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Voting for Robin Hood’s patch

Throughout the entire summer we’ve had a stream of eager young students/graduates in the office. These interns come in for a fortnight each, which is time enough for them to get some idea of what our world of PR is all about. It’s time enough too for most of them to make a real contribution, either coming up with a novel idea or helping out on a particularly busy project.

It’s a good way for them to decide if they think PR is for them - which lots of them do - or to decide to make for the hills. I was talking during the month to one smart young man who definitely has a future in PR and asked him how his fortnight had been.

‘I’ve really enjoyed it’ he said, ‘despite being so busy.’

Busy in August? That traditionally quiet time of year when we all draw breath before the autumn brouhaha. And yet, when I thought about it, he was right. 

August was busier than usual in the build up to two major cultural events, the announcement of the 2017 Man Booker shortlist this month followed by the BFI London Film Festival in October.

Alice tells you more about the Man Booker shortlist inside and we’ll know more on 13 September.  I’m pretty useless at second guessing the judges and this year will be no exception. It’s a marvellously varied longlist and I really don’t envy them the task ahead.

Our Man Booker podcast series is again proving enormously successful as Alice also tells you.

Yesterday (31 August) saw us announcing the programme for this year’s BFI London Film Festival. The festival is on an enormous scale, of course, and brings creatives and audiences from all over the world. If you are a BFI member, tickets go on sale this Thursday; if not, you’ll have to wait another week until Thursday 14 September. It will be worth it!

Looking way into the future, we were delighted to be appointed by Nottingham to help them with their European Capital of Culture bid for 2023. Cities of Culture are proving to be an important plank in cultural placemaking and, with three out of Four Colman Getty’s team having strong links to the city, my money is firmly on Robin Hood’s territory to win the day. 

Finally of course there was the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the definitive arts event of August. Truda tells you more but suffice for me to say that we were thrilled to see two of our current major prize winners - David Grossman, the 2017 Man Booker International Prize winner and Philippe Sands, winner of the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize - taking part in sell-out events there.

What’s not to like about Edinburgh?

More from me at the end of September by which time we’ll be well in to the Autumn Swing ….

All the best meantime


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