Members’ news: January 2024

Firstly, happy anniversary to Rob Self-Pierson! To mark 15 years in the industry, Rob’s written a reflective piece, 15 years, still dreaming. You can read it here. And keep your eyes peeled for a 26 shoutout. 


Last week, I did my sixth Nerd Nite London talk (a monthly night of short talks on niche subjects for charity), on the grawlix, inspired by the best request I’ve ever had in a design briefing meeting: “Could we have some sweary type?”. 

More here on the studio blog.

– Lydia Thornley


Join us for an evening of Words & Music hosted by Fine Cell Work 

2nd February 2024 (6:00pm – 8:45pm) at St James’s Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL

Themed around hope and freedom, the event will be hosted by Dominic Dromgoole, former artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, and feature readings by Simon Callow and Isabella Tree, alongside a performance by Sinead Cusack from Esther Freud’s play ‘Stitchers’. Music will intersperse the spoken word, provided by gospel choir Soul Sanctuary and Patrick Kiernan’s Zielinski Quartet. Doors will open at 6pm for a drinks reception.

You can find out more and buy tickets here

If you were a contributor to ‘Threads of Time’ published in 2022 to celebrate 25 years of Fine Cell Work, this is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with the charity and enjoy a special evening of entertainment. Even if you weren’t part of the book, do come along to learn more about the transformative power of needlework inside jail. Your ticket purchase will help support Fine Cell Work’s vital endeavours in prisoner rehabilitation, both in prisons and post-release. 

– Sue Evans


I got selected as a panelist for 2 panels at The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) from February 7th – 10th! AWP is one of the biggest and most prestigious writing conferences in the USA. I interned at Split This Rock ( a poetry social justice non-profit organization) in Washington, DC from 2016-2017 and I remember all my supervisors going to AWP and saying what a wonderful time it was, in addition to seeing pictures and reactions from some of my favourite writers on Instagram. Never did I expect that 7 years later I’d be selected as a panelist for 2 panels at AWP which always seemed unreachable for me. I’m super excited to share that I shall be a panelist on:

1. Pathways to Publishing for Indie Authors of Color

2. A Turn of the Page: From Journalism to Creative Writing

If anybody will be at AWP this year, (or attending virtually like myself) say hi!

– Mugabi Byenkya


The next instalment of my Writing the Occult series happens this Saturday, 27 January. Today is the last day for tickets!

Here’s the blurb:

The outsider arrives in an isolated community, and is confronted by strange details: dancing around a wicker man, chanting at a cliff edge, maypoles and sin eaters and masks and costumes. This is the world of the ritual in fiction, and it’s the next topic for discussion at Writing the Occult.

Join us to hear about how to make a ritual, how to ensure it’s culturally-appropriate, and how ritual can drive your plot. We’ll talk about folk horror and faith horror and death and burial. We’ll also hear from some of the world’s best indie writers as they describe the part ritual plays in their inspiration and their stories.

As usual, we’re timing the schedule for the European afternoon and East Coast morning, and will record the sessions for those who can’t make it all live (so you’ll be safe to practise your rituals knowing you won’t miss out on anything).

Tickets are £40+bf and available here until 26 January. Join our ritual, won’t you? Antlers optional.

– Lauren McMenemy

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