I had great fun at the Young Stationers Dinner in the Savile Club yesterday evening. Organised by their redoubtable leader, Pádraig Belton, some 40 Young Stationers sat down to an excellent dinner, joined by a smattering of 'older' Stationers such as myself.
The speaker was the Rt Hon Lord Inglewood, who is a Conservative peer and chairs the Communications Committee of the House of Lords and produced a recent report on Investigative Journalism (IJ). He had some innovative views on how IJ might be better funded in the future, on the need for plurality in the media and on the outcome of the Leveson Inquiry. As you would expect from Young Stationers, there were lots of questions and an interesting debate.
It was an excellent evening and I would like to thank Pádraig for organising it all so well.
The next Young Stationers event is a joint event with the Younger Inter-Livery Group, organised by Pádraig and Eleanor Mason Brown of the Pewterers' Company. It will be held at Stationers' Hall on the evening of Tuesday, 21 August with a 1908 London Olympics theme. All Stationers are welcome and you can book tickets by emailing Eleanor here. Then on Tuesday, 18 September they have another dinner in the West End with Lord Black of Brentwood as the guest speaker. Email Pádraig here to find out more.
Pádraig is always looking for new members of the Young Stationers Group, which is a loose group of young people interested in the media industry and the Stationers' Company. There's no membership fee and members don't have to be members of the Company. So, if you know anyone who might be interested in joining, or just finding out more, get them to email Pádraig here.
On behalf of all Stationers, I would like to thank Pádraig for the fantastic work that he is doing to get this exciting new Group flourishing; it represents the very future of the Company!