Authors to speak at Oxford event – 30th November

Authors Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet will both be speaking about The New Sylva at an event to be held in Oxford on 30th November. The one day course, hosted the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, is being co-organised by forestry charity The Sylva Foundation. The day course is open for… Read More

Sylvan reflections by copy-editor Rachael Oakden

Copy-editor Rachael Oakden writes about her experience working on The New Sylva. As the freelance editor commissioned by Bloomsbury to copy-edit The New Sylva, I have been immersed in the world of forestry and wood culture for the past six months. It is a world that I was unfamiliar with before Gabriel Hemery’s unedited manuscript… Read More

Author speaks at launch of Box project

Yesterday Gabriel Hemery was an invited speaker at the opening of the Chilterns Box Woodland Project. “I need not speak much of the uses of this tree, (growing in time to considerable stature) so continually sought after for many utensils, being so hard, close and pondrous as to sink like lead in water …” He… Read More

First sample chapters produced

Our deadline to complete copy editing is the end of June, so Gabriel Hemery has been working hard with the copy editor to finish on time. Meanwhile, the authors have also been working with the team at Bloomsbury Publishing to produce the first sample chapters. This is the first time that text and image have… Read More

One year to publication

It is one year until The New Sylva is published in April 2014 and several milestones have been reached. Gabriel Hemery has finished drafting the manuscript; before editing the word count stands at 125,000 words. Sarah Simblet has completed more than two-thirds of the drawings with just 60 (out of a total of 200) to… Read More