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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!

Oct 30, 2018

John Bond is the Co-Founder of WhiteFox, a new breed of publishing services company. He set up WhiteFox after being Marketing Director at Virgin Publishing, Penguin and HarperCollins, and then MD at HarperCollins.

In our interview, we talk about finding co-founders among your existing relationships, and about how it can...


Oct 23, 2018

Arthur Attwell is a self-described serial adventurer in publishing innovation, and has co-founded several publishing businesses, perhaps most famously Paperight, which enabled people in Africa to print out legal copies of books from local photocopy shops. Currently, he runs Electric Bookworks, using unique tech skills...


Oct 16, 2018

Justine Solomons is a networker extraordinaire and Founder of Byte the Book, which helps writers and publishers to learn more about the publishing industry, and to make connections that will help them in their careers.

In this episode, we talk about building a business on helping other people while also being clearly...


Oct 9, 2018

Michael Bhaskar is the Co-Founder of digital publisher Canelo, author of the books The Content Machine and Curation, and also Writer-in-Residence at Google's DeepMind with the Ethics and Society team.

In this episode, we talk about how Canelo tries to do things differently - not just the obvious "being digital" stuff...


Oct 2, 2018

Nina-Sophia Miralles is the Founder of digital culture magazine Londnr. She is a writer and editor with a focus on arts, culture and lifestyle, served as Head of Partnerships and Special Projects for the Society of Young Publishers in 2017, and has received awards from The Hospital Club and the Young Stationers.

In this...