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January has come in like a lion here at Four Colman Getty. We already have lots of high profile projects and clients to take us in to 2013, with many more in the pipeline.   Sensibly, a few of us have been able to build on Four Colman Getty’s global experience with trips out of snowy London to warmer climes. Katy MacMillan-Scott jetted off to Tunis mid month to announce the six novels shortlisted for the ‘Arabic Booker’, the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.   The shortlist event, which included a press conference, nadwa (discussion) and concert – took place in the Municipal Theatre, also known as ‘Resplendy’. The epitome of faded French grandeur, the theatre is on Tunis’ Champs Elysées, the Avenue Habib Bourguiba, where much of the revolutionary protests took place last January and where you can still see barbed wire and a hefty security presence. Despite a few challenges, the event went almost entirely to plan and was hailed a great success, with a packed theatre including the Minister of Culture, the British Council’s Director in Tunisia, ambassadors, authors and journalists.   Truda Spruyt and I meantime survived five hours on the tarmac at Heathrow to fly to Jaipur where we were announcing the list of finalists for the fifth Man Booker International Prize. Using the Jaipur Literature Festival as our backdrop, Chair Christopher Ricks announced the list of ten finalists to an international media audience. The coverage was similarly global, with many of the commentators remarking on the diversity and originality of the list. The announcement was celebrated in unforgettable style with a party at Jaipur’s City Palace, where guests were greeted by elephants, camels and showered with rose petals. It certainly got this year’s prize off to an extraordinary start - the winner will be announced at London’s V&A on 22 May 2013.   Liz Sich concludes our world travellers with a visit at the end of January to Jeffrey Archer’s home in Majorca for the annual think-tank with Jeffrey and the Pan Macmillan team. Jeffrey leaves London every year straight after Christmas for a three month intensive writing period in his aptly named retreat, Writer’s Block.   Back at home the Four Colman Getty campaigning team has been hard at work on a range of projects involving everything from earthworms to graduates via accountants and drug addiction. Since the New Year the team has been working with the Natural History Museum on Open Air Laboratories (OPAL), a five year citizen science project that has involved over half a million people across the country carrying out nature surveys. Its Community Environment Report was published this month to a blaze of media interest. Did you know, for example, that there are 26 species of earthworms in the UK, and they are most likely to be found in domestic gardens?   It was also a busy month for the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) with the launch of their Winter Survey, featuring data on graduate vacancies and salaries – with optimism the order of the day as recruiters showed an appetite to invest in young talent.   Meanwhile, Action on Addiction has commissioned an important new study into addiction prevention which involved over 2,500 year ten students in 21 London schools. The findings show that personality-targeted interventions at school can reduce the risk of teenage alcohol misuse and are more effective than traditional drink and drugs education.   Finally, the CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) team was immersed in the world of Davos, battling through the snowstorm of World Economic Forum commentary to attract attention for their latest survey.   On the cultural front, the London Art Fair celebrated its 25th year at the Business Design Centre in Islington, where 131 galleries exhibited a wide range of Modern British and contemporary art. Comedian Dara Ó Briain was spotted shopping at the packed VIP preview evening and the pop-artist Sir Peter Blake also dropped by to see some of his latest prints go on sale. This year’s fair broke records for VIP attendance, despite the snow, and generated a terrific level of content-based coverage, confirming the fair’s unique and important position in the global art market.   Watch out next month for the launch of BBC’s Your Paintings. Over the last ten years the BBC has been working with the Public Catalogue Foundation to catalogue the UK’s entire collection of over 200,000 paintings which belong to the nation. Typically 80% of these paintings are not on view whilst the vast majority had never been photographed.   Your Paintings will allow everyone to see the full extent of the national collection for free. It is a project that will benefit art enthusiasts, students, curators, researchers, tourists and anyone unable to make the journey to the collections. The BBC will be leading a nationwide celebration of Your Paintings with many opportunities for the public to discover paintings that have rarely been on view. Find out more on Twitter and on Facebook.   So lots of excitements for January and many more for the coming months, including RHS Chelsea, Hampton Court & Tatton Park flower shows; Eve Branson’s memoirs; the Man Booker International winner announcement in May;  the opening of the £189 million new Library of Birmingham in September;  new books from Jeffrey Archer and Val McDermid; more fun on the Agatha Christie front – and a brand new Bond from William Boyd in the autumn.   Plenty to keep us busy! And more next month…   Dotti

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