4th Estate Authors at Central St Martins’ Creative Symposium

Here at 4th Estate, we are excited to announce that we will be part of Central St Martins’ Festival of Applied Imagination on Thursday 10th December.


The festival is a celebration of all things imaginative and the power of creativity in society.  Through a series of workshops, performances and debates, the festival will explore the different ways we change our world, whether it is by asking better questions of ourselves and those in power, acquiring new skills or pioneering a new approach.

HarperCollins will be hosting a panel discussion with 4th Estate authors alongside innovative creative practitioners to consider the book as object, and the journey an author takes to create their work.


Magpie-Tree-492x492Dan Prescott is a typesetter, book designer and book production professional based in the south-east of England. He has been servicing the book trade for over a decade, providing typesetting and design services for the publishing industry and individual authors alike, as well as working in-house for a number of high-profile trade publishers.

Claire LowdonClaire Lowdon Claire Lowdon grew up in Wiltshire. She read English at New College, Oxford, graduating in 2007. In 2008 she interned at the New York Review of Books before becoming Assistant Editor at Areté, where she still works. She has written for Areté, the TLS, the Sunday Times, the New Statesman and the Observer. Her first novel, Left of the Bang, was published by Fourth Estate in June 2015.

With sharp, satirical humour, unparalleled social observation, extreme sexual honesty and great empathy, Lowdon has captured the foibles, hopes and difficulties that characterise a strata of young London today. A funny, unflinching insider’s view on the generation born in the 1980s – who are often having much less fun than it seems.

012118-AP50Dan Richards Dan Richards was born in Wales in 1982 and grew up in Bristol. He has studied at UEA and Norwich Art School. Dan is co-author of Holloway with Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood; first published in 2012 as a limited run of 277 books – letterpress printed by Richard Lawrence in his Oxford workshop – followed by a general edition by Faber in 2013.

His book, The Beechwood Airship Interviews is a journey into the headspaces and workplaces of some of Britain’s most unique artists. At the beginning of this extraordinary memoir, Dan Richards impulsively decides to build an airship in his art school bar, an act of opposition which leads him to meet and interview some of Britain’s most extraordinary artists, craftsmen and technicians in the spaces and environments in which they work.

His search for what it is that compels both him and them to create becomes a profound examination of what it is to be an artist in 21st Century Britain, and an inspiring testament to the importance of making art for art’s sake.

tumblr_ls9tuaqMcM1qekwm2o1_400Phil Levine is an artist and creative entrepreneur who co-founded the collective Lazy Gramophone, an arts and design label that supports developing artists by running a Dylan Thomas Prize nominated publishing label, gallery and events. He works in the fashion, art and design industries for various businesses and was previously recruited to work as a Cultural Attaché for The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, London.

During the talk, we will be discussing a number of key points. Below are a list of topics that will be opened up for discussion although we will also be fielding questions from the audience and those that are posted on social media.

– The creative process and the journey an artist/writer takes when creating a piece

– Authors who want to be artists/Artists who want to be authors

– Creative roadblocks and how to get around them 

– Working alone vs. working collaboratively

– Space – What impact does a particular space have on creativity? Are some spaces more ‘creative’ than others, and how can we utilise this?

– The question of art. What defines artistic practice? How does writing compare to other artistic practices?

– Bridging the gap between arts and literature: Finding a path where the two cross over

– The use of art in literature – Music/films/visual art used in a book to heighten events going on in the narrative

Books will be on sale at the event.

Held in ‘the street’ at CSM, this talk will be open to all who wish to attend although seating is limited so please RSVP to ralph.barker@harpercollins.co.uk if you wish to reserve a seat.

Keep an eye out here for more information or visit: http://events.arts.ac.uk/event/2015/12/10/Festival-of-Applied-Imagination-Day-2/

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Creative Symposium blog: http://artandculturecritic.com/

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