Kirsty MacColl famously sang about travelling from Croydon to Cuba. Our many and varied projects in June haven't taken us quite so far afield but between us we've been everywhere, from aboard Dutch warships in the Medway to dancing the night away with Art Basel VIPs at the Vitra Campus party, from Croydon, to Liverpool, to Glasgow.
Why Croydon? This is the second time that we’ve worked with the borough on their Heritage Festival which is run in association with The Whitgift Foundation. Croydon has a remarkable track record of supporting its older inhabitants, at the same time as nurturing its young people. Chris tells you more over the page but I'll leave you with one nugget of information: the name Croydon is thought to derive from the Saxon for Crocus Valley.
Alice has been busy in June organising a How to Eat Well tour with a clutch of Pan MacMillan’s bestselling lifestyle authors including The Body Coach, Joe Wicks, Sarah Wilson, Jessica Sepel and Jasmine Hemsley. An innovative partnership with Twitter and Whole Foods Market ensured that millions of people all over the UK were aware of the How to Eat Well message.
A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman, translated by Jessica Cohen, was the very popular winner of the second Man Booker International Prize in its new format. You’ll remember that the structure changed in 2016 when the prize merged with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize to reward a single book, translated into English and published in the UK, rather than every two years for a body of work. The new prize places a strong focus on the work of translators, with the £50,000 purse being divided equally between the author and the translator of the winning entry. David Grossman, who was rung by the President of Israel to congratulate him on his win, will be appearing at the Edinburgh Book Festival in mid-August.
Another booking for your diary is Jerwood Makers Open 2017 at the Jerwood Space in London from 28 June to 27 August, after which it goes on tour. The exhibition features a fabulous collection of new work from UK-based creatives who are within 10 years of starting work and is well worth taking a look.
As you’ll know, Four Colman Getty has a long tradition of working with women across the cultural and business worlds, from J K Rowling and Nigella Lawson to Barbara Stocking, the former CEO of Oxfam and now President of Murray Edwards, the women’s college in Cambridge.
So we were particularly pleased in June to work with our Four Public Affairs team on the sixth annual Fortune Most Powerful Women International Summit in the Dorchester Hotel. Someone said to me recently that on principle she refused to join any organisation with the word ‘women’ in its title. While I see her point, there is something really energising about women getting together. The two day conference saw an amazing line up of top speakers, as Laura tells you over the page …
Finally a very exciting piece of news in June was the BFI announcement that Four Colman Getty has won the contract for the London Film Festival to handle the PR for the main festival programme, LFF Awards, and events. The BFI London Film Festival is a jewel in the crown of London's busy cultural diary and one of the most essential festivals in the global calendar, so we couldn’t be more pleased to be working with the BFI and our PR partners at DDA to deliver a show-stopping campaign and bring LFF to new audiences. Lights, camera, action!
Enough excitement for one month, I’m sure you’ll agree! More at the end of the month and meantime all best.