This week at Midas: 6th – 10th May

Our round-up of Midas announcements from the week:


Affordable Art Fair Hampstead

Affordable Art Fair opened this week in the glorious sunshine of Hampstead Heath. Running until Sunday 12th May, the Fair is ready to welcome visitors from North London and beyond, showcasing 1,000s of artworks priced from £50 – £7,500. From Jules Wittock’s immersive labyrinthine installation in the Fair atrium, to open air painting classes overlooking the Heath led by Joanna Constable Green, to galleries hailing from across the UK and worldwide – Affordable Art Fair is the perfect day out for any art lover.



Indie Book Awards 2024 Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the Indie Book Awards 2024, unveiling the best paperbacks to read this summer, was announced. Celebrating the best paperbacks of the summer across four categories – Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s Fiction and Picture Book – the Indie Book Awards are exclusively curated with the expertise of independent booksellers as part of Independent Bookshop Week, the annual campaign celebrating indie bookshops in the UK and Ireland between 15 and 22 June this year, organised by the Booksellers Association.

A judging panel of independent booksellers will decide on the four winners, to be announced on Thursday 20 June during Independent Bookshop Week. The winners will be announced exclusively on Scala Radio, the official media partner of the Indie Book Awards, on the Penny Smith show from 10:30am.

See the full shortlist here and find out more about the Indie Book Awards and previous winners, please visit https://www.booksaremybag.com/IndieBookAwards/About



Private Eye Paul Foot Award

Private Eye announced the longlist for the 2024 Paul Foot Award. From City scandals to the crisis in mental health care, the 11 entries highlight the best in campaigning and investigative Journalism in the UK today. Set up in memory of renowned journalist Paul Foot, who died 20 years ago, this year’s shortlist will be announced on 22 May, with the overall winner announced at a ceremony on 11 June. Click here to see the full longlist.



Colossal Words for Kids by Colette Hiller 

Colossal Words for Kids (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 9 May 2024) was published. From creator of critically acclaimed The B on your Thumb and illustrated by Tor Freeman, this lively, humorous book introduces 7–12-year-olds to truly colossal words. But these are no ordinary definitions but rather poems! This helps the meaning stick in the mind. Plus it’s entertaining! The words in this collection aren’t just big, but practical words that kids will relish using. Colette is an arts producer and children’s writer. Her city-wide cultural projects (like London Street Pianos and Talking Statues) have been produced across the world.


Out from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (Quarto), you can purchase your copy here.



Book Lover Spotlight: @bartowskibookclub

Bookshop.org’s initiative ‘Book Lover Spotlight’ shines on a different individual every two weeks to curate and post their favourite books.

This week, all eyes are on @bartowskibookclub, who has curated a compelling and emotionally resonant selection of ‘5-Star Reads’ for you to explore. Check out the post here or on the website here.



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