Hachette UK, Pan Mac and PRH are supporting a free careers fair for those aged 16 to 25 who may not have considered entering publishing before.
"ERIC Fest: Storytelling" takes place on 31st August at Somerset House where 400 budding writers, authors, journalists, podcasters, bloggers and photographers will be introduced to the trade.
The festival, organised by careers service ERIC, has a programme of speakers, hands-on workshops, immersive experiences, live demos, showcases. The space is divided into five sections – a main stage for young creative speakers and four rooms for showcasing publishers and innovations within the industry.
Highlights include a #Merky Books presentation rom PRH on Stormzy’s publishing brand was born, Hachette inviting visitors to record an audiobook on the day, and Pan Mac with an interactive vinyl flow chart aiming to discover the creative area people are best suited to.
There will be talks from Zing Tsjeng, executive editor of Vice UK and the author of the Forgotten Women series (Cassell), and Derek Owusu, writer and former co-host of the Mostly Lit podcast.
Catherine Ritman Smith, head of learning and skills at Somerset House, said: “Somerset House is the largest concentration of creative organisations in London, and we want to be a source of information, inspiration and support for emerging young talent in the sector. A collaboration with Eric Fest is the ideal way to provide insight into the wealth of opportunities for young people to make their mark through publishing and we’re really looking forward to the event.”
Tickets and more information are available on the event website.