Member News – April 2021

Posted by Stella Calvert-Smith on 14 April 2021, in Member news, News

Each month we gather news from our members to share with the network! This is what's happening this month...


Producer, academic, and author Lisa Gee has produced this beautiful film Eliza Hayley - The Portrait Mystery.

Lisa Gee discusses Eliza Hayley and her portrait with Lucy Bamford, Senior Curator, Derby Museums and Art Gallery, Dr David Bartle, Company Archivist, The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, (the portrait's owners), Conservator-Restorer Simon Gillespie and art historian Alex Kidson, author of 'George Romney: a complete catalogue of his paintings" (Yale University Press).


Earthed by Rebecca Schiller, agented by Byte the Book member Julia Silk (at Kingsford Cambell Ltd) is out 6th May.

'A powerfully confessional memoir that excavates important truths about our lives, our selves and our dreams and what happens when we have to let go.'

Clover Stroud, (author of My Wild and Sleepless Nights)

You can pre-order the book here!


Visual Verse would love to hear from writers, artists, publishers and agents in the Byte the Book community who would be interested in a collaboration.

Co-founded by Byte the Book member Kristen Harrison, who is based in Berlin, Visual Verse is a unique publication that gives writers the opportunity to respond to works of art. They have published many established writers alongside up-and-coming voices and Kristen would love to hear from you about showcasing your talent. Visit or email


Break the Habit Press is publishing This Is Us: Black British Women and Girls on the 2nd May.

This is Us captures a lifetime of lived experience from Black British women, retelling their stories of challenges and hardships, triumphs and strengths. Collected by Kafayat Okanlawon from strangers, acquaintances, family, and friends, the women in this book aren’t an afterthought or an add-on, everything they are is the criteria. This book is more than just words on paper, it is a representation of resistance, freedom, and sisterhood.

All profits of the ebook are being donated to Imkaan and 10% of the profits from the paperback are donated to Imkaan. Imkaan website:


My Next Read, the ebook promotion site, has just launched and started selling slots.

Contact for more information.


Byte the Book member Mark Piesing is having is book N-4 Down: The Hunt for the Arctic Airship Italia is coming out in September 2021.

The riveting true story of the largest polar rescue mission in history: the desperate race to find the survivors of the glamorous Arctic airship Italia, which crashed near the North Pole in 1928.

You can pre-order it now! Click here to pre-order!


Writer, Photographer, Editor and Byte the Book member Amelia Kyazze is publishing her much anticipated by Into the Mouth of the Lion with Unbound Press.

Into the Mouth of the Lion is the story of a young photographer looking for her sister in the final days of Angola’s civil war. It is also a cross-cultural love story, about family, faith, and the importance of bearing witness.

You can pre-order your copy of Into the Mouth of the Lion at various book selleres:


We are happy to share the news that Byte the Book member Andy Charman's book Crow Court has been included in the longlist for this year’s Desmond Elliot Prize.

Congratulations to Andy and his publishers Unbound.

Read more about it here.


On World Book and Copyright Day, Publisher Christopher Norris is launching two communities for creatives of all disciplines - including writers, illustrators, designers, publishers, agents, and booksellers - on the Founders and Mentors' platform, which is free to join via this link.

Chris will be hosting a 30-minute Zoom webinar at 16:00 hrs BST on 23 April 2021 to introduce both communities, which act in tandem on a freemium basis: Artist in Your Own Residence is free to join; Content Creators is a valued-added subscription-based group. Anyone in the Byte the Book family who would like to attend the webinar is most welcome to come and find out more.


Author, Gemologist, and Photographer Kim Rix has just published her book Buying Gemstones and Jewellery in Great Britain

This is the latest in the Gemstone Detective series in which Kim Rix is dedicated to visits different countries, to provide readers with up-to-date and trusted information for each place.

Welcome to Wordville 

Wordville is an award-winning communication agency, launched in 2007, with offices in London and Barcelona and clients in the culture, charity, and technology sectors. In 2021, Wordville began an independent imprint to publish exceptional written works that excite, entertain and enlighten readers. OUTSIDE IN is the first collection by queer poet Polly Bull, exploring memories of their English/American upbringing and tragedies that led to an awakening. MINERVA AND THE WHIR is Jo D’arc’s debut short story and poetry pamphlet and is part of a multi-art project by the popular Glasgow-based musician. Another poetry anthology and a non-fiction book about the Crucible Theatre Sheffield planned for this year.

Lucy Tertia George, the Mayor of Wordville, is a very happy member of Byte the Book.
Get in touch on Twitter @wordville or by email to

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