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Talking through my hat


Talking Through My Hat explores bookish businesses and the fantastic people who create them, looking at why business are started, how they keep going and where we can take them in the future. I'm John Pettigrew - a hat wearer, a recovering editor and the creator of Futureproofs. To avoid missing anything, why not subscribe at Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts, and follow me on Twitter? The podcast is on hiatus from Easter 2019 for a few months, but we'll be back with more great interviews later in the year!

Feb 19, 2019

Kevin Duffy is co-founder of Bluemoose Books. Having been in publishing for 20 years back in 2006, he and his wife mortgaged their house to start Bluemoose, with the aim of publishing new and exciting voices. Since then, their books have been sold in 82 countries, and had rights sold to British TV and Hollywood. He also founded the Northern Fiction Alliance, and is an author in his own right.

In this episode, Kevin talks about how Bluemoose arose from his bile and anger with the big publishing houses, and changes in the wider industry. Kevin believes that, if literature is about anything, it's about finding new voices and new talent, and he's passionate about that - a passion that comes through loud and clear in our conversation. He founded the Northern Fiction Alliance to give "regional publishers" (a term he hates) a voice against the London establishment, with its bias against voices that aren't from the parts of society it already knows.