Ben Abbiss

Contact hours for Ben’s MSc journalism course finished in May, although he will be working on his dissertation until September. He will use the next four months to gain experience for a career as an investigative journalist, hopefully with an investigative organisation like The Bureau Local.

Jennifer Acton

Jennifer works as a web editor for an independent publisher of translated fiction, for a literary prize, and as a freelancer for self-published authors and small publishers. She is developing her digital skill set, especially Photoshop and coding, to code her own websites and design graphics for book campaigns.

Mary Ashcroft

A recent textile design graduate, Mary has struggled since university to find an affordable and adequate print facility to continue her work. The Award will help fund a print membership of an open access screen-printing facility. She hopes to make more commercial interior prints to sell.

Dieter Ashton

Dieter redeploys redundant analogue recording tape to create dynamic screen prints. He has developed a controlled drawing and print style through a process of exposing VHS and audio cassette tape onto silk screens, printing the results using a reductive screen print process. He will study for an MA Print at the RCA this year.

Amy Banda

Amy is currently working at Fenwick in Tunbridge Wells as a full-time senior sales assistant. In September, she will be undertaking an MA in Publishing at UCL. Her aspiration is to work in the publishing sector as an editor of fictional book manuscripts.

Josh Bartholomew

Josh is studying graphic design at Shillington College in Manchester. He hopes to land a job with a design studio once the course finishes. If possible, he would love to continue studying, too, through workshops and other courses.

Phyllida Bluemel

Phyllida is a Falmouth-based book artist and printmaker (silk screen). She recently finished a one-month studio residency in the US and has been the Women’s Studio Workshop Book Artist in Residence. She also works at Stranger Collective, a creative and editorial agency, currently working on Kodachrome, Kodak’s new print magazine.

Laura Borrelli

Laura is a digital editor at Bright Red Publishing, an independent educational publisher based in Edinburgh. Within her role she develops digital projects and content, coming up with new ways to integrate technology with printed resources in the classroom.

Lily Bowden

Her first role in publishing has convinced Lily she has found her calling. Her background in marketing and business development has helped in her role as a publicity executive, but she is keen to strengthen her copy writing and communications skills to forge a successful career as a book publicist.

Julia Bradley

Julia is currently studying for an MA in English Literature at Swansea University, after having graduated last year with a First Class BA (Hons) in American Studies. She is also interning for an independent publishing company, Parthian Books, and hopes to work in the publishing industry once she graduates.

Catriona Brazendale

Catriona graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2013 with a degree in English Literature and Law. After university, she interned as a broadcast journalist with the BBC at Media City. In 2014, she joined SAGE Publishing in the Production Department.

Lucy Bryant

A fashion design graduate with in-depth fashion industry knowledge and a lifelong affinity for writing, Lucy has features in Etc Magazine and is due to achieve NCTJ accreditation. Her goal is to transform her blog, KIT, into a fresh, attainable, lifestyle magazine, focusing on fashion, food, and travel.

Catherine Buckmaster

Catherine hails from Dublin. After a stint in Canterbury and Paris gaining her MA in Literature, she discovered graphic design as a profession, while working in marketing for a circus school. She is studying at Shillington College and doing a design internship. She would love a full-time, print design career.

Jodie Burr

Jodie works for Sun Chemical in its research and development facility, where she is working on liquid photoimageable solder masks for the circuit board industry. In the near future, she plans on gaining a deeper understanding of UV curing printing inks through studying for a chemistry degree.

Samuel Callard

Samuel is currently working as an editorial assistant in an independent Christian publisher in Oxford. Sending out ebooks for conversion is one aspect of his job, but he would like training in coding to enable him to create ebooks in-house.

Fiona Callingham

Fiona works as a junior reporter for the free independent newspapers, the Bognor Regis Post and the Chichester Post. This year she will train to be a journalist at Highbury College, which will allow her to work as a main reporter and help to develop the two newspapers.

