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Members will be interested to know that the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize 2019 today opens for submissions. The Prize, which recognises the professional achievements and promise of women in publishing, is open to any woman who has worked in publishing in the UK for up to seven years.

The full Press Release can be seen here.

There are two ways to enter the Prize: nomination or self-submission. The deadline for nominations is 5PM (GMT) Monday 25th February, and the deadline for self-submission is 5PM (GMT) Monday 18th March. Both entry forms can be found here. Full terms and conditions are available here.

For more information on the Prize, please visit the website, and contact with any queries.

Liveryman Chris Roycroft-Davis who has been a Fleet Street journalist for almost half a century attended the News Media Group event at Stationers' Hall last night and writes:

Three hours before the release of the eagerly-awaited Cairncross review on the future of the media industry, the Stationers’ Digital Media Group and more than 120 guests from the London Press Club and the Society of Editors engaged in a lively debate on the core issue: Can quality journalism survive in an era of fake news and social media? On the panel were (from L-R in the photo): Evening Standard Home Affairs Editor Martin Bentham, Jane Barrett, Reuters’ Global Head of Multimedia, Broadcaster Michael Hayman MBE who chaired the discussion, Jodie Ginsberg, of the Index On Censorship, and Guardian Digital Editor Polly Curtis. Court Assistant Doug Wills (on the far right of the photo) opened the evening.

Happily the four experts on the panel concluded, with some qualifications that quality journalism can survive. For fuller coverage please see the next issue of Stationers' News due out in April.

Members may well be keen to get to grips with the major points of the Cairncross Review into the sustainability of the UK news industry in the digital age and the Press Gazette coverage, accessible via this link, provides a clear overview.

Members should log in and click here to find details of this event organised by the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants and featuring our Under Warden the Right Reverend Dr Stephen Platten and Court Assistant Michael Binyon OBE.   

Members interested in attending the Basketmakers' Company's 450th Anniversary Trade Fair  on Tuesday 19 February, 2019 between 1.15pm and 3pm should log in and click here to go through to the Members Only Notice Board

Members interested in attending the Sheriffs' Ball in aid of the Lord Mayor's Appeal should log in and click here to go through to the Members Only Notice Board

At the Court meeting on Tuesday 5 February the Master cloathed three new Liverymen.  They are (from L-R in the photo) :

Erin Wirz – Key Account Manager,  D S Smith Packaging

Liz Gill – Freelance Journalist

Steve Burry – Managing Director, Dennis Maps Ltd

We wish them well and hope that we shall see them even more frequently at the Hall and enjoying those events and activities which are open to Liverymen.

Past Master Tom Hempenstall has organised a trip to the World War 1 Battlefields on 21-24 May 2019 for a small group travelling by executive minicoach.  The group will be led by Bob Couldrey who is a military historian and who oversaw the Court visit to Flanders in 2016 during PM Helen Esmonde’s year.  The itinerary is:

Day 1 To Ypres, Departure from Folkestone on the 1420 Le Shuttle for Calais. 

Day 2 All day in and around Ypres including the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate at 2000.

Day 3. Down to the Somme, commence studying the Somme battles and staying the night at Bapaume.

Day 4. AM Further exploration of the Somme. PM, en route to Calais visit Vimy Ridge (Canadians). Catch 1820 Le Shuttle from Calais.

We have secured good accommodation for three nights.  The estimated cost of the accommodation and travel is circa £700 per head.  There are two places left so if any member of the Company is interested in securing them please contact Lucie McCord without delay:

Justine Solomons of Byte the Book has arranged for members of the Stationers' Company to benefit from a special offer on tickets for a special event, Confluence, on 15 February 2019. 

Confluence is a coming together of all the strands and aspects that make Byte the Book special.  It's about hearing new ideas, meeting new people from a diverse range of industries. finding new ways of working and connecting with new collaborators.  there will be a broad spectrum of participants including people from publishing, interactive fiction, gaming, technology, journalism, museums, TV and film. Highlights include workshops on podcasting, life writing and AI. In addition there will be three streams of incredible talks entitled: 'Telling Stories with Technology,' 'The Business of Storytelling,' and, 'The Tools of Revolution';  twenty-four talks in total!  Each talk will be approximately twenty minutes with plenty of time to network through the day.  To access the offer members should log in and then click here to go through to the relevant Members Only page.  


Congratulations to Freeman Fred Fenwick who is out skiing in Morzine for the Company.  Yesterday he came eighth out of 206  in the slalom and Court Assistant Oliver Gadsby caught his  fabulous finish on


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