Writing About Pubs

Abstract illustration of pubs.

Last night we won a gold tankard from the British Guild of Beer Writers for writing about pubs.

Though we’ve yet to receive the post-mortem notes we assume this was pri­mar­i­ly for 20th Cen­tu­ry Pub which, in case you haven’t heard, is a 230-page run through how pubs have changed in the past cen­tu­ry or so.

Oscars™-style, we’d like take this oppor­tu­ni­ty to thank Jo Cope­stick and Tim Webb for tak­ing a punt on pub­lish­ing it, and Dale Tom­lin­son for his excel­lent work on the design.

We worked hard on it and would love peo­ple to read it. Please buy a copy, or ask your local library to get it in, or bor­row it from a mate, or dip into the copy on the shelf at the Drap­ers Arms. There’s even an extract here you can read for free.

As well as the book, though, we also sub­mit­ted:

We know that when this new cat­e­go­ry was announced there was some con­cern that, being spon­sored by the pro-pub cam­paign Long Live the Local, it might reward only cheer­ful­ly uncrit­i­cal writ­ing about pubs but we think our win proves that fear unfound­ed.

Now, per­haps for 2019, we’ll pull the bal­ance back from pubs to beer a bit.

And maybe, just maybe, we’ll have anoth­er think about that book on the his­to­ry of lager in Britain we’ve been want­i­ng to write for a few years. A tril­o­gy sounds quite good right now.

8 thoughts on “Writing About Pubs”

  1. First, con­grat­u­la­tions to you both, on win­ning this award.

    Sec­ond, I have been try­ing to buy a signed copy of 20th Cen­tu­ry Pub, but it seems my com­mu­ni­ca­tions with you have been going astray. I respond­ed to your email the oth­er week (16th Novem­ber) for­ward­ing my address, along with an offer to pay either by BACS or using an old-fash­ioned cheque.

    Unfor­tu­nate­ly I have heard noth­ing from you, although I know the email must have been deliv­ered, as it didn’t bounce back. I sent anoth­er email chas­ing you on 22nd Novem­ber.

    So please can you sort out, so I can obtain a signed copy of your book, pri­or to Christ­mas.

    Many thanks. Paul

    1. Paul,

      Not sure what’s going on with your com­ments on the blog – the spam fil­ter real­ly doesn’t seem to like your email address. Have marked your com­ments as NOT SPAM and hope that will ‘take’, as it were.

      We haven’t seen your email so it’s pos­si­bly it’s also been quar­an­tined. Will hunt around the fold­ers when we get back to base lat­er today.

      1. Thanks Ray. I’ve expe­ri­enced trou­ble post­ing to one or two oth­er blogs (main­ly those host­ed by Word­Press).
        Your site has always been OK until now.

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