Tom Mangold started his reporting life on the East Molesey and Ditton Gazette for 80p a week. After working as a war correspondent and investigative reporter for BBC TV news, he joined BBC TV’s Panorama where he stayed for some 28 years, making over 120 editions. He is the author of four previous books, two of which became international bestsellers. One of his books on the Vietnam War has been purchased by Hollywood and will be filmed next year. A story he wrote for The Times about a murder he and housewife Susan Galbreath investigated in Kentucky will also be filmed next year for BBC Films. His memoir Splashed! A Life From Print to Panorama was published November 8th.
We spoke to John Schwab of Curtain Call, a brand that brings London’s thriving theatre industry together. John, an actor and writer, started Curtain Call with Matt Humphrey, a photographer specialising in theatre. Their first photography book, Curtain Call: A Year Backstage in London Theatre has satiated the curiousity of thousands of theatre enthusiasts and is now up for a British Book Production and Design award.
We spoke to Kay Hutchison, founder of Belle Media, a London-based independent publisher and production company, which she runs with fellow Director Richard Dikstra. Kay has a talent for developing large-scale, cross-sector partnerships, bringing teams together to deliver results and has held a variety of senior roles in TV – BBC, Channel 5, Channel 4 and Disney. Kay is also a leading figure within Tech London Advocates. She was born and brought up in Scotland and is currently writing her first book, My Life in Thirty Therapies.
We spoke to Jodie Archer and Matthew Jockers, authors of the upcoming The Bestseller Code (out 20th September). Jodie bought and edited books for Penguin UK before decamping for the doctoral program in English at Stanford University. After her PhD, she worked at Apple as their research lead on literature. Matthew is Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he teaches and directs the Nebraska Literary Lab. His text mining research has been profiled in The New York Times, The LA Review of Books, The Sunday Times, and more. We talked to them about how they became research partners, their research process and their favourite books.
We interviewed Ruth Tauber of Moniack Mhor, a picturesque creative writing centre based in the Scottish Highlands. Ruth, a writer and communications co-ordinator at Moniack Mhor, told us about the centre’s history, available support for writers and her three favourite books of all time.
Livia Filotico works for Arvon, the UK’s largest residential writing course organisation. She is Arvon’s communications administrator by day and a live literature programmer by night. Over the years Livia has worked with literary and cultural organisations, bookshops, universities and publishers to promote ideas of enchantment, diversity, and cultural understanding within the arts and cultural sector, both in the UK and internationally.
We spoke to Gemma Seltzer, a London-based writer working live, online and in print. Gemma is the founder of the brilliant morning and online writing class Write and Shine. She opened our minds to the peaceful and sometimes surreal world that exists before the working day starts – a perfect time for unfettered creativity.
We interviewed Nick Lloyd, an independent author living in London. Nick loves writing stories with moral uncertainty, where a reader could take the side of one (or more) protagonists in conflict. His first novel, Emergence, was published on Amazon Kindle and has sold over 10,000 copies to date.
We spoke to Nick Barley, director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, visiting lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University and President of the Word Alliance – an international network of the world’s leading literary festivals. He shed some light on how one goes about planning a literary festival of this scale, the importance of highlighting translation and the effect digital natives have on the festival.