The Galley Club

Previous seasons

Season 2016-2017

    • Tuesday 4 October 2016 – Karine NicponHow to keep your skills relevant
    • Tuesday 1 November 2016 – Anna Faherty—Divergence in publishing
    • Tuesday 6 December 2016 – Katie Morris & Sheerin Aswat — Taking Words Further — for The London Book Fair & London Book & Screen Week

    • Thursday 19 January 2017- Members’ January Party, Yorkshire Grey, Theobald’s Road, London WC1

    • Tuesday 7 February 2017 – Hazel CushionPublishing is both sexy and sensible

    • Tuesday 7 March 2017 – THE BIG HUGE QUIZ NIGHT at The Water Rats

    • Tuesday 4 April 2017 - AGM at 6:15pm followed by our guest speaker, Yen Ooi – author/mentor/poet

    • Tuesday 2 May 2017  - Catherine Dixon—Lettering the world

    • June -  Members’ Summer Party

 

Season 2015-2016


Wednesday 2 December 2015 at Ye Olde Cock Tavern

David Pearson—Money for old rope: repackaging the classics

DSC_0350_S Have you ever admired Penguin’s Great Ideas, Great Journeys and Great Loves series covers? David Pearson was full of great ideas and gave us great insight into the logic of Penguin campaigns of the past – and present.

David Pearson is an award-winning London-based designer working in all areas of print, specifically book design and branding.

David studied at Central St Martins in London (1999–2002) before taking a job at Penguin Books as text designer and later, cover designer. He left to establish his own studio –Type as Image – in 2007.

He is a regular visiting lecturer and runs workshops in design schools around the world, among them Central St Martins, the University of Reading and the Typography Summer School.

David was appointed a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) in 2013, has been listed as one of Britain’s Top 50 Designers by The Guardian and was named by Debrett’s as one of Britain’s 500 most influential people in 2015.

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Wednesday 4 November 2015 at Ye Olde Cock Tavern.

Kate London—a novel foundation for writing

Kate London speaks novels

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Wednesday 4 November 2015 at Ye Olde Cock Tavern.

Kate London gave us a self-assured, animated presentation on some key aspects of what it was like to be a London cop in the Homicide Squad and how that experience and her previous roles translated on to the page and the central characters of her first book; a fascinating insight of the transition from the beat to the book.

We look forward to book 2 which will take up with some of the characters already well-drawn in Post Mortem. [Ed. She told us the title, but we’re sworn to secrecy.]

Kate graduated from Cambridge University and moved to Paris where she trained in theatre. In 2006, Kate joined the Metropolitan Police Service. Like all police officers she started in uniform, working for two years on a response team, and then moved into the CID. She qualified as a detective constable then went on attachment with the Police Nationale in France and finished her career working as part of a Major Investigation Team on SC&01 – the Metropolitan Police Service’s Homicide Command. She resigned from the MPS in August 2014.

Post Mortem is her first novel; published by Corvus in August 2015.

Twitter page – @kate_katelondon


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Digital print forum – the next 5 years

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Digital print forum hosted by Mark Gedye of Ricoh; an engaging discussion on this technology and where we’re going with it in the next few years. It was an animated affair and one which everyone present took part in what was an open, exhilarating talk – ultimately fascinating.

 

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Season 2014-2015

Wednesday 3 June 2015

Members’ Summer Party

#galleyclubpartybythamesLots of lovely people with their lovely guests had a great time; the weather was kind to us as usual with a beautiful sunset on the terrace.Picture the scene: evening, sunset and dusk in a lovely package with the full vista of the City across the river or check out Lucy Llewellyn’s blog at Head & Heart for another perspective. See – and like – our Facebook page from images captured of previous times.

 


Wednesday 6 May 2015

Tom Bonnick—Digital Marketing v Digital Content

As it was the eve of the General Election, Tom Bonnick asked his audience to vote on which optional talk they would like to hear and they got what they wanted: an engaging, fascinating talk which explored several key questions:

  • Where does marketing end and content begin?
  • What (and who) can you influence?
  • How do you reach an audience?
  • What works, and what doesn’t?
  • What lessons has Nosy Crow learnt in the process?

