publishers.

The course begins with a simple overview of what metadata means in the book world, linking what the publisher does with simple information like title, author, ISBN and price with what the outside world – the retailer or reader – sees. It describes how publishers can take responsibility for and manage that data. And it takes a look at the ‘data supply chain’ – how the key data gets from publisher to bookstore and library catalogue. It discusses how metadata can be given a commercial value, and how more comprehensive and more timely data can fuel extra sales.

It covers the range of different metadata fields that can be supplied, the needs and expectations that retailers and libraries have, methods of data delivery and how publishers may be assessed on how well they meet those needs.

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London – How to Job Search in Book Publishing

We are pleased to announce that we will be running our popular How to Job Search in Book Publishing Course, in London on 25th January 2019. This is sponsored by The Book Trade Charity BTBS, and supported by The Booksellers Association.

Would you like to know EVERYTHING there is to know about job searching in book publishing?
Are you beginning your job search?
Or maybe you’ve been looking for a while and getting nowhere.

Whether you are established in your publishing career or just starting out, this course is for you. You will learn all there is to know about how to find a job in book publishing. Even if you think you already ‘know it all’ you are likely to come away from the course having learnt something new.

We incorporate all aspects of job searching – from CVs, covering letters, interviews (including competency based interviews), networking, social media, Recruitment Consultants, branding, where to find jobs – and add in lots of valuable inside information that is essential in today’s ever-changing job climate.

This course is aimed at people who already have some experience of book publishing and who may be job searching for the first time in quite a while, or who have already been on a prolonged job search, although we will welcome entry level candidates who have an understanding of the book publishing industry and the jobs available. It doesn’t matter which sector you are in, be it Trade, Academic, Educational, STM etc, the skills you will learn are applicable to all areas.

If you would like to talk to us about the course before booking, to ensure that it is relevant to your needs, please email your CV to online@bookcareers.com and we will schedule a time to talk on the phone.

If you are currently unemployed and from the UK book industry (publishing, bookselling, distribution) you can apply for a FREE place sponsored by The Book Trade Charity BTBS!

If you are unemployed and have made a commitment to a career in the UK book industry (work experience, are a member of the SYP, have an MA in Publishing, or something similar) then you may qualify for your place to be sponsored by The Book Trade Charity (BTBS). In the first instance, to apply for this sponsorship, please email your current CV and a covering letter for job you’ve recently applied for to online@bookcareers.com.
We may from time to time have one bookcareers.com volunteer place per course for people who are unemployed and cannot get funding from elsewhere. Again, please email online@bookcareers.com to apply.

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PA BESA Educational Publishers Conference 2018

The Publishers Association and British Educational Suppliers Association are pleased to bring you their annual Educational Publishers Conference on Wednesday 28th November 2018, taking place this year at Ironmongers’ Hall.

Delegates of the full day conference will hear from experts in the field of educational publishing on current topics and trends with an opportunity to mingle over a hot buffet lunch and drinks reception in the evening.

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SYP London Book Club – November

A monthly book club organised by The Society of Young Publishers committee in the bustling heart of London. Turn up to a central London venue and share your thoughts on the book of the month… Wile away the hours sipping tea (or cocktails!) and have a good old argument about plot, character, genre and anything else that comes to mind. Each month is a different genre and you can put your favourite book forward for reading via our Twitter feed.

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Founding Bloomsbury Publishing: The Inside Story

Step inside Bloomsbury Publishing as we reveal the origins of a publishing company.

Join us on Thursday, September 27th as we go all the way back to the beginning with three of the four original members of Bloomsbury to learn how it all began and discover what aspiring publishers today could learn from their experiences (if anything!).

We’re delighted to present an evening at Bloomsbury with Nigel Newton, David Reynolds and Liz Calder as they talk about those earliest days at Bloomsbury, the highest highs to the deepest lows and back again, with Daily Telegraph columnist and Bloomsbury author, Mick Brown, who was there at the beginning too.

In 1986, Nigel Newton had the idea to start Bloomsbury. He gathered three literary pioneers, first David Reynolds and then Liz Calder and Alan Wherry, to start Bloomsbury Publishing together with a notion to publish outstanding literary fiction and non-fiction for wide audiences.

Fast forward thirty-two years to 2018 and Bloomsbury is a thriving independent publishing house which publishes 2,500 titles annually and is the home of some of the world’s most exciting authors, acclaimed digital resources and the best academic writing. It has nearly 700 staff, annual sales of £163,000,000 and offices in London, New York, Oxford, Haywards Heath, Sydney and New Delhi.

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Portsmouth Book Bash

Are you interested in publishing? Are you an author, editor, designer, illustrator or bookseller who would like to chat with like-minded people who live or work in the Pompey area?
If so, the inaugural Portsmouth Book Bask is for you. Come and meet us between 6pm-8pm at the friendly Hunter Gatherer, Southsea on Albert Road. There will be no speeches, no agenda… just come and chat books.
Author and editor Abbie Headon will be launching her book, The Power of YES, and you can meet her and buy a copy. Book PR, design and promotion agency Bookollective will be there to help you network.
Everyone there will be able to talk ALL THINGS BOOKS! There is no pressure, bring business cards if you want, if not, just pop in for a chat with the Pompey book crowd.

RSVP abbie@abbieheadon.com or esther@bookollective.com

Hunter Gatherer, 249 Albert Road, Southsea PO4 0JR
https://www.huntergatherer.coffee/

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