20 Nov meet: Curling up with a good book & a book swish


The nights are drawing in, the wind is howling, and it’s all a bit damp out there. So what better way to spend the evening, than curling up with a good book!

This month we’ve organised three speakers who can talk about book publishing from three very different perspectives. Each speaker will give a short talk and then there will be plenty of time for questions and book swishing! 

Our first speaker: Gemma // A Girl’s Guide To Travelling Alone

Gemma is writing an ebook about travelling alone: an honest guide and companion for women on the road. It is a collection of true short stories from solo women travellers. Some are published writers, some are not. The book is open to everyone. 80% of the submissions from the book came from women who have found out about it on Twitter or Facebook. The book wouldn’t have been possible without social media. The aim of the book is to inspire women to take the plunge and just go for it. So far, Gemma has stories from women aged 18 up to 48, covering subjects such as camping with heavily armed villagers (by accident!), how not to offend a Turkish lady when she is ‘wash-washing’ you and what it’s like to experience a hurricane, alone in New York City.
Read more about it here: Come along to hear about what it is like to publish an ebook and hear some of the stories. Who knows, you may be inspired to enter your own! 

Our second speaker: Lizzie // Editor
Lizzie is a Project Editor for Dorling Kindersley, an illustrated non fiction publisher. Dorling Kindersley specialise in illustrated reference books for adults and children in 51 languages. She’ll be talking to us about non-fiction illustrated publishing, from commissioning, how to decide what books to make, through to layouts and house style.

Our third speaker: Kristina // Children’s Book Designer (and recent Borough Belle!)
Kristina is the junior designer at the independent and award-winning children’s publisher Nosy Crow. Kristina studied illustration and animation at university, often using narratives and layouts from children’s books as reference. This interest led to freelance work at  Macmillan Children’s Books and Campbell, before being offered a job at Nosy Crow. Kristina will talk to us about the role of a book designer and the processes behind creating both novelty and picture books, while offering insight into the experiences of working in design at an exciting, new fast-growing company.

Then we will have our first very own BOOK SWISH!

We thought it would be good to clear down the shelves before Christmas and a different take on swishing. Swishing is ethical, eco, social and fun. It will be a great way to exchange any unwanted books with like-minded souls! 
Bring any unwanted books, annuals, manuals or fanzines. Please bring up to 5 items in good condition and you can take home as many as you bring – even more if you are lucky!

Not only do we have these fantastic speakers, we will also have the usual tea and cake. 

Don’t forget that we will have a collection for a local foodbank in Waterloo. Do bring any spare tins to donate to a very worthy cause. Food bank usage has tripled in recent months so please do bring anything you can spare.

At our usual home at the Welsh Borough Chapel, 90 Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 0EX. Meetings run from 7.30-9.30pm with the doors open from 7pm.

*Guests very welcome if you would like to come and try us out! Guests pay £4.*


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