Tom explored the relationship (and increasingly blurred lines) between digital marketing and digital content at children’s publisher of books and apps, Nosy Crow. Tom is the Business Development Manager at Nosy Crow and works on all of their digital publishing, including its highly-acclaimed programme of apps and the innovative Stories Aloud project; he also has responsibility for digital marketing across the print and digital lists, community and brand building, events, their presence on the web and across all social media platforms, and other new and experimental projects.

Tom Bonnick at The Galley Club


Wednesday 1 April 2015.

Suzanne Collier—How not to get caught in the Publishing Skills Gap

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Suzanne Collier is no fool; although she did fool some people on April Fool’s Day with Daisy Pollarfo, the well-known anagram, @bookcarers.

Suzanne is the person to see if you want to get ahead in book publishing and she delivered an insightful talk – without notes – and then set up an impromptu advice clinic; much appreciated.

What did we learn?

  • Digital is key
  • Production people with good level of digital experience earn about 10% more than those who don’t
  • Disregard job title – any job is what you make of it
  • Training is essential: be proactive about your own training as publishers’ training budgets are often low/non-existent. If your company doesn’t do it, then you need to address that shortfall yourself
  • Talk to your colleagues; talk to people at The Galley Club
  • ‘Digital natives’
  • Vary your Twitter following to keep the flow fresh and new; remember Twitter is ‘like the office water cooler’
  • If you were educated in the 60s and 70s, you are more likely to understand the difference between ‘wondering’ and ‘wandering’; ‘careers’ and ‘carers’
  • ‘If you don’t learn something at work every day, you’re dead’. Eek

The founder of bookcareers.com, Suzanne has been in the book business for over 30 years and has worked in every department and in trade and academic publishing, for both independents and conglomerates. It has been said that her Filofax reads like a Who’s Who of publishing. Suzanne is fully qualified in careers guidance, listed as a registered practitioner of the Career Development Association and a winner of Women in Publishing’s prestigious Pandora Award (given for a significant and sustained contribution to publishing).  She advises private clients on Career Development and works with Managing Directors downwards in ensuring they have career success.  Most notably, under the bookcareers.com name, Suzanne runs a periodic salary survey of the industry, which helps identify trends, risks and threats to employment.

Amazingly, as well as all this, Suzanne also works as a Sales & Marketing Manager within the industry, so keeps abreast of changes first hand.

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Tuesday 3 March 2015

The Big Quiz Night


Winners – All Sweetness & Light.

Those intrepid teams took on the challenge on  and it was a fantastic occasion in the glittering lights of The Punch Tavern.

Big Quiz results 2015

The full results of our Big Quiz in detail here.  As you can see, it was all very tight. Congratulations to the winners - All Sweetness & Light – and thanks once again to our illustrious Quiz Master, Barry Winkleman. Click on the chart below for a full view of the results. Last year’s winners- The Lookilikees – came creditable runners up only being beaten by a killer tie-break question [let's just say there was only 60 pairs of shoes between the scores]; close on their heels were Northern Soul, coming in at third place. Grabbing the wooden spoons with gusto were The Counters, with their brave rear-guard action, who apparently had designs on the wooden spoons from the start [something to do with a patisserie course and suchlike]. For other photos from the event, check out our page on Facebook

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Wednesday 4 February 2015

Judith Watts—Making Love: What the Mills & Boon archive reveals about publishing relationships.Judith Watts08sJudith Watts14s

How did Mills & Boon become a household brand? What can we learn about publishers as content and market-makers? Just how far should the bedroom door be left ajar?

In this evening’s session, Judith gave us a fascinating insight into the archives in 5 simple ‘lessons’ on how to build a brand:-

  1. Cherish your brand;
  2. Love your authors;
  3. Have a passion for your product;
  4. Get close to your reader;
  5. Embrace change.

What a lovely, humourous, engaging talk  which provided so much understanding of earlier publishing days – some of which is very relevant to current times, and some which just would not pass muster in terms of acceptable language and attitude.

