As well as launching our books in bookshops, we often sell Handheld Press books at book fairs, conventions, conferences and AGMs. If you’d like to book a Zoom talk (no fee), email us.
Kate also gives talks about publishing and design to large and small groups, and runs workshops on how publishing works for aspiring authors (and publishers).
Normalising disability through fiction
On Wednesday 13 October Kate will be talking to bioethicist Tom Shakespeare about normalising disability in fiction, and novels in which disability is just another aspect of the characters’ lives. This will include The Exile Waiting by the late Vonda N McIntyre, a masterclass on writing a society in which everyone is living with impairment, but some impairments are deadly and some have wings; and So Lucky by Nicola Griffith, in which Mara loses, in one week, her wife, her job, and control of her body when she gets a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
There are so many other stories to talk about in which disability is normal: bring your own suggestions for what we could all be reading.
This is an event for City of Westminster libraries. Please register for your free place here.
Talks for the Guildhall Library, London
Five London novels from Handheld Press: an online illustrated talk for the Guildhall Library by Handheld’s Kate Macdonald, on Wednesday 10 November 2021, 2-3pm: free ticket registration here.
Handheld Press book stalls
We’ll be attending a select group of book fairs and conventions in autumn 2021 as long as public health restrictions permit it. Come see us!
BristolCon, Saturday 30 October. You can find out all you need about getting to BristolCon here.
Book launch! For Malcolm Saville’s Jane’s Country Year
We will be holding our first in-person book launch for almost two years, on 17 January 2022, at Burway Books in Church Stretton, Shropshire, which has strong connections with Saville’s writing. This will celebrate our new edition of Malcolm Saville’s marvellous novel of country life set immediately after the Second World War, Jane’s Country Year.
The event will open at 19.30, and we are hoping for special guests. Tickets will be limited, to keep to safe numbers in this well ventilated space: please email Burway Books to reserve your place.