The role of women in the workplace is a subject close to our hearts, and in early February we celebrated women in architecture when we worked with Architects’ Journal to publicise the shortlist for their annual awards. We secured coverage in The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and the Evening Standard, as well as on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour. And this year’s winner of the prize for Woman Architect of the Year was no other than Francine Houben, designer of the Library of Birmingham, which we launched last September!
Food was also on the brain at the beginning of the month as we publicised bestselling author and restaurant reviewer Joseph Connolly’s new book The A-Z of Eating Out. Published just before Valentine’s Day, Joseph gave tips for dining out on this special date to The Daily Telegraph and Esquire amongst others, and very aptly celebrated the launch with a dinner at Quo Vadis with his publishers and journalists.
We battled the elements and the horrendous rain that has battered the south west to get ourselves and journalists down to the 8th Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival at Plymouth University. This year’s festival explored the way in which technological and scientific advances can impact the way in which we compose, perform and listen to music. BBC technology programme Click rose to the challenge and travelled down to try composing music using the power of brainwaves. The effort was worth it, as their piece was also broadcast by Radio 4’s PM programme, BBC online, and BBC 2.
During the last couple of months we’ve been working with the Philosophy Foundation to promote the importance of philosophy in schools. To coincide with half term Chief Executive Peter Worley led a Children’s Philosophy Workshop for journalists and their children – youngsters explored questions about free will and the future to help them learn to think critically, creatively, cohesively and autonomously.
In the PR world we’re always thinking ahead and this month saw a trip to South Africa to plan for the announcement of the finalists of the Man Booker International Prize in 2015, meeting publishers and visiting venues. Books Live in South Africa published news of the plans earlier this week.
Thursday 27 February saw the publication of Val McDermid’s paperback of her latest novel Cross and Burn. Kiri Gillespie and Rachel Young from Four Colman Getty have worked with Val on her last three novels, and if you are familiar with the TV series Wire in the Blood you may well have heard of Val’s work!
Cross and Burn is the latest in Val’s Carol Jordan and Tony Hill thriller series. Her books have been translated into more than 30 languages, with over two million copies sold in the UK and 10 million worldwide.
It’s a must-read, and for the first time Val’s publisher Little, Brown has produced a TV advert (to be seen on ITV3) which you can view here: http://youtu.be/mb79symrAXk.
The Association of Graduate Recruiters launched the winter 2014 edition of their bi-annual survey of graduate job prospects, resulting in a front page spread in the i and pieces in the Financial Times, Sun, Daily Telegraph, BBC News Online and Independent, as well as in various key trade publications. Stephen Isherwood, the chief executive of the AGR was interviewed on the results by Sky News Radio and BBC Belfast.
Meanwhile, following extensive employer consultation, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) launched their 2015 Professional Qualification Syllabus at an event held at the ME London Hotel on the Strand. Coverage achieved included pieces in top accountancy trades The Accountant, Accountancy Age and PQ Magazine.