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Hand Held Events is a newly formed consortium bringing together three highly experienced and influential individuals in the literature festival and cultural events world.

 

With more than half a century of combined experience in planning and delivering the highest quality global cultural events, we are now offering a unified and comprehensive service to assist clients in the development of new cultural events, from early strategic planning through production and curation to delivery fulfilment.

 

Whether developing a strategy for a headline corporate showcase, or designing and bringing to audiences a brand new local, regional or national cultural events programme, Hand Held Events has the experience, connections and resources to ensure the most effective and efficient running of each key stage.

 

We can advise, assist and deliver the entire process, from determining the outline aims of an event, to timeline planning and execution. From programming, speaker logistics, ticketing and crowd management, promotion and marketing, sponsorship and media partnering, public authorities liaison and licensing compliance and from social media planning to designing and producing post event evaluation metrics, we ensure that your event, festival or conference runs smoothly, on time and delivers the maximum impact for you, your organisation and for your attendees; on time, on budget and with maximum efficiency.

Our comprehensive, multi-spectrum experience in founding, establishing and growing events from India and Bangladesh to Ireland and Great Britain, from the United Arab Emirates to Central and South America, allows Hand Held Events to offer a unique portfolio of experience on the dynamics of running national and international cultural and corporate events; from ‘one day – one off’ events to longer form, multi-event festivals that require 360° expertise in all artistic and production aspects – from high profile guest speaker security and protocols, to cutting edge, technical audio and visual requirements.

 

Whether you are considering starting a brand new event or range of events, or aiming to improve and enhance the reach and impact of a pre-existing event, Hand Held Events offers you the highest quality, world class, bespoke service to realise your ambitions, attract press and sponsors and reach your audience with maximum impact.

 

 

jo james

Jo James has been in the book trade for more than 25 years, firstly as a bookseller and bookshop manager, and then managing the events for the bookshop chains Ottakar's and Waterstones.  She has created and produced events with speakers ranging from Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, to David Beckham, JK Rowling, Sir David Attenborough, Michael Palin, David Walliams and Jacqueline Wilson.

 

Jo has also helped to run and programme a number of festivals, including the Times & Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, The Stratford Book Festival, Chiswick Book Festival, the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival (part of the Destinations Show at Olympia), the Cheltenham Science Festival and the Oxford Science Festival.

 

Jo has also managed the main plenary sessions at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and is the Publisher Ambassador for Books Are My Bag, a trade-wide campaign supporting physical high street bookshops.

 

lyndy cooke

Following a career setting up and running a highly successful chain of 22 bookstores across the UK, Lyndy Cooke spent 15 years as Managing Director of Hay Festival Organisation in UK and was responsible for the creation and development of the Hay Festivals in Spain, Colombia, Budapest, Ireland, Bangladesh and India.  An active initiator and developer of Hay’s many successful partnerships internationally, she spent 18 months creating a much-admired consultancy for worldwide events.

 

With a wealth of experience in event financial planning, Lyndy Cooke has a skill set that includes evolved budget control, planning and forecasting systems.

 

 

paul blezard

Considered one of the pre-eminent and talented author interviewers and panel moderators at international literary and book festivals for over 15 years, Paul Blezard has been an influential literary broadcaster, editor and commentator and is known for his ability to rapidly empathise with individuals and panellists on stage to create memorable, highly engaging live events that entrance, inform and entertain audiences.

 

He has written reviews and author interviews for many publications ranging from the Independent on Sunday to Banipal, been broadcast across radio and TV for many BBC stations and for LBC in the UK, as well as coast-to-coast in the USA.  His unique daily author interview programme helped Oneword Radio win two Sony Radio Academy Gold awards in consecutive years. He also has chaired and been a judge on a wide range of national and international literary prizes.

 

A committed supporter of all things cultural and literary, he has for twenty years advised, consulted, presented and chaired at myriad international literary festivals and major cultural events around the world.

 

 

lucy hannah (associate)

richie turner (associate)

 

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Hand Held Events is a newly formed consortium bringing together three highly experienced and influential individuals in the literature festival and cultural events world.

 

With more than half a century of combined experience in planning and delivering the highest quality global cultural events, we are now offering a unified and comprehensive service to assist clients in the development of new cultural events, from early strategic planning through production and curation to delivery fulfilment.

 

Whether developing a strategy for a headline corporate showcase, or designing and bringing to audiences a brand new local, regional or national cultural events programme, Hand Held Events has the experience, connections and resources to ensure the most effective and efficient running of each key stage.

 

We can advise, assist and deliver the entire process, from determining the outline aims of an event, to timeline planning and execution. From programming, speaker logistics, ticketing and crowd management, promotion and marketing, sponsorship and media partnering, public authorities liaison and licensing compliance and from social media planning to designing and producing post event evaluation metrics, we ensure that your event, festival or conference runs smoothly, on time and delivers the maximum impact for you, your organisation and for your attendees; on time, on budget and with maximum efficiency.

 

Our comprehensive, multi-spectrum experience in founding, establishing and growing events from India and Bangladesh to Ireland and Great Britain, from the United Arab Emirates to Central and South America, allows Hand Held Events to offer a unique portfolio of experience on the dynamics of running national and international cultural and corporate events; from ‘one day – one off’ events to longer form, multi-event festivals that require 360° expertise in all artistic and production aspects – from high profile guest speaker security and protocols, to cutting edge, technical audio and visual requirements.

 

Whether you are considering starting a brand new event or range of events, or aiming to improve and enhance the reach and impact of a pre-existing event, Hand Held Events offers you the highest quality, world class, bespoke service to realise your ambitions, attract press and sponsors and reach your audience with maximum impact.

 

 

 

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