6th – 8th June 2019

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Gamers don’t read

  • Darren Wall


Birmingham & Midland Institute


Thu 7th June @ 2:00 pm - 2:40 pm



6 years ago, art director Darren Wall courted countless major publishers, eager to make beautiful books on videogame history. Disinterested and bemused, they all turned him down, recounting to him the old industry adage: ’Gamers don’t read’.

As a last resort, he turned to the emerging crowdfunding platform Kickstarter and set about making and selling them by himself. Now, his imprint Read-Only Memory is the leading voice in videogame history publishing, and Wall works as a roving commissioning editor for publisher Thames & Hudson. Recently, Wall has created books for major personalities and institutions such as Mr Bingo, Anthony Burrill and the V&A Museum, and has co-founded Volume: a crowdfunding platform created expressly for books on visual culture.

In his talk, Darren will impart the secrets, 5 star review highs, and bank balance-obliterating lows of self-publishing, explaining how crowdfunding has made it possible for anybody to create a book, freed from the conventions and limitations of traditional publishing.


Darren Wall

Read Only Memory

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Read Only Memory

Darren Wall is a publisher, art director and creative consultant based in London, UK. He has over a decade’s experience creating original content and providing exciting, innovative solutions for print. Darren is also the founder of Read-Only Memory, an imprint that specialises in high-end publications that document and preserve videogame history.


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Birmingham & Midland Institute

9 Margaret St
Birmingham, B3 3BS United Kingdom

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Birmingham & Midland Institute (BMI) is a Victorian Grade II listed building, nestled behind Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in the city centre. The BMI has been at the heart of Birmingham’s cultural life for over 150 years. It was originally founded by Act of Parliament in 1854 for the ‘Diffusion and Advancement of Science, Literature and Art amongst all Classes of Persons resident in Birmingham and Midland Counties’. Charles Dickens was one of its early Presidents.

A note on accessibility: There is some accessibility but this is unfortunately limited in some areas due to the age of the building. Disabled visitors should contact BMI before attending an event so they can discuss in more detail how to make their visit as accessible as possible. Hearing loops are available for a small fee.

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