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The Spare Room Project

The Spare Room Project

The London-centric reality of publishing acts as a major barrier to aspirant publishers from outside of the capital. In response to this, James Spackman (publisher and consultant for Pursuit Agency) with the support of the Publishers Association set up The Spare Room Project. 

Since 2016, we have been matching interns from outside of London with publishers who can offer a spare room. Not only is it a great opportunity for mentorship but it also means that young people without the means to pay for expensive temporary accommodation can take up opportunities in the city.

Take a look at the blogs below to hear from interns and hosts and read our FAQ. If you have a spare room you can offer, or if you're in need of one, just email James Spackman.

“I am delighted to accommodate a bright young student in our spare room over the summer. It is little or no effort, it will be great to have somebody learning about publishing staying with us, and what a great way of opening up our London-centric trade to people coming from elsewhere."

Andrew Franklin, founder and MD of Profile Books and first publisher to host a Spare Roomer


  • Spare Room Project opens a door to the industry Square photo of Connor Brown.pngPublishing in the North is alive and well. Thriving, even. But it's fair to say that London, as it is in many industries, is the place to be for job opportunities; and given that it is now the norm for successful entry-level applicants to... 27 September 2016
  • Spare Room Project: Emma Axelsson Emma Axelsson headshot.jpgSuffolk is hardly another world away from London. A train journey from my local station directly to London Liverpool Street clocks in at just under an hour. However, in the world of publishing work experience and internships... 01 March 2017
  • Spare Room Project: Sian Devine Spare Room Project Sian Devine (square).jpegBorn and raised in the city of Manchester – I am fortunate in so many ways. But unfortunately, a large proportion of publishing opportunities arise in London, and when it comes to internships and work experience... 10 July 2017
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Q: I’m a publisher in London. How do I pledge a room?

A: Email to get involved. He’ll take it from there.

Q: Do I have to provide work experience as well? 

A: NO! The aspirant publisher should arrange their own placement. Please let James know if you want to offer work experience as well, but it’s not essential.

Q: Do I have to feed them?

A: You can if you like, but there’s no obligation. 

Q: I can only do particular dates, is that ok?

A: Yes, James will work with whatever you can offer. 

Q: I have small children, yappy dogs, loud neighbours, live in zone 6, live on a houseboat ... will anyone want to come to stay?? 

A: So far yes! The scheme has matched up interns with hosts in all sorts of living arrangements.