The gold, silver and bronze medals have disappeared from the trees in Leicester Square and London is settling into a busy autumn schedule. There’s certainly been lots going on at Four Colman Getty and the book prize season is in full swing.
September saw the announcement of the Man Booker Prize shortlist, which was universally acclaimed as one of the most exciting list of recent years. The Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction longlist was also announced this month and attracted a lot of attention, not least because it included Salman Rushdie’s memoir, Joseph Anton.
Mark Lawson, this year’s chair of the Wellcome Trust Book Prize – which celebrates fiction and non-fiction on the theme of health, illness and medicine – announced the judges’ longlist. Mark and his fellow judges will be discussing ‘Childbirth in Literature’ at this year’s Cheltenham Festival on Sunday 7 October.
The Forward Poetry Prizes take place every year at the beginning of October in the run up to National Poetry Day. The winners will be announced this year on Monday 1 October with National Poetry Day the following Thursday.
Congratulations to three of our best loved authors who have published books this month- Jeffrey Archer, Val McDermid and Charlie Higson. Look out for them in the bestseller lists. You can catch Val at Cheltenham on the 13th October and watch out for Charlie’s video to promote The Sacrifice, the fourth installment in his teen zombie series ‘The Enemy’, set in a post-apocalyptic London after a mystery illness attacks everyone over the age of fourteen…
The Four Colman Getty teams have been out and about over the last few weeks. We were in Birmingham at the beginning of the month to celebrate ‘one year to go’ until The Library of Birmingham opens its doors following the £189 million development; we’ve also been to Nottingham launching the first ever World Event Young Artists interdisciplinary arts festival; Plymouth was another destination, for the 150th anniversary of Plymouth University when BBC Radio 3’s In Tune broadcast Fish Music live from the National Marine Aquarium.
Finally, the New College of the Humanities opened its doors in Bedford Square this month, offering its first freshers a packed programme of one to one tutorials and lectures from stellar staff.
And on a lighter note, we had our own great British Bake-off in the office when the bakers amongst us donned their aprons to produce a range of mouth-watering goodies. The purpose was to raise money for Elisabeth and Thea from our Campaigning team to take part in the Royal Parks half-marathon challenge- the funds will go towards Action on Addiction, our client charity which helps people overcome addiction.
That’s all for now!