Lucy Richardson joins Black & White Publishing Group, Bonnier Books UK’s latest publishing division, in a newly-created role as publicity director.
Lucy Richardson began her career at Orion and Scholastic, before moving to HQ upon its creation as a new division of HarperCollins in 2016. Throughout her time at HQ, she helped build the publicity department to a team of eight, championed the creation of new imprints, and directed campaigns across fiction and non-fiction. She has received two PPC Annual Awards for her publicity campaigns for Charly Cox’s poetry collection She Must Be Mad and Suzanne Mulholland’s cookery book The Batch Lady, and has delivered high-profile, bestselling campaigns for titles including Claudia Winkleman’s Quite, Georgina Moore’s debut novel The Garnett Girls and the winner of The British Book Award’s Book of the Year, Menopausing by Davina McCall and Dr Naomi Potter.
Richardson said, “I’m thrilled to be joining Black & White Publishing Group at such an exciting time of growth. I’ve admired their impressive lists of fiction and non-fiction from afar and can’t wait to join the team as PR Director and to be a part of shaping their future successes. Whilst I’ve had many happy years at HQ and will miss my colleagues and authors enormously, leading publicity campaigns across Black & White Publishing Group’s brilliant titles is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
Francesca Russell, recently promoted to trade publicity director, said: “We are delighted to have Lucy join our team. She is hugely experienced in delivering excellent campaign work, managing a team, as well as cultivating integration and growth. I can’t wait to see the creative ideas, brand focus and strategy that Lucy will bring to Black & White.”
Richardson will be working across all imprints within the Black & White Publishing group: from lifestyle non-fiction to commercial and literary fiction imprints based in London and Edinburgh; Dublin-based Irish imprint Eriu; music imprint Nine Eight; business and smart-thinking imprint Heligo Books; and narrative non-fiction imprint Ithaka Press.
Richardson will report into Francesca Russell, trade publicity director. She will begin on Monday 31st July.