Lauren Campbell

As a school’s federation data assistant, Lauren edits, proofreads, and typesets all school publications, including the pages on the school’s website. She also proofreads students’ UCAS personal statements, and publishes the weekly Sixth Form Bulletin. She intends pursuing a full-time editing career.

Michael Cassidy

Michael is an apprentice pre-press technician working for Service Graphics. He plans to learn more about 3D design to understand certain concepts better in his own job and possibly move into that line of work at Service Graphics or in the print industry.

Ben Chamberlain

Looking forward to starting at Norwich University of the Arts to study graphic design in September, Ben is already self-taught in most of the Creative Cloud suite and cannot wait to start his career in the industry. Areas that interest him include branding, packaging, and typography.

Szu-yun Chang

Currently studying MA Graphic Media Design at the London College of Communication, Szu-yun is passionate about graphic design and particularly interested in editorial design and print production. She wants to be a graphic designer, creating work that inspires people to think and communicate beyond language and culture barriers.

Hamish Chapman

Hamish lives and works in Glasgow, having graduated from the Glasgow School of Art Painting & Printmaking Department in 2015. Hamish’s practice has a heavy focus on screen print and he is planning a series of large screen prints to be shown in a solo exhibition later in the year.

Katharine Charleson

Katharine is a printed textile designer committed to creating sumptuous, unique textiles. She uses traditional screen-printing and digital print techniques to create luxury homewares and bespoke designs for fashion and interiors. She enjoys giving fabric printing classes, teaching students of different ages and abilities the skill of screen-printing.

Benjamin Charman

Benjamin is working on an IT project in the print and communications industry charged with securing company and client data in response to the recent WannaCry ransomware attacks. The Award will help him fund his Prince2® qualification, to improve the efficiency of his project for the business.

Yin Yu Chen

Currently studying MA Graphic Branding and Identity at the London College of Communication where she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Communication, Yin Yu finds the process of turning a design concept into reality fascinating. She wants to pursue a career in graphic design.

Daniel Clark

Daniel is an artist and alumnus of the Royal College of Art, where he holds the post of Technical Instructor in Digital Print. He is currently working towards establishing an artist-led project space and publishing platform in the Shetland Isles, focusing on preserving and contributing to island culture.

Charlotte Coldwell

Charlotte is studying a Publishing Masters at the University of Central Lancashire, having completed her English Literature BA. She is the Course Representative and enjoys liaising with staff and students. After her Masters, she hopes to work in production or design in the trade publishing industry.

Emily Collis

Since completing her NCTJ training at Gold Standard, Emily has been working tenaciously as a trainee reporter at Newsquest Midlands South. Once she passes her NQJ exams in November, she intends to continue climbing the newsroom ladder until she achieves her dream of becoming an editor of regional newspapers.

Charlotte Cox

Like many young graduates, Charlotte’s dream was to work in publishing, but has found it challenging to break into the industry. Her first role was as an administrator at Cambridge University Press, followed by an assistant’s role in the Marketing Department. She is now a journals marketing executive.

Stephanie Cox

Stephanie recently joined a brand new publishing house as Assistant Copy Editor. Trigger Press is growing rapidly and she wants to play a part in its growth. She will use her Award to undertake a book commissioning course with the Publishing Training Centre and an SfEP copy-editing course.

Nicola Crane

Building on the editorial skills gained in her desk editing role, Nicola wants to continue to drive new, groundbreaking books towards publication. Her ambition is to start her own non-fiction imprint that provides a platform for marginalised writers to vocalise worldwide political, social, and environmental issues.

Sarah Crookes

Having recently competed a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design at Falmouth University, Sarah now plans on developing her typographic and editorial skills by attending Typography Summer School, after which she hopes to set up an independent publishing press that will promote and celebrate the work and lives of other creatives.

Costanza De Luca

Studying for a BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design at the London College of Communication, Costanza has discovered her passion for interactive, social, and editorial design. Her academic pathway has fuelled her curiosity and expanded her design skills. She wants to develop her expertise in the creative industries.

