Last Thursday I travelled down to London to celebrate the 10th birthday of my publisher, Legend Press. The celebration party was held in the Warren Room of the Radison Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel, the setting of their first ever book launch party.
Legend have achieved an awful lot during their ten years in book publishing. In 2011, they were shortlisted for the Independent Publisher of the Year and this year they had two books longlisted for the prestigious Baileys Prize.
Managing Director Tom Chalmers gave a humorous speech on his idea for a collection of short stories and an internet shop under his flat which sparked the idea for the publishing company that exits today, while behind him pictures of book launches and author events across the last decade were displayed on a wide screen.
It was lovely to be a part of the celebrations and meet members of the publishing team that I hadn’t already met, and also to meet some of the other authors like Bea Davenport and Kat Gordon, who I’ve got to know so well online.
A fun packed evening full of wine (and lots of cake!) was had by all. You can find more details on their tenth birthday celebrations on the Legend website. In the meantime, here are my highlights in pictures (as usual, please excuse my poor photography):