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Talking through my hat


Released every Tuesday, 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?

Mar 12, 2019

Helen Bagnall is co-founder of Salon London, co-founder of the Transmission Prize for artists who promote bold, beautiful ideas, and also Director of the Also Festival of ideas. Before all that, she worked as a writer for Sony Pictures Entertainment, looking after characters across a range of platforms.

In this episode, she talks about how Salon London helps people to spend time with new ideas, and how the Also Festival gives even more space for this, because you need time to properly learn and integrate ideas. And being exposed to ideas across science, philosophy and culture are important if you want to be truly creative. Also, one of the big advantages for her team is that, because they work on ideas every day, they are continually reassessing how they work and live - a challenge for book publishers of all shades, too, I think!