Forgotten Fiction

Kate Macdonald

Handheld Press
South West
Notice Period:
Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
26th June 2019
Reading | Books | History | Publishing

The twentieth century was a phenomenal time for writers in Britain, yet how many of the writers who flourished in the years before the Second World War do we remember today?

Kate is a literary historian, and has spent her life scouring the shelves less visited in libraries and second-hand bookshops. She has published her research on forgotten authors, and is now the publisher of many of the popular authors from the past. Bring the names of the authors who you used to love, and the books your parents and grandparents kept by the fireplace, and hear Kate talk about their rightful place in literary history.

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About Kate Macdonald

Kate is a publisher, a director and energy source of independent publishing house Handheld Press. She's also a literary historian and an academic. She's very experienced in talking to large and small groups about literature, publishing, getting published, book design and twentieth-century writers. She's knowledgeable, enthusiastic and passionate about books and reading, and has a particular interest in practical help for those who want to take their book further towards publication.

Recent appearances (or performances) include invited talks at the AGM of the Angela Thirkell Society and the Caledonian Lecture at the Caledonian Club, the International Elizabeth von Arnim Society keynote paper, a panellist at a conference on Women in Publishing at the University of Reading, and running a workshop on How to Pitch Your Book at the Frome Small Publishers Fair. She'll shortly be giving a series of talks in Scotland on How Publishing Works. Kate charges no fee, but she'll bring along some of the books that Handheld Press has published for purchase.

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