• Porter Anderson

    Associate Editor, FutureBook / Programme Director, Author Day
  • Naomi Bacon

    Digital Communications Manager, Pan Macmillan
  • Emma Barnes

    Managing Director, Snowbooks and CEO, Bibliocloud

    Emma Barnes is a technologist and publisher. After founding Snowbooks in 2004 she suffered from a dearth of decent publishing software, so she learned to code and wrote it herself. The result is Bibliocloud, now used by more than 50 publishers worldwide. She’s a passionate advocate of encouraging coding skills in publishing and writes for Futurebook and Digital Book World. 

  • Nick Barreto

    Co-Founder and Technology Director, Canelo Digital Publishing

    Nick Barreto is the Co-Founder and Technology Director at Canelo Digital Publishing, a new digital publisher which combines the best of book publishing with new digital technology. They produce high-quality ebooks, apps and web products, with in-house digital production and cutting edge marketing.

  • Harry Bingham

    Author, Writers' Workshop, Agent Hunter

    Harry Bingham is a crime novelist, whose work has been published in many parts of the world and been adapted for TV. He is currently working on the fifth installment of his Fiona Griffiths crime series, which has received warm praise from The Sunday Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Mail, and other publications. Bingham founded and owns the Writers’ Workshop and runs Agent Hunter.


  • Piers Blofeld

    Literary Agent, Sheil Land Associates

    My list reflects my eclectic tastes and my passion for working closely with authors. I represent a wide range of authors writing both fiction and non-fiction and covering a number of genres, from children’s with Roald Dahl prize winner Jamie Thomson, to women’s fiction with million copy bestseller Nadine Dorries, to historical with number one bestseller C.S. Quinn. The list goes on.

  • Sheila Crowley

    Literary Agent, Curtis Brown Group

    Sheila Crowley started her publishing career at Poolbeg Press, before moving to London in 1991, where she worked at publishers including Harper Collins and Hodder. During the 1990s and early ‘00s she worked closely with many authors and agents. In 2003 she became a literary agent. She worked at APWatt for five years before moving to Curtis Brown, the biggest Literary Agency in the UK.

  • Ian Ellard

    Head of Faber Academy

    Ian joined Faber Academy as an assistant in 2010. As its head, his job is to create the best possible environment in which for authors to learn their craft: the best course directors and the most inspiring guests, the strongest coffee and the most sustaining biscuits. He is working on a novel, though he should know better.

  • Jonathan Emmett

    Author, #CoolNotCute

    In addition to writing picture books such as Bringing Down the Moon, Someone Bigger and the The Princess and the Pig, Jonathan Emmett also writes and paper-engineers pop-up books.  His books have been translated into more than 30 languages. He set up the #CoolNotCute campaign in 2013 to raise awareness of what he sees as a female bias in picture book appeal, exacerbating the literacy gender gap.


  • John-Paul Flintoff

    Author, artist and performer

    Author, artist and performer John-Paul Flintoff is much in demand as a speaker in the areas of communication, creativity and leadership. His work is consistently hailed as energising, funny and thought-provoking. He is currently working on a musical based on his novel What If The Queen Should Die?, itself partly written in collaboration with theatrical performers. His non fiction, including How To Change The World, is published in 16 languages. 

    Web: www.flintoff.org

    Twitter: @jpflintoff

  • Daniel Freeman

    Account Director, Midas PR

    Daniel started his PR career in 2005 working on big consumer, B2B and technology brands before joining Midas PR in 2010. At Midas he heads up B2B accounts for publishing service providers and works with CEOs at publishers to build their media profiles. He helps to launch and establish brands, and personalities, across publishing and the arts and is responsible for the publicity of many of the agency’s non-fiction and business books.


  • Louise Rogers Lalaurie

    Literary translator, UK Society of Authors/Translators Association

    Louise Rogers Lalaurie co-launched the hashtag #namethetranslator in 2013. She translates fiction and literary non-fiction from French (most recently Gabrielle Wittkop's Murder Most Serene, Wakefield Press, 2015). Her translation of Olivier Truc's crime début Forty Days Without Shadow (Little, Brown) was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA International Dagger.

  • Sara Lloyd

    Digital and Communications Director, Pan Macmillan
  • Andrew Lownie

    Andrew Lownie Literary Agency

    Andrew Lownie has been a bookseller, journalist, publisher, Director of Curtis Brown and since 1988 has run his own literary agency. In  1997 he set up the Biographers Club and  in 2013  Thistle Publishing  with his colleague David Haviland . He is also an author, most recently publishing a life of the spy Guy Burgess.

  • Dan Kieran

    CEO & Co-Founder, Unbound

    Dan Kieran is the CEO and co-founder of the award winning publishing platform unbound.co.uk. He is the author of ten books including The Idle Traveller and is a travel writer for the Guardian, The Times and Die Zeit in Germany.

