NEWS Spoken word the new focus for Spotify

Frankfurt Book Fair 2019 The headlines

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Audiobooks and spoken word are now Spotify’s biggest focus, the firm

has said. At yesterday’s inaugural Frankfurt Audio Summit, Michael Krause, Spotify m.d. for central Europe, outlined how the company has moved into podcasts in recent years. It now hosts more than 450,000 podcasts, and aims to become the world’s largest podcast base. Before Krause’s keynote, Katja Boehne, marketing and communications director for the Frankfurt Book Fair, said: “If moving image is king, then audio is queen.” Krause echoed this, adding: “Audio is our biggest focus and strategy, and the biggest part of audio for now is podcasts. There is this big trend for audio. People are bored of looking at screens, and this is another way for them to access stories.”

they are doing household chores, or on their commute. Podcasts are also increasingly popular among people who live alone, he said, because “they provide companionship”.


Spotify has 233 million active

listeners, with 108 million of those paying for ad-free content. When it comes to podcasts, its biggest audience is 25 to 34-year-olds. Spotify has more Millennials listening to its content than any other platform. According to Krause, most listeners engage with podcasts during leisure time, when

In the US and Germany, Spotify has rolled out Daily Drive, which curates playlists of music and podcasts for commuters. Krause praised publishers for entering the podcast market, and added that the format should be utilised by authors to help build their brands, with 67% of “power listeners” (those who listen to more than five hours of podcasts a week) following their favourite podcast’s host/s on social media. He said: “It’s a way of connecting with your readers, during the writing process, during the time between your last and next book. It is a real opportunit.” Reporting Katie Mansfield

Chingonyi’s migration memoir to Picador

Picador has bought a memoir examining loss, family and migration by Dylan Thomas Prize-winning poet Kayo Chingonyi after a five-way auction. Commissioning editor Kishani Widyaratna acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, plus audio, from Chris Wellbelove at Aitken Alexander. Picador will publish Prodigal in 2023. Chingonyi’s poetry collections will continue to be published in the UK by Chatto & Windus. Shortly after his father’s


Illustrator Terrazzini signs up for O’Farrell’s kids’ title Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini will illustrate Maggie O’Farrell’s first children’s book, Walker has revealed. Senior commissioning editor Maria Tunney acquired the rights to the illustrations from Stephanie Alexander-Jinks at The Artworks. Where Snow Angels Go is scheduled for release in the UK and Australia in November 2020. Terrazzini, who studied fine art in Milan, previously illustrated The Night I Met Father Christmas by Ben Miller.

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death, six-year-old Chingonyi was smuggled out of Zambia

Upcycling clothing book sparks Fashion Revolution Penguin Life has snagged world rights in a book on how to “make our clothes last longer, and the reasons why we must”. Editorial director Emily Robertson struck the deal for Orsola de Castro’s Loved Clothes Last with Kate Evans at PFD. De Castro is the founder of “pro- fashion protest group” Fashion Revolution, which lobbies for a more sustainable, transparent fashion industry. The title is billed as a “part manifesto, part manual”.

and taken to the UK. Later, when Chingonyi became a celebrated poet, his paternal family was finally able to contact him again, and Chingonyi realised it was time to go back to visit Zambia. “Prodigal tells the affecting

story of that return and the life that led up to it, showing how immigrant experiences are often about inhabiting the gaps,” Picador said. Chingonyi will travel to Zambia in 2020 to research the book, which will also feature images and original poems.

Midwife joins the Secret gang with John Blake title John Blake has acquired The Secret Midwife: Life, Death and the Truth About Birth, written by an anonymous NHS employee. Editor Ellie Carr acquired world rights from Andrew Lownie at the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency. Out in February 2020, it explores the joy and pain of the job, while laying bare the pres- sure on midwives. The publisher said: “Drawn from over 15 years’ experience, The Secret Midwife exposes the reality of the crisis on NHS labour wards.”

It must be Love for Oneworld

Début signing

Oneworld children’s imprint Rock the Boat has signed Scottish débutant Damien Love,

acquiring UK and Commonwealth rights to Monstrous Devices, and a second title, from Philippa Milnes- Smith at The Soho Agency. Monstrous Devices, branded a

“delirious adventure” by Anthony Horowitz, will publish in March 2020, supported by a “multi- platform marketing and publicity campaign”. The sequel, Shadow Arts, is scheduled for publication in February 2021. “When 12-year- old Alex receives an old tin robot in the post, the note from his grand- father simply reads: ‘This one is special’,” the synopsis says. “But as strange events start occurring, it doesn’t take Alex long to suspect that the small toy is more than special; it might also be deadly…” Rock the Boat editorial director

Shadi Doostdar said: “This is exactly the kind of Middle Grade book I love. There is nothing patronising or ‘child-like’ about its pace or the writing—Damien’s mastering of the English language is so impressive he practically reinvents it.” Love added: “I’m delighted Shadi

and Rock the Boat have been reckless enough to give a home to Monstrous Devices. It’s a real honour to be at Oneworld.”

Hay unveils Europa28 title Hay Festival has unveiled its publishing plans for Hay Festival Europa28: Visions for the Future, a collection of new work by women writers, artists and scientists exploring the future of Europe. The campaign will be created in collaboration with publishers Comma Press in the UK, Fraktura in Croatia, and Galaxia Gutenberg in Spain. Twenty-eight women writers and artists from each EU country, including Leïla Slimani, Hilary Cottam and Janne Teller, have been selected to take part.

Illustrated STEM series signed by Scholastic Scholastic UK has signed a two- book deal with Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted author Vashti Hardy. Executive editor Linas Alsenas bought world rights to an invention- filled STEM series—which launches with Harley Hitch and the Iron Forest Mishap in 2021— from Kate Shaw at The Shaw Agency. The books will be illus- trated by George Ermos, who is represented by The Bright Agency. Editor Linas Alsenas promised “a literary treat”.

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