2019 Programme

09:00 - 09:25

REGISTRATION & COFFEE

09:25 - 09:30

Welcome from The Bookseller

SESSION ONE: THE BIG TENT – PUBLISHING FOR EVERYONE IN TODAY'S DIVIDED WORLD

09:30 – 09:50

KEYNOTE
Raise the Roof: Putting on a Show to Wow all Children

Catherine Bell, co-MD of Scholastic UK

09:50 – 10:10

The Balancing Act: Weighing up the Best Options for Taking a Story Beyond the Book 

Alice Burden and Jamila Metran, Children’s Media Consultants

10:10 – 10:30

Unicorns, Awesome Friendly Kids and Fings: The Print Market Overview

Kiera O’Brien, Charts and Data Editor, The Bookseller

10:30 - 11:00

PANEL: Share a Story: World Book Day 2020 Title Launch

Kirsten Grant, Director, World Book Day & special guests 

11:00 – 11:30 

TEA & COFFEE BREAK

SESSION TWO: ROLL UP, ROLL UP - REACHING THE CROWD

MAIN STAGE

PANELS, TALKS AND SHOWCASES FROM THE HEART OF THE CHILDREN'S CONTENT BUSINESS

INSIDE THE TENT

A SAFE SPACE FOR INDEPTH CONVERSATIONS ABOUT TODAY'S BIG ISSUES
11:30 – 12:00

The Role of the High Street in Children’s Entertainment

11:30 – 11:45

Pete Selby, Head of Books, WHSmith

11:45 - 12:00 

Carrie Morris, Owner, Booka Bookshop

11:30 – 12:00

PANEL: The Big Conversations: Who is Publishing YA , Who is it For and Why is it Proving so Difficult?

CHAIR: Caroline Carpenter, Web Editor & YA Book Prize Chair, The Bookseller

SPEAKERS: Daphne Lao Tonge, Founder, Illumicrate

Denise Johnstone-Burt, Executive Editorial Director at Walker Books

Sam Bradbury, Editor, Hodder & Stoughton

12:00 – 12:15

Teenagers and their Spending Habits in Today’s Evolving World

Jonathan Watson, CPO, The Insights People

 

12:15 – 12:30

Creating the Next Generation of Readers – Books for Babies

Jill Coleman, Director of Children’s Books, BookTrust

12:00 – 12:30

Quiz the Reviewers: How to Gain More Media Space for Children’s Bookseller Media

CHAIR: Kiera O'Brien

SPEAKERS: Nicolette Jones, children’s book reviewer, Sunday Times

Imogen Russell Williams, children’s book reviewer, The Guardian 

Georgina Atwell, founder, Toppsta

 

12:30 – 13:00

Selling Books: The Value of a Good Promotional Campaign

12:30 – 12:45

Liz Cross, Head of Children’s Publishing at Oxford University Press, and Johan Palmberg, rights manager at The Astrid Lindgren Company

12:45 – 13:00 

Kirsten Cozens, Press Officer, Walker Books

12:30 – 13:00

Children’s Books Outside the Capital – Challenges and Opportunities

12:30 – 12:40 

Marc Lambert, C.E.O., Scottish Book Trust

12:40 – 12:50

Penny Thomas, Co-Founder and Publisher, Firefly Press

Megan Farr, Marketing and Publicity Manager, Firefly Press

12:50 – 13:00

Audience Q+A

13:00 - 13:30

LUNCH

SESSION THREE: ROOM AT THE FRONT, HOW TO BRING IN NEW AUDIENCES

MAIN STAGE

PANELS, TALKS AND SHOWCASES FROM THE HEART OF THE CHILDREN'S CONTENT BUSINESS

INSIDE THE TENT

A SAFE SPACE FOR INDEPTH CONVERSATIONS ABOUT TODAY'S BIG ISSUES
14:00 – 14:30 

PANEL: Sustaining the Careers of New Authors and Illustrators

CHAIR: Jasmine Richards, Founder, Storymix

SPEAKERS: Loraine Evans, Children’s and Young People’s Programmer, Cheltenham Literary Festival

Candy Gourlay, Author

Hannah Whitty, Associate Director and Agent, Plum Pudding Agency

14:00 – 14:30

PANEL: Audiobooks and Children’s Publishing: How to Build a Viable Business Model

CHAIR: Philip Jones, Editor, The Bookseller

SPEAKERS: Ellis Moore, Rights & Content Manager, Bolinda

Ben Drury CEO and Co-Founder of Yoto

14:30 – 14:50

How to Maximise Children's IP in China

Alicia Liu, Managing Director, Singing Grass

Ni Hongri, International Sales Deputy Manager, Beijing International Book Fair

 

 

14:50 – 15:10

CBeebies Bedtime Stories: Taking Picture Books from the Shelf to the Screen

Kayleigh Keam, Director, CBeebies Bedtime Stories

14:30 – 15:00 

Innovative Librarianship in a Time of Economic Cuts

14:30 - 14:40

Lucas Maxwell, Librarian, Glenthorne High School, and UK School Librarian of the Year 2017

14:40 - 14:50

Jo Clarke, Librarian, Whitchurch C of E Primary School and award winning book blogger

14:50-15:00

Audience Q&A

15:10 – 15:30

Engaging Children's with the Arts: Lessons from the Cultural Sector

Sharna Jackson, Author and Artistic Director, Site Gallery

15:00 – 15:30

Training the Next Generation of Publishers: What the Industry Needs to Know

Debbie Jane Williams, Head of Publishing, UCLan

Hazel Holmes, Publisher, UCLan Publishing

Brionee Fenlon, Marketing Executive at Little Brown and former UCLan Student

15:30 – 16:00

TEA & COFFEE BREAK

SESSION FOUR: A MILLION DREAMS - PUBLISHING FOR ALL 

16:00 – 16:15

The Magic of Visual Literacy: How Wordless Picture Books Empower Children with Special Educational Needs

Annette McCartney, SEN Relationship Manager, Pop-Up

16:15 – 16:40

PANEL: How Publishing is Responding to the Mental Health Crisis in Young People

CHAIR: TBA
SPEAKERS: Amy Lankester-Owen, Senior Commissioning Editor, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Debbie Foy, Publishing Director, Wren & Rook (Hachette Children’s Group)

Beth Cox, co-founder, Inclusive Minds

16:40 – 17:00

ENDNOTE: Reading is Magic and Magic Should be for Everyone

Cressida Cowell, Author and Children's Laureate

17:00

DRINKS RECEPTION

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