Impact publications go global


Impact has been commissioned to produce a series of 17 Technical Information Papers (TIPs) for worldwide distribution for long-standing client The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Limited (ITOPF).

ITOPF is a not-for-profit organisation established on behalf of the world’s shipowners and their insurers to promote effective response to marine spills of oil, chemicals and other hazardous substances. Technical services include emergency response, advice on clean-up techniques, pollution damage assessment, assistance with spill response planning and the provision of training.

ITOPF TIPs cover a specific topic in a concise manner (8-20 pages), illustrated by colour photographs and diagrams. The series has been updated and expanded to reflect technological advances and ITOPF’s more recent collective experience on a wide range of oil pollution topics.

Lewisham guide an instant best seller


Martyn Barr's new family history guide to the London Borough of Lewisham has become an instant best seller.

The 56-page softback book Lewisham’s Got History! has been sponsored by Lewisham shopping. The centre has purchased 6,000 books in order to provide a free copy for every year 6 primary and year 7 secondary pupil in the borough. This generous gesture has already made it the largest circulation history guide ever on Lewisham.

Martyn says: “I was brought up in South London and have always been interested in local history. When I was first approached to write this book, I didn’t think I would find much to say about Lewisham. As it turned out, there’s so much that the biggest challenge was deciding what to leave out!

“Looking at Lewisham today, it’s hard to imagine that only 200 years ago it was mostly fields, woods and quaint villages. ‘Leafy Lewisham’, as it was known, was not even in London then – it was part of Kent. But it has a fascinating story to tell!”

Lewisham’s Got History! is available for purchase online priced £5.99 including delivery. £1 from every copy sold is being donated to Demelza Hospice Care for Children, to support its work locally. An accompanying Teachers Resource Guide is also available for free download from the website.

Canterbury history guide tops the charts


Martyn Barr’s debut book The Young Person’s History Guide to Canterbury has hit the number one spot in the local Waterstone’s best seller chart this week, outselling all of the store’s other titles.

The popular local history guide was published last November. Sponsored by the Whitefriars shopping centre, £1 from every copy sold is being donated to Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Commenting on his book’s success, Martyn Barr says: “It really is quite surreal to think that a children’s history guide on Canterbury is currently outselling the many tens of thousands of titles stocked by Waterstone’s, including all the latest literary blockbusters by the likes of Dan Brown, John Grisham and JK Rowling! I’m really chuffed, but the best part is, I’m that much nearer my target of raising £3,000 for Demelza.”

The 40-page softback book is available from local bookshops, museums and visitor attractions priced £5.99. Copies can also be purchased online with free delivery. An accompanying Teachers Resource Guide is also available for free download from the website.

Listen to a BBC Radio Kent interview with Martyn Barr on achieving the number one spot at Waterstone’s.

Watch the BBC TV SE report on arts spending cuts featuring an interview with Martyn Barr.