Kingston University Free Masterclasses Autumn term

Masterclass Programme for Autumn, Monday evenings from 6-8pm. Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston KT1 2EE, in John Galsworthy Building, room JG3007 (click here for details about how to get to Kingston University). Please rsvp to Alison Baverstock at

Monday 29th September - Jonathan Ruppin of Foyles. "Who is buying books, how often and why – and how we can encourage more customers to get involved"

Monday 6th October - Alan Samson, Publisher, Weidenfeld & Nicolson. "Celebrity Publishing and the State of Non-fiction"

Monday 13th October - Jonathan Heawood, Director, English PEN. "Why we must defend those for whom writing is an act of extreme bravery"

Monday 20th October - Viv Bird, Chief Executive, Book Trust. "Why publishers need to care about the survival of reading"

Monday 27th October - Reading week, no lecture

Monday 3rd November - Mary Lawson, author of Crow Lake and The Other Side of the Bridge.
"The Man Booker Prize, Richard & Judy and other distractions from writing. How publishing feels for the author"

Monday 10th November - Simon Littlewood, International Sales Director, Random House. "International trade publishing in the 21st century: globalisation, digital implications for copyright, challenges and areas of growth"

Monday 17th November - Francis Bennett, Founder and former MD of BookData. "Book trade information: the pleasure and the pitfalls"

Monday 24th November - Richard Duguid, Editorial Manager, Penguin Press. "Dangling modifiers, and other threats to civilisation"

Monday 1st December - Heather Aylott, Publishing Director, Shelter. "Publishing as part of an organisation’s mission: the role it plays in a charity’s work"

Monday 8th December - Liz Thomson of Publishing News. "Reporting the industry: the view from the editor’s chair"