Welcome to The Newgen Pubcast, a podcast about books and publishing, brought to you by us, Newgen Publishing UK! Join us each week as our hosts Clare Owen and Phil Clement chat to someone from the book world, including booksellers, authors and publishers. So pull up your comfiest book-reading chair, listen and enjoy!
Episode 6: Staying Honest with Alison Jones
Alison Jones from Practical Inspiration Publishing takes a break from hosting The Extraordinary Business Book Club podcast and judging the Business Book Awards to chat to us. We discuss her work ethic and how she set up her company to help busy businesspeople create books that not only get their message across but help their business thrive. We share our experiences of working from home before, during and after the pandemic and imagine how the business world might look in the years to follow.
Episode 5: The Heart of a Community with the Cotswold Book Room
Gideon York joins us this week to talk to us about how he and his wife took on the unenviable challenge of taking over an established bookshop in a small country town and explains why the children’s section of their bookshop is one of the most important spaces. He shares some of the things they’ve been doing to ensure that they remain a vital part of the community high street and how they helped a family split by geography get the kind of Christmas present that a John Lewis advert could never achieve. We’re also joined by a member of our resident bookclub to hear about their recent read.
Episode 4: Locked in The Tower with Matt Lewis
Our guest this week is Matt Lewis, historian and author of Richard III: Fact and Fiction, who takes time out of presenting documentaries on Dan Snow’s History Hit to talk to us about being locked in the Tower of London after hours to get carried away about escapees and the infamous ‘Princes in the Tower’. He tells us about the ‘worst Christian who ever lived’, shares his route into publishing and beyond, and we talk about the upcoming Steve Coogan film about the discovery of Richard III’s bones in a Leicester car park.
Episode 3: Getting Commissioned with Claire Hopkins
Our guest this week is Claire Hopkins, a commissioning editor with Pen & Sword and ARC Humanities Press, who stops by to let us know what she’s looking for when she’s commissioning. Claire tells us how she set a trend after watching Netflix’s The Crown, introduces us to an ‘unofficial’ Austrian resistance fighter, whose schnapps is as morish as her biography, and shares a few of the commissions she’s most proud of. To finish up, we shed some light on what happens to your book after you’ve finished with it, and you can find out more about that in our newsletter.
Episode 2: Going Virtual with Our Bookshop
Our guest this week is Ben Moorehouse from Our Bookshop in Tring (which is in Hertfordshire). Ben talks about his relationship with Amazon, shares the secrets of his (virtual) event success and what it’s like to run a bookshop as an ‘outsider’.
Episode 1: Myth Busting with Danièle Cybulskie
It’s Episode 1 of The Newgen Pubcast! Medieval historian Danièle Cybulskie drops in to chat to us about life as an author, her experience commissioning other authors, and truth in a post-truth world. She even offers up some tips on how ice hockey can help you to spot a trend before it’s trending.
Trailer: Welcome to The Newgen Pubcast
Welcome to The Newgen Pubcast! Let us tell you what we’ve got in store for you in our first season.