Dotti Irving

It’s definitely ‘back to school’ week.  The office is suddenly alive with bronzed colleagues, brimming with enthusiasm and ideas for the months to come, and my email box is full of positive messages from clients and contacts hoping I’ve had a lovely summer break.

It has been a wonderful summer, even though I’ve not been on the beach (that comes later!). August is such a brilliant time for us to be preparing for the avalanche of launches and news stories we’ll be working on in September, October and November.

Astonishingly, tomorrow sees the announcement of the shortlist of the 2019 Booker Prize.  Chloe tells you more, and I recommend that –  at the very least –  you read all six of the books our judges, headed up by Peter Florence, have selected this year. And then we have to hold on to our hats until 14 October when the winner is announced.

Before then, and particularly for those of you with a nose for politics and history, comes the third Cliveden Literary Festival. Running over the last weekend in September, the festival offers a glittering line up of speakers in a truly spectacular setting. It’s a marvellous weekend so do take a look and book in.

And finally we’re off to Milton Keynes in September, with the town recently in the cultural spotlight as it marked the launch of its new art gallery. Four Culture is involved in not one but two major launches there: the inaugural ‘A Festival of Creative Urban Living’ and an exhibition celebrating international skateboarding culture.

So that’s about it for this month.  There will be masses more to tell you about next time around; meantime happy Booker reading!

All best,


Read more about the Cliveden Literary Festival here

Read more about the Booker shortlist here

Read more about the launch of MK Art Gallery here