Meet the Team

Lana Beckwith - Editor

Lana has worked in publishing since 2008 and her passion for storytelling in all its forms knows no bounds. She has editorial responsibility for BookGig and will be working hard to make the site your go-to destination for literary events in the UK. If you're an author or organiser with an event coming up, she'd love to hear from you. She is particularly keen to support the work of libraries and local communities in bringing readers and authors together. 

Sam Missingham - Marketing, Commercial and Community

Sam is extremely excited about BookGig and supporting the incredibly varied events and vibrant festivals happening around the UK. Her aim is to encourage every book-lover to attend more events, meet more authors and read more books. She'll be running the BookGig Twitter feed, where she'll be giving away tickets and books, and generally sharing the literary love. Sam is responsible for the marketing and commercial elements of BookGig and is very open to ideas and collaborations.

Jen Garside - Assistant Editor and User Support

Jen is a keen reader, writer and past bookseller with an enthusiasm for sharing ideas about all things literary. She is responsible for making your BookGig experience as carefree as possible, and would be delighted to hear from you about any upcoming events you want to promote or help you find events to attend in your local area. If you have a question about anything BookGig-related or you're having any problems using the site, she is ready and waiting to assist you!