ifsoflo friday

Dear Literature Sector friends and colleagues,

The final day of HOW POWER CORRUPTS, our curated book event at the Free Word Centre is IFSOFLO FRIDAY, 13th May (lucky for some!), a chance for literature organisations, writers, publishers and others to meet and talk about the changing landscape of arts funding, digital platforms and the new political goalposts in austerity Britain. 

I'll be at the Free Word all day and we're holding 2 sessions, one at 11.30 on the politics of localism, one at 2.30 on academic publishing, but unconference rules will apply and you are welcome to discuss other issues too. We've got some special guests who have already agreed to come along, and members of the Roundhouse Group will be there to help give our thinking a critical and radical edge.

Writer Kate Pullinger, publishers Timo Hannay, Frances Pinter, my fellow Unlibrarian and social media coach Anke Holst are amongst those who have already agreed to attend as well as Dr Ricardo Blaug and members of the Roundhouse Journal group.  

Please do come along and, if you've already decided to, please pass on this message to others you'd like to meet there.

You'll be able to buy books from our 18th booksellet Robin of the Portablebookshop.com including Ricardo Blaug's How Power Corrupts at half price (a mere £25 then!) and we'll be making Unlibrary profiles too. (See www.unlibrary.posterous.com for more on what they are) .
Following the event we're revamping the ifsoflo.ning.com website, thanks to funding from Arts Council England, and aiming to provide more active support to literature organisations and professionals exploring digital possibilities in these challenging times. 

As the commercial sector rushes headlong into flogging its newly digitised wares, those whose first allegiance is to the readers and writers of imaginative literature need to think together about a bigger vision of the future of the book. 

Please let me know if you'd like to come along, or be involved via an online debate, or would be interested in a portable if:book salon nearer to you over the coming months. You can book (free) tickets at www.freewordonline.com and join the debate at www.roundhousejournal.org

All the best



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