Camilla di Liberto

Camilla’s lifelong passion for literature has led her to pursue a career in publishing. To gain the necessary experience to excel in the field, she plans to enter the Publishing Excellence Programme run by Bristol publisher, Arkbound, to train for an editorial role.

Cecilia Dinwoodie

Journalism can be difficult to break into, so Cecilia has made her own head start. She is the Founding Editor of the illustration and music zine, Cool Brother. Noisy for noise, it is an ever-expanding family. The publication hosts up-and-coming talent, giving designers, writers, and musicians a home to hoist their sails.

Jay Drinkall

Since graduating from Falmouth University in 2014, Jay has worked for art and publishing projects, including The London Bookshop Map and Ridinghouse. She voluntarily co-runs Three Letter Words, a charity dedicated to supporting artists’ publishing. Her ambition is to have an editorial role in art book publishing.

Talitha Duncan-Todd

Talitha, who has recently graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a BA in English, aspires to a career in publishing. In September, she will start a Masters course in media publishing at Oxford Brookes University, training her for the publishing industry.

Rhea Evers

Rhea is an HLF Skills for The Future conservation trainee at PZ Conservation C.I.C, a private book and archive conservation studio in Cornwall. She has a place on a postgraduate course, MA Conservation at Camberwell and hopes to become a qualified book and archive conservator in the UK.

Charlon Flynn

Currently studying for an MA Publishing at the University of Central Lancashire, Charlon is working towards a marketing career. She has learnt so much about the publishing industry on her course, including carrying out market research and creating marketing plans for new titles, and is excited about starting her marketing career.

Brandon Hartley

Brandon’s ambition is to become Head of Production in his mill, providing a platform for quality production within a team from project initiation to completion. He is currently working through the mill’s departments, gaining an understanding of departmental contribution to manufacturing the product and insight for this future role.

Alexandra Holmes

As a production editor for an independent publishing house specialising in books on autism, mental health, and social work, Alexandra takes manuscripts through all stages of production to press, managing schedules and ensuring they are on time, to budget, and of high editorial quality.

Kayleigh Hope

Currently studying for a Level Two Team Leading NVQ with the BPIF, Kayleigh’s ambition is to learn as much as she can about the printing industry and develop her customer service role. She will use her Award for a customer service workshop or a laptop to help with her studies.

Georgina Hopkins

Georgina, who has just completed a graphic design degree with First Class Honours at Falmouth University, has three internships lined up in London design studios for the summer and will use her Award for travel and living costs.

Lucy Hutchinson

Lucy is a socially engaged visual artist specialising in printmaking. She often works with marginalised communities teaching printing processes to improve community cohesion and increase representation. Her Award will enable her to expand her practice and accept her place on MA Print at the Royal College of Art.

Rosemary lles

As Editorial Assistant at Epigeum, part of Oxford University Press, Rosemary is enjoying assisting the Editorial Team with editing and proofreading content, bug checking and developing interactive activities on Epigeum’s online courses. She would like to be a content creation specialist or an editorial manager.

Georgia Irving

Georgia is currently doing an apprenticeship in paper making at Iggesund Paperboard. She spends four days on-site learning various job roles from the five different shifts. Over the next two and half years, she will continue to learn the process from start to finish and the science behind it.

Emma Irwin

Emma is studying English Literature at the University of Bristol and writes creatively in her spare time. Since she intends to work in publishing, in particular the marketing sector, completing the publishing course run by Arkbound will enable her to gain practical industry experience.

Gabrielle Keepfer

The Publications Coordinator at Make it York, Gabrielle produces the publications under Make it York’s tourism brand – Visit York. From planning and creating content to proofing and publishing, she is involved in almost all aspects of the print process, working with a graphic artist to bring the pages to life.

