Bookswarm creates new website for the Royal Society of Literature

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Bookswarm has designed a new, responsive website for the Royal Society of Literature.

For nearly 200 years, the Royal Society of Literature has celebrated and nurtured all that is best in British literature, past and present.

Today, alongside a world-class events programme, it supports authors both established and emerging with awards and grants, runs masterclasses, and manages a Schools Outreach programme to inspire the next generation of readers and writers.

At the heart of the RSL is its Fellowship, which encompasses the most distinguished authors working in the English language. The RSL builds bridges between our Fellows and the reading public, so that their talents are shared as widely as possible.

People need to feel in their bones that the whole of English literature from Beowulf to Byron to Benjamin Zephaniah is theirs by right of inheritance. The RSL shows people what belongs to them, and welcomes them into it.’

Philip Pullman

Annette-Brook2RSL Communications Manager Annette Brook says of the experience of working with Bookswarm on the project:

Working on our new responsive site with Bookswarm has been an absolute joy. Simon and team have realised our brief perfectly, keeping the look and feel of our previous site whilst refreshing it and adding new, interesting features. They have been patient with us, as we are a small team, and understanding of our particular needs. Their support with the technical challenges of setting up new domains and integrating our site with a new database system has been enormously helpful, and their positive attitudes have made them a pleasure to work with. We have an exciting new website and would thoroughly recommend Bookswarm to peer organisations.

Visit the new website

Literary brand expert Tamsen Harward joins Bookswarm in non-exec role

Tamsen photoBookswarm is delighted to announce the appointment of our first non-executive director in a move designed to assist with strategic planning and business development.

Tamsen Harward is a brands and media consultant with twenty years’ international experience in and around publishing and IP management. Prior to managing literary brands including Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler, she produced educational content at BBC Worldwide and was Assistant Manager for an independent bookshop in Leicestershire. When not working with clients Tamsen enjoys building bookshelves to house her collection of contemporary and classic crime fiction.

Tamsen says “I am delighted to be joining Bookswarm – the digital agency for authors and publishers. I’m really excited by Bookswarm’s plans and as a Non-Executive Director I will be using my industry experience and connections to help Simon and the team deliver even more fantastic services in the UK and beyond.”

Bookswarm’s Director Simon Appleby says “We’re delighted to have Tamsen on board, and I am looking forward to getting her perspective on many aspects of our business and how we interact with the continually-evolving UK book trade.”