Publishing Round Up: June

We can’t believe June’s over already? If you feel like it was lost in a haze of equal measures of hot and dreich weather, here’s the run down of what you missed.

Naomi Alderman wins 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

The amazingly visceral dystopian novel, The Power won the Baileys Women’s Prize, and we’re not surprised. Part of us is excited to see the unavoidable adaptation; the other part is TERRIFIED!

Hear our thoughts on the shortlist here: https://thesyp.org.uk/and-the-winner-is-hachis-guide-to-the-baileys-prize/

UK Premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale

Dystopia is clearly the June buzzword (although 'Trump' was the OED children’s word). Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale had its UK premiere on Sunday 28th May and we didn’t sleep for a week! Never has this dystopian nightmare been more topical as the DUP has advised Theresa May to watch it instead of reading their White Papers.

Emma Watson is even hiding copies in Paris.

Catch up on Channel 4!

20th Anniversary of Harry Potter

Speaking of Ms Watson, you definitely were under a rock if you missed the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter. Our Harry Potter and the Murder Mystery event at the Red Lion was a great success!

Grenfell Tower auction

It was touching to see that many authors banded together to support the victims of the fire at Grenfell Tower. Philip Pullmann has raised £30,000 in his character name auction. His new book will feature a character named after a teenager feared dead in the Greenfell Tower fire.

Love Audio Campagin

An industry-wide #LoveAudio campaign launched on 19th June running until 25th June. Lots of high profile authors were involved and showed the impressive growth in audiobooks.

The Emerald Street Literary Festival

The social event of the season, this event saw literary glitterati Kate Mosse and Naomi Alderman, amongst others.

Copyright after Brexit

Ros Lynch, Director of Copyright and IP Enforcement at the Intellectual Property Office, has said that the UK government is continuing to actively engage in discussions around the Digital Single Market to ensure that any amendments do not damage the creative industries in the UK. Watch this space!

Links to equally exciting news:

Historian, Rebecca Rideal pulls out of Chalke Valley festival over lack of diversity.

Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond died.

Research shows children’s love of reading is at an all-time high.

Bath University Launches 25 word novel prize. Winning entries to be read by Jeremy Irons.

A Horse Walks into a Bar wins the Man Booker Prize.

Lauren Child was named the new children’s laureate.

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