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Team Update

It’s an exciting time to be in recruitment right now, and that is evident by the changes in the Atwood Tate line-up!

We’re delighted to announce that Claire Louise Kemp and Karine Nicpon have both been promoted to Senior Consultants!

Christina Dimitradi, currently coCD photo 2015vering consultant Catherine Roney’s maternity leave, has been made permanent so she’ll continue working with us when Catherine returns in January. Christina handles all Editorial (Trade, Academic, Educational, Professional, Associations, Charities and Societies), Rights, International Sales and Contracts roles.
christina@atwoodtate.co.uk
020 7034 7902
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Lucy Slater

Lucy Slater has been promoted from Administrator to Consultant, and is now covering Production, Production Editorial, Data, Research and Analytics, Digital/IT, Design, Distribution and Operation roles.
lucyslater@atwoodtate.co.uk
020 7034 7821
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Ellie LinkedIn imageEleanor (Ellie) Pilcher is our new Administrator, currently covering Katie Hargreaves maternity leave until she returns in January. Get in touch with her for any queries regarding your profile, updates or registering with Atwood Tate.
eleanorpilcher@atwoodtate.co.uk
020 7034 7900
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You can find more about our team at our Meet the Team page and for a full list of all our contact info, here’s a link to our Organisation structure which also tells you who covers what job roles/sectors in our London and Oxford offices.

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Consultant in the Hot Seat – Kellie Millar

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What literary figure would you be and why?
The first thought that came to mind I would have to be Tom Sawyer as I admire his creative thinking, playful and adventurous spirit and I’d love a friend like Huckleberry Finn. On second thought I would also be Peter Pan because of his youthful spirit, positive attitude and belief in magic. He too had an adventurous nature and used his positive attitude to get through challenges and defeat even the toughest of rivals.

If you were given the chance to have one superpower from any book/comic character, what would you have?
I would have to have marvel Comic’s Storms’ power to manipulate the weather. I’d also love to be able to surf like the Silver Surfer!

What book are you reading at the moment and what do you think of it?
I am reading a book by Hal Elrod called “The Miracle Morning”. He talks about the 6 habits that will transform your life before 8 am. I enjoy the positive and motivational tone of the book and have tried a few steps so far, including getting up an hour earlier to visualise a positive day ahead and even going to the gym!

What has been the highlight/s of the past year?
I have enjoyed working for Atwood Tate and with my team, supporting the publishing industry and contributing to the positive and passionate workforce. Since joining Atwood Tate, I have come to understand the people who work in publishing like Peter Pan, all believe in magic and miracles especially when it comes to meeting deadlines. Everyone works together with passion and for a love of what they do to get the job done and make things happen. Our Temps and Freelance team also help to make magic happen by helping people continue in their careers and build on their experience. Interns get paid as Temps and get wonderful recommendations from our clients. Freelancers keep freelancing and doing what they love to do. Clients are happy too because we magically make the right candidates appear just when they need them.

What is on your Birthday wish list?
A reunion with my family. They are scattered all over the world and it would be lovely to see them all together in one place.

True fact: I used to be a blond!

To find out more about the roles each of our consultants covers, go to the “Meet the Team” page.

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Consultant in the Hot Seat – Claire Law

Claire Law in a kayak

If you could have written any book that exists now, which would it be?
A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson. It’s such an incredible achievement to have produced such a vast work and to think it was 150 years before the Oxford English Dictionary and without the internet. Or alternatively the Scrabble dictionary as this has been a vital tool throughout my long and happy marriage.

What three books changed your life?
I’ve always been a big reader and wish now that I’d kept a journal of books and authors read with some kind of notes. Books that made a real impact are:

  1. The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis. Great introduction to fantasy and magic worlds for children that probably led to my love of the ‘magical realism’ genre and authors like Gabriel García Márquez, Kate Atkinson, Angela Carter, Haruki Murakami etc
  2. The Faerie Queen by Edmund Spenser – it was a massive challenge getting through this book (epic poem) at uni as I recall it was almost like translating another language. It made me appreciate studying the text but did put me off reading for a while!
  3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Studying Canadian women’s literature I discovered Margaret Atwood and have read all of her novels since. She’s a feisty and prolific writer as well as being an early adopter of social media. A real inspiration (and see the true fact below).

If you were given the chance to have one superpower from any book/comic character, what would you have?
Can I go for a photographic memory please? Not sure if any character has this but it would just be so helpful for work and in life generally. Thank goodness for an amazing database at work and Outlook for remembering pretty much everything!

What are you most looking forward to in 2016?
I can’t wait for our new website to be launched – hopefully in the next month. It’s been lots of fun working on updating it, especially looking at how the publishing industry has evolved over the last 6 years since our current website was created and incorporating changes like whole new industry sectors and job roles.

What is on your Birthday wish list?
I’ve just had my birthday and didn’t get the £20 million super yacht I’ve had my eye on, so will be asking for a warmer wetsuit to get out on my kayak instead.

True fact.
When setting up Atwood Tate I felt it would be confusing to use the name Law in case people thought we did legal recruitment, so decided to put together a name using a publishing reference and one of my favourite authors, Margaret Atwood! (The Tate part was added on for balance)

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Consultant in the Hot Seat – Alison Redfearn

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What book are you reading at the moment and what do you think of it?
At the moment I am reading The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham. Set in the time of British Colonial rule, this follows the story of Kitty. When her husband a government bacteriologist finds out she is having an affair he forces her to move to a remote cholera ridden part of China. I am really invested in Kitty’s fate, although I first thought she was self-absorbed and spoilt, I have grown to like and sympathise with her character as she grows and develops. This is a real story of spiritual awakening. I love the way Maugham builds up the atmosphere and the reader is really kept wondering whether or not she will meet her demise.

If you could have written any book that exists now, which would it be?
I would love to have written Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith. I am a massive fan of this author and would have loved to have the accolade of one of the best crime writers of the 20th Century. She is such a clever writer and this is a true crime classic. I admire the author’s ability to build up tension and get deep under the skin of the two characters. Even though you know who the killer is at the start she still manages to build up the tension.

If you were given the chance to have one superpower from any book/comic character, what would you have?
It would have to be time travel. I am quite a nostalgic person and always find myself imagining what it would be like to be alive in certain eras. If I could go back to any era now it would be to the Roaring Twenties, not only for the fashion, glamour and the parties but to be among literati such as Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway.

Which literary figure would you be?
I would love to be like Roald Dahl’s character Matilda because despite her circumstances she never gives up hope and she tunes her abilities to help herself and others. I love her motto “never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable…”

Interesting fact
I am originally from Berwick upon Tweed, the northern most town in England which according to popular myth is still at war with Russia!

To find out more about the roles each of our consultants covers, go to the “Meet the Team” page.

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Say hello to some new faces…

The observant ones of you might have noticed a few new names around the Atwood Tate offices. Time to introduce our newest team members properly:

Christina Dimitriadi
CD photo 2015Half Greek-half American, Christina has an international background and brings with her years of experience working in STM publishing and sales. She spent two years in the Netherlands where she completed her MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy. Looking for a new challenge that would combine her publishing experience and diplomatic skills, she joined Atwood Tate in December 2015 to cover Catherine’s maternity leave. Her main focus at Atwood Tate will be on Rights, International Sales, and Contract roles and Editorial vacancies in Trade, Educational, Professional and Association publishing (from graduates to mid-management) in London, the Home Counties and East Anglia.
Christina@atwoodtate.co.uk
020 7034 7902

Michael Lawlor
michaelMichael studied English at the University of Roehampton before returning to Ireland to undertake a Masters in English at Limerick University. He lived in the west of Ireland for several years before returning to London to seek his fortune. He has previously worked as a Business Support Assistant for a Housing Trust but joined Atwood Tate to gain knowledge and develop skills within the publishing industry. His focus is providing administrative support to the temps and freelance team and helping to source the best candidates for temp opportunities.
MichaelLawlor@atwoodtate.co.uk
020 7034 7899

Lucy Slater
Lucy SlaterLucy has a degree in History and began her publishing career at a children’s publishing house near Leeds, where her passion for publishing developed. Prior to this she worked in Madrid teaching English and attempting to learn Spanish. Lucy moved down from t’ North in December to cover Katie’s maternity leave. She will be working as Administrator for the Books and Journals and B2B teams.
lucyslater@atwoodtate.co.uk
020 7034 7900

Curious about the other members of the Atwood Tate team? Have a look at our Meet the Team page.

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Consultant in the Hot Seat – Olivia Constantinides

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Which literary figure would you be?

I would have to be Cleopatra, as depicted in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Cleopatra is powerful, passionate, charismatic and beautiful. Although she has a tragic end, she goes out in style and her eyeliner is on point!

If you could have written any book that exists now, which would it be?

The Bible. I would have edited it heavily and removed all the passages that encourage bigotry and discrimination against others. I would also have rewritten the Ten Commandments and given people more fun rules to live by.

If you were given the chance to have one superpower from any book/comic character, what would you have?

