Otter-Barry Books Launch (with photos)

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A new imprint has been born.

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One committed to creating a diverse list that will include traditional tales as well as new stories and, cheeringly, a strong emphasis on poetry.

The guest list at last night’s launch, held at the October Gallery in Holborn, included a host of poets and illustrators, alongside a mix of authors, agents and reviewers that spoke volumes for the high standing and reputation already enjoyed by Janet Otter-Barry courtesy of her previous publishing experience (notably with Frances Lincoln).

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She told the assembled guests that the idea of setting up a company had come to her as far back as 1988. “I remember suggesting to my then fiancée David Ross, now my husband, how about we set up a publishing company together. For some reason he wasn’t keen!”

She feels that having acquired better market knowledge and experience, NOW is at last the right time to do this, “to set up Otter-Barry Books as a new independent children’s publisher.”

“We all know that children’s books have proved amazingly resilient to challenges from other media, and I do passionately believe that children’s books are here to stay and will never be taken over by digital media whether it’s apps or ebooks. Families do love beautiful books and they love sharing physical books. And schools love books too. So do libraries.”

ACHUKA is delighted that the new list will be championing poetry.

“I was very clear from the start that I wanted to include poetry on my list, and my colleagues have fully supported that and have shared my enthusiasm. Children love poetry, we know that. We also have so many fantastic poets in the UK who are brilliant at performing and workshopping poetry. We need to get more poetry out there, more poets into schools and festivals, more poetry into bookshops.”

Three cheers for that!

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Otter-Barry recognises that hers is a small company right now, publishing about 12 hardbacks per year plus 2 to 4 poetry titles. “But we will grow,” she promises.

Guests at the launch event were shown the first six picture books already published (on 5 May).

Mother and daughter partnership Joyce and Polly Dunbar’s  I Will Not Wear Pink.

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Nandana Sen’s Kangaroo Kisses.

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Nicola Colton’s illustrations for James Carter’s Zim Zam Zoom

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Karin Littlewood’s IMMI

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Princess and the Castle

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Jackie Morris’s The Seal Children with a fabulous new cover treatment

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Otter-Barry has two poetry titles coming in August: Dinosaurs and Dinner Ladies from debut poet John Dougherty and the beautiful Adder Bluebell Lobster from the award-winning poet Chrissie Gittins

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Slideshow (sometimes needs clicking to kickstart)

Frances Lincoln Picture Book Launch – T-Veg (the story of a carrot-crunching dinosaur)

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Having attended the launch for Katherina Manolessou’s first picture book, Zoom Zoom Zoom, it was a pleasure to be invited to the launch of T-Veg, written by Smriti Prasadam-Halls, illustrated by Katherina and published by Frances Lincoln.

The venue was the same as for that earlier launch party, Material Bookshop & Gallery.

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Katherina’s artwork from the book is being exhibited by the gallery and is on show until 20th September.

An unexpected pleasure at this launch was an appearance by one of my favourite comedians, Sally Phillips (of Smack The Pony fame), who performed a full reading from the book, after separate talks from Rachel Williams, the publisher, and then the author and illustrator.

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The launch was really well attended and after the talks a long queue formed for signing the book, which was being sold at a specially reduced price of £10 for the event.

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l to r: Sally Phillips, Smriti Prasadam-Halls, Katherina Manolessou, Rachel Williams

l to r: Sally Phillips, Smriti Prasadam-Halls, Katherina Manolessou, Rachel Williams

All photographs are by me, with the exception of the final captioned picture, which is by the fabulous publicist Nicky Potter

My Brother Is A Superhero

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Nosy Crow is excited about My Brother Is A Superhero by David Solomons, which received its launch in the impressive Map Area of City Hall last night.
It has to be admitted that the book has been given fantastic branding. The jacket design by Picked Ink‘s Laura Ellen Andersen (artwork) and Rob Biddulph (typography) is eye-catching, designed to appeal to its core 9-14 audience, and the publisher has managed to receive a book jacket quote from Steve Coogan – “You’ll laugh until you fall out of your tree house”.

According to Kate Wilson, Nosy Crow MD,  the books’  first print run is ‘frighteningly big’. Several foreign rights have already been sold. Dominic Kingston, Nosy Crow’s publicity manager, tells me the book is being heavily promoted in gaming magazines.

David Solomons is a screenwriter (with the screenplay for Five Children And It amongst his credits). This is his first novel.

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The Map Area, City Hall

My Name’s Not Friday – Launch Event

Here is publisher David Fickling, understandably excited about publication of Jon Walter’s second novel, My Name’s Not Friday, published last week and celebrated at a gorgeously warm and sunny launch party in Lewes, where the author lives.

Here at ACHUKA we immediately recognised Walter as a special writer when his first book, Close To The Wind, was published last year.
And here is our review of the second novel: ACHUKAreview

We were surprised that Close To The Wind was overlooked by various children’s book awards but feel certain this latest book will receive the attention it deserves.

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Russell Brand, review: warmth wins the day

Lacklustre first half, but it all came to life after the interval

Brand, in half-hearted make-up, simply flounced about the stage and read verbatim his recently released children’s book – the first in a series called Trickster Tales – about the legendary rat catcher.
The comedian, actor and now political activist was backed up by the occasional crash of a cymbal or pluck of a harp when the story required it.
And then there was the odd lame sound effect –an over-the-top fart or burp that even the youngest members of the audience seemed embarrassed by. It all felt rather too much like a disappointing act at a child’s birthday party.
Indeed, the only real pleasure came from watching on a big screen as the outrageously talented Chris Riddell, who illustrated the book, drew the characters in real time.

via Russell Brand, review: warmth wins the day – Telegraph.