Former Waterstones events manager Jordan Taylor-Jones has joined northern indie Dead Ink in a newly created role following a £66,000 cash injection from the Arts Council.
Previously events manager at Waterstones Deansgate in Manchester, Taylor-Jones is now community coordinator at the Liverpool-based indie press, and will focus on building strong collaborative relationships with bookshops and booksellers, as well as booking events.
The position was created following Dead Ink’s recent grant of £66,000 from Arts Council England (ACE), intended to help bridge the gap in publishing between London and the North of England and to build Dead Ink into a robust and commercially viable independent publisher. The appointment of Jordan to this role is vital to that progression, a spokesperson for the press said.
Director Nathan Connolly said: “We’re incredibly excited to welcome Jordan to the Dead Ink team. He joins us at an incredibly exciting time as we have received a significant grant from Arts Council England and have been announced as Northern Publisher of the Year at the Northern Soul Awards. Dead Ink is going to grow a lot over the next two years and we can’t wait to see what Jordan brings to that.”
Taylor-Jones commented “I’m thrilled to be joining the team at Dead Ink Books at the start of 2019, kicking off a year of what promises to be some fantastic publications for them. I’m really excited to be working on a whole host of events with authors of some of the most innovative fiction being published and with a Northern publishing house that’s giving those in London a run for their money.”
He will be attending the London Book Fair and Dead Ink has called for bookshops and booksellers to contact him on Jordan@deadinkbooks.com.