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Job vacancy at Nick Hern Books: Digital and Production Editor

Monday 30 June 2014

**UPDATE 11 July, 12:05pm - Applications for this position are now closed**

We are seeking a full-time member of staff to manage our digital publishing programme and to work alongside our current production editors at our office in Shepherd’s Bush, West London.

Your responsibilities will include: preparing files in QuarkXPress ready for conversion to digital formats by outside agencies; carrying out rigorous quality assurance checks of the converted files; and liaising with our ebook distributors to ensure the timely delivery of our titles to worldwide markets.

You will take the lead in driving forward our contribution to Drama Online, an online drama resource for educational institutions in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing.

You will also manage our busy reprint programme, revising texts where necessary, monitoring and replenishing stock of all our titles in conventional print formats and updating existing ebooks as required.

For more information, including how to apply, see here:

Signed copies of Monty Python at Work now in stock

Friday 27 June 2014

Michael Palin's new book, Monty Python at Work, is out now - and we have a limited number of copies signed by Michael Palin available to purchase through the NHB site.

Drawn from his published diaries, the book is Michael Palin’s account of the making of the Monty Python TV and stage shows, films, books and albums. Spanning from the first day of filming on Monty Python's Flying Circus in 1969 to the opening of their final film The Meaning of Life in 1983, it is an intimate behind-the-scenes guide that will delight Python fans everywhere, and be a source of instruction and inspiration to those who seek to follow in their footsteps.

To order your signed copy, click here. Stock is strictly limited, so be sure to get your copy before they're gone!


A tribute to Kevin Elyot

Monday 9 June 2014

Kevin ElyotNick Hern Books is saddened to learn of the death of playwright Kevin Elyot, who died this weekend following a long illness.

An acclaimed writer for both stage and screen, Kevin's works include My Night With Reg (Royal Court, winner of the 1994 Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Comedy), The Day I Stood Still (National Theatre), Mouth to Mouth (Royal Court and Albery Theatre), and, for TV, Clapham Junction (Darlow Smithson/Channel 4), Christopher and His Kind (Mammoth Screen/BBC), and numerous episodes of Marple (ITV Productions). 

Nick Hern, who published Kevin's play My Night With Reg alongside its 1994 premiere, said:

'I’ll always be grateful to Kevin Elyot for two principle reasons. One, as the author of some of the wittiest, most poignantly acerbic plays of the 1990s; and two as the inadvertent saviour of Nick Hern Books, which had not long struggled into independent life when My Night With Reg transferred from the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs to the Criterion in the West End where it ran for seven glorious months before transferring again to the Playhouse. Thanks to the Royal Court, Nick Hern Books was supplying the Criterion with programme/texts, and I remember delivering over 5000 copies a month to the stage door throughout the run, thus generating badly needed income for the fledgling NHB.

'Kevin in person could be as wittily acerbic as his writing. When I read him the draft blurb for a volume of his collected plays which ended, ‘Kevin lives in London near Hampstead Heath’, with a twinkle in his eye he suggested adding,  ‘But doesn’t go there much anymore.’'

My Night With Reg is revived at the Donmar Warehouse from 31 July.