Judith Watts11sJudith lectures on the Kingston University Publishing Masters and can also be found in the The Archive of British Publishing and Printing where she is researching for her PhD [The Limits of Desire: the Mills & Boon Romance Market]. Her work in the industry includes 10 years at Routledge, a marketing services start-up, and currently two new business ventures www.hotjupiters.com and www.pamphlit.com. She took a publishing career break to do an MFA in Creative Writing and is a published poet and writer. Most of Judith’s work is erotically flavoured and she is author of Hodder’s Teach Yourself Erotic Fiction. Judith Watts02sWhen not reading hot poems at events and in pubs she is Editorial Manager at Kingston University Press.

@bittenpub

http://kingstonpublishing.wordpress.com/


Wednesday 21 January 2015, was 6.30 pm ’til late….….

January Party 2015

Festive fare, frivolity, friends.

…at The Punch. What happened next?

We returned to historic, beautiful, grade II Punch Tavern, Fleet Street - imprinted in our industry’s history - for our Winter party for members and their guests.

 


Wednesday 3 December 2014

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The November Project – thinking globally, acting locally

Moira Dennison stepped in, at very short notice of a few hours – thus demonstrating how apt their other catchline is: “The tide will provide”. She give a the lowdown on this fascinating, worthy project to open a venue in the middle of the Thames on an old barge. It is a book in the making - if you are wondering where the publishing connection comes in – and will be much in demand for book launches amongst other things. It may not relate to our industry in a specific way, but is certainly most important in a general way for the health of our planet.

Named after the original moniker of the barge in question, The November Project brings tidal power to the heart of London. A new low carbon living hub with research and development for sustainable energy solutions, which will function as an exclusive events venue, attracting customers to its high-profile location on the River Thames, moored directly between the Houses of Parliament and Lambeth Palace.

A significant and unique aspect of The November Project is its energy consumption is 100% renewable with zero carbon emissions – the entire venue - including the shuttle boats that will ferry patrons to and from shore-based piers; and all on-board powered systems utilise the tidal flow of the River Thames.

Furthermore, The November Project will actively demonstrate this renewable technology, making it clearly visible in a new intuitive manner that both demonstrates and educates, making it interesting, understandable and, especially, fun for our customers. The mission of The November Project is to create an environment that satisfies the changing tastes and expectations of those customers; with a working research and development lab and workshop designed to fulfil multiple purposes:

• firstly, to provide a unique backdrop for our green-themed events;

• secondly, to demonstrate and inform our customers on:

o what is sustainable technology?

o what is available?

o how can it improve their lives and save them money?

 

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For your reference:

thenovemberproject.com

Follow on Twitter @TheNovProject

Like on Facebook

 

Wednesday 5 November 2014

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‘Best Marketing Consultant in the World’

Well, apart from forgetting the indoor sparklers, Mr McVeigh did lighten up our evening. Chris delivered an insightful, engaging, personal take on the way things are in Publishing World these days. There were dissenters which provided the frisson and he had his camp followers; and lots of interaction with his audience. A healthy debate. All-in-all he gave us a candid view of what he believes we’re doing wrong and who he thinks is more likely to get it right. In Chris’s view, publishers have lost direction with the confusion of “technological disruption” and a recession as a backdrop; “as an industry we’ve become timid and our marketing reflects that”. The setting of the room in Ye Olde Cock Tavern provided an unexpectedly intimate atmosphere which added to the aire of engagement with his audience. A good evening.

Chris McVeigh has spent a decade working within publishing corporations, notably Elsevier and Thomson, before breaking out on his own in 2003 as a consultant to publishers on marketing issues and “emerging technologies”. During this time, he became a vocal advocate of the benefits of search-engine optimisation and is widely regarded as having been a pioneer in this field. Now based in Santa Monica – Los Angeles to you – he operates as a business analyst advising media and technology companies on the many and varied opportunities in the publishing sector.

On Twitter, Chris describes himself as “Post-Punk icon gone to seed. Publishing gun for hire. Roughneck. Sweary. Debaser.”

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Chris’s website: http://fourfiftyone.co.uk/

Wednesday 1 October 2014.

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The Titanic and beyond

Tim Davies of The History Press told us about evolving publishing compaigns. Tim is MD of The History Press, Non-Executive Chairman of PR agency, Authoright and founder of Swift Publishing, a self-publishing company.  He  has held senior commercial and general management positions at HarperCollins, Faber & Faber, Oxford University Press, Baker & Taylor and Author Solutions; and has been a independent business development consultant. In a rapidly-changing and dynamic marketplace, where retail sales have shifted from terrestrial book shops to online retailers and eBooks now represent a significant proportion of sales, The History Press is in transition from a print-led, B2B ‘legacy’ business, to a print and digital D2C-led operation.

