On Tuesday 13th September, it was the launch of Botanicum (published by Big Picture Press in association with Kew), written by Kathy Willis, writer and director of Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and illustrated by Katie Scott. Attendees to the party, which took place at the Royal Botanic Gardens, included (l-r) Lisa Edwards, publishing director at Templar Publishing, Scott, Richard Deverell, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Willis and Katie Haworth, senior commissioning editor at Templar Publishing.
On Monday 12th September, Alan Titchmarsh met fans at a Chorleywood Bookshop literary lunch at Chenies Manor in Buckinghamshire, where he spoke about his new novel, Mr Gandy’s Grand Tour (Hodder & Stoughton).
Illustrators Sophy Henn, Steven Lenton, Sharon King-Chai, Lorna Scobie and Marta Altés were among the contributors celebrating the launch of Draw It! Colour It! Beasts (Macmillan Children’s Books).
Chorleywood Bookshop hosted an evening with racing legend Damon Hill on Friday 9th September.
Pupils from Hotspur Primary School met author David Almond on Thursday 15th September as new creative writing centre for young people, Live Tales in Newcastle upon Tyne, opened its doors for visits by school children.
Octopus Publishing held a party to celebrate the publication of Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2017 and Hugh Johnson on Wine at the Royal Geographic Society in Kensington, London on Tuesday 13th September.
Author Jo Spain (left) launched her new crime novel Beneath the Surface (Quercus) at Dubray Books in Dublin’s Grafton Street, with support from singer Senator Frances Black.
Designer, upcycler, entrepreneur and TV presenter Max McCurdo hand-delivered copies of his new book Upcycling (Jacqui Small) to bookshops in central London, driving in the ‘Fastest Shed’, on Thursday 15th September.
Mark Prescott interviewed Alice Olins (left) and Phanella Mayall Fine, co-authors of Step Up (Vermilion) at Penguin Living’s Career Immersion Day, held at Conway Hall in London on Sunday 11th September.
Booksellers Ron Johns and Nic Bottomley were among the attendees at this year’s Booksellers Association Conference.
Chorleywood Bookshop and Merchant Taylors' School welcomed survivor and motivational speaker Terry Waite on Monday 12th September.
Julia Donaldson launched Zog and the Flying Doctors, illustrated by Axel Scheffler (Scholastic), at Evelina London Children’s Hospital. Scheffler also created a 12-metre mural for the walls of the hospital as part of a partnership with the charity Readathon.
Puzzler Media produced a dot-to-dot recreation of an image from The BFG to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday at Botleys Mansion in Surrey.
Hugh McIlvanney (centre) joined the authors shortlisted for this year’s McIlvanney Prize—(left-right) Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre, E S Thomson and Doug Johnstone—at the Bloody Scotland festival in Stirling, ahead of the winner’s announcement on Friday 9th September.
The annual Bloody Scotland Crime Writers’ Football Match saw the English team beat the Scottish team, captained by Mark Billingham and Ian Rankin respectively, 7-1.
New independent publisher Nordisk Books held a launch party for Tom Kristensen's Havoc at Conway Hall in London on Friday 9th September.
(From left-right) William Ryan, author of The Constant Soldier (Mantle), Jane Thynne, author of Faith and Beauty (Simon & Schuster), Ben Fergusson, author of The Spring of Kasper Meier (Little, Brown) and Jason Hewitt, author of Devastation Road (Simon & Schuster), spoke at Waterstones Piccadilly on Friday 16th September about the research behind their latest novels, all set during or around the Second World War.
The team at Summersdale volunteered at this year’s Great British Beach Clean at East Head, West Wittering, West Sussex on Friday 16th September.