While we strive to keep our authors at the heart of everything we do here at Cambridge Scholars Publishing, it's nice, every once in a while, to spare a thought for our unsung heroes who silently plug away behind the scenes. For this edition of Meet the Publisher, that honour goes to our resident Commissioning Editor, Adam Rummens.
A native of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Adam joined Cambridge Scholars straight out of university in March 2014, and has gone on to become one of the longest-serving members of our editorial team, overseeing Social Sciences. A man of few words but many talents, Adam's calm, care-free demeanour brings regular welcome respite during the hectic day-to-day activities of the publishing world. On top of that, he's also the undisputed office champion for typing speed!
Adam holds a degree in English Language from Newcastle University, and takes a particular interest in the etymologies of place-names, along with a fascination in how new words enter into common usage, 'an extended study I did in my final year explored the extent to which new words are introduced to the language community through explanation, and how long after their coinage this process of explanation lasts. It was interesting using linguistics corpora to examine new words in context, mostly in newspapers.'
Quite naturally then, one of Adam's personal highlights at CSP was the work he did on the recently published edited collection Naming, Identity, and Tourism, which studies the origins of place-names and how these come to influence the identity and culture of the surrounding area and communities.
In terms of literature, Adam names his favourite book as Kurt Vonnegut's classic anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse 5, remarking that he is 'captivated by Vonnegut's style of writing - I think it's incredibly thought-provoking too, in terms of the damage war does, of course, but also philosophically in the way it explores and questions the linearity of time.'
An avid rambler, in his spare time Adam loves exploring the great outdoors, being a former member of Newcastle University's fellwalking society, in addition to being a keen mountaineer, having last year climbed to the summit of Helvellyn in the Lake District, an impressive feat indeed!
Adam is a long-suffering (and patient) supporter of Newcastle United FC, getting to games whenever he can, and still lives happily in the city in which he grew up.