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The Spare Room Project

“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.

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.


  • Martina Borg.jpg Martina Borg on her Spare Room Project experienceThe Spare Room Project was a lifesaver for Martina as a student living in Oxford and interning in London. Although the commute is essentially doable, it would have been incredibly hectic for six-weeks, to say the least.
  • Ben KingCox.jpg Ben King-Cox on his Spare Room Project experienceThe Spare Room Project is such a blessing for those of us looking to get publishing experience in London. It is promoted with the kind of inclusive attitude that must be bringing the best aspiring publishers into the centre of the trade.
  • Rachel Wade.jpg Rachel Wade supports the Spare Room ProjectThe Spare Room Project is a simple, community-based idea to help with publishers' diversity problem – and also a way for people further on in their career to give something back. So: everyone wins!
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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.