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In the run up to BookMachine Week next month which focuses on short form publishing, we interviewed Laura Kenwright who is the Producer of the London Short Story Festival and Audience Development Manager for Spread the Word, London’s writer development organisation. The London Short Story Festival takes place at Waterstones Piccadilly from 18 to 21 June and features 65 writers and speakers including Ben Okri, Kevin Barry, Dame Marina Warner, Jon McGregor, D W Wilson, Laura van den Berg, Deborah Levy and May-Lan Tan. You can find Laura on Twitter @Lol_Valentine.
Louie Stowell writes and edits non-fiction and story books at Usborne, and has written over 25 books, from factual books about how spacecraft work to stories about pirates and vampires. She is also speaker at BookMachine London on 9th June 2015.
Sheila Bounford is currently Interim Managing Director at Inpress Books, and is founder of Off the Page Ideas, a consultancy business working with independent publishers. She is also speaker at BookMachine Cambridge on 8th June and BookMachine London on 9th June 2015.
Brian Lavery is a writer and has also been working in journalism for 25 years. Here Stephanie Cox interviews him about his career spanning journalism, writing for radio, creative non-fiction and short fiction.
1. Please introduce yourself and tell us about your background and your career.
My name is Brian Lavery and I am a writer, journalist and late-comer to academia. When I write creative nonfiction I am Brian W. Lavery, so as not to be confused with another Scot with the same name as me, who also happens to be a world authority on maritime history. So, just my luck that the first book I get published has a maritime theme. Perhaps that is why the phrase “lucky as a Brian” does not exist.
The Orwell Prize, given annually to the best in British political writing, has this year awarded its prize for books to novelist James Meek, for his non-fictional examination of the privatisation of UK public services, Private Island. The book is a collection of essays largely drawn from the pages of the London Review of Books, to which Meek is a contributing editor. Though Meek has previously worked as a journalist, and remained on staff at The Guardian until 2005 having been the newspaper’s Moscow bureau chief throughout the 1990s, he is best known as a novelist, finding his widest success with the Booker-longlisted The People’s Act of Love that same year.
By now you will be in the loop about BookMachine Week. A whole week of talking about the rise of reading on mobiles and short stories.
Expert speakers will be sharing their experiences and the discussion will lead to thinking about whether we need to review our publishing models.
Everywhere we look people are pulling out their mobile devices. How can the publishing industry respond to this? Do we need to?
Early Bird tickets are on sale until tomorrow (Friday 22nd May) for BookMachine London, Oxford and Brighton.
Limited tickets also available here for BookMachine Cambridge and Barcelona.
This is a guest post from Chris Brown. Chris is a freelance publishing professional with over 10 years of experience in the publishing industry. Chris has worked on a variety of print and digital products at all stages of the publishing process from commissioning through to development editorial and production. He is also an Associate of Just Content.
If you’ve been a publishing freelancer you’ll identify with the tumbleweed times where nobody is calling or emailing, and the hectic busy times when three project deadlines converge at the same time and force you to work evenings and weekends until the work is done. Neither of these situations is ideal!
The biennial Man Booker International Prize, awarded to living authors of any nationality for a body of work readily available (either in its native tongue or in translation) in English, has this year been presented to Hungarian author László Krasznahorkai. It is the first time the award has been given to an author whose work was not originally published in English since the inaugural prize in 2005, when it was presented to the Albanian Ismail Kadare. It is also the first time a non-North American author has won the award since its sophomore prize in 2007 went to Chinua Achebe.
In the run up to BookMachine Week: The rise of reading on mobiles, short stories and bite-size content – here is a great short story for you to read.
“You’re nuts. I can’t walk that far. No way!” I was mad at my girlfriend. Some guy she met at seniors had invited her to a “mall-walkers” group.
“I won’t go alone. Please, please… pretty please” It bugs me when she’s sucky. I can never say no. “I’ve been so lonely since Walter died…” Low blow. That forlorn widow’s lament always gets me.