Exciting news from Court Assistant Martin Woodhead. A new publishing business, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, was born yesterday, 3 March 2015. It will focus on helping researchers in agricultural science address how to feed a growing population in the face of climate change and increasing competition for land, water and other resources. Martin's former company, Woodhead Publishing, built up one of the world’s leading lists in food science which was widely admired by researchers and the publishing industry and the new company has been formed from the award-winning team which worked on that list. We all send good wishes to Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing and look forward to hearing how things go in due course.
For full details from their press release click here.
Past Master Tom Hempenstall draws our attention to the death on 25 February of Victor Watson. Mr Watson was not a Stationer but many members will have known, or known of, him and there can be almost no-one who has not played Monopoly which must be Waddington's (the family firm) most enduring product.
On Saturday, 28 March Kingston University is running a course/conference aimed at anyone planning to make content available to a wider readership. Right now the publishing landscape is awash with
change. Publishers are buying less, and more cautiously, and self-publishing is now an established and effective option for managing the route from writer to reader. However they plan to reach their market, authors need to embrace new ways of thinking and working; choices have to be made. To this end Kingston University Department for Journalism and Publishing has gathered a significant panel of thinkers and practitioners from around the publishing industry to address the issues. Freeman Dr Alison Baverstock has arranged for Stationers to be able to attend at a cost of £90 (instead of £130). To find the full details of the conference, the speakers and how to book plus receive this discount please click here to go through to the Notice Board area of this website. You will need to be logged in as a member.
Liveryman Robert McClements has invited any member of the Stationers' Company to attend, as his guest, the Visual Media Conference on 31 March at the Rose Bowl in Leeds. It will be of
particular interest to printers and the CDI sector. Anyone wanting to accept this kind invitation will find full directions on the Members Only section of the website, here. Tickets are limited so please register by 13 March 2015.
Congratulations to Freeman Dr Alison Baverstock. The 5th edition of her book How to Market Books (the 1st edition appeared 30 years ago!) was published by Routledge on 18 February and
members of the Stationers' Company can benefit from a 20% discount via the Members' Notice Board by clicking here. Alison, who is Associate Professor, Department of Journalism and Publishing and University Civic Engagement Co-ordinator at Kingston University, says "as we all know, there has been a huge amount of change in the publishing industry of late, and so updating the book has been a massive challenge". Judging by the comments and reviews on the Routledge website she has more than met that challenge!
One of the clauses in Magna Carta says "The city of London shall enjoy all its ancient liberties and free customs...” This probably had more to do with commerce than with letting one's medieval hair down but on Tuesday, 24 February Stationers' Hall saw Stationers and their guests do just that! It all started with readings and poems provided by the Deputy Clerk, Tim Connell and Vanessa Kramer. There was a fabulous banquet including fillet of wild boar, and musical entertainment by Caliban's Dream (see image above by Sophia Panteli) with Steve Tyler on hurdy gurdy, gothic harp, cittern and percussion; Katy Marchant on bagpipes, shawm, recorders and voice, and Tim Garside on percussion and voice, so things continued with a swing.
There was a fight -carefully choreographed! (Image by Sophia Panteli) and David Abel performed magic at the tables. All in all it was a wonderful evening.
This month's (February) "shout" was taken at the Cakes & Ale Lunch at Stationers' Hall
1st prize - Reginald Eccles
2nd prize - Albert Morgan
3rd prize - Robert Sanger
4th prize - Stanley Vaughan
5th prize - Moira Smith
Good news from Court Assistant Robert Flather wearing his Kolbus hat. Kolbus have purchased the intellectual rights to the Timson T-Fold high speed digital folder and details about this deal can be read here in a Press Release issued on 19 February 2015. Jo Francis of PrintWeek interviewed Robert this morning, Friday, 20 February, and her report can be seen by clicking here