Owen Jones to discuss publishing pay and conditions at next event

On 14th July BookMachine is back, this time in collaboration with Unite and with Guardian columnist and political activist Owen Jones as keynote speaker. (Owen is author of Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class and The Establishment – And How They Get Away With It.)

The event focuses on pay and conditions in the industry, and the aim of the evening is to review the current position of workers in the UK publishing industry and discuss various models of how workers pay should be decided.

Owen will give an introduction to the event, with other speakers that follow comprising Simon Dubbins, international director, Unite the Union, and Michelle Stanistreet, the first woman in history to be elected general secretary of the National Union of Journalists (UK and Ireland). The event will be chaired by Gareth Lowe, chair of Unite’s national publishing and media branch and a publishing programme manager at DK. Speakers will also take questions from the audience.

More information and tickets: https://bookmachine.org/event/united-publish-ii-pay-say-2/ – early bird tickets are on sale until 24 June.


  1. Will this include author’s pay which is practically zero after Amazon and various other middle men who do nothing except make a profit have taken their cut? Publishers and independent bookshops struggle too.

  2. Hi Ellie! Good point, please join us to pose your questions….

  3. Don’t forget about illustrators! #PicturesMeanBusiness

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