Bath Spa University announced the appointment of 16 new Professors to its creative writing, music and art & design departments. The group of highly-acclaimed artists, prize-winning writers, leading poets and innovative composers included Fay Weldon CBE, Maggie Gee, David Harsent, Aminatta Forna, Joe Duddell and Gavin Turk. The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting announced a unique initiative – a roadshow designed to encourage and inspire both first time and established playwrights in advance of the 2013 competition opening for entries in January next year. Of the 13 theatres around the country hosting the playwriting workshops, six have already sold out. We launched a new Crafts Council exhibition, Added Value?, during London Design Festival, generating coverage in outlets ranging from the Evening Standard and Time Out to A Little Bird and BBC London. We fielded two early morning teams on Wednesday for simultaneous press calls at Foyles in Charing Cross Road and St Pancras station as media from around the world queued up to see the first copies of J K Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy hit the shelves. This has resulted in Foyles being profiled globally in news stories and pictures about one of the most anticipated publication days in history. ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) launched a new portfolio of simpler, more targeted qualifications which allow organisations to custom-build their own training pathways according to their specific needs. The launch was covered by askGrapevine HR, Personnel Today and Training Reference. We also secured ILM coverage for the first time in Third Sector magazine, which featured the results of a survey on managing volunteers in two successive issues. The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF), the prestigious prize for the Arabic novel, announced a new sponsor last week - the newly created Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) marking the Prize’s sixth cycle. The Prize fits in well with the cultural focus of TCA Abu Dhabi, which is also responsible for the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair and the Louvre and Guggenheim developments. The change in funding comes at the end of the fifth year of the Prize which, since its inception in 2007, has grown from strength to strength with the support of the Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy. The Library of Birmingham celebrated a year to go until opening with a range of events including a debate at the Royal Society of Arts, chaired by the BBC’s Mark Easton. Composer Eduardo Reck Miranda devised a new symphony to celebrate 150 years of Plymouth University with the help of artificial intelligence. New College of the Humanities opened its doors to its inaugural cohort of students. Coverage highlights included Management Today magazine cover feature, FT Weekend and City AM. PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools) launched its 'Back to School' campaign. The charity, one of the smallest to have been granted match-funding status from the UK Government (all donations made by the UK public until 13 December 2012 will be doubled), kicked off the campaign with a week-long partnership with Mumsnet and a survey to highlight the fact that only one in four children in Uganda are in secondary school education. Feathers, fatwas, presidents and slums all featured in the longlist announcement for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, the UK’s leading non-fiction prize. News coverage appeared in The Times and The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph and The Independent followed up with blogs and diary stories. To coincide with the longlist release on 18 September (Samuel Johnson’s birthday), we launched a fresh new-look website for the prize. We announced the launch this month of Syngenta Photography Award, a new international competition that aims to stimulate dialogue around key global challenges. Open to professional and amateur photographers, the Award will explore a central theme each year. In its inaugural year, the theme is “rural-urban”, exploring the relationship and tensions between rural and urban environments. Four Colman Getty is working on the award with cultural agency Candlestar in London and Syngenta in Switzerland. Val McDermid’s latest book, The Vanishing Point, came out on 13 September to rave reviews across the national press. The best-selling crime writer was also profiled in The Times and appeared as a guest on The Alan Titchmarsh Show. Last Friday William Klein: Paintings, Etc opened at HackelBury Fine Art in Launceston Place. The exhibition and book explore his early paintings and subsequent photography works, many of which haven’t been seen in over 60 years, as well as the first full scale realisation of one of his Mural Projects dating from 1952. The night before, the gallery held a private view attended by the legendary photographer himself. At the age of 84, Klein lives in Paris, but came to London to oversee proceedings and sign copies of the accompanying book Paintings, Etc. A BBC crew were on hand to capture the night for the upcoming Imagine documentary which will air around November. Women of the Year and ITV1's Lorraine launched their viewers' search for inspirational women of the year. Hundreds of nominations were made, the judges (including Lorraine Kelly, Denise Lewis and President of Women of the Year, Baroness Helena Kennedy) have deliberated and the deserving three finalists will be announced on 15 October.