I’m primarily here as the Director of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction literature, the UK’s premier prize for SF normally known as the Clarke Award.
Our broader mission is all about the positive promotion of science fiction literature, culture and community, which is where we start to see links with the conversation around diversity and inclusion and direct connection with events such as Ada Lovelace Day.
For the last 15 years though my day job has been in marketing, communications and sales, which is why most of my posts to date tend to have that kind of flavour to them. I’ve specialised in the arts, cultural and leisure areas, so museums, galleries and similar, which often being publicly funded also have specific objectives around new audience development and engagement, which I hope will also be useful in these conversations.
They also typically have great content but very little budget, so being creative and money conscious is very much part of my daily experience.
Finally, and briefly, via the Clarke Award I am currently engaged in a consumer research project in partnership with Birkbeck University London leading
a cultural investigation into the contemporary definitions and value of
Geek Culture as an important subsection of consumer culture.
We’re calling this the Geek Pound.