This week at Midas: 4th-8th March

Our round-up of Midas announcements from the week:


Affordable Art Fair Battersea Spring:

Affordable Art Fair’s Spring edition began this week at London’s Battersea Park. The first UK fair in their 25th Anniversary year offered a stunning range of contemporary art from an impressive roster of UK-based and international galleries, with an exhibitor line-up of 113 galleries and thousands of artworks to be discovered, priced from £50 – £7,500. Highlights include lenticular artworks inspired by cloud formations by campaign artist Lawrie Hutcheon and a monumental installation titled Flight by Alejandro Propato. The fair also featured a special exhibition celebrating International Women’s Day



Independent Bookshop Week ambassadors and early initiatives launched

The Booksellers Association has announced the ambassadors and early initiatives for Independent Bookshop Week (15-22 June 2024). IBW is an annual celebration of independent bookshops across the UK and Ireland, and the role ‘indies’ play in their communities.

Reverend Richard Coles, Clive Myrie and Kiran Millwood Hargrave have been announced as the official ambassadors of Independent Bookshop Week (IBW) 2024. 

Moreover, to support the campaign, spoken word performer George Mpanga — also known as George the Poet — has created a poem that will be shared on social media at 6 p.m. on 19th June.

The national giveaway from National Book Tokens, High Five for Bookshops, is also back for a sixth year, supporting indie bookshops across the UK and Ireland to reward loyal customers. Bookshops participating in IBW each receive 100 vouchers that customers can use to claim a £5/€5 National Book Tokens e-gift card to spend in store.

In addition, people are invited to organise their own Bookshop Crawl to celebrate IBW, using the Bookshop Map on the homepage of the Books Are My Bag website to locate local bookshops.



Notes on Feminism: Being a woman in a Church led by men by Lauren Windle

It’s publication day for Lauren Windle’s latest book Notes on Feminism, a book questioning the possibility of whether one can be a feminist and still go to church, offering readers a chance to wrestle with what it truly means to be a faithful feminist today. Published by SPCK. Click this link to purchase your copy today.



Midas Campaign of the Month: ‘Just to Land in Tokyo’

Midas Campaign of the Month: ‘Just to Land in Tokyo’ by NYC creatives Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song 

Half book, half work of art, JTLIT is an illustrated narrative of bright colours and strange vignettes, exploring contemporary identity and the international experience 

Coverage included Digital Photographer MagazineCitizen Femme, & more, with shoutouts from 18 influencers, reaching 370K+!

Keep an eye out for Kuzma’s Photo CV in Digital Photographer Magazine (March issue) and Ajuan’s Photo CV (April issue)!



We attended a sparkling evening at the London Library for Daisy Goodwin’s launch of #DivaTheBook (out next Thursday 14 March from Head of Zeus)– with beautiful singing from Josephine Goddard.



Midas speaking at The London Book Fair

The London Book Fair kicks off next week (12-14 March) at Olympia London, and Midas will be speaking on two panels on the Author HQ stage. Hannah McMillan (Director) is on the ‘Preparing for Publication’ panel on 12 March at 11am, and Ashley Baugh (Head of Digital) will be chairing the ‘Keeping up with Social Media’ panel on 12 March at 12pm. Find the full schedule for the 3-day Book Fair here #LBF24


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