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BookBlast® Diary launched eight years ago to celebrate independent thinking and international literature.
Claire Armitstead, The Guardian – “Excellent work”
Maggie Gee, novelist & Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University – “A true lover of writing and writers”
Christopher MacLehose, MacLehose Press – “Brilliant work. And what work. Excellent and eloquent. Huge salutes”
Cécile Menon, Les Fugitives – “BookBlast Diary is great — as I’m sure many writers, readers and publishers have told you before”
The BookBlast® 10×10 Tour showcased independent trade publishing around the regions of England in association with Waterstones
Entrepreneurial independent trade publishers play a crucial role in discovering a plurality of voices and perspectives, harnessing the talents of the literary allstars of tomorrow today, thereby enriching our vibrant literary culture.
Steven Cooper, Head of Events, Waterstones HQ — “The 10×10 Tour brought authors into our shops who would never normally have visited and, as such, brought new customers into our shops. It helped us to build relationships with indie publishers and hopefully showed them that Waterstones is open to collaboration. Georgia’s vision and enthusiasm drove this project, both in terms of its conception and placing, and also in promotion and selling tickets”
Catherine Fuller, Projects Manager, Society of Authors — “It was good to discover indie publishers I did not know about thanks to the 10×10 Tour”
Sam Jordison, Galley Beggar Press — “The tour got our authors into a shop we’ve never been able to do an event in. It got our books in the window of the shop. There was some great publicity beforehand (being on the local BBC was excellent for us). The event itself went really well, was enjoyable for our authors and brought a big crowd to our books”
Kevin Duffy, Bluemoose Books — “The tour increased our profile due to good PR”
Ra Page, Comma Press — “The enthusiasm and social media posting were good. BookBlast’s dedication to supporting and platforming indies and bringing us all together nationally in this way was a good idea”
Susan Curtis, Istros Books — “It was great to be part of an international campaign and some useful new contacts were made”
Meike Ziervogel, Peirene Press — “The podcasts give longevity to the talks and the tour as a whole”
Elizabeth Briggs, Saqi Books — “It was wonderful to connect with other indie publishers and local audiences, something which we are rarely able to do ourselves, and we increased online visibility”
Roh-Suan Tung, Balestier Press — “I found the campaign inspirational and great value. BookBlast has a passionate team, and has done excellent help for independent publishing”
Michael Schmidt, Carcanet Press — “The tour fostered a real sense of community and involvement between independent publishing and the public. We had increased sales: event stock and further online sales in response to the marketing”
Rosemarie Hudson, HopeRoad — “The tour added value by way of PR and visibility, it is good someone is out there giving indie publishers a helping hand”
Eric Lane, Dedalus Books — “We recommend BookBlast for their commitment and energy”
The Bookseller news team announced a new prize category, “Small Press of the Year” in the British Book Awards 2019 (The Nibbies). The shortlist announced by Natasha Onwuemezi on 22 February 2019 included 6 of the 10 publishers on the inaugural 10×10 Tour.
Some of the books featured in the BookBlast® 10×10 Tour went on to be longlisted for the 2019 EBRD International literary prize (No. 3 Shatila Stories translated by Nashwa Gowanlock, Peirene Press) and the Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses 2019 (Lucia by Alex Pheby, Galley Beggar Press; and Doppelgänger by Daša Drndić, translated by Celia Hawkesworth & S. D. Curtis, Istros Books).
The 2020 BookBlast® Podcast series, Bridging the Divide: Translation and the Art of Empathy featured award-winning authors from across Europe alongside their translators and publishers
Boyd Tonkin, The Arts Desk – “A great line-up, congratulations!”
Kirsty Gunn, novelist & writer of short stories – “I LOVE this! Will get the word about”
Peggy Hughes, Programme Director, National Centre for Writing – “Nicely done . . . great to be working on something positive for you, writers and listeners: everyone wins!”
Lisa Appignanesi OBE FRSL, British-Canadian writer, novelist, campaigner for free expression – “Congratulations from @RSLiterature on your great tour”
Eland Publishing – “The podcasts have cast an invaluable light on a niche subject, translation in publishing. For us specifically, the Nicolas Bouvier/Eland podcast has provided both an interesting and useful record of the author, that could be a beneficial tool for research in the future and a documentation of both our editor and translator in conversation; live events are not usually caught in this way. The fact that the interviewee is given space to talk at length on a subject means that these podcasts could be used for students of publishing, literature and/or translation alongside the information given about a specific author”
Margot Vanderstraeten, author of featured title, Mazel Tov – “I loved working with BookBlast®. It was professional, warm, open-minded, efficient. I also loved the mix offered”
Jane Hedley-Prole, translator – “What a great initiative! I really appreciate your help in raising the profile of Mazel Tov, as well as for putting the spotlight on literary translation”
Beka Adamashvili, author of featured title, Bestseller – “It was a wonderful experience. It was the first podcast in English for me, and also, questions made me think about the things/subjects which I’ve never thought of before. Everything went according to the plan and also, the environment during the interview was very friendly”
Olivia Hellewell, translator of featured title, The Fig Tree by Goran Vojnović – “Very professional, well coordinated. An enjoyable and rewarding experience”
HEAR the authors, translators & their publishers featured in the Bridging the Divide podcast series:
Special thanks to all of our listeners, supporters, sponsors, featured publishers, writers, translators, and the BookBlast events team: sound editor, Rupert Such; BookBlast® Podcast theme-tune composer, Edward Campbell; Tech Director Ben Fiagbe; reviewer Henrietta Foster; interviewer Lucy Popescu; and intern, Rachel Goldblatt, for their commitment, expertise and enthusiasm.
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