Submitted by Leah on Fri, 2015-08-14 09:06
This year, the Man Booker Prize will be running its own vlog book club, featuring five popular, literary vloggers in the UK and Canada. The ‘Man Booker Vloggers’ will chat about all things Man Booker from longlist stage onwards, posting videos discussing the books and authors in contention for this year’s prize.
With a collective international following of 140,000 subscribers, the five vloggers are Jen Campbell, Leena Normington, Jean Menzies, Lauren Whitehead and Ariel Bissett. Together, they will be posting videos including giveaways, readalongs and of course lots of discussion about the books. You can watch their introduction video below.
Jen Campbell commented on behalf of the Man Booker Vloggers:
‘We're very excited to be making videos on our channels about this year's Man Booker Prize. We'll be filming reviews, readalongs, discussion videos, vlogs from the winner ceremony and much, much more. As bookish YouTubers - or BookTubers - we are passionate about creating exciting new content about the world of books to share with our subscribers, and we can't wait to get started.’
Jen Campbell is the Sunday Times bestselling author of the 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' series and 'The Bookshop Book.' She's also an award-winning poet and short story writer; her poetry collection 'The Hungry Ghost Festival' is published by The Rialto. She has been working in the book trade for nine years, and runs a YouTube channel, where she discusses all things books.
Leena Normington works as a PR manager and Creative Producer within the publishing industry, creating video content and press campaigns for publishing houses big and small. She has a YouTube following on her channel of over 22,000 and 1 million views to date, making videos about books, politics, feminism and dating.
Jean Menzies is a student of Classics and Ancient History; having just finished her MSc at The University of Edinburgh with a place at The University of Roehampton to begin her doctoral research on the subject of gender violence in Ancient Greece. She has also been creating YouTube videos at BookishThoughts for almost 3 years. Her channel focuses on topics including literature, antiquity and studying, and has over 21,000 subscribers.
Lauren Whitehead is a young professional in the City of London. As an antidote to working in finance, she started her YouTube channel at the beginning of 2015 to connect with anyone and everyone with a love of reading.
Ariel Bissett lives in Canada and is currently in her final year of an Honours Degree in English Literature at the University of Guelph. Her YouTube channel currently has over 80,000 subscribers who tune in for fun and thought-provoking book videos! She is the founder of the BookTube-A-Thon, YouTube’s largest reading event.