Speakers | The Bookseller Marketing & Publicity Conference

Our Keynote Speakers

  • Sarah Benton
    Deputy MD
    Sarah Benton is Deputy MD for The Orion Publishing Group, overseeing many aspects of the publishing teams. She started her career in publicity doing the press cuttings for Orion and in the seventeen years since then has worked at HarperCollins, Bonnier’s Hot Key Books and Pan Macmillan, in marketing and publicity roles across children’s and adult publishing. She joined Orion as Marketing Director in 2016 and after implementing many changes across the team and business, became Deputy MD in 2019.
  • Emma Dabiri
    Academic, activist, broadcaster and teaching fellow
    EMMA DABIRI is an Irish-Nigerian academic, activist, broadcaster and teaching fellow in the Africa department at SOAS and a Visual Sociology PhD researcher at Goldsmiths. Her new book, What White People Can Do Next (Penguin, 1st April 2021) is a manifesto for meaningful change born from the need to talk about racial injustice in a new way and is a Sunday Times and Irish Times Top 10 bestseller. Her 2019 debut Don’t Touch My Hair, (also Penguin) was an Irish Times Bestseller and also published to critical and commercial acclaim. The book inspired a national conversation about race and hair and has led to changing regulations in schools and in the British army. A regular broadcaster on the BBC, Emma presented 'Back in Time Brixton' (BBC2), 'Britain's Lost Masterpieces' (BBC4), as well as the sociological experiment 'Is Love Racist?' (Ch4). Most recently, she hosted Radio 4's critically-acclaimed documentary 'Journeys into Afro-futurism’.
  • Hasmik Matinyan
    Content Strategist DACH, Berlin
    Marketing & Communications expert, graduate of Journalism and Communication Studies (M. A.) and a passionate book lover with professional experience across multiple marketing disciplines in both large and small technology companies as well as on agency side with content strategy and marketing as one of her core skills. www.linkedin.com/in/hasmik-matinyan
  • Annie Ridout
    Author and journalist
    Annie Ridout is the author of The Freelance Mum and Shy, founder of The Robora (online courses for women in business) and she works as a freelance journalist for national news and women’s magazines including The Guardian, Grazia, Red Magazine, Stylist and Forbes. She lives with her husband and their three children in London. Her approach to self-management of problematic behaviours has most recently drawn attention from BBC Radio 1, The Telegraph, Red Magazine, The Pool and Psychologies Magazine. Her laid-back, non-judgmental style has proven to be a huge success and her ambition is to make evidence-based psychological tools accessible and easy to use for the general public.
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Our Speakers

