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Simon was previously the travel and lifestyle editor of a UK mens magazine he now runs the Savidge Reads blog and contributes to several literary and lifestyle magazines and tries to get in the broadsheets too. Simon is also co-founder and Honorary Director of The Green Carnation Prize (for LGBT writing) now in association with Foyles. In 2013 he also became one of the judges on the inaugural panel of The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize and was the inaugural Guest Editor for Fiction Uncovered. He is also one of the voices of The Readers Podcast, Hear… Read This, and goes it alone every fortnight with You Wrote The Book a podcast in conversation with authors. He was one of the judges for Fiction Uncovered 2015. He is also the Commercial Lead for Media Partnerships for Culture Liverpool.
Running and managing Savidge Reads blog which now gets over 50,000 unique visitors a month, also runs two podcasts in conjuncture with it.
Judging this years Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize is an annual prize awarded to eight British writers of outstanding works of fiction – novels, short stories and graphic novels. It is supported by Arts Council England and funded by the National Lottery. I am currently reading the submissions.
• To identify relevant international conference databases and other sources of high profile events; • Research a ‘target list’ of high profile events appropriate to the main business festival themes and attracting international delegations; • Develop appropriate bidding documentation, marketing and agreed script plus commercial offer for external event organisers; • Develop appropriate leads and conversion to agreed booking.
• Organising, targeting, manipulating and outputting data in support of IFB website and events calendar for over 400 events; • Liaising with the event organisers of these 400+ events; • Events Manager at the Cunard Building during the operational months of the festival, managing suppliers and contractors; • Development and operational lead for Liverpool Vision on the Santander SME Summit with £160,000 budget and 250 delegates from leading businesses around the UK including members of UK cabinet; • Development of the IFB 2014 App;
• Creating and developing strategies and online marketing campaigns for Culture Liverpool and all major city wide events; • Managing all social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube etc) for Culture Liverpool and on LIMF, The Giants, River Festival and In Other Words Festival; • Event Control/Assistant and Artist/VIP Liaison; • Creating and researching content for website, e-blasts & social media platforms; • Responsible for migration of social media platforms and increasing followers and social media reach and impressions on Facebook and Twitter by 60%
• Managing own workload, schedules and projects of all staff; • Proof reading, creating press releases and marketing strategies; • Researching, providing and editing copy for magazine pitches: • Working on social media platforms for the company and website content; • High organizational skills in terms of deadline and multi-tasking; • Researching sales opportunities for advertising potential; • Travelling over the world on behalf of APN for features/promotions;