I’m one half of Scot Lit Fest, Scotland’s new virtual book festival from the Saltire Society celebrating Scottish literature, and Social Media Officer for the Society of Young Publishers Scotland, organising monthly events for those interested in the publishing industry, and running our online programme. I wrote about running a virtual festival for The Bookseller’s FutureBook section. You can read it here. Read more about my projects below.
#ScotLitFest from The Saltire Society
Scot Lit Fest was a virtual book festival taking place June 24-26 2016, presented by The Saltire Society, featuring authors including Diana Gabaldon, Michel Faber, Kirsty Logan, Sara Sheridan and many more, across email, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, livestreams, podcasts, Google Hangouts and Vimeo. This included debut showcases, a collaborative story written by crime authors, a Gaelic strand, and many points of engagement in celebrating Scottish literature, libraries and festivals.
The weekend reached over 3 million people with website traffic from over 80 countries, expanding the Saltire Society’s brand to a new audience while being part of their 80th anniversary celebrations. Despite occurring in the immediate aftermath of Brexit, the festival was deemed a success by those who participated, both authors and fans.
2020: A Publishing Odyssey and the SYP
As a member of the Society of Young Publishers’ Scotland committee, I help plan monthly events and inaugural conference earlier in 2016, as well as running our online programme. The latter has seen Matt Haig, Estelle Maskame, Charlie Adlard, Pat Mills, Hannah Berry and more join us for Twitter chats to give insight into various elements of publishing, and has helped raise the SYP’s online profile.
Event-wise, I have championed inclusion of comics in our events, beginning with our conference, and our first comics event in June 2016 as part of the Glasgow Comic Festival programme. I also organised the Saltire Society x SYP Scotland shadow panel project, where we put together panels of young professionals and students to read the Saltire Society Literary Awards shortlists and judge them in parallel to the main judging process.