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    Stuart Thomson’s latest book on public affairs and political communications has been published by Urbane Publications.

    Public affairs is fundamentally about communication. Communications shift and change. They are reshaped, redirected, and repositioned as politics and events change. Each communication is vital observation that captures the essence of the politics and events of that time and provides a route to understanding them.

    Public Affairs: News, Views and Hullabaloos is a unique andPublic-Affairs-cover-187x285 compelling collection of author Stuart Thomson’s personal picks from his popular series of blog posts. Each provides a fascinating insight into the political landscape of the time and in many cases proves vital for our current understanding of contemporary public affairs and campaigning.

    Through pithy, concise and entertaining pieces, Stuart offers valuable tips, hints and thoughts on public affairs and political communications. He covers the length and breadth of key issues and provides compelling arguments for the importance of crisis communications, media relations, social media project developments, and local engagement in the political environment.

    Speaking about the new book, Stuart said:

    “Public affairs is constantly evolving. My blog allows me to regularly explore the key issues impacting on politics and engagement. This makes it interesting for those working in the sector but also for people who just like politics!

    The e-book brings together some of the best posts and makes them more accessible. It’s a really exciting project.”

    Notes to editors

    About Stuart ThomsonThomson-Stuart8x10-240x300

    Stuart is a public affairs and communications consultant with leading law firm Bircham Dyson Bell. He advises clients on political and media engagement, reputation management and crisis communications.

    As blogger for Bircham Dyson Bell’s ‘Public Affairs Blog’ and the author of ‘Public Affairs in Practice’, ‘New Activism and the Corporate Response’ and ‘The Dictionary of Labour Quotations’, Stuart’s reputation has seen him appear on the BBC and Sky News, judging for the PR Week and Public Affairs News awards. He now also blogs for leading news publisher, The Huffington Post.

    Stuart is an honorary research fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen, and amongst it all finds time to tweet @redpolitics

    About Urbane Publications

    Urbane Publications is a new and exciting independent publisher dedicated to developing and producing the books you want to read – hip, contemporary, groundbreaking fiction and non-fiction designed to entertain, excite, and engage.

    Our team has been involved in the publishing industry for over 20 years, as booksellers, publishers and even authors. It seemed a natural step to bring all that experience to bear in an exciting new venture to introduce you to the best new creative ventures and valuable content out there.

    Words always have the power and potential to excite, involve, inspire – and we live them at Urbane Publications. This is a journey of discovery, finding new voices, defining new genres, and most importantly creating the words you want read.

    Comments about the book

    “As someone who knows both the legal sector and the world of politics, Stuart’s blog posts are ideal for me. Lawyers and politicians sometimes have a rocky relationship, and so it’s essential that we have experts like Stuart around to keep both sides talking”.

    Richard Messingham, Head of Public Affairs, The Law Society of England and Wales

    “In my position I need to have my finger on the pulse of politics, both the official lines and the political gossip. Stuart Thomson’s blog gives me exactly what I need – the right mix of news and analysis on the important issues of the day.”

    Kirsty McHugh, CEO, Employment Related Services Association

    “Stuart’s postings are always well worth reading. He covers a wide range of different communications and political issues and is always able to bring interesting insights to them.”

    Matthew Davies, Head of Communications, Asset Based Finance Association

    “Stuart’s blog has established itself as a regular read for me. It provides critical insight and always makes me think twice about what we are doing. It is so good, I even tweet it!”

    Ian Harvey, National Director, Civic Voice

    “A key feature of my work is understanding the not for profit and public sectors within their wider political and public contexts. Stuart’s blog offers those key insights, often from an angle that I don’t see explored elsewhere.”

    James Kirkland, Marketing and Business Development, Not for Profit, Grant Thornton UK LLP

    “I always enjoy reading Stuart Thomson’s blog! You never stop learning new ideas about public affairs whatever your level of experience; and Stuart provides excellent insights and suggestions on what a public affairs practitioner needs to be looking out for and how he or she can improve their lobbying of and engagement with policy makers, influencers and officials. His blog is a must-read for anyone seeking to raise their public affairs game, and that of the organisation they represent.”

    Darren Caplan, Chief Executive, Airport Operators Association


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