I’ve always thought it would be cool to have chameleonesque powers and the ability to transform into anything or anyone at will, so a bit like Changeling from X-Men or McGonagall’s transfiguration spell in Harry Potter. This power could be used for good or evil…

What book are you reading at the moment and what do you think of it?

I am currently on book three (page 1918 of an epic 2664!) of the Liveship Traders, a fantasy trilogy with all the staples of magic and dragons as well as serpents, pirates and talking ships. There’s a good variety of characters, locations and plot lines. The first book sets the scene and introduces you to the characters and the action really gets underway halfway through book two, but it’s worth the wait if you can persevere!

True fact: My hair is almost a metre long. It should develop super powers soon…

To find out more about the roles each of our consultants covers, go to the “Meet the Team” page.

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Administrator in the Hot Seat – Katie Hargreaves

Our regular ‘Consultant in the Hot Seat’ slot has been hijacked this month by our Administrator, Katie.

Katie in London

If you were given the chance to have one superpower from any book/comic character, what would you have?

I don’t know if it counts as a superpower, but it would be pretty cool to have a dæmon, like the characters in the His Dark Materials trilogy. It would be amazingly comforting to have a constant companion. I’m not sure what form mine would take though. If I could choose I’d have some sort of bird.

Failing that, pretty much any magical ability from Harry Potter. Transfiguration would be great – you could turn into an animal and sneak around to your heart’s content.

Which three books changed your life?

The Witches: I’m a massive Roald Dahl fan. I recently took my niece to see the musical of Matilda – I’d been waiting for her to be old enough for ages, because I wanted to go! I love the book of Matilda, but in terms of life-changing it has to be The Witches. I remember buying it from one of those book clubs that used to come round to your primary school in the pre-internet age. I don’t know exactly how old I was, but I remember getting to the part where the boy is trapped in the ballroom with the witches, and realising I was slightly too young to cope with this just yet! I sensibly put the book on the shelf for a few months until I felt ready to face the horror! In recent years I had the priviledge of studying the book with 11 year olds in Sweden, who loved it too. I got pretty good at doing the Grand High Witch’s voice while reading aloud to them!

To Kill a Mockingbird: I’ve read so many books, but I’m generally very bad at remembering what happens in them! TKaM stays with me because I studied it for GCSE, so naturally I read it very many times, and my copy is annotated in various different coloured pens to represent the different themes. It’s a fantastic book, and I really enjoyed studying it. It’s probably what inspired me to go on to do A level and eventually degree level English Literature. The characters and morals are so strong; they really speak to you as a teenager incensed by the injustice of the world.

Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy: At university I studied English Literature and Language. I was tempted to put the Norton Anthology of English Literature on this list (in tribute to the late MH Abrams) but I can’t honestly say that I read it from cover to cover! I found at times that studying ‘serious’ literature could get a bit heavy. I remember going through a bit of a tough time in my second year, getting stressed about nothing, as you can easily do when you’re a student. Douglas Adams had recently passed away, and my aunt and uncle bought me the commemorative ‘trilogy’ box set for Christmas. Never having been particularly into sci-fi, I was a bit sceptical at first, but I loved it. H2G2 is my favourite book, because it helps you put things into perspective. It’s humorous, irreverent and life-affirming.

Which literary figure would you like to be?
Jo March. She’s so gutsy. Actually I should have put Little Women in the previous category, but I ran out of space. I remember being about eleven or twelve, and my English teacher saying I should start to read adult books. I was a bit daunted by this, and went through a brief phase of not really knowing what to read. That summer my family went down to Devon in our caravan, and stayed at this beautiful campsite in the grounds of an old hall, which had a library. Campers were allowed to borrow books. That was when I discovered Little Women, which felt quite grown up to me at the time. There were some tough parts to deal with, but overall I really enjoyed it. Reading that book marked a transition for me into adolescence, and it gave me the confidence to read other ‘adult’ classics.

What are you most looking forward to in 2015?
Well like many people I’ll be really intrigued to read Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. Also, the BBC have been trailing their adaptation of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell which looks fantastic. That was such a great book – incredibly atmospheric – so hopefully the adaptation will do it justice. And of course, as a massive Benedict fan, I can’t wait for the new series of Sherlock!

True Fact: Katie once discussed the assembly of Swedish flat-packed furniture with HRH the Countess of Wessex!

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Consultant in the Hot Seat – Catherine Roney

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What book are you reading at the moment?
Ok, I know I’m a little late with this one, but at the moment I’m reading the The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I can’t believe I haven’t read it sooner! Markus Zusak is a master storyteller and it’s been an incredible journey so far. Set in Germany during the Second World War, the story is narrated by Death himself, as he tells us the story of Liesel Meminger and her relationship with her foster parents and the other people in her neighbourhood. Although I know that there are some sad things on the way (Death lets us in on some of the big events) I’m still hoping that all will be ok for Liesel and some of the other characters in the end.