This evolution has necessitated considerable on-going reorganisation within THP; its publishing, pre-press, sales and marketing departments have all been affected, as have its authors, who are actively encouraged to take a leading role in their book’s marketing campaign.

In this brief case study, Tim Davies explains how THP has utilised short-run and POD printing technology, grown its eBook sales, launched a new community and D2C website and incorporated social media as a core component of its marketing; all the while ensuring that its ‘traditional’ high street and heritage retailers continue to be well looked-after.

http://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/


Season 2013-2014

Wednesday 4 June 2014

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Summer Party 2014

Decent weather turned up just in time for our party in the Terrace Bar of Doggett’s Coat & Badge. Lucy J Loves’ blog sums up the scene nicely. In the end, we had the drama of an ‘Independence Day’ style cloud formation coming over us, dumping some rain while we ate inside, and then it opened up to a beautiful dusk and sunset panorama from the terrace by the Thames with many of our members and friends taking in the spectacle. See our Facebook page for more captured images.

 

Wednesday 2 April 2014

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Metadata Matters (aka ‘Fifty Shades of Metadata’)

On this evening, Graham Bell embraced the challenge given him and accomplished something that might seem impossible to the unenlightened amongst us; namely, Graham made the significance of metadata, not only sexy, but thoroughly engaging and entertaining. It is indeed now abundantly clear; the huge importance of metadata to publishing these days and what difference it can mean to the success of a publication and publisher. He outlined the history of metadata from its origins, through the influence of Brian Glover [illustrative clip from Porridge shown], to its current stage and the development of the next generation, beyond ONIX. He explained the elementary details, such as URI, and gave a tantalising insight into the future processes. Take a look at this diagram for starters; who knew that ‘linked data’ is not the same as ‘linked open data’? Then look at schema.org for a flavour of the intricacies. As a stunning climax to our meeting, Graham’s shocking closing remarks gave us all silent pause for thought before the questions began to flow.

We were privileged to be the first industry group to which Graham has presented since he became Executive Director of EDItEUR with effect from 1 April 2014 [no joke], in succession to Mark Bide who has retired from the organisation. EDItEUR is a non-profit-making, international group which, despite its size (employing four people), is central to global coordination and development of the standards infrastructure for electronic commerce in the book, e-book and serials sectors. Graham joined EDItEUR in 2010 as Chief Data Architect.

Currently, he is focussed on the continuing development and application of ONIX for books, and he also works on other EDItEUR standards for both the book and serials sectors. Previously, Graham worked for Harper Collins, most recently as Head of Publishing Systems. He led the development of bibliographic and digital asset management systems, and was involved with the launches of many recent HarperCollins digital initiatives including e-audio, e-books and print-on-demand programmes. He has over a decade of experience with ONIX for books. Prior to HarperCollins, he worked as an editor and in IT roles within the magazine industry with Redwood Publishing and BBC Magazines.

 
Wednesday 5 March 2014  

The Big Winkleman Quiz Night

See the full results of our Big Quiz which was held on 5 March in The George. Congratulations to the winners - The Lookielikees – and thanks once again to our illustrious Quiz Master, Barry Winkleman. Click on the chart below for a full view of the results. Scratch team - The Four Hacks – came creditable runners up; close on their heels were Dead or Alive, comprising one or two members of last year’s winners [ex-Atlantic Books], coming third place. At the other end of the table, the three members of The Four Musketeers were unchallenged in their brave rear-guard action; their performance rewarded with this year’s wooden spoons.

