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In Conversation with Katalina Watt

March 25, 2021

Katalina Watt is an author and publisher based in Edinburgh. She currently works in Audio and Digital for Canongate Books, an award-winning independent publisher, and as Audio Director for khōréō, a q…

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In Conversation with Tanja Goossens

March 5, 2021

For our first instalment of Publishing Insiders, a new interview series on the blog, we spoke with Tanja Goossens, TV extraordinaire-turned-publishing professional. I connected with Tanja through Twit…

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Amazing Authors, Prize Shortlists, Grants and Testing Democracy

November 28, 2020

We’ve been mesmerized by the incredulous twists and turns in the 2020 US presidential election saga. It made us appreciate the strength of the US judiciary and brought home how precious democracy is a…

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The Awakening

July 20, 2020

We’ve been a little paralyzed by the lock-down and have found ourselves navigating Dr Seuss’s surreal Waiting Place. We too have been ‘waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or t…

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Spring Fever

March 17, 2020

We are hunkering down in central London and had been venturing out to a few (small) meetings, but as of tomorrow, this will be stopping completely for a while. It’s certainly a very surreal time. We’v…

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‘Modest Fashion’ Is An Emotive Phrase

February 3, 2020

This is our first blog post of the new year and it’s already February 3rd, Brexit ‘has happened’ and we’ve had a national press article by the author of our first non-fiction book, Modesty: A Fashion…

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Happy Holidays And A Wonderful New Year!

December 24, 2019

Wishing everyone a peaceful, blessed and magical holiday – wherever you are in the world! And the warmest and best of wishes in 2020 for all of us living on this beautiful pale blue dot suspended in a…

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Marketing Mode and Nike’s High-Tech Modest Swim Wear

December 10, 2019

We’ve been trying to figure out what are the best marketing and publicity tactics – what will actually make people press the buy button and, importantly, which ones are the most cost-effective. Withou…

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In the news

We love to read more about the topics our authors write about or just explore interesting news items! Here are some things that have caught our eye recently.

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The dirty side of renewable energy

Clean technologies rely on a wide range of metals sourced from unsustainable mining.
Mineral extraction damages local communities and environments, destroying cultures and biodiversity in the process.
Human rights and conservationist efforts are put at risk due to mining.

Read more (The Big Think)
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Responsible minerals sourcing for renewable energy

The transition towards a renewable energy and transport system requires a complex mix of metals – such as copper, cobalt, nickel, rare earths, lithium and silver – many of which have only previously been mined in small amounts. Under a 100% renewable energy scenario demand for these metals could rise dramatically, and require new sources of primary and recycled metals. Recycling and responsible sourcing are fundamental to improving the sustainability of the renewable energy transition.

Read more (Earthworks.org)
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Translation is creative

People often think that translations are meant to reproduce their source texts, like a photocopier. But this is a long way wide of the mark, because of course every language is different. In fact, the process is much more complicated – and interesting. Because you can never say exactly the same thing in another language, translators use their imaginations to write the book again, only with different materials, for readers with different expectations. It is more like making a sculpture than taking a photo.

Read more (The Conversation)
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Modest Model Mariah Idrissi and Hijabs

WHEN Mariah Idrissi pulls one of her many hijabs from a bag during photoshoots, stylists often mistake it for a skirt.

Read more (The Sun)
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Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

The newly released Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is an open world survival game where you control a group of “hominins” – our first ancestors – and explore, expand, and lock in new knowledge so your “clan” can evolve.

Read more (The Conversation)
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‘The Umbrella Men’ fights the misbehaviour of the powerful against the weak

‘The Umbrella Men’ fights the misbehaviour of the powerful against the weak

Read more (The Big Issue)
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Modest Fashion In The US

Modest fashion shows have been a thing. The U.S. is hosting its first this fall.

Read more (stepfeed.com)