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It has been Conker House’s absolute pleasure to work with you this year. We wish you a very Happy Christmas and we look forward to collaborating with you again in the New Year. We also wanted to update you on what we have been up to and welcome you to get in touch with any ideas and projects you may have for 2018.

Conker House has had a very busy 2017, full of fantastic projects that have been rewarding on many levels. Jo has commissioned and developed a number of trade non-fiction titles, including The Feminist Revolution: The Struggle for Women’s Liberation 1966–1988 and The Timothy Leary Project: Inside the Great Counterculture Experiment. Emma has consulted on many beautiful and exciting reads from Barefoot Books, including My Friend Robot! and Mindful Kids. We also had a great time earlier in the year running several successful workshops for the London Writers’ Café – it was a brilliant opportunity to share our knowledge and experience and hopefully help these budding authors achieve their literary dreams.

Conker House’s literary agency work has seen us champion the work of the inspirational psychologist Fiona Murden and we were delighted to help her develop and place her debut book Defining You: How to Profile Yourself and Unlock Your Full Potential with Nicholas Brealey for publication in 2018. Our ongoing projects include representing the prestigious Medici Society children’s books, including much-loved titles by Molly Brett and Audrey Tarrant, alongside our current stable of highly talented individual authors and illustrators.

We have also been extremely privileged to develop projects that have been life-changing in different ways:

We were thrilled to work again with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation throughout the year on reports including A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning fashion’s future launched at the end of November by Dame Ellen MacArthur and Stella McCartney. The report is a call to action for all of us to consider our attitudes to clothing and take responsibility for the waste and pollution associated with what we wear. As awareness of our plastic pollution has been raised through the recent episodes of Blue Planet II, Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s The New Plastics Economy could not feel more relevant. We hope that the reports that we have played a part in help increase understanding of the values of a circular economy, so that we can transition to a truly regenerative and restorative world for everyone.

We were also delighted to put together a set of 22 educational resources for schools in Ghana – the first resources of their kind in the country – for the Sabre Trust, which is a truly wonderful charity that offers children in Africa the chance to set off on a path of education that may not have previously been open to them. Emma brought her expertise in working with the Pelican Post to this project and her unswerving devotion to ensuring that these resources would come to fruition was borne out last month when the first of these manuals arrived in Ghana. She was also lucky enough to visit Ghana earlier in the year to observe the work of Pelican Post and the Sabre Trust first hand, reminding us that books really do have the power to transform lives.

We never know where our work is going to take us, but as we look forward to 2018 we remain dedicated to Conker House’s founding values of championing and creating content that is empowering and inspiring.

With best wishes for the festive season, Emma and Jo

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