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Concrete jungle

Just out, Brutal North is Simon Phipps’s photographs of brutalist and modernist architecture in the north of England. Today a selection of photos from it have been featured in the Guardian.

Simon has also, together with caption writer Matthew Steele (and Judy the dog), appeared in a IGTV interview with The Modernist Society.

We’ve had some fantastic comments on twitter too:

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Arts Council Recovery Fund for September

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded an Arts Council Recovery Fund grant today. September Publishing founder and publisher Hannah MacDonald says:

‘At September we have worked hard to create a resilient, low-overhead, remotely-based publisher that invests in its authors, collaborates successfully with other arts and heritage organisations and seeks out diverse talent to develop. At an incredibly difficult point in the arts industry we feel both lucky and grateful to be the recipient of this grant. It will enable us to weather a difficult year and commission new writers, artists and freelance creatives through the winter of 2020 and in years to come.’

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A jewel for lovers of the mystical …

‘A jewel for lovers of the mystical, its pages conjure up reimaginings of ancient tales, characters and beliefs from an eco-feminist angle.’

Psychologies Magazine

A very nice review for Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Stories of Shapeshifting Women in Psychologies Magazine. And we’re delighted to see Helen Nicholson’s illustrations called ‘enchanting’.

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Family treasures on Saturday Live

On Saturday, Rachel Morris was on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. Listen again here at 1.14:45.

They also themed the show on family treasures, and twitter got involved:

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Now on display at the museum …

Congratulations to Rachel Morris, whose memoir The Museum Makers was published last Thursday. The book had a wonderful first week of publicity.

Rachel penned a piece for The i:

And for the Telegraph:

And another for her childhood haunt, the Saffron Walden Museum.

The first review has come in, from the Spectator:

Rachel was also interviewed on local radio, including:

BBC Radio Wales Lynn Bowles on Sunday 23 August. Listen in at 20.49.

BBC Radio Suffolk on Wednesday 26 August. Listen in at 14.40.

It was wonderful to see her book welcomed by booksellers:

We are also in the midst of a blog tour organised by Diana Riley Marketing in association with Hive. Ten wonderful book bloggers have reviewed The Museum Makers and we will share a selection of reviews at the end of the week.

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‘On every single page of this book there is a nugget that someone will enjoy’

‘Do you know, on every single page of this book there is a nugget that someone will enjoy’

Jane Garvey on Rock Pool

Heather Buttivant was fantastic on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour this morning, talking about incredible sea creatures such as cannibalistic crabs and the long appendages of barnacles.
Listen again at 34.08.

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September Publishing buys The Guide to Black London

Steve I. Martin and Michael Ohajuru’s guide to discovering the city’s Afro-Caribbean history is out in 2022 September Publishing has bought the world rights in all languages to the first comprehensive guide to London’s Afro-Caribbean history. The Guide to Black London: Discovering the City’s Afro-Caribbean History by S. I. Martin and Michael Ohajuru was bought from Charlie Viney at the Viney Agency, and the book will be out in 2022.

The book is an illustrated guide to the impact of Black people on London’s politics, culture and self-image, offering area-by-area insights and peeling back the layers of the city through borough maps. Africans first appeared in London during the Roman occupation and Black People have been a ‘visible and continuous presence’ since the middle of the 16th century.

The Guide to Black London reveals the ‘networks of statesmen, writers, entrepreneurs, sportspeople, doctors, revolutionaries and others from all facets of life, who changed the history of the city and the world’, from the first Africans in Roman London up to the descendants of the Windrush Generation.

Martin and Ohajuru said: ‘Together we have over two decades of leading Black History tours in London. The most frequently asked question we have both found to be is: “Where is Black London?” The question could come from an African-American tourist, a white British academic or sometimes even a Black Londoner. The answer was always the same: “Black London is everywhere!” The Guide to Black London is our written response to enable that tourist, that academic and that Black Londoner to find that Black London is close at hand. Whether in the form of a venue for a celebrated entertainer, a meeting place for African or Caribbean independence movements or the home of a renowned writer or future head of state. The Guide to Black London reveals the impact, longevity and variety of the Black presence across the nation’s capital.’

Hannah MacDonald at September said: ‘We are delighted to be publishing this book in 2022. It is a massive undertaking – historical records for Afro-Caribbean women in particular are scant – and the recent closure of archives and libraries has slowed research. Even though this book is urgently needed, we are giving the authors time to uncover as much as possible. The combination of Michael’s work with the National Gallery and his expertise in Black subjects within art history with Steve’s guiding and writing on the history of Black lives in London will ensure a true picture of the city is painted, one that shows what a broad, diverse and inspiring place London is.’