April 10th, 2014
Visual Verse is a new online anthology of art and words. Each month, we post a striking image by a contemporary artist, and writers of all stripes respond. The only proviso is that you have to write between 50-500 words, and it must be done within the space of an hour.
The project began life in Berlin when Kristen Harrison, who runs the London and Berlin based publishing company, The Curved House, and Preti Taneja, a Cambridge based writer and editor got talking about how really looking at the world was one of the most important things that makes writing fresh. As well as being a publisher, Kristen also runs web surgeries for authors via the Society of Authors, and Preti teaches creative writing, postcolonial literature and literary criticism at Cambridge University and Royal Holloway in London. Both of them wanted to create something beautiful, immediate and inspiring that would encourage looking and writing, help with creative blocks, inspire access to ideas and lead to new opportunities. Designed by the wonderful Mr Pete Lewis, who has worked for high profile clients including Nokia, Orange and BBC Blast, Visual Verse was born.
April 7th, 2014
The Publishing for Digital Minds conference kicked off London Book Fair 2014 today, Monday 7 April, with some great, thought-provoking talks and discussions leading us into the week. Check twitter’s hashtag #DigiConf14 if you’d like to get an overview of those discussions.
We’ve programmed a series of events during London Book Fair (April 7-10), including the tour for the 2014 British Council Young Creative Entrepreneurs, three industry seminars and a digital entrepreneur open session at the Book Fair. More details on each event are below and hopefully we’ll see some of you down at Earl’s Court or The Hospital Club on Thursday.