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January 11, 2013

Bath Spa University

In November 2013 Bath Spa University asked me back to run the third Fantasy Publishing Venture project I’ve done since 2012. This time, we had more than twice the number of students, three tutors and the project was filmed.

Teams of students from the BA Publishing and Creative writing courses were asked to conceptualise, brand and present a new idea for a publishing venture for potential investment, Dragon’s Den style.

In the past when I’ve worked with students, a lot of the time you don’t get much response, but with this project I was so proud to see regular attendance and real-world ideas. Too often students hide behind the fact they’re students, and it’s just a mark. Not this group. They really seemed to get the fact that soon they would be out of the comfort zone, where laziness means no work.

2013’s winners were a team called Tailor Read, who produce bespoke culinary reading experiences as gifts – you buy a hamper which includes a book, and the food in the hamper compliments and enhances the reader’s experience. Fantastic, and very marketable. Below are a couple of photos of presentation day.

Thanks to course leader Katharine Reeve for asking me back, to Mike Johnston, Senior Lecturer, and Gemma and Gavin for the expert technical support.

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