The Society of Young Publishers is launching a digital event series to spotlight publishing across the UK, with a particular focus on highlighting lesser-known roles and routes into the industry in cities outside London.
On the Map also seeks to dispel the myth aspiring publishers must move to the capital to pursue a successful career, and has been adapted from a previous pop-up event, On the Road, which spotlighted talent across the UK.
Bangor will be the first city featured in the virtual tour, covered in Publishing in Wales, a virtual event running on 10th May at 5.30 p.m. The online event will look at how the Welsh publishing scene has developed, and be followed by a live Twitter Q&A.
Panelists Sarah Johnson, marketing and communications officer at Seren Books; Leonie Lock, assistant editor at Firefly Press; and Kathryn Tann, reading engagement editor at Parthian Books will discuss the opportunities for Welsh publishers, what changes the industry has seen, and how Welsh publishers have faced the recent challenges posed by Covid-19.
Tanu Shelar, SYP UK chair, said: "We are thrilled to launch On the Map to showcase new publishing hubs, routes into the industry and talent from different corners of the UK. There’s no doubt the year we've had has been transformative for us all and I can't wait to see how UK publishing has thrived since we started On the Road in 2017."
Taliha Quadri and Sarah Moore, SYP UK event officers, said: "On the Map is an exciting opportunity for us to explore areas currently outside our regional branches. We’re keen to feature as much variety as possible and hopefully inspire interesting conversations around UK publishing."
Tickets for the events are available here.