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November Borough Book Bash

Remember Remember we’re on in November! Come along for a pre-Christmas season drink on November 28th in the usual place, before your social calendar gets packed out! #boroughbookbash team!

If you have never been to a Borough Book Bash before, now is your moment! Borough Book Bash is free to attend and attract some lovely folk from the marvellous world of publishing. It was formed in 2016 with a view to bringing people together, socially, with no agenda or speaker – simply because we all love publishing. Since then, it has grown into a very friendly, inclusive group of people ranging from those just starting out in the industry to those more established in their careers with some fascinating tales of what life is really like in publishing today!

So how does it work? Well just sign up and turn up. You don’t even need to print a ticket! There are always some friendly faces to welcome you. (mine included) We are always based in the Heeltap pub, just near London Bridge and are in a designated area sign posted “Borough Book Bash”. We start at 5.30/ 6pm and it normally goes on until around 9pm but again you can arrive and leave whenever you like.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Borough Book Bash xxx

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Picture This: How Can You Write and Adapt for Screen? Sponsored by ALCS

In our first event after the summer break we will be looking at the exciting and often lucrative world of writing and adapting for screen. We will be talking about adapting for film in general but our sponsors ALCS are also interested in highlighting a report commissioned by The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and funded by ALCS that showed how women and people from diverse backgrounds often get overlooked in the film industry.

Jason Solomons (TV and radio presenter) will chair our panel and he’ll be joined by author and screenwriter, Emma Jane Unsworth, film director, Lucy Brydon, film producer, Mia Bays and scriptwriter Shai Hussain.

Not only will attendees have the opportunity to learn about writing for screen they will also have the chance to network with film folk, authors, agents and publishers before and after the discussion.

This event will be at a private venue in Covent Garden. We will tell you the location of the event closer to the date and once you have registered.

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BookMachine Meets Bloomsbury Publishing

About the event

BookMachine meets… is a new event series from BookMachine, aimed at offering real insight into how different publishing houses operate. At each event the panel of in-house experts will explain the fundamentals of their business and the secrets to their market success.

Step inside Bloomsbury Publishing as we go into their London headquarters for a closer look at how they stay creative and strive to push the boundaries of publishing.

For one night only, we’ll bring together four of Bloomsbury’s most energetic staff members to talk about how they stay creative in their roles in Editorial, Marketing and Sales and engage with colleagues, retailers and book lovers around the world. This unique event at the Bloomsbury Institute – Bloomsbury’s public events series – will feature exclusive stories and experiences from the team. Join them for a lively discussion on everything you need to know about publishing right now.

Our Guests

  • Laura Main Ellen, Sales manager, Children’s & Education
  • Chair: Jamie Birkett, Commissioning Editor, Bloomsbury Continuum
  • Christine Modafferi, Assistant Editor, Children’s Non-Fiction
  • Tia Ali, Marketing Manager, I.B. Tauris

Event details

Date: 19th September 2019
Time: 6.00pm – 9.30pm

Tickets are £15 for this event, or you can buy a £20 ticket which includes a copy of The Publishing Business: A Guide to Starting Out and Getting On by Kelvin Smith and Melanie Ramdarshan Bold.

BookMachine Members will also get free access to a filmed version of the event.


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Byte the Book Picnic

Summertime in London, how wonderful, come celebrate with us at our picnic.
This year we’re running this event in partnership with Novellic who will be facilitating one of their famed book swaps, so please bring along a book you’ve written, published, edited or read and loved to swap.
It’s free to attend but please do bring along contributions to add to the picnic and do let us know if you are coming so we know how much fizz and snacks to buy.
Please do come and join us in Regents Park. Friends and families welcome, just as long as they like books!

We’ll be by the Broadwalk Gardens on the left hand side not far from the College of Physicians. and near to the Outer Circle. We’ll share our exact location on the day. Note the map on this event is misleading.

The nearest stations are Great Portland Street and Regents Park and Camden Town.

All are welcome, please do invite your friends, just all please book your tickets.
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Galley Club Members’ Summer Party

We’re pleased to announce that this year’s party for the Galley Club’s members is returning to the Terrace Bar of Doggett’s Coat & Badge on Tuesday 2nd July, 6:30pm onwards, with its great location overlooking the City skyline across the river to St Paul’s.
BOOK NOW! Tickets are available at our discounted rate of £15 per head for our exclusive members’ party, including a sumptuous buffet. Contact our party organiser, Moira Ashcroft if you have any questions or click the link above if you want to purchase tickets. Members and members’ guests only.
Payment can be made via BACS to our account as for membership; please confirm via email when payment is made. There is no facility to pay on the door

Lots of lovely people with their lovely guests on the terrace.
The scene: evening, friends, sunset and dusk in a lovely package with the full vista of the City across the river on 2 July 2019.

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How to Network in Publishing – Live

Series 1 Episode 20 of Live This episode of bookcareers Live focuses on Networking. In publishing there are no end of networking opportunities. How do you network? Are you someone who cowers in fear every time someone mentions networking, or maybe you are the confident networker who works the room?  Whichever end of the […]

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The Value of LinkedIn When You’re in a Job – Live

  Series 1 Episode 18 of Live This episode of bookcareers Live focuses on using LinkedIn when you are NOT looking for a job. If you’re looking for a job, then LinkedIn is probably one of the first things you might update.  Yet if you’re not looking for a job, LinkedIn can be one […]

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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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