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Book sales on the up and up at Foyles...

Flaming June has scarcely lived up to its name here in London Bridge this year but life at Four Colman Getty has lost none of its heat.

As an agency we are increasingly engaged with 'cultural place making'. This means using culture in its widest sense – theatre, cinemas, museums and galleries, coffee shops, bookshops, good restaurants - to make an area more attractive for people to want to live and work in. 

Natasha who heads up our marketing team was taken on six months ago by The Whitgift Foundation to handle the Croydon Heritage Festival, celebrating the famous past, present and future of the burgh.  

We’ve worked with Agatha Christie Ltd for many years and our latest project for the ‘Queen of Crime’ is an exhibition of photographs on the 125th anniversary of her birth, offering a fresh insight into her life.

Agatha Christie: Unfinished Portrait features never-before-seen photographs from the author’s private collection, illustrating the life behind the works of the most widely published author of all time.  Do go and see the exhibition at Bankside Gallery from 26 August – 6 September or else catch it during the International Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay from 11 - 20 September.

Barbara Stocking is also a long-standing client. We worked with her initially when she was CEO of Oxfam and moved with her when she became President of Cambridge University’s Murray Edwards women’s college.

Early June saw the launch of the college’s women-only art collection, New Hall Art, at the Royal Academy, normally on permanent display in the college. Launched with great panache by collected artist and college Keeper Eileen Cooper, the collection gave rise to much media discussion about women and art.  

Still on the theme of art, last week saw the arrival of New Designers’ 30th edition, arguably the UK’s most important event for emerging design in the UK. Opened on Wednesday evening by Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, the show demonstrates the crucial role of good design in our lives.

Part2 of the show runs from 1-4 July with a focus on furniture, product, spatial and graphic design, as well as illustration, animation and digital arts. It’s on at the Business Design Centre in Islington and well worth a visit.

Headed up by our Events & PR teams, Foyles held a Summer Party to celebrate a successful first year in the new flagship store. 200 guests gathered in the auditorium to hear Christopher Foyle talking enthusiastically about the last year and to raise a glass to out-going CEO Sam Hussain and in-coming CEO Paul Currie.

In his speech, Christopher Foyle revealed that sales in the flagship shop were ‘consistently up each week on the same week in the old building in the previous year, some by 5%, others by 20%.’  Meanwhile new CEO Paul Currie, who joined in March, promised ‘a more inclusive culture which bridges the physical and digital through a series of initiatives,’ showcased in the new Birmingham store that opens in September.

So much for book sales going down the pan …!

And on that happy note I’ll say goodbye - more next month!

All best

Dotti

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