Independents Day Competition




 

  Independents Day Competition


6 June 2013 

The Independent Alliance of Publishers in partnership with the ICA are holding a one day festival to celebrate and explore independence in all its many guises, focusing on the core values of independence, integrity and innovation.

"In the current cultural environment it seems that we are in danger of neglecting the power of individual creativity, a strength that brings such diversity and excitement to our lives. Join us for an ambitious day of discussion, debate and entertainment delivered by invited special guests from across our independent arts industries, publishing, theatre, film, art and music."

Guests include Alan Bennett, John Lanchester, Steven Hall, Domino Records, Edna O'Brien, Stephanie Flanders, White Review and lots of other Indies!

Programme includes topics like ...

Making Debuts
5pm - 6 pm
What are the prospects for a first-time writer? What is the key to discovering new talent and what role does the independent sector play in nurturing the stars of tomorrow? Writers and editors talk about their publishing experiences, with a panel discussion followed by a Q&A chaired by Erica Wagner (The Times Literary Editor), featuring Amy Sackville (Granta Author), Bea Hitchman (Profile/Serpent's Tail Author), Patrick Flanery (Atlantic Author), Ted Hodgkinson (Online Editor Granta), and Ravi Mirchandani (Atlantic Books Publishing Director).


For full details and to book tickets click here.

We are giving away 2 FREE tickets to the afternoon programme (2 - 6pm)  which includes free poetry readings and music from Studio Rockers in the bar! To enter leave a comment below about what you think the strengths and weaknesses of the independent scene are ...

10 comments:

Joy said...

The strengths of independent cultural orgs. are myriad: they curate diverse, risk-taking content & provide a platform for a multitude of voices-from female, to queer, to multiracial, to simply non-normative. Indie presses expose us to the most books in translation (And Other Stories, Quercus, Archipelago), they keep older books in print(Melville House, New Directions), and most importantly, they're run by passionate readers, writers and translators! It's that passion, knowledge and eye for excellent literature that makes me trust the taste of the indies. That applies to other art forms as well.
One historical weakness of indie presses or labels has been distribution, but the internet has basically solved it. I'd still like to see a nonprofit distribution platform for small press ebooks, though, like the British Council's answer to Amazon... Looking forward to Independents Day!

Mike French said...

Couldn't agree more Joy! Did you want a free ticket or are you already booked in to go?

Joy said...

Hi Mike, I'd love a ticket since I hadn't yet braved the ICA booking system. Can I pick it up at the gallery? When/where?

Mike French said...

Yes you can pick it up - is your full name Joy Hayley?

Mike French said...

Sorry Hawley?

Joy said...

yep, that's me. Thanks!

Mike French said...

if you can email us Joy we will confirm details ... editor@viewfromheremagazine.com

Kay Anucha said...

Hi there View From Here Magazine! Is there another ticket still going? For me Independent publishers are less about fetishising authors and waving around big advances. They publish work on merit and are far more open minded about the writer behind a given text. Equally, bigger house like Penguin and Random House have produced some lovely jacket designs in the past few years. Sometimes the design and artwork of independently published texts can let them down. However as Joy pointed out And Other Stories/Persephone books are presenting some wonderful books, visibly driven by passion and impecable artistic sensibilities :)

Mike French said...

Yes there is one free ticket left Kay - please email us at editor@viewfromheremagazine.com and we will give you details of where to collect it

Joy said...

@Kay: that's an interesting point you make about design, I haven't personally heard that complaint from authors working with indies. I've heard & read that authors often have more say in every aspect of the process, including design. Apropos: do you know Peirene Press? They make gorgeous books, also in translation.