During my time at Chicken House Publishing I assisted with the reading of submissions, helping to identify good story concepts. I also had an opportunity to read through manuscripts of upcoming titles and complete a structural edit report. There was also a chance to proof-read and mark-up a manuscript, as well as assisting with marketing tasks such as mailing proofs to booksellers / press.
Jenna helped to promote the Bath Children’s Literature Festival across the city of Bath. She assisted with marketing both in the lead-up to the event and throughout the course of the festival itself. Responsibilities included; distributing marketing material, communication with the public, other volunteers and local businesses. The role also involved liaising with festival staff and holding the stall at promotional events. Jenna was also required to engage with children during themed events such as the CBeebies Roadshow, handing out goodies, as well as gauging interaction through dress-up characters wandering the streets.
Volunteering on an outreach project that supported children’s creativity, taking part in the Paper Cities (now Paper Nations) project, funded by Arts Council England. Jenna helped to run and promote the Make a Little Book stand at the launch event for this project in Bath.
The Make A Little Book workshops were introduced as part of the Forest of Imagination event held annually around the city of Bath. The multi-disciplinary arts festival is held in a different area of the city each year and encourages children and the young at heart to come along and discover, dream, create and play in the ‘forest’. Jenna assisted with workshop activities, aiding children with encouragement, in the book-making process.
Make A Little Book is a creative initiative from Bath Spa University’s Publishing Department. The workshops invite children and parents alike to come along and quite literally make a book, with the assistance of the workshop’s mascot, Toby Rabbit. Having designed, written or drawn their book, the Make A Little Book volunteers help to bind the pages into a little book, which can then be taken home and treasured.