Book Kernel is seeking an Editor

March 25, 2016 by


Tender for the position of Editor.

Value of Tender: [£10,000] + [contracts earned]
Contract term: 2 years minimum
Contract hours: flexible – contract expected to be taken on as a part of a freelance portfolio

Application deadline: 11.59 p.m. April 6th, 2016

Interviews to be held April 7th & 8th, 2016 at:
PM Studio, Watershed, Harbourside, Bristol. BS1 5TX

Please apply with a two page CV and covering letter to:




Invitations to tender for the position of Editor at Book Kernel are requested.

Book Kernel

Book Kernel makes a book of an event and gets it there before the event is over.

As well as making physical and digital books for events, our online system can be used for many applications including the documentation of creative projects, learning, and research.

Book Kernel is entering a transitional phase and will be expanding its portfolio over the next two years.

This work will require the Editor to report to the Senior Editor and Managing Editor, teach Junior Editors, and deliver documentation workshops with freelancers and students from South West England.

As part of our new portfolio of work, we will be working with Bath Spa University on their Paper Nations project.

Paper Nations is a Creative Writing Hub that will work with young people to increase creative writing engagement and ability. Paper Nations is funded by Arts Council England’s Strategic Fund for Creative Writing in Schools.

Person Specification

We’re seeking an entrepreneurial, flexible, editor with a desire to do something different.

This person must have editing and publishing experience but needn’t necessarily define themselves as working in the publishing industry – you could be working in technology, theatre, event management, education, or anywhere so long as you can prove you’re suited for the job.

Tender issuers will have:

  • edited online and off for at least 1 year;
  • knowledge of digital print formats and physical print;
  • thorough experience of working in a networked team;
  • comfortable working with schoolchildren;
  • a desire to steer a start-up publisher;
  • business to business contacts;
  • desirably, some experience of video production for online environments;
  • desirably, some understanding of creative commons and creative knowledge licences.

Job Description

The role has: heavy editorial duties; logistics for delivery of output; and overall financial planning.

In this role, you will assess publishing proposals, commission, and oversee books for varied clientèle. We publish fiction and non-fiction, specialising in event-based books.

Our team is a flexible, global group of freelancers and you will manage them. We operate our publishing services on a sliding scale of cost and you will need to get the most out of limited budgets.

Going forward, you’ll forge the strategic direction, the advertising, and the implementation [i.e. the creation and editing of books] of the Book Kernel project. You will liaise with event managers, conference organizers, academics, and literary producers to create events and contacts.


Book Kernel and RIFT working together in 2015

January 12, 2015 by

After their successful Shakespeare in Shoreditch festival and the Book Kernel publication that helped to launch it, RIFT theatre company have signed a further three book deal with Book Kernel.

The text of these books will be Annie’s 1000 Plays - a series of short plays written by the Shakespeare in Shoreditch festival’s writer-in-residence, Annie Jenkins. Taking the term literally, the RIFT team had Annie sit in a shed in the RIFT HQ and write out the plays as the festival was going on.

Book Kernel is honoured to produce these books over the course of 2015.


The Arts Council, British Council, and Book Kernel

March 12, 2014 by

Following the success of No Boundaries 2014 and its publication, we here at Book Kernel are going into a development phase.

We’d like to thank the Arts Council, British Council, and the Watershed for their great work on No Boundaries and for employing us to make a book of such a diverse and inspiring event.


Dylan Thomas in Translation

March 24, 2013 by

Translators from all over the world will gather in situ (or via internet connection) at the birthplace of Dylan Thomas, 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea on 25th March from 10-30am to 9-00pm, for a unique event to celebrate the international impact of his poetry and to engage in instantaneous translation and performance. The event is led by Cardiff University in collaboration with the Learned Society of Wales and Swansea University. It is an innovative experiment which brings together acknowledged scholars, artists and musicians, linking them with the creative industries. An exhibition of books of Dylan Thomas in Translation provides visual testimony of his world-wide impact and has been collected by Jeff Towns, the President of the Dylan Thomas Society.

The invited audience will be encouraged to take part in the live-translations with their own comments and suggestions, and these live-translations will be digitally edited and printed in real-time through Book Kernel, an innovative event-publishing platform developed by creative agency Hodcha. Participants will leave the event with their very own live-translated edition of Dylan Thomas poems. Other versions, printed and digital, will follow.

Dylan Thomas in Translation is a one-day event, led by Prof Alexis Nuselovici (Nouss) (Cardiff University). It is hosted by the School of European Languages, Translation and Politics at Cardiff University under the auspices of the ARHC REACT Book Kernel project, with the generous support of the Learned Society of Wales, The Dylan

Thomas Society of Great Britain and the Dylan Thomas Birthplace.


Book Kernel Put Simply

March 24, 2013 by

Prompted by a conversation on Twitter, I’ve set myself the task of explaining exactly what we at Book Kernel do but in the simplest terms possible.

When on the inside of something this is never easy but I took a long walk today and thought it over. Wish me luck because here goes.

We make books from a live experience and get them to you before that experience has ended.

We can reprint them for you too.

That is as succinct as I can put it at the moment and here’s the explanation: there’s much more to Book Kernel than simple event-based printing; we want to enable all writers, readers, and editors to make more books of anything and everything at anytime; that latter part’s just harder to explain.


Introducing Book Kernel

March 20, 2013 by

It’s called Book Kernal. When it’s completely finished, we feel it will bring e-publishing and multi-media production back to the authors and audiences.

How? Well, using social media, a smartphone or tablet computer, Book Kernel will enable you to collect, collaborate, and comment on a wide range of creative material in real-time.

Then, after you’ve compiled all you want about a particular subject or event, the software will also allow you to publish a printed a memento, capturing a more conventional, tangible “time capsule” of  the event.


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