Which literary figure would you be?
Growing up, one of my favourite characters was Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables. She had a lot of imagination, was always having lots of adventures with her friends, and although she had a tough start in life, was able to overcome all odds and win everyone over. I always thought she sounded as though she’d be a lot of fun, and if I’m 100% honest I would also really like to have her auburn hair!

If you were given the chance to have one superpower from any book / comic character, what would you have?
I would love to be able to fly. It would be a fantastic way to get around, no more crowded tubes or trains, plus I would be able to just pop over to Australia to see my family whenever I felt like it (I would be able to fly really fast like Superman). Also, I’m not so keen on heights and being able to fly would definitely cure that.

If you could have written any book that exists now, which would it be?
The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society that is actually written by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer. I loved this book and thought it was beautifully written. This is also the one book my mum wouldn’t lend me because she didn’t want to lose her copy, and now that I’ve read it I understand why! Set in January in 1946 in the aftermath of the Second World War, Juliet Ashton is a writer who has lost her home during the war and is now searching for a new adventure and something serious to write about. After unexpectedly receiving a letter from Dawsey Adams from the island of Guernsey, Juliet finds not only her next adventure but also an incredible story and some amazing people.

Who would you invite (and why) to your fantasy literary dinner party?
I would invite Enid Blyton, Jane Austen, Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams and David Attenborough.
Enid Blyton – I have read nearly everything she has ever written and was a big fan growing up. From Noddy to the Famous Five, and not forgetting The Magic Faraway Tree and The Wishing Chair, she was a prolific writer and I bet she’d have a lot to say.
Jane Austen – she would probably get invited to a lot of fantasy dinner parties as to this day she still has such a big fan following. I enjoyed reading her books and I think it would be interesting to hear what she would make of modern day life. I think she might get along very well with Enid Blyton!
Neil Gaiman – Stardust the movie made me want to start reading Neil Gaiman books (it is usually the other way around for me) and I started with none other than Stardust! Since then I’ve been slowly reading more of his work and I’ve enjoyed a lot of it. I think he’d be a bit of character with his vivid imagination and would make for an interesting guest
Douglas Adams – not only because he wrote the incredible Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy series, but also because of his book Last Chance To See, which took him to some interesting places and so I think he’d probably have some great stories.
David Attenborough – someone else with great stories and also an incredible insight into how much the world has changed. He has been to some far flung destinations and encountered so many incredible things in our natural world, plus, he would be telling the stories in that amazing way he has. Maybe it wouldn’t be so fair to the other guests!

True fact: Growing up in Australia, Catherine once had a summer job working on the local tourist boat that took people out swimming with dolphins.

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Consultant in the Hot Seat – Karine Nicpon

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Which literary figure would you be?
George (Georgina) from ‘The Famous Five’ series by Enid Blyton. She was my favourite character when I was a little girl because I was just like her, a bit of a tomboy and delighted every time someone mistook me for a boy! She is clever, brave and loyal with quite a hot temper. And she gets to live so many adventures and solve mysteries all the time. What a perfect childhood!

If you were given the chance to have one superpower from any book/comic character, what would you have?
Telekinesis, definitely! First because I’m terribly lazy. Then isn’t it the coolest superpower ever? Add telepathy to that, and I would make a much funnier Jean Grey! I wouldn’t die so many times to start with and I would probably dump Scott/Cyclops and his eye problem for Logan/Wolverine!

What book are you reading at the moment and what do you think of it?
I just finished Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. I saw the movie a few years ago and was already impressed by the desire for freedom expressed by the main character Holly Golightly. The book is so much more complex though. It is not only about freedom, it’s more about finding who she is and where she belongs. Holly Golightly is an incredibly modern character. Of course we can always find a way to identify ourselves with a character. But it is not surprising I guess if I was touched by this story when a year and a half ago I moved to England, looking for the same freedom and adventure as Holly (except that my idea of freedom is not a rich husband!). Capote’s writing is stunning too. I’ve never set a foot in New York and yet I could smell the heavy rainy afternoons of a late summer and the choking heat of the city. Completely fascinating!

What have been the highlights of the past year?
Moving to London! And getting this position at Atwood Tate. That was two massive changes in my life and I’m so glad I made the move.

Who would you invite to your fantasy literary dinner party?
Oscar Wilde, because apart from being the great author we all know, I imagine him as being the perfect guest: clever, funny, elegant, irreverent and decadent.

