SYP Pub Quiz – over £1500 raised for BTBS!

The 2008 pub quiz saw 26 teams (some 190 publishers, agents and friends) battle it out over seven rounds at our second annual event. The occasion was set up to raise money for the BTBS and we did just that, trouncing last year's £320 with some £1500 through team registration and raffle sales on the night.  The pub quiz has now been flagged up in both The Bookseller and Publishing News, with various teams made a general mockery of by their respective columnists.

Congratulations are in order to our winners - first of all, the claimant of the beloved wooden spoon, The Hybrid Embryos from Reader's Digest magazine, who battled bravely till the end with a 9-point surge in the final round, finishing with 27.5 points.

At the other end of the table, 'Bjorn Borg Ate My Hampster', a literary agent miscellany featuring staff from the likes of Andrew Nurnberg and Johnson & Alcock, among others, stumped up an impressive 44.5 points to come 3rd. In second place, flashing their publishing credentials with highly animated vigour from the back of room, was The Bookseller on 47.5 points, who were presented with gift-wrapped champagne and chocolates kindly donated by Waitrose. First place was arguably captured with a formidable grasp of literary geography from Round 3, thus setting them on course for victory - from the Random House quarter we had 'International Rescue' trumping at the top on 48.5, graciously accepting their four bottles of red and four bottles of white, again as donated very kindly by Waitrose.

On that note we'd like to thank the many sponsors who contributed to some fantastic raffle prizes and helped us pull in over £500 in ticket sales on the night:

  • Headline - for a meal out with Jay Rayner, Observer food critic and author of The Man Who Ate the World
  • The BTBS for two tickets to the Guinness 2008 Premiership Final at Twickenham Stadium
  • Publishing News for a pair of tickets to next year's Nibbies awards
  • Mike Catt and Hodder & Stoughton for two tickets to a London Irish game next season. Also, thanks to Hodder for donating a dinner for two with a bottle of house wine or a jug of cider at Chimes, Pimlico's finest English restaurant and cider bar
  • Bloomsbury for a signed copy of For Your Eyes Only by Ben Macintyre and entry for two to James Bond Imperial War Museum exhibition
  • HarperCollins for two tickets to Jonathan Ross in July
  • Midas PR for their £50 Oddbins voucher
  • And Waitrose Food and Home Canary Wharf, for eight red and white bottles of wine for the prize-winning team, along with a brilliant assortment of chocolates and champagne for our esteemed runners-up.

Our very grateful thanks are also due to Simon Juden, Chief Excecutive of the Publishers Association, who did a wonderful job of compering for the evening, and to the SYP members on the pub-quiz sub-committee, those who beavered away weeks before and on the night, with good humour throughout, to undertake the huge effort required behind the scenes to make this event happen.

If you were there we'd like to hear your experience of the evening; what worked well, and what we could do to help make it even better for next time. Please see the form below. And if you've got some fab and/or dodgy pics we'd love to see those too - you can email them through to our team at our own recollection and snaps, as recorded by our esteemed InPrint online Editor, Gurdeep Mattu, can be examined here.

Finally, thanks to everyone who took part and helped raised such a sizeable sum for the BTBS. We'll be right back here next year ready to do it all again!

Jon Slack
SYP Chair 2008

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1st Place - 'International Rescue', Random House (pictured below)
2nd Place - 'The Bookseller', from, erm, The Bookseller
3rd Place - 'Bjorn Borg Ate My Hampster', a literary miscellany featuring agents and friends from the likes of Andrew Nurnberg and Johnson & Alcock!


From L-R: Davide Ferrauto, Gemma Hamerton, Jana Jonekova, Nikki Griffiths, Craig Pass, Alison Rhodes, Justin Ward-Turner and Mike Abbott


1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes, kindly donated by: