Lobsters & Publishing: BookMachine launches Snapshots III

Last night saw the launch of Snapshots III, the third annual collaborative book produced by BookMachine and Kingston University Press. Once again, the Kingston Publishing MA students have got together to pick their favourite BookMachine articles and turn them into a blook – which this year included a few of mine! To celebrate, myself and fellow featured columnists Seonaid McLeod [...]

Reporting from Hay Festival

I spent much of the last little while working at Hay Festival on the Welsh border, surrounded by books and authors, and making some wonderful new friends. Of course, because there were books involved, I did a little daily wrap for BookBrunch every day: Day 1 The Bank Holiday weekend Day 6 Day 7 Day [...]

Snapshots III is landing!

Some of you might remember that last year around this time, some of my BookMachine articles were featured in the Snapshots II, a collaborative book produced by BookMachine and Kingston University Press. Well this year, for the third year in a row, the Kingston Publishing MA students have got together to pick their favourite BookMachine articles and turn them [...]

BookBrunch | ‘One country at a time, one book at a time’: An interview with Bibi Bakare-Yusuf from Cassava Republic Press

This week for the BookBrunch interview, I chatted with Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, one of the founders of Cassava Republic Press, a leading African trade publisher who has just expanded to the UK. Read the full article over on BookBrunch. Bibi Bakare-Yusuf is one of those infectiously inspirational women who leave you feeling very hopeful about the [...]

BookBrunch Interviews: Double-Whammy

A fortnight's worth of BookBrunch interviews for you, one with the marvellous and truly friendly Vivian French from Picturehooks, the other with the busiest man in town, Unbound's Scott Pack... "It’s really embarrassing because the answer is I don’t know how many books I've published! It’s more than 250 – in fact, it’s probably crawling [...]

Report from London Book Fair 2016

This week has been one of my favourite times of year: London Book Fair! I actually think it's genuinely possible that I get as excited about LBF as I do about Christmas. The LBF video team cornered me at the Quantum Conference about my experience of the Fair, which you can see here, and is probably [...]

Open Pen Anthology: Launch and readings

Much excitement today, as I'm preparing my readings for tonight's Open Pen Anthology launch at Clapham Books in south London. Come on down and lend your support to a fabulous publication! Wednesday 6th April 2016 7pm - Clapham Books Open Pen Anthology Launch Readers include: James Vella; Mat Woolfenden; Liam Hogan; Ben Byrne; Darren Lee; Peter Higgins and myself. Look forward [...]

March’s BookBrunch interviews!

It's been a few weeks since I've given you an update on the BookBrunch interviews I've been writing, so here's a little list of March's chats - and keep your eyes peeled, I've got a real winner coming up this week! BookBrunch interviews Claire Malcolm from New Writing North The role of authors in the industry has, [...]

Special offer: Open Pen Anthology

Super-exciting news! The Open Pen Anthology, which will feature a piece of my microfiction, 'Desk Drawer' is now available for pre-order! Even better, order your copy before 10th March and receive it postage free. For those of you who are really enthusiastic, you can also order the beautiful boxed set with fancy extras. Click here for [...]

BookBrunch | Independent Publisher Focus: Salt on the Silver Age of the small press

This week on the BookBrunch Interview, a discussion with the lovely Chris and Jen Hamilton-Emery from Norfolk-based Salt Publishing about what is being heralded as the 'Silver Age of the small press': Salt's owners Chris and Jen Hamilton-Emery discuss the publisher's near-death experience in the recession, escaping the Arts Council comfort blanket and how small [...]

Miss Kirkbride: Officially on Facebook

There comes a moment for every writer where you are told it's time for a Facebook page. For me, that moment is now. For some reason, I find Facebook scarier than Twitter, so please do lend you support - and your 'likes' - over at: facebook.com/jasminkirkbridewrites The page will be updated with news about just my writing, [...]

Officially part of the BookBrunch team

After several months of writing regular articles for them, I'm very pleased to say that I have now officially joined the BookBrunch team, assisting the editors Neill and Nick. BookBrunch is a publishing news and views site, with a daily newsletter and lots of opinion pieces. It's been brilliant working with the team so far and I'm really [...]

‘Seven Stages’ shortlisted for The Short Story Monthly 500 Competition

I'm very pleased to say that Seven Stages has been shortlisted for The Short Story Monthly 500 Flash Fiction Competition for January 2016. Final judging is pending, but you can view the rather exciting shortlist, and December's winners, right here. Seven Stages has previously been shortlisted for the Kilburn Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition 2016 just a [...]