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Helen Speedy supports the Spare Room Project

Why you should support the Spare Room Project

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Written by Helen Speedy (Associate Director at Atwood Tate) on Monday 21st May 2018.

Helen is Associate Director at the leading publishing recruitment agency Atwood Tate.  She joined Atwood Tate in 2010 with an MA in Publishing and over six years' experience of working in the industry, latterly as Rights Executive for Orion Children’s Books. Helen manages the team of consultants working on permanent vacancies across all publishing sectors and her main focus at Atwood Tate is on Senior Management opportunities in all roles and all locations across the UK.

I’m really delighted to be hosting my third Spare Room Project intern in June. Not being a Londoner by upbringing, I am sympathetic to the challenges facing anyone looking to enter the industry from outside of the publishing hubs of London, Oxford and Cambridge, so it’s been great to be involved in this scheme.  It’s not only good to be doing something practical to enable those without existing contacts to gain an insight into publishing and hopefully get a foot in the door, but it’s also been an enjoyable enriching experience from my point of view. We’ve had two quite different guests so far, one who we hardly saw and the other who quickly became part of the family and was a huge hit with (and incredibly tolerant of) my children, but both were perfect lodgers and no problem at all to host.  If you sign up to the Spare Room Project, there’s no immediate obligation, so I would urge anyone with a spare room to sign up and see whether you can help now or in the future.

Find out more about the Spare Room Project.