Brian Lavery

On being a journalist: Brian Lavery interview

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.

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Reading on mobile devices: Jim Hinks interview

This is a guest interview with Jim Hinks. Jim is an editor at Comma Press, the Manchester-based independent publisher specialising in short fiction. He is also speaker at BookMachine Brighton on Wednesday 10th June.

1 Do you read books on mobile devices?

Yes, a lot. I’m particularly partial to listening to literature, be that audiobooks, radio, or podcasts (like the New Yorker Fiction Podcast). Like most people, I have a regular commute, so that’s almost 2 hours per day. Before I had a smartphone, I listened to audiobooks on an iPod. Before that, a mini-disk player. Before that, tapes (!). I had a tape of Simon Armitage reading ‘Wild Blue Yonder’ (selected poems) that I pretty much wore out on an Aiwa personal cassette player. I love the feeling of being read to; the immediacy and intimacy.

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Sports writing: Martin Whiteley interview

Martin Whiteley writes for The News Hub, as a sports writer. Here Stephanie Cox interviews him about his interest in sport, the industry and being a sports writer.

1. Please give us an introduction to yourself and your previous work.

I have always been a lover of writing, ever since I was in school, and have always been passionate about sports. I first started writing to make some extra money while working as an assistant to the golf professional at Springhead Park golf course in Hull. Since then, I’ve contributed to golf magazines and have written for Beyond the Benches, Exclusive Sports Media, IRL Media, and others. My latest project has been writing sports articles for The News Hub.
There is a rapidly increasing number of online platforms for news writing and reporting, and this is especially true of sports writing.

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Janice Fosse

Writing for children: Janice Fosse interview

Janice Fosse is a children’s playwright and writer. Here Stephanie Cox interviews Janice about her love of writing, the difficulties of writing for children and her optimism in the face of a very difficult publishing market.

1. Please tell me a little bit about yourself and your career.

I have been telling stories my whole life. From organizing make-believe on the playground to circulating stories in serial format to devoted readers in high school via spiral notebooks, I mistakenly thought my love of telling stories translated into a love of performing, and for many years my educational focus was on acting, with writing stories nothing more than a diversionary hobby.

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Marketing academic research: Kat Palmer interview

Kat Palmer is Content Marketing Executive at Emerald Group Publishing. Here Stephanie Cox interviews Kat about marketing in the publishing industry and the challenges of marketing academic research.

1. What attracted you to working for an academic publishing company?

Education has a huge, everlasting impact on our lives – whether you received a good or bad education has an influence on your career choices, development, and to certain extent happiness.

To be a part of an organisation which influence the best research for higher education students, as well as developing our knowledge and growth both economically and socially across the globe had huge appeal for me!

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A Belgian perspective on reviewing books

Mieke Bijns is a book blogger and reviewer who writes for both English and Belgian audiences. Here Stephanie Cox interviews Mieke about book reviews, and platforms and also asks about differences in cultures in publishing between different countries.

1. Please introduce yourself and give us a background of yourself and your career.

Hiya! My name’s Mieke, I’m 25 years young, I live in the Northern part of Belgium together with my boyfriend and two cats and during the daytime office hours I’m a full time Data Entry Coordinator at a company that creates and distributes thermal imaging and infrared cameras. In the evenings and in the weekends, I’m a book blogger and reading addict.

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A unique take on publishing: Sam Rennie interview

Sam Rennie founded Readership in 2014. Readership is a reader-generated publishing company where booklovers decide what is published. Here Stephanie Cox interviews Sam about the concept and the success of the company so far.

1. Please introduce us to Readership! How does it work?

Readership is a publishing company controlled by readers. We let them decide what we publish. But, more than that, our goal is to build a community that effectively becomes a company by the people and for the people. We want to be a publishing company that the reading world wants. We also want to let them have more control than the typical user may have with a company. Any changes to our website, what features to prioritise, what services should be added to the company, and so on. It seems like something that would sit naturally in the digital age, because modern technology lets users tell the world what they want, and even lets them help create it, which is obviously vastly different to the age before, where industries basically told their audiences “These are your choices.” etc.

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