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Lookielikees - 1st - oh yesThe Four Hacks - 2ndDead or Alive - 3rdThe Four Musketeers - all 3 of them!The prize-winning teams

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Wednesday 5 February 2014  

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Hazel Cushion delighted those of us who weathered the storms and ignored the tube strike and resultant traffic jams to listen to a thoroughly engaging, frank, honest and fun talk from a lovely publisher working in what is now a crowded market. We were well-rewarded with an insight into a genre which we haven’t really explored before:- the fine line between pornography and erotica; the guiding principles of safe, sane and consensual; the ‘Aural’ range (or was it ‘Oral’?); that spanking is very popular – a genre in which discretion naturally favours ebooks (70% of their income last year was digital). As one of our members commented to Hazel afterwards: “We’ve never had so many questions before.” We like Hazel a lot and hope she’ll return for another envogorating session.Hazel Cushion_0001Hazel founded Accent Press in 2003 and Xcite Books in 2007 and it is now one of the UK’s largest erotic imprints. Xcite Books has since won ETO Best Erotic Book Brand for the last four years and received the IPG Specialist Publisher Award 2013. Hazel started Xcite because she realised there was a gap in the market for thinking girls’ erotica – feel-good books that celebrated female sexuality in all its forms.Originally the company produced Five Minute Fantasy short story collections because these offered women a great way to switch out of day mode and into play mode – the tagline was “Five minutes from mother to lover….” Sex therapists recommended the books as they offered body positive content and helped introduce new themes and ideas into a long-term relationship. As Hazel says: “There’s a reason that monogamy and monotony are such similar words!”The range has now extended into three imprints:

  • The Secret Library offers romance novellas with hot sex;
  • Xcite publishes mainstream erotic short story collections and novels;
  • Xtrm publishes fetish, BDSM, and Femdom novels.

Last year, Fifty Shades of Grey caused a complete sea change in attitudes and got erotica off the top shelf and onto the supermarket shelf. E-books and audio also offer a new discreet accessibility to the genre.

Wednesday 22 January 2014

New Year 2014 Party @ The Punch

fireworks….historic, beautiful, grade II Punch Tavern  ’twas our our winter party venue for members and their guests.

 

 

Wednesday 4 December 2013

Philip Jones: That Was The Year That Was

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2013 in retrospect and 2014 contemplated. In a highly apt talk for the last meeting of the year, Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, offered an insightful look back over the year in publishing and speculated on what 2014 may hold in store for the UK book trade. As editor of the trade ‘bible’, Philip is in a unique position to take an impartial overview of all areas of our industry, from publishing conglomerate boardrooms to shop floor.

A highly respected trade journalist, Philip joined The Bookseller in 1996 as its financial news reporter and after a break to travel and freelance from 1999 to 2001, he returned to the magazine to lead the development of its online operation, theBookseller.com. He has since held the positions of managing editor and deputy editor and was named editor in 2012.

Philip assessed the implications of the most significant developments in publishing in 2013, including the Penguin/Random House merger, Macmillan’s volte face on ‘agency model’ ebook pricing, the seemingly inexorable growth in digital publishing, and much more (even including Charlton Heston). He explained how The Bookseller itself has had to re-position in recent years to reflect and keep in step with the technological changes in the industry, meeting the growth of blogging and news dissemination via social media and the decline in print issue advertising; his view on how the book trade has evolved during his time as a journalist observer; his personal thoughts on what the industry should be doing to face future challenges.

 

Thursday 28 November 2013 -

111th Anniversary Inaugural Dinner of the London McGonagall Club

Never to be forgotten for a very, very, very long time!

McG place settingWilliam Topaz McGonagall Supper, 28th November 2013, 7 p.m. for 6:30 pm at The George.

Gentlemen, the Queen!

©Charles Nasmyth 2013

An historic event of monumental significance in the poetic annals of this island.  As far as we know, an event of  this nature honouring this amazing bard – who will be remembered for a very, long time – has never before been held south of the border.Participants were shocked into joining in with community singing, verse and active toasting ["McGonagall! William Topaz McGonagall: may he remembered for a very, very long time"]. Everyone dressed accordingly for such a disastrous occasion: lads in cap, scarf, old jacket, ‘nicky tams’ (trousers tied up around the calves with string) and a pair of old boots; collarless shirt perhaps; for ladies, tasteless headscarf (over curlers perhaps), cardigan, slippers…

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Illustration from “The Comic Legend of William McGonagall” created by Charles Nasmyth and published by Waverley Books ©Charles Nasmyth 2007

 

 
 
 
 
Wednesday 6 November 2013

Jeremy Tankard - Disturbing Type Designer

fontsSince graduating at the Royal College of Art, Jeremy has gained a worldwide reputation for the high quality and unique designs of his typefaces. Following six years working in corporate design, Jeremy Tankard Typography was established in 1998 giving Jeremy the freedom to focus purely on type design and related projects. The growing typeface collection includes many internationally recognised typefaces, which are used around the world.