  • Sarah McIntyre

    Illustrator, Author

    Illustrator and author Sarah McIntyre launched the #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign tthis year, seeing illustrators omitted from awards lists and media coverage. McIntyre has collaborated on projects that include Oliver and the Seawigs, Cakes in Space and Pugs of the Frozen North with Philip Reeve, and Jampires with David O’Connell. Her solo picture books include There’s a Shark in the Bath and Dinosaur Police and her comic Vern and Lettuce. 


  • Dave Morris, author and game designer

    Author and Game Designer

    Dave Morris is one of Britain’s bestselling authors and an award-winning videogame designer. As a mentor in the American Film Institute digital content lab, he has worked with partners like NBC and Microsoft to create new forms of entertainment that fuse traditional storytelling and interactivity. He is currently developing a sci-fi drama for the BBC.

  • Kate Pullinger

    Digital Author, Professor of Creative Writing, Bath Spa University

    Kate Pullinger writes novels and digital fiction, works that combine text with image, sound, animation, video, music, and more. She is Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media at Bath Spa University, teaching digital writing PhD students.  Her most recent books include the contemporary novel Landing Gear and the historical fiction The Mistress of Nothing which won Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, 2009.


  • Cathy Rentzenbrink

    Contributing Editor, The Bookseller / Project Director, Quick Reads

    Cathy is Project Director of the adult literacy charity Quick Reads and Books Editor at The Bookseller. She speaks and writes regularly on literacy, literature and everything in between on TV, radio and in print and runs the BBC Radio London book club. Prior to this, Cathy worked for ten years at Waterstones, and will chair the Booksellers’ Association conference for the fourth time this year. Her memoir The Last Act of Love is published by Picador in July. She is probably too active on twitter as @cathyreadsbooks

  • Katie Roden

    Content strategy, publishing and marketing consultant

    Katie Roden is a publishing, marketing and digital strategy consultant with a 24-year trade publishing background, including 11 years as Director of Consumer Education at Hachette UK and, as Publisher at Guardian Books, creating the Guardian Shorts ebook list and the Guardian Teacher Network. She is the co-founder of book design blog Fixabook and is a freelance consultant for the Seven League digital agency.


  • Orna Ross

    Alliance of Independent Authors

    @OrnaRoss @IndieAuthorALLi

  • Kamila Shamsie


    Kamila Shamsie is the author of 6 novels, including Burnt Shadows which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and A God in Every Stone which was shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. She was one of Granta’s’ ‘Best of Young British Novelists’ in 2013. 


  • Nikesh Shukla

    Author, Editor (Rife Magazine)

    Nikesh Shukla is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Meatspace, the Costa shortlisted novel Coconut Unlimited and the award-winning novella The Time Machine. He wrote the short film Two Dosas and the Channel 4 sitcom Kabadasses.



  • Rebecca Smart

    Managing Director, Ebury Publishing (Penguin Random House)

    Rebecca is Managing Director of Ebury Publishing, a division of Penguin Random House. Ebury is the UK’s largest publisher in a number of non-fiction categories including food and drink, personal development and parenting. Its imprints include BBC Books, Virgin Books, Ebury Press, Vermilion, Rider and Time Out Guides, and its key authors include Mary Berry, Yotam Ottolenghi, Rick Stein, Guy Martin, Caitlin Moran and Dr Steve Peters. Prior to her time at Penguin Random House Rebecca ran independent publisher Osprey. 

  • Nicola Solomon

    Chief Executive, Society of Authors (SoA)

    Nicola Solomon has been Chief Executive of the Society of Authors since March 2011. She is a solicitor who was previously in private practice, specialising in intellectual property and media law. Her expertise includes copyright and defamation, privacy, data protection and contract. She is a board member of the International Authors’ Forum and the British Copyright Council. She is also a Deputy District Judge.


  • Jane Steen

    Independent Author

    Jane Steen was born in England, lived in Belgium for 16 years, and moved to the US in 1997. Her corporate writing career included translation, editorial guidance for lawyers, contract drafting, fundraising, and marketing copy for realtors.

    Jane is an independent writer of historical fiction and an active member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and the Historical Novel Society.

  • Douglas Wight

    Writer/Co-founder, 22Five Publishing

    Douglas Wight is the writer or ghostwriter of nine nonfiction books, and is the co-founder of 22Five Publishing Ltd. A journalist for more than 20 years, he now also helps publishers achieve national newspaper serialisations for new titles. He has reported on the Dunblane massacre, the legacy of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the aftermath of the World Trade Centre terrorist attacks and other stories. He is a former reporter for The Sun and New York Post and was a celebrity interviewer and books editor for the News of the World.


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