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Get into Book Publishing Course

The Get Into Publishing course provides a complete overview of the industry and an expert insight into the main roles within it. From editorial and design, to production, sales and marketing, the course is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of the business, not only to help identify the area that’s right for you but also to provide you with some basic skills to improve your chances of employment.

Presented by experts from across publishing, the course is a lively, practical and relevant look at the industry as it stands today. At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate from UCL to acknowledge your achievement.

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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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The Bookseller Futurebook Conference

This year, Europe’s biggest publishing innovation conference is on a mission to put a sparkling rocket of creativity and courage up the book trade. On Friday 30th November, FutureBook Live will bring three electrifying strands of content to 155 Bishopsgate, London to help you:

PROVOKE – ask the uncomfortable questions about what is (or isn’t) working now, from what readers really want to whether subscription models work.

PREDICT – look five years ahead at the tech and issues that are going to transform what and how you create, from voice to AI to leadership.

PLAY – get hands-on with the approaches and technologies that will help you deliver on your ideas, from a live ThinkSprint to our BookTech pitch-off.

Join us to hear from provocative experts, innovators in other industries and 500 of your boldest and brightest peers.

Book people, it’s time to get out of your comfort zone.

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SYP Oxford Book Club – November

Come join us at The Cape of Good Hope to discuss  Italo Calvino’s 1979 classic, If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller!

You go into a bookshop (sounds like a normal day, right?) and you purchase a copy of  If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller! You read the first few pages. You love finding an exciting new book to read! But, a few pages in, something terrible happens! There’s been a printing error!  You bring it back to the shop to exchange for a new copy. But that’s not right either! This is a different book again!

Get ready to go on a bookish adventure with Calvino and the SYP!

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SYP Oxford – Halloween Game Night

The moon is full, night is upon us and there is a mysterious wolf-like creature wandering in the woods. Trust no one and be careful, you might be his next victim!
Help us find out who is innocent and who is a killer. It’s an evening where old friendships can be broken, new alliances made and blood spilled, but don’t worry it’s only a game… or is it?
Come celebrate Halloween with a game of werewolves!  Spooky costumes are highly encouraged!
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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.


Hunter Gatherer, 249 Albert Road, Southsea PO4 0JR

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New Publishing Living Wage

The National Living Wage comes into effect today, replacing the National Minimum Wage, ensuring that all employees over 25 are paid a minimum of £7.20 per hour. ^This bit is True. As for the rest…APRIL FOOL!   Thank you to everyone who participated. However, we at are not happy to read about some of […]

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Fully-Funded PhD Studentship

FULLY-FUNDED PhD STUDENTSHIP: Books and Borrowers, 1747-1857: Innerpeffray Library and the History of Scottish Reading The School of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling, is pleased to invite applications for this three-year, fully-funded PhD Studentship (fees and subsistence at current AHRC UK/EU rates). Funded by the Scottish Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities (, […]

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