The Publishers' Publicity Circle (PPC) will hold events in Edinburgh and Glasgow this year, including its first Summer Party since the 1990s. Meanwhile ex-pat publicists from the UK held the first PPC Australia meeting in Sydney last week.
The PPC will revive its traditional Summer Party in August, this year at the Edinburgh International Festival, in conjunction with Jenny Brown Associates. The party will take place in the Party Pavilion in Charlotte Square on Saturday 25th August.
Roland Gulliver, associate director, Edinburgh International Book Festival, and former winner of PPC event manager of the year, said: “The success of the Edinburgh International Book Festival is due in no small part to our immensely productive relationship with publicity professionals across the UK. Their hard work and enthusiasm inspires us to celebrate so many of their writers, old and new from Scotland and around the world. We are delighted that the PPC will be hosting their summer party in Edinburgh this August and will come to share the results of all our work, discovering the joy of literary Edinburgh in August.”
Literary agent Jenny Brown said: “We’re thrilled to be working with the PPC. The timing of our summer party coincides with the visit of editors from round the world here for Publishing Scotland’s Fellowship and we look forward to a truly international gathering of writers, publishers and media.”
Veronique Norton, chair of the Publisher’s Publicity Circle, said: “Edinburgh has long been a publishing hub for publicists, media and authors alike during the month of August and so it’s wonderful that they will be hosting the relaunch of the PPC Summer Party. Holding this outside London offers an opportunity to celebrate the breadth of talent from publishing houses and media outlets across the UK and help broaden the PPC’s outlook and reach.”
In addition to its monthly meetings at Foyles in London, the PPC in association with Publishing Scotland will also be hosting a meeting about the BBC for all book publicists at Pacific Quay in Glasgow on Tuesday 4th September where speakers will include Esme Kennedy from "The Janice Forsyth Show", Pauline McLean from BBC Arts News and Pauline Law, head of multiplatform production.
Meanwhile the first PPC Australia meeting took place in Sydney last week, after expat publicists from the UK publishing industry decided to create a forum through which to meet with colleagues and media.
PPC Sydney chair Louise Cornege, head of publicity at Allen & Unwin, said: “The first meeting was a tremendous success, offering the media that attended an unrivalled opportunity to have multiple houses in the one room and publicists the time and space to discuss changes in the industry and the media landscape.”
The PPC Sydney will meet on a quarterly basis.