Susannah Keogh

Having graduated from the University of Exeter, where she was the Editor of the university’s student newspaper, Exepose, Susannah will start her Masters in Newspaper Journalism at City University in September. She intends to pursue a career in news journalism in the print sector.

Laura Lindley

A production assistant, Laura manages in-house production, scheduling and materials for ProCo (Sheffield and Stansted), liaises with external outwork suppliers and the Internal Service Team to achieve 100% satisfaction for customers. Laura will use her Award to enroll on a digital artwork course continuing her journey in this dynamic industry.

Hamza Loonat

Hamza, who is currently completing his Level 4 Project Management apprenticeship, will use his Award to pay for a Prince2® Project Management qualification, first aid training, and a GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliance course.

Julia Marco Campmany

Julia studied Fine Art in Valencia and is finishing her MA Print at the Royal College of Art. She has deepened her printmaking skills in Keystone Editions, Helsinki Litho and Tamarind Institute. Her next step is to learn different bookbinding techniques to develop her own publishing projects in the UK.

Hannah McAdams

Hannah McAdams is based in Oxford, where she is a production editor for the Casemate Group. Formerly a magazine editor, Hannah now edits, designs and translates for four imprints of specialist history and archaeology books, and is looking forward to developing her career in the editorial project management area.

Jonathan Mclntosh

Jonathan works as an editorial assistant at the membership communications agency, Think, producing magazines for clients, including Historic Scotland, The National Trust for Scotland and The Royal Photographic Society. He plans to complete an NCTJ Diploma in Journalism to help augment his skill set and progress his editorial career.

Jordan Mellor

An apprentice training to become a paper maker skilled in manipulating the fibre to achieve the paper specification needed, Jordan is currently working through each process in a paper mill, starting with the development of the fibre to the finished sheet of paper ready for printing.

Theo Miller

Theo is currently working in Leicester as an artist studio team member at Leicester Print Workshop and a printmaking technical instructor at De Montfort University. He hopes to develop, retain and pass on his skills as a printmaker, both as an artist and as an educator.

Samantha Miller

After working in the Foreign Rights Department of a children’s book publisher for five years, Samantha has decided to follow her dream of becoming a graphic designer. She is enrolling on a full-time graphic design course at Shillington College as the first step towards making this happen.

Sofia Niazi 

Illustrator, editor of printed publication OOMK zine, and co-founder of DIY Cultures, an annual festival of zines exploring the intersection of art and activism, Sofia runs Rabbits Road Press, a community Risograph printing press in London. She intends developing her graphic design skills to produce her own illustrated books.

Natasha Onwuemezi

Natasha is a reporter at The Bookseller magazine, the definitive source of news and views for the publishing industry. Natasha intends to strengthen her journalism experience with formal training and has been accepted on a course to study for an NCTJ qualification, while maintaining her professional commitments.

Nina O’Reilly

As a digital editorial assistant at Bloomsbury Publishing, Nina helps develop creative online resources for higher education. In the future, she hopes to commission her own digital products and will use her Award for key training courses at UCL and the Publishing Training Centre to achieve this goal.

Linlin Pan

Currently studying at the London College of Communication for an MA Illustration and Visual Media, Linlin describes herself as a graphic designer and an illustrator. She is looking forward to a printing career, particularly in food. She is interested in traditional print techniques, such as screen-printing and relief printing.

Holly Patrick

Holly is finishing her studies at the University of Westminster, where she is reading journalism. Her ambition is to be a writer and an editor in the lifestyle journalism sector. She will use her Award for courses to increase her chances of a successful career in the media industry.

Hayley Pearce

Hayley is an account manager and copywriter for a design and print agency and a freelance journalist for print and online publications. She begins her NCTJ Level 3 Diploma in Journalism at Highbury College in September and hopes to become a multimedia journalist for a local or national news organisation.

Stefan Pintea

Stefan graduated with a BA in Media and Cinematics from the University of Bradford in 2014. He worked for two local magazines, HowDo? and Bradford and Champion Up North, before starting an MSc in Journalism in September 2016 at Leeds Beckett University.

