The Writers Hub has been up and running for a few years now and growing exponentially in readership but functioning largely on goodwill and a shoestring and few bags of cheap sweets. A weekly literary salon on steroids with an original and thought provoking mix of writers, readers and live recordings, not usually to be found in the mainstream. The Hub reflects the vibrancy and fluidity of the literary culture at Birkbeck, demonstrating that in this exciting period of digital transition the future of literature might not lie with the traditions of the printed page.
We are asking for donations because we want to raise funds to develop the site – we want to improve your user experience and the social network integration and create a more user friendly mobile version as well as refresh some of the visuals. In the longer term, we have plans to establish a small digital imprint which will republish some of our now significant archive of material as well as other new work.
Given the statistics, we could start to look for funding through advertising, but beyond our relationship with Foyles who we use as our online bookseller of choice, we wanted to remain free of any particular advertisers’ agenda.
This donate button is a declaration of independence. We favour no publisher or search engine to dictate our content. We simply want to promote some of the best new writing out there, offer a uniquely curated version of the world of books from our base here in Bloomsbury and one which is open to the whole writing and reading community. We want to promote conversation and debate about the future of literature and literary culture as well as keep an eye out for what is new and exciting. If you like what we do, and you want to support the development of our writing community you can donate anything from the cost of a newspaper to a small library – and statistically, if everyone who used this site gave us a fiver we could do some really amazing things...Watch this space.
Click here to go to the Donate page.