‘Having managed to pick up a printing outfit (slightly soiled) at a reasonable price, we have decided to produce a paper. There is much that we would like to say in it, but the shadow of censorship enveloping us causes us to refer to the war, which we hear is taking place in Europe, in a cautious manner.’
Not content with producing high-quality print books, readers who have embraced digital will be pleased to learn we have released a large number of Conway titles as eBooks in a variety of formats. Almost all our new books are available as well as a good selection of backlist. We even have the odd eBook exclusive!
Pavilion Books Group, of which Conway is an imprint, has announced a unique fundraiser for charities The Book Trade Charity (BTBS) and the Howard League for Penal Reform, to support their work and highlight the Howard League’s Books for Prisoners campaign.
A Night in the Cells (#CellNight) sees a range of high-profile figures from the literary and arts world, including publishers and literary agents, competing in a charity auction to be one of six people locked up in cells in the Pavilion Books offices on the night of Thursday 19th June.
Pavilion’s offices are situated in the Old West London Magistrates Court, within which are six grade 2 listed holding cells, last used in the 1990s. One famous occupant of the cells was former Rolling Stone Brian Jones, after being charged with drugs offences in 1967.
At 8.30am the following morning, there will be a press breakfast for those locked up to describe their experiences and why they support the Books for Prisoners campaign.
A full list of those competing in A Night in the Cells and details of their fundraising can be found under Further Information.
The Books for Prisoners campaign is calling on the government to end restrictions which prevent families and friends sending books, underwear and other essentials to prisoners. A host of leading writers, including Alan Bennett, Salman Rushdie and Ian McEwan, have called on the Ministry of Justice to review the policy which has been in place since November.
Tens of thousands of people have shown their support for the campaign by signing a petition and sending photographs of bookshelves to the Ministry of Justice’s Twitter account using the hashtags “#shelfie” and “#booksforprisoners”. Support from English PEN has seen the UK government’s stance condemned by international writers and former prisoners of conscience across the world.
The fundraising page for A Night in the Cells can be found at: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/anightinthecells
Confirmed participants so far are:
David Young, CEO of Orion Books, President of the Book Trade Charity (BTBS)
Patrick Janson-Smith, CEO of Blue Door, an imprint of Harper Collins
Anne Sebba, Chair of the Society of Authors, author of nine non-fiction books
Clare Conville, Literary Agent at Conville & Walsh
Jonathan Nowell, President of Nielsen Book, part of The Nielsen Company
Mark Billingham, Author of best-selling crime novels
Carole Blake, Literary agent at Blake Friedmann
Nicola Solomon, Chief Executive of the Society of Authors
Jamie Byng, CEO of Canongate
Philip Jones, Editor of The Bookseller
Seni Glaister, CEO and founder of The Book People
Andrew Franklin, Founder and MD of Profile Books
Kathy Lette, Author
Deborah Bull, Director, Cultural Partnerships, King’s College London
Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform
Kevin McGrath, Co-Founder of The Clink Prison Restaurant Charity
David Graham – Publishing consultant, Pavilion Books
Polly Powell – CEO, Pavilion Books
A Night in the Cells will take place at Pavilion Books, The Old Magistrates Court, 10 Southcombe Street, London W14 0RA.
Pavilion Books is an award-winning independent publisher producing high-quality illustrated books under the Batsford, Collins & Brown, Conway, National Trust, Pavilion and Portico imprints.
The Book Trade Charity (BTBS) is the book trade’s own welfare charity, offering help to anyone who has worked in the trade for more than one year in a range of roles and who has a problem, whether personal, financial or health-related.
The Howard League for Penal Reform is the oldest penal reform charity in the world. It is a national charity working for less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison.
The Howard League for Penal Reform
Tel: +44 (0)20 7241 7880
Mobile: +44 (0)7714 604955
Senior Publicity & Marketing Manager
Tel: +44 (0)20 7605 1466
The Book Trade Charity (BTBS)
Tel: +44 (0) 1923 263128
Mobile: 07904 680 588
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