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Liberating Ideas with Unbound Publishing: Author Panel

May 10, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Join us for this special event in the bookshop, where four ‘Unbound’ authors discuss this revolutionary new publishing model using crowdfunding. A must-attend for all aspiring writers and those interested in the book industry!


Martine McDonagh

Ian Skewis

Tabatha Stirling

Helen Taylor


We’re so pleased to introduce this very special panel event featuring four authors who have gone through – or are still going through – the process of crowdfunding their books with Unbound, a radical new publishing alternative that has seen some real success stories, such as The Good Immigrant. Describing itself as a publishing community, Unbound is somewhere between a traditional publisher and self-publishing, composed of editors, designers and producers. Its publishing model allows authors to bring their book to fruition on their own terms. The only condition? Get enough support from the community and beyond!

Four Unbound authors at various stages of the process, Martine McDonagh, Ian Skewis, Tabatha Stirling and Helen Taylor, will be in conversation with Sasha de Buyl-Pisco in a ‘Question Time’ style panel event discussing the Unbound publishing process, answering any questions from the audience about how to get involved with the community, and how the future of publishing could look with publishers like Unbound in the mix.

This event is perfect for you if you are interested in publishing or being published, or are at all interested in the present and future of the book community. We will be displaying and selling a range of Unbound’s finest finished projects, including those by our featured authors, and refreshments will be served! Please note that there may not be seating for everybody, so please arrive in plenty of time!


The Great Hall is quite a room to fill, so we hope you can join us! We really wanted to bring this event to a special venue, and in order to do so we ask for a small ticket contribution of £2 per person. This includes a glass of wine on entry and a guaranteed great, informative evening of inspiring writers.



Ian Skewis trained as an artist and actor. He wrote for a local paper and exhibited his poems alongside his handmade lithographic prints. He went on to appear on film and television and lent his voice to radio. He also appeared in numerous stage plays, including Like Thunder, which won a Fringe First Award in 2001. His short story, Inkling, was published in 2016 as part of an anthology called The Speculative Book. A Murder Of Crows is his debut novel.


My first novel, The Backstreets of Purgatory (in which Caravaggio wreaks havoc in modern day Glasgow), will be published by Unbound later this year. I’m only just getting used to calling myself a writer. To date my career has been somewhat eclectic, spanning the highs and lows of (among other things) tatty picking, cooking in a factory canteen, medicine and research science. Recently I added a collection of creative writing qualifications to my CV to indulge my passion and feed my craving for academia but which ultimately (and very happily for me) served to make me take my writing seriously.


Martine McDonagh’s third novel, Narcissism for Beginners is published in March 2017 by Unbound.  Her first novel, I Have Waited, and You Have Come received praise in the Guardian, Red, and was described by bestselling author Elizabeth Haynes as ‘cataclysmically brilliant’. Her second, self-published novel, After Phoenix, was also well received. Martine worked for thirty years in the music industry as an artist manager, handling the careers of James and Fujiya & Miyagi, among others. She is currently Programme Leader on the MA Creative Writing & Publishing at West Dean College. www.martinemcdonagh.com


Tabatha Stirling is a writer and poet living in Edinburgh, Scotland with her husband, two elven children and a depressed Beagle, called The Beagle. Her publishing credits include Spelk fiction, Camroc Fiction Press , Literary Orphans, Mslexia, Feminine Collective, Sick Lit Mag and Twisted Sister.  Tabatha is a member of the Society of Authors & The Federation of Scottish Writers. She recently signed with Unbound, the literary crowdfunding publisher, for her book, Blood On The Banana Leaf, about maid abuse in Singapore and how women cope in the most brutal of circumstances. When Tabby is not writing or designing she enjoys watching dark, blood-splattered dramas like the Walking Dead, Ray Donavon and Sons of Anarchy.  She is absoutely ready for a zombie apocalypse.


Unbound is a crowdfunding publisher that gives people the tools, support and freedom to bring their ideas to life. To date, the Unbound community has pledged over £3 million to Unbound projects to fund everything from an anthology on race and identity in contemporary Britain to a compilation of terrible old video games you’ve probably never heard of.


May 10, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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0131 629 1396


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68 St Stephen Street
Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH3 5AQ United Kingdom
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