Liz Thomson, founding editor of BookBrunch, is to step down from her role after the London Book Fair in order to devote more time to her musical interests.
Thomson said: "I remain fascinated by the book trade but want to liberate myself from day-to-day news deadline. I've always been more interested in long-form commentary and, in particular, interviews with book trade figures. It's been a stimulating and exciting 30 years and I've been privileged to meet some extraordinary people and to make some enduring friendships. However, it's now time for a new challenge."
She added: "My musical passions have for too long been subjugated to the demands of my publishing career and I've reached a point in my life where I feel that must change. My goal now is an ambitious project celebrating the 1960s folk revival with a major festival in New York's Greenwich Village which has the support of the city's Mayor.” She said that she was also interested in taking on "appropriate editing projects".
Nicholas Clee, Thomson's joint editor at BookBrunch, said: "Liz is one of a kind, and a unique conveyor of the personalities and colour of the book industry. She is irreplaceable."
Eric Green, c.e.o. of BookBrunch and Business Development Director of BDS, said: "Liz Thomson's contribution to BookBrunch has been immense and her skills and knowledge of the publishing industry are second to none. We wish her well in her new endeavours and BookBrunch will continue to commission Liz for appropriate in-depth articles in the future."
Thomson joined Publishing News in January 1984 and was editor until it closed in 2008. She launched BookBrunch with Clee later that year. In addition to her journalism, she has written and edited several books, the most recent of which is Chickenshed: An Awfully Big Adventure (Elliot & Thompson).