My 2020 Theatre Diary – January

My 2020 Theatre Diary – January

This is an open monthly blog with a running roundup of shows I’ve seen throughout the year.  Three Sisters – adapted from Chekhov by Inua Ellams ,The National, (3rd January)Inua Ellams wrote the hugely successful Barber Shop Chronicles, which I’m...
My Top 10 Shows of 2019

My Top 10 Shows of 2019

The top 10 shows from my aisle seat in 2019.Somewhat belatedly I’ve had a look back at the list of shows that I saw in 2019, and have selected my favourites of the year. Overall I’d say that there were fewer knock-out shows than I happened to see in 2018, and my...
Turnarounds – Fixing an ailing business

Turnarounds – Fixing an ailing business

I greatly enjoyed a presentation at the recent Independent Publishers Guild conference by Sam Richardson, CEO of SPCK, who outlined his approach to turning around the fortunes of the troubled specialist publisher. One of the reasons that I enjoyed it so much was that...
Relaunching Maple Leaf Consultants

Relaunching Maple Leaf Consultants

I first launched myself as a consultant back in 2012 when I had the opportunity to go into a specialist publishing company on the invitation of the CEO to help him propel his business into a new phase of growth. I wrote this blog at the time to describe my excitement...
Start-ups and Publishers – a guide to successful dating

Start-ups and Publishers – a guide to successful dating

I recently spent a sunny Spring Sunday at the excellent LBF Digital Minds Conference in London, and one of the events that made it worth being indoors was a session that brought together representatives from two start-up companies and two book publishers to talk about...
The changing world of digital books

The changing world of digital books

The evolution of digital technologies is provoking lots of change in the book industry with a revolution in the fundamental forms of the product and the way that they are distributed. Every part of the old value chain is being affected, offering huge challenges to...