The newly launched collective for women in publishing, Conduit, has found an expanded venue for its inaugural meeting next month after an overwhelming response saw all spaces snapped up within an hour.
Conduit was launched by literary agency A M Heath on Wednesday (20th March), to promote discussions between women in publishing "whether that is straightforwardly social, or a chance to discuss industry experiences, concerns, ambitions and ideas".
Within an hour of the initiative going live on The Bookseller, all the free tickets for the 24th April event at the RSA bar had sold out. Now the event has transferred to a bigger venue at the h Club in London's Covent Garden with more than double capacity, for an extra 110 people. The new space at the private members club for the creative industries in Endell Street will mean 200 women can attend the event featuring author, creator and host of "The Guilty Feminist" podcast Deborah Frances-White, with time for drinks and discussion after.
A M Heath agent Zoe King, who came up with the idea, revealed that as well as all the tickets going within an hour of the launch there had been more than 500 views on Eventbrite within an hour of the launch, with many emailing us asking to go on the waitlist.
"The response has been fantastic with lots of people wanting to get involved and coming to us with ideas," she told The Bookseller. "We couldn’t have asked for a better start."
She added: "This kind of response shows what a great tribe publishing is to be part of."
To book a free ticket for the event on 24th April, running from 6.30-8.30pm, register with Eventbrite. To volunteer to help with Conduit or arrange a future event, contact A M Heath assistant Florence Rees on Florence.Rees@amheath.com.