An amazing opportunity to work as a project manager with some fantastically talented people happened during my MA year at Falmouth University. . .

In Dark Places

In November 2016 an email dropped into my inbox detailing an incredible opportunity to work with the School of Writing and Journalism.

The email was a call to become involved in a live brief with fellow students of Falmouth University, the National Trust and the 2017 South West Outdoor Festival. This landmark project, supported by Katie Bond (Head of NT Publishing) also involved one of the hottest new authors, Wyl Menmuir.

Never one to shy away from a challenge I promptly put myself forward and was lucky enough to be selected. At the beginning of February 2017, Katie Bond and Pat Kinsella, director of SWOF briefed us on the task at hand. Work on campus started almost immediately with two experienced members of the Falmouth University staff to guide the student team. 

With a generous budget supplied by the University, the reputation of the National Trust, a renowned author and an up and coming illustrator was on the line. With so much at stake, the student group soon realised that this was a serious project. A chink in the process at any point could mean the difference between success and failure. It was essential that the team worked effectively and efficiently together towards a mutual goal. My role in the project was to ensure this happened.

Tasked with organising all aspects of the publishing process from initial concept to production. As well as managing the exclusive book launch of In Dark Places at Cheddar Gorge, I was in my element.

The project proved to be a great success and the end of the editorial and post-production process was reached with no hiccups. The first test print rolled off the press in June when publicity for In Dark Places began in earnest.

First copies of the deliciously written and illustrated In Dark Places were bound and ready for distribution by mid-August. And our first sales took place exclusively at the South West Outdoor Festival, in Cheddar Gorge in September 2017. By October the bijou books were available in all of the National Trust bookshops.

It took just ten months to guide this project from initial brief to the bookshelves of nearly every National Trust shop in the country.