Jeremy Tankard

There is more information at www.typography.net together with a list of the typefaces.Jeremy gave us a unique insight into his notes for the development of several of his typefaces - such as Bliss, Corbel and Redisturbed – as well as some of his inspirations and the challenge which face someone designing a digital typeface.

 

 

Wednesday 2 October 2013

Patrick Neale – Books are his bag

Patrick Neale at the Galley Club, October 2013

Patrick Neale, co-owner of Jaffe & Neale Bookshop in Chipping Norton and President of the Booksellers Association, told us about the current state of the bookselling industry and what the future holds, plus some tips for aspiring booksellers.

According to his Twitter page @Jaffeandneale, Patrick is a farmer’s son turned bookseller, now with three sons of his own (who want to turn his beloved bookshop into a pet shop).

 http://jaffeandneale.co.uk

Season 2012-2013

Thursday 26 September 2013

Summer Party 2013 in The Press House

This year’s Summer Party moved across the river and down several floors. The Press House inhabits part of what was the crypt of St Brides. The existing crypt is worth a visit too if you can find the time – and also St Brides’ Institute and Library next door.

We had a great turnout from established members and met lots of new members and made new friends during a lovely evening in the City.

The Press House, 1 St Bride’s Passage, City of London, EC4Y 8EJ


Wednesday 1 May 2013

Great expectations

Ron Grosset

Ron at McGonagall Supper 2012

Ron Grosset, Publisher and bon viveur

. Oh, how we laughed at the jinks, japes and capers as Ron recounted of The Dandy and The Beano rivalry; those expert artists over the decades in D.C. Thomsonland and the humour which permeated the air with topical gems of Scottish character an’ such post-modern anes like – “the only kindle we have in Scotland is one you light and have with your tea”.

Ron has worked for over years 30 years in trade and mass-market book publishing and production; initially with William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd, Glasgow and London, where he was Head of Product Development, and now as publisher of Waverley Books specialising in children’s books and reference books of a Scottish flavour.

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Ron is an advisor to the Scottish Arts Council, the Scottish Parliament, chairs various committees for Publishing Scotland, is a Trustee of the Edinburgh Unesco City Of Literature organisation, and acts as consultant to paper mills and print groups in Europe and Asia. He is a skilled procurement expert, sourcing pre-press, book and magazine work in huge volume around the world. Ron advises on economic product design for print media, materials development, procurement and production buying and lectures on these and related subjects in the UK and overseas.

He has been responsible for publishing such seminal works of literature as Whaur’s Oor Wullie? and History Of The Beano. His talk this evening focussed on a history of The Dandy; some of his recent ventures The Art and History of The Dandy – 75 years of Biffs Bangs and Banana Skins and Maw Broons’ Cookbook. The Dandy is the longest running weekly comic in the world, but it just stopped publishing in print last December. He talked about the Scots favourites The Broons and Oor Wullie, both which started as cartoon strips in The Sunday Post newspaper in 1936 and continue to this day, and engaged the audience with tales of the Dandy from the beginning, through its peak circulation in the ’50s and ’60s of over 2M copies sold per week – 120M per year – to the end [the last paper edition was published on 4 December 2012]. He explored the impact resident artists like Dudley Watkins had on their audience and the circulation.


Monday 22 April 2013

Return to Royal Academy

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Our group from The Galley Club had the privileged opportunity to visit the Rare Books Library in the Royal Academy, Piccadilly, as guests of Librarian Nick Savage. What a lovely evening it was for all. As he promised, Nick retrieved some priceless works by the likes of Aldus Manutius, Albrecht Durer, Don Francisco Goya, Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake, to name a few – a special selection just for us. He knows that Galley Club members actually do like books. If you want to see more, take a look at the pics on our Facebook site. [not the cookery guys in Palma de Mallorca].

