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Word Up! Festival Profile: publisher Jane...

Fri 02 Mar 2018

Word Up! Festival Profile: publisher Jane...

The Word Up! Festival is taking place in and around the town of March from 12 to 22 April. Find out more about the creatives involved.


PROFILE: Jane Levicki, Bird’s Nest Books

Word Up! is a great opportunity to bring to Fenland the kinds of inspiring and exciting activities and events that we’d normally have to travel quite a distance for

A little about yourself:

I am a Psychology graduate who moved into a career in IT Support before giving it up to raise my four children. I home educated them for 15 years, finishing in 2017 when the youngest reached 16 and went to college, and developed a strong interest in alternative education over this time. I now work as a freelance editor, proofreader and designer.

Which organisation are you representing in the Word Up! Festival:

I am representing Bird’s Nest Books, a small independent publishing house based in March.

What is it that drew you to publishing:

I started Bird’s Nest Books in 2014 as a social enterprise, with the aim of publishing books featuring home educated characters and other groups traditionally under-represented in fiction. I also wanted to work with local authors and illustrators.

I very much enjoy taking a raw manuscript and overseeing the entire project to turn it into a published book. I love that each book is a unique item and I enjoy working as a team with the author and any editors, illustrators and cover designers who are involved.

Why did you decide to get involved in the Word Up! Festival:

For me, Word Up! is a great opportunity to bring to Fenland the kinds of inspiring and exciting activities and events that we’d normally have to travel quite a distance for. Also, the team running it are fantastic people who I’ve worked with before and it’s great to work with them again!

What are you adding to the festival:

We are contributing two events. ‘Pipedream to Publication’ is an evening with two local published authors and an independent publisher. The authors will be talking about their journey to seeing their book in print, with the challenges and successes they faced, while the publisher will be telling it from the other perspective and sharing what she looks for in a manuscript and what it’s like to work with writers. I am also organising ‘Write Now’, a one day creative writing workshop with writer Sue Welfare from Norfolk, who has been in the business for 20 years and has many published books to her name.

We’re hoping to inspire and encourage local writers and give them advice and tips to boost their chances of success. From a personal point of view, I’m hoping to extend our network of local writers, share with them the courses and workshops we’ll be arranging later in the year and maybe even find a couple of books I’d like to publish!

What part of the festival are you most looking forward to:

I am really looking forward to the Smart Phone Film Festival. I think it’s a fantastic idea and I can’t wait to watch the films at the premiere!

A huge thank you to Jane, we can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for us at the Word Up! Festival.

To find out more about the Word Up! Festival contact Katherine Nightingale .

Word Up! Festival

Between 12 and 22 of April the Word Up! Festival will be taking over the town of March! Join in to get creative with storytelling in all it’s forms. Enjoy film, music, visual arts, performance, poetry, and creative writing and have a go yourself with our interactive events. Bring your family and friends to try your hand at a range of activities. The Word Up! Festival finale will be taking place on the Market Place at St George’s Fayre. Fin d out more about the Word Up! Festival here.

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