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Arts Week 2014: The Future of the Book

Birkbeck Arts Week 2014 will take place on Monday 19 to Saturday 24 May. The week will include lectures, readings, film screenings, taster courses, performances and panel discussions and is an annual showcase of the varied enterprises of Birkbeck academics, on topics both public and scholarly. The programme of events reflects the liveliness of teaching and research within Birkbeck's School of Arts, whose internationally renowned academics address some of the most important issues that affect our society today.

Birkbeck welcomes everyone with an interest in the Arts to participate in this year's events.


For Birkbeck Arts Week, the Writers' Hub presents:


The Future of the Book

Panel Discussion

Date: Wednesday 21 May

Time: 6 - 7:30pm

Venue: The Cinema, The School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square

Free Entry: Book your Free Ticket here on Eventbrite


Can publishing innovation save the printed book? What are the implications for writers and readers? Rebecca Rouillard, editor of the Writers’ Hub, chairs a panel of guests including Adam Freudenheim of Pushkin Press, Dan Kieran of Unbound and Emma Wright of The Emma Press, to discuss the future of the book.


Adam Freudenheim has worked in publishing since 1998 and was Publisher of Penguin Classics, Modern Classics and Reference from 2004 to 2012. He is perhaps best known for helping to rediscover the work of the German writer Hans Fallada, with the first English-language publication of Alone in Berlin. Born in Baltimore, Adam lived near Düsseldorf and in Berlin for nearly three years and came to the UK in 1997. Adam brings his passion for international literature and exquisitely designed books to Pushkin.


Dan Kieran is the author and editor of nine books including; Crap Towns - the first viral internet phenomenon to turn into a Sunday Times bestseller, I Fought The Law - an exposé of the Blair Labour government's use of anti-terror legislation to crush lawful protest and Three Men In A Float - the story of his journey across England in a 1957 electric milk float in homage to Jerome K. Jerome. Dan is a co-founder and CEO of


Emma Wright founded the Emma Press in 2012, having previously worked in ebook production at Orion Publishing Group. She commissions, designs and illustrates all the books herself, editing them with Rachel Piercey (Newdigate Prize, 2008) and is committed to producing books which are 'sweet, funny and beautiful'. In 2013 she toured the UK with ‘The Mildly Erotic Poetry Tour’, supported with funding from Arts Council England as part of the Lottery-funded Grants for the arts programme.


The full programme for Arts Week is now available on the Birkbeck website.


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