 


Wednesday 3 April 2013

Not all sweetness and light

David Hicks

David Hicks, Book Trade Charity

BTBS is 175 years old this year. View the BTBS 175th Anniversary video here

To donate to the charity, visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/btbs .

www.booktradecharity.org

What is the impact of the technological and environmental developments in our  “digitised” industry?

What support do we give to charitable causes in our Big-Issue generation?

David Hicks told us how the Book Trade Charity [BTBS] has developed. He enlightened us on the social and cultural influences which were behind its establishment in the first place, the key developments in its history,  the context within which it operates and where it goes from here. He expounded on competition and cooperation between charities during the 35 years he has been in the voluntary sector. David also announced a very interesting co-operative relationship now unfolding with the Matthew Hodder Charitable Trust and hinted at another development with another institution, but still filed under “confidential. Most importantly, David made us pause for thought and ponder where we draw our personal “lines in the sand” about which charities we deem worthy of our support; which are not and are, for example, the national government’s responsibility to address; and which are beyond the pale.

BTBS has been around for 175 years

David Hicks is Chief Executive of  The Book Trade Charity (BTBS). Following schooling in Fareham, Hants, and studying for a BA in Business Studies, David worked with his sponsoring company, De La Rue, for one year. Deciding that industry was not the place for him, he worked for The (C of E) Children’s Society as Fundraising Organiser  for 7 years, then moved to London HQ in fundraising administration to complete 10 years. There followed time with Royal National Institute for Deaf People,  John Grooms Association for Disabled People, and The Brendon Care Foundation (an elderly care charity in Winchester).

A passion for books and 16 years’ experience in charities set David up for appointment as Chief Executive of BTBS where he has been since 1994. In 2012, he became a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspapermakers and considers himself more a part of the book trade, than the voluntary sector.

www.booktradecharity.org

View the BTBS 175th Anniversary video here

To donate to the charity, visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/btbs


Wednesday 6 March 2013

Quiz Night at The George 2013.

. Our Quizmaestro, Barry Winkleman, did us proud with challenging questions on a range of topics from the publishing world and far beyond. Certainly it was a full house; although sadly one team failed to make it in because of transport problems.

 

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As you can see from the results, it was a close finish with only single points separating the teams at third, fourth and fifth places – and a tie-break being necessary for third-placed Etruscans to come through, beating the Rain Men to the spot (and the chocolates). A worthy second place went to the Windmill Street Irregulars, who were a clear 5 points ahead from those in third, whilst The Atlantic Galley Slaves managed to top the field, also by a 5-point margin.

Honorary mention goes to an international team of recent MA publishing graduates from Kingston – hailing from Canada, Sweden and Lithuania – who made a game effort to negotiate their way through this very British pastime of pub quizzing; the determination of Adam’s Army was finally rewarded with the most distinctive of wooden ladles. All participants thoroughly enjoyed the occasion, and the generous portions of food laid on by the team at The George satisfied all.

The final results can be seen Quiz Night Results 6th March 2013 here or downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet on the link below:

Quiz Night 2013 Placement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday 6 February 2013

What ‘Angry Birds’ can teach publishers

Anna Faherty with some Angry Birds

Anna Faherty, Lecturer and writer

Anna Faherty is an experienced publisher and an award-winning lecturer and writer. She works on a range of print and digital media projects across the publishing, museum and learning sectors for clients such as OUP, Quercus, SAGE, Wiley-Blackwell, the National Maritime Museum, the V&A and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

This evening, Anna told us the lessons publishers can learn from the development process and business decisions behind the most successful mobile game in history – ‘Angry Birds’ – and how will publishers need to change if they want to secure a similar level of digital success.

Four years ago Finnish mobile games developer Rovio was at rock bottom. Long development times and high overheads were pushing the organisation towards bankruptcy; 38 of the company’s 50-strong workforce were let go. Rovio’s next product not only just needed to sell, it needed to sell enough to save the company. The make-or-break game was ‘Angry Birds’, which became a global phenomenon and catapulted the once struggling company to a $100m revenue business.

Anna is currently working with two major publishers to develop bespoke training materials relating to innovation and digital publishing. She also teaches on the MA Publishing course at Kingston University, where she leads the Product Design and Editorial Management module.

http://www.strategiccontent.co.uk/

Wednesday 23 January 2013

The Christmas/New Year Party 2013

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The historic, beautiful, grade II Punch Tavern was the venue for our Christmas Party (either late for Christmas 2012 or early for 2013 – you choose).