Miss Marple. I love old people, they always have a lot of interesting stories to tell. And she could find out all about the little secrets of the other guests. AND she could be extremely useful if someone gets killed (in the library with the candlestick).

Simone de Beauvoir, one of the greatest French thinkers, writers and philosophers of the 20th century. She did a lot for contemporary feminism and had quite an extraordinary life. Such an inspiration!

F. S. Fitzgerald, for the music of his writing, this fascinating, obsessive, haunting rhythm. When I finish reading one of his books, I’m always stuck in it for a ages. It’s like waking up very slowly from a delicate dream, like his words got tattooed on your skin… I’m a big fan.

Alex Turner! I know, he’s a musician. But also one of the best lyricists of his/my generation. To me his songs are so close to poems. And we do need a bit of rock’n’roll in this dinner!

True fact: I’m French. What else?

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The Five Realities of Recruitment in Publishing

Back in January, I had a lovely chat with then-SYP Oxford Co-Chair Emma Williams about publishing employment myths, legends and unconventional career paths. The interview was originally posted on the SYP blog.

I am reposting it here (with a few small updates).

The Five Realities of Recruitment in Publishing

Reality One: You don’t have to do a Publishing/English/Humanities degree to go into Publishing.

Although there are a variety of fantastic qualifications out there which will certainly provide a good start to a career in publishing, having a degree, MA or other academic qualification is by no means the only way in. Real world experience is very valuable, and whether you are a Scientist, Financial Analyst, or a Language specialist, there are many opportunities for people with different skillsets to find satisfying work in Publishing. Claire Louise herself has worked in various roles previous to working at Atwood Tate, and we discussed the impact of how early employment in social work, rights administration and qualifications in computing have given her skills that she can now use daily to match up employers and employees successfully. Claire Louise says:

“Along with experience, employers look for people with passion and a willingness to go above and beyond. Look closely at everything you had done up till now, and make your transferable skills obvious in your application.”

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Reality Two: An interest in literature is helpful, but you’ll need to look beyond a book to get ahead.

The importance of HTML, XML and other ‘techie’ skills shouldn’t be underrated by applicants in the current publishing environment. The explosion of blogging, social media, digital and other computer based skillsets are useful and relevant skills to develop, regardless of your job role (editorial, production, publicity and many other areas within a business may use the same skills for a variety of purposes), and will help to boost your own visibility and, of course, that of your future employer. For instructions on HTML, there’s a series of helpful articles here on the blog.

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Reality Three: A role in Editorial is not your only option. There’s so much more to apply for!

The move to digital, e-books, e-readers, new platforms and social media have all encouraged new types of publishing companies to launch and develop, and within them, work in areas that are perhaps less obvious or familiar. Those interested in moving into the Industry might want to consider Licensing, IT, Digital Content, Database management, Publicity, Social Media/Communications or a number of other options, as well as the more typical publishing job roles. For more information check out the PressForward live blog of the SYP conference 2013 at or on Twitter at #SYPC13. A glossary to the world of publishing can be found on the Atwood Tate website.

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Reality Four: When applying for a Job, the most important thing you will do is write a specific, appropriate and interesting covering letter.

So, when you need a job, it seems logical to approach the matter by statistics- the more you apply for, the greater your chance of getting one, right? However, if you rush through the application, without taking care to review the job specifications, weigh your own interests and skills, and evaluate the chance of a good match, it could all end in … well … rejection. The cover letter is your one and only chance to put this in written form, and stand out from a crowd of applicants. When done correctly, it should clearly show that you have both the skills and interest to do the job in question to a high standard.

Therefore spending time working through the points that the company are looking for and matching them to your own experience and skills will allow you to present a strong, clear and persuasive cover letter. This should be a real priority, and should be done carefully for every single application you send out! Have a look at our guide to the perfect cover letter.

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Reality Five: Make friends, don’t alienate people!

Publishing is a very social industry, and so networking and people skills are important. Self-development, career development and an awareness of the larger industry trends as a whole can be worked on through talking to contacts, friends and colleagues that you make along your journey through the industry. Attending events, working on blogs, using twitter, joining groups and getting involved with things in your local publishing community are all free/low cost ways to get experience and make friends. It’s a lot of fun, and you never know when additional learning gained in this way might be helpful in a current or future role.

For example, Claire Louise has recently co-founded a book group which has coincidentally brought together people working in all areas, companies, non-profits and other areas of publishing through their love of books, and there are many other groups, courses and events held in the UK including SYP, OPuS, BookMachine and many more.

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