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The Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) is a ‘collecting society’ and membership organisation set up by writers, for writers. It collects fees on behalf of the whole spectrum of UK writers and all writers are eligible to join. ALCS collects fees that are difficult, time-consuming or legally impossible for writers and their representatives to claim on an individual basis: money that is nonetheless due to them. ALCS also campaigns on behalf of writers at a national and an international level. Through its advocacy work, ALCS aims to ensure that writers receive fair payment for the use of their work and that writers’ rights are recognised and respected. Find out more from the ALCS website 

Andersen Press

Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Andersen Press was founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge.

Harper Collins

HarperCollins Children’s Books, Children’s Book Publisher of the Year 2014,  is one of the leading publishers of children’s books, recognised for nurturing new talent as well as boasting a reputable list of established best-selling authors. It is respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality, award-winning books for young readers.

Ian Fleming Publications

Ian Fleming Publications Ltd owns and administers the literary copyright in Ian Fleming’s works, including his 14 James Bond books and children’s classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The company’s aim is to promote and make available all of Ian Fleming’s books worldwide, keeping these literary brands alive through the publication of new stories based on the characters Ian created.


KPMG in the UK is a professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. KPMG is passionate about supporting social mobility in the UK. By helping to tackle homelessness and literacy levels we can provide people with a more secure foundation on which to raise their aspirations. KPMG are proud to be corporate partners of the National Literacy Trust since November 2012, and are delighted to be part of the innovative Books about Town project. 

Kumon Educational UK and Ireland

Kumon Educational is the UK's largest supplementary education provider, offering maths and English study programmes for children of all ages and abilities. The Kumon English Programme aims to develop each student's ability to read and understand a variety of texts, and to nurture a life-long habit of reading for education and enjoyment. For more information visit


LDC is the leading UK regional mid market private equity house providing support for over 80 growing businesses. With nine UK offices and an Asian operation based in Hong Kong LDC is able to work with management teams to provide between £2m-£100m to support buyouts and growth capital opportunities. LDC is proud to be supporting this innovative and inspiring arts trail with its important theme of literacy and indeed the promotion of some fantastic literary works. Words inspire people to think and to dream, and to create. The London ‘Books about Town’ project will hopefully enable many more to do just that! Further information about LDC can be found at: 

Mishcon De Reya

At Mishcon our values make us what we are. They are at the heart of everything we do.The BookBench serves as a reminder that we should all be open to new ideas, to think creatively, to look for innovative solutions and never be bound by formality nor constrained by convention.

Orchard Books

At Orchard Books we offer the best in children’s books for all ages. Our award-winning range sells all over the world. The best-selling and much loved Katie books by James Mayhew celebrate their 25th anniversary this year and we are delighted to sponsor a Books about Town bench to celebrate.

Penguin Random House UK Children's

At Penguin Random House UK Children's we are proud to be the home of award-winning authors and illustrators as well as commercial contemporary writing, seminal classics and exciting new talent. Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s 100th novel, Opal Plumstead, will be published in October this year. We are thrilled to celebrate by sponsoring a Books About Town Bench and we are planning several activities in 2014 to mark this extraordinary achievement.  


The PwC in the Community programme is designed to make the biggest possible impact on behalf of our most significant community stakeholders, using the skills that are uniquely ours and which fit with our business aims. These aims are to tackle current UK issues, use our extensive networks for the mutual benefit of our community partners and our people. Utilise our regional network and share our knowledge to amplify our impact and apply our unique impact measurement skills to our community work. For further information go to

Quad Digital

Quad Digital is a content marketing agency. We blend creative, SEO, social and PR to build profitable audiences for brands. Our content strategies drive engagement and nurture clients' customer relationships from prospect to sale, and on to return purchase. We also build websites, the Books About Town site you’re reading now being just one example.


Established in 1853 and located in Covent Garden, Stanfords is the world’s finest travel bookshop, with three floors of guide books, travel literature, maps, globes, travel accessories and gifts. It has a Map Room for new, historical, framed and bespoke maps. Stanfords also has a branch in Bristol, and Stanfords for Business in Manchester.

The Conan Doyle Estate

The Conan Doyle Estate Ltd is owned by the Arthur Conan Doyle family. We manage the literary, merchandising, and advertising rights in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's works and characters, including Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and Professor Challenger. We can also provide our unique seal of approval for new projects. 

The Great British Bookshop

The Great British Book Shop is a new online outlet for physical and ebooks.  This independent, UK-owned business provides readers with an exciting place to buy books and enjoy news, exclusive blogs and other book-related content, and works with publishers in a constructive way, offering them new channels to deliver their books.

Usborne Publishing

Usborne is the largest independent children's book publisher in the UK, and winner of both the IPG Children's Publisher of the Year Award and the IPG Publisher of the Year Award in 2014. Usborne publish almost every type of children's book for every age group, from baby books to young adult novels. 

Walker Books

Walker is the world's leading, employee-owned independent publisher of children's books. Working with the best authors and illustrators, Walker Books is renowned for its truly original publishing and outstanding quality. Home to books for all ages, Walker Books publishes many award-winning authors, illustrators and brands including Anthony Horowitz, Cassandra Clare, Lucy Cousins, Anthony Browne, Polly Dunbar, Mal Peet, Patrick Ness and Where’s Wally? Walker Books UK is part of the vibrant, international Walker Books Group that includes Candlewick Press in America and Walker Books Australia. Further information can be found at