 
Wednesday 5 December 2012

A future for bricks and mortar bookshops?

Philip Downer speaks at the Galley ClubPhilip Downer, Retail Consultant

In this session, Philip Downer focused on the future of traditional high street bookshops and what they should be doing to compete with online retail competitors and ebook downloads. He also discussed the broader retail environment and give an insight into why Borders’ UK operation closed.

Philip announced publicly for the first time that he and former Borders colleague Andy Adamson will be opening a new store called Calliope,¹ after the daughter of Zeus and the muse of epic poetry. He said: “We envisage a store and an online offer with a combination of books, gifts and other merchandise. I’ve been saying for some time that bookshops have to diversity and that being an expert 100% bookshop shows a profound failure to understand how customer expectations have changed. There is an opportunity to sell quality books to a broad consumer audience”. It will have a mixed offering with less than 50% being books – all to be beautifully-produced works; an online dimension and a “community resource”.

Philip spent 30 years in retailing – as CEO of Borders UK, and before that at Waterstone’s, WH Smith and Our Price Records. He has worked extensively in the UK and the US, and is now dividing his time between consultancy work and writing/speaking.

He is a Director of the retail consultancy Front of Store.

http://www.frontofstore.org

¹Downer also said he was more inspired by the old steam organ of the same name towed around the country by horses,  which produced the fairground noises featured in “Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite!” on “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.

 
Thursday 15 November 2012

Writing with Scissors

Graham Rawle speaks at the Galley ClubGraham Rawle, Writer, illustrator and collage artist

Graham Rawle’s visual work incorporates illustration, design, photography and installation. His weekly ‘Lost Consonants’ first appeared in the Weekend Guardian in 1990 and ran for 15 years. He has produced other regular series, which include ‘Lying Doggo’ and ‘Graham Rawle’s Wonder Quiz’ for The Observer, ‘When Words Collide’ and ‘Pardon Mrs Arden’ for The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, and ‘Bright Ideas’ for The Times; described by Tom Phillips as the Houdini of verbal escapology and Stakhanovite of the scissors and paste.

Among his published books are The Wonder Book of Fun, Lying Doggo, and Diary of an Amateur Photographer. His collaged novel, Woman’s World, published by Atlantic Books, pasted together from scraps of text cut from 50s and 60s women’s magazines took five years to produce and received wide critical acclaim. The Times called it, “A work of genius…The most wildly original novel produced in this country in the past decade”. His reinterpretation of The Wizard of Oz won 2009 Book of the Year at the British Book Production & Design Awards. His latest novel, The Card, published this year – also by Atlantic Books.

Graham lectures and exhibits internationally, most recently in Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design, curated by Rick Poynor, at the Morovian Gallery in Brno, Czech Republic and the Kunsthal Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He teaches on the MA Sequential Design/Illustration and MA Art and Design by Independent Project courses at the University of Brighton and regularly gives lectures about his work at academic institutions, literary festivals, museums, theatres, art galleries, cinemas and bookstores.

Graham’s talk to The Galley Club focused on the books he has produced; particularly Diary of an Amateur Photographer, Woman’s World and his recent work, The Card. Each book uses visual elements and experiments with the interplay between text and image (or text as image). He discussed how this can affect both the creative process and the reading experience. Crucially, he also addressed various critical issues such as why dogs are funnier than cats.

http://www.grahamrawle.com/
 
 
Wednesday 3 October 2012

Your online presence: Reach, Trust and Discovery

Laura Austin and Gavin SummersLaura Austin and Gavin Summers, founders of Bookmachine

. BookMachine is a fast growing book publishing network which consists of an engaging website, which is updated daily, and regular events in London, Oxford and Edinburgh. BookMachine uses a range of online channels to reach book publishing professionals globally.

This session focused on the sociological impact of online publishing communities, and the best way to build your online brand. Whether you run your own business, work for a publisher or are looking for work, there is more to your online presence than simply having Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook profiles.

As online communication develops, there will be a number of factors which determine your success online. Laura and Gavin suggest that reach, trust and discovery are key.

www.bookmachine.co.uk

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