FutureBook, The Bookseller's annual publishing conference, returned as an in-person event in 2021, combined with a live-stream for attendees who wish to watch the sessions remotely. The theme of this year was RESET, as we emerge from lockdown with an unprecedented chance to challenge old assumptions and processes and create real change for a more relevant and resilient industry.
The conference took place on 19th November at 155 Bishopsgate, with the event and live-stream commen at 9am culminating in the FutureBook Awards from 5pm. Last year's online event attracted 1,530 delegates, from more than 20 countries, and featured more than 100 speakers. The in-person event offers an unprecedented opportunity to once again gather together with numbers strictly limited to 350 delegates; online-only delegates were able to watch live and on catch-up.
The annual FutureBook Awards also returned, with eight winners announced, including the prestigious FutureBook Person of the Year which was awarded to Marcus Rashford. Other categories included Campaign and Team, with two new awards: one for Sustainability, and a second "Discover" award, for an initiative that addresses the lack of representation in the trade.