Thomas Read

A designer with a passion for branding and marketing, Thomas has just graduated from Coventry University with a First Class BA Honours Degree in Illustration and Graphics. His work includes branding his end of year degree show and creating a full-size prototype of an interactive gaming urinal. Yes, you read that correctly, a urinal!

Áine Ryan

Áine is from Northern Ireland and studied at the University of Sussex. Since graduating, she has worked in talent management and in various aspects of the publishing industry, before finding her niche in book marketing. Áine works for Oberon Books in London.

Alexander Sharp

Alexander is a writer and editor currently working as an editor, writer, and reviewer. He hopes to advance into novel and audio book publishing, with a focus on literature surrounding the changing nature of the family unit.

Danielle Shaw

Danielle has always wanted to write. After studying English Literature and Philosophy and now a BAME publishing employee, she wants to explore words’ influence in a way that shapes, moves and informs society from being enjoyable, enlightening and a form of escapism to those that experience a life they deserve.

Molly Slight

Molly is the Editorial and Publicity Manager at Scribe, an independent publisher with offices in London and Melbourne. She works in the UK office, running campaigns for books, and working with the publisher to acquire and edit new titles.

Christopher Smith

Christopher runs Vibrant Colour, a small business helping other businesses and charities make the most of print and promotional products for effective communication and marketing. Christopher is driven by a passion for print and physical media, as today’s world becomes ever more digitised.

Marcroy Smith

Marcroy is the director and founder of People of Print LTD, comprising creatives and companies that perform workshops, events and answer creative briefs for clients including: UEFA, Adidas,, V&A Museum, Pick Me Up Design Fair, MasterCard, Levi’s, and various charities. He is the author of People of Print: Innovative, Independent Design and Illustration.

Yosef Smyth

Previously at Pearson, Yosef is now the Children’s Editor and Business Development Manager at Kube Publishing, a small independent publisher in Leicestershire. His role is wide-ranging and involves production, marketing, sales, commissioning, and distribution, as well as general management of the company alongside the director.

Niamh Tierney

Having completed a BA in English and New Media in Ireland, Niamh moved to London to undertake a Masters in Publishing. She now works as a producer for Dorling Kindersley in the Children’s Team. She will use her Award to complete a PRINCE2® project management course.

Louise Upton

Louise is a copy editor at Crown House Publishing, an independent publisher based in West Wales. Since joining the company in 2013, she has trained in proofreading and copy-editing. She sees herself remaining in this field and would like to enhance her editorial skills.

Lucy Vallance

Lucy is a commissioning editor on the Theatre, Film and Dance lists at The Crowood Press. She loves combining her passion for literature and the arts, researching new book ideas and meeting authors in fascinating workplaces. She will use her Award for development training in list management and editorial skills.

Sam Wallis

Sweet Jam Photography is photographer Sam Wallis from Blackpool, specialising in, but not limited to, portrait and pet photography, using word of mouth to promote his business with excellent reviews. 2017 will see him in the first year of a photography degree, whilst continuing to work freelance.

Charlotte Whiting

Charlotte recently finished a two-month internship at Profile Books in London and has returned to her position as an unpaid intern for a small independent publishing company in Edinburgh, where she previously worked for six months. She has a range of responsibilities across editorial, marketing, and design.

Eleanor Wyatt

An active artist and educator, Eleanor will undertake an MA Print at the RCA this September to build on her technical knowledge and progress her artistic practice. Her aim is to open a studio dedicated to contemporary discourse around print and the education of printmaking techniques for young people.

Maria Zygogianni

Maria is the Marketing Officer at Parthian Books and runs the company’s Swansea office. Through her role, she hopes to help raise the profile of indie Welsh publishing and develop the Swansea literary scene and community. Eventually, she wants to combine her interest in academia with her publishing career.