  • Jamilah Ahmed
    Jhalak Prize
    Associate director
    Jamilah Ahmed is Associate Director of the Jhalak Prize. She has worked in publishing for over fifteen years, as a Development Editor, Commissioning Editor, and most recently Literary Agent. Her remit at the Barbara Levy Literary Agency is to find new writers of fiction and non-fiction.
  • Lawrence Atkinson
    The DDA Group
    Lawrence Atkinson is Chief Executive Officer of The DDA Group, leaders in global film, television and entertainment communications. Atkinson joined DDA Public Relations in February 2006 as Executive Vice President and subsequently acquired the majority equity stake in the company and assumed responsibility for the agency’s future. He manages the agency alongside Chief Operating Officer John Stannard, President and partner Dana Archer and President, Film & Television, Neil Bhatt. Prior to DDA, Atkinson was Director of Film (UK) for UK Entertainment PR Agency Premier Communications. At Premier, he was responsible for developing and handling business for the agency across all areas of the Film industry, including UK Distribution Campaigns for both major studios and the independent sector, Premieres, Unit and Production Publicity, International Film Festivals and Home Entertainment. Before Premier PR, Atkinson served as Publicity Manager for the UK Publicity Division of leading international film distributor Buena Vista International (UK) Ltd, operating in both London and at the Walt Disney Studios in Los Angeles. During his six years at Disney, Atkinson was responsible for UK distribution campaigns across a variety of titles from Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, Miramax, Touchstone Pictures and local productions and acquisitions. Atkinson is a member of both BAFTA and AMPAS, and is on the Board of Trustees of MediCinema, a charity dedicated to improving the wellbeing of patients, their families and carers across the UK through the magic of the shared cinema experience
  • Helen Bagnall
    Salon London & ALSO Festival
    Helen is one of the UK’s leading content producers with over a decade’s experience of working in bringing non fiction books to life. Having founded Salon London, Salon North and the ALSO Festival, she’s also produced high level experiences LIVE for leading festivals including Latitude, Wilderness, and Bluedot. Find out more at www.also-festival.com and www.salon-london.com
  • Indira Birnie
    Penguin Random House
    Senior manager, Audience Marketing
    Indira Birnie has worked at Penguin Random House for over ten years, starting as a publicity assistant working on campaigns for authors such as Salman Rushdie, Misha Glenny, Annie Leibovitz and more, before moving on to specialise in social media – eventually running Penguin’s social channels and managing a team focused on the Penguin brand’s audience-focused marketing. More recently, she has been an Executive Producer on This Is Spoke, an award-winning podcast for a Gen Z audience, and in her current role as Senior Manager, Audience Marketing, she leads on the Penguin Podcast and marketing strategy for penguin.co.uk.
  • Ann Bissell
    Publicity director
    Ann Bissell has been Publicity Director for HarperFiction since 2014. She works on titles across the list, from big commercial brands, to literary debuts, to the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien. She has a commissioning brief for The Borough Press and her authors include Layla AlAmmar, Charlotte Philby and Bella Mackie.
  • Serena Brett
    Fane Productions
    Serena is a Producer at Fane Productions, the leading spoken word events company. She oversees large-scale, one-off London events, multi-date regional tours, and more recently, programming the Fane Online series, including events with Lisa Taddeo, Rumaan Alam, Anna Jones, Kiley Reid, Raven Leilani and Torrey Peters. With her background in talent management (she previously worked in the talent department at Curtis Brown), a key element of her role is nurturing key client relationships. Since she joined Fane in 2017, Serena has built Elizabeth Day’s live career - leading to a sold out event at the London Palladium for her latest book, launched Ziauddin Yousafzai’s memoir, toured Nadiya Hussain across the UK, and co-programmed the Authors on Stage series at the National Theatre
  • Daisy Buchanan
    Journalist and author
    Daisy Buchanan is an award-winning journalist and author. Her non-fiction books, How To Be A Grown Up and The Sisterhood, have received critical acclaim and praise from a number of high profile writers - her fans include Marian Keyes, Nina Stibbe and Dolly Alderton. She has written features and opinion pieces for every major national newspaper and magazine in the UK - she was Grazia's Agony Aunt, Dear Daisy, and a columnist for the beloved smart women's website The Pool. Daisy is a TEDx speaker and the host of the chart topping literary interview podcast You're Booked. She appears regularly on TV and radio speaking about everything from pop culture to feminism. This is her first novel.
  • Anna Chapman
    Anna is a strategist at 21CB where she helps brands find a sustainable pathway into the future. She started out as a journalist, writing about youth culture and editing the books page of The Face. Since then, she’s headed up a website in Ibiza and a content studio for Unilever (around brand purpose). While her passion for cultural trends means she’s always looking forward, teaching yoga as a side hustle keeps her grounded in the present.
  • Fleur Clarke
    Head of brand marketing
    Fleur Clarke is Head of Brand Marketing at HarperFiction. She has created campaigns for some of the world’s best loved storytellers, including Agatha Christie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen King and George R.R. Martin.
  • Emma De Souza
    Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre
    Head of marketing and communications
    Emma De Souza is Head of Marketing and Communications at the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre. She is an award-winning senior leader in the cultural and creative industries, specialising in pan-industry theatre audience development initiatives and the delivery of high-profile events such as Kids Week, Olivier Awards and West End Live. She is currently focussed on supporting the industry to reopen following the devastation of Covid-19.
  • Lee Dibble
    Pan Macmillan
    Marketing and communications director
    Lee is responsible for Pan Macmillan's digital channels across divisions, in-house ad team, influencer network and metadata. Lee previously worked for The Guardian.
  • Kirsty Doole
    Atlantic Books
    Publicity director
    Kirsty has been Publicity Director at Atlantic Books since 2017, working with authors including Meena Kandasamy, Minette Walters, Bryan Washington, and Lynn Enright. Prior to Atlantic, she spent 11 years at Oxford University Press.
  • Emma Draude
    ED Public Relations
    Founder and managing director
    Emma is a multi-award-winning publicist who has worked in publishing for over 25 years. With experience both in-house and agency-side, she founded ed public relations in 2010 and has worked on campaigns for a host of high-profile bestselling names including Philip Pullman, Lemn Sissay, Emma Dabiri, Matt Lucas, Nadiya Hussain, , Angie Thomas, Dorothy Koomson, Stacey Dooley, Lesley Pearse, Lucinda Riley and Juno Dawson. She is passionate about the importance of representation and the life-changing impact of reading and actively champions inclusive publishers, writers and booksellers. Emma has won, and been shortlisted for, numerous campaigns and won the British Book Award Publicity Campaign of the Year 2018 for her work on The Hate u Give by Angie Thomas. She recently won the PPC Annual Award for Debut Campaign for Caleb Femi’s POOR; a campaign currently shortlisted for the British Book Awards Publicity Campaign of the Year 2021.
  • Jess Duffy
    Bluebird Books
    Senior publicity manager
    Jess Duffy currently leads PR for Bluebird Books, a non-fiction imprint of Pan Macmillan. She looks after authors such as Pinch of Nom, Joe Wicks, Nikesh Shukla, Jack Monroe and lots more. Bluebird books aim to help people live healthier, happier, more purposeful and connected lives, which is a mission Jess really believes in. Jess has worked for Pan Macmillan for over 5 years, previously working across literary and commercial Fiction.
  • Stuart Evers
    NetGalley UK
    Starting out as a bookseller with Dillons and Waterstones in the late 90s, Stuart Evers has been a commissioning editor in fiction and non fiction, a creative for Book Clubs, a freelance literary journalist, and is now Director of NetGalley UK, the leading pre-publication publicity platform. He is also the author of four books, including the recently published The Blind Light.
  • Brionee Fenlon
    Sphere, Piatkus, Constable
    Marketing executive
    Brionee Fenlon began working in Publishing in 2017. She did a Master’s Degree in Publishing at the University of Central Lancashire and then began working at Little, Brown Book Group as Marketing Co-ordinator. She is now Senior Marketing Executive for commercial fiction working across Sphere, Piatkus and Constable.
  • Anna Frame
    Canongate Books
    Publicity director
    Anna Frame is Publicity Director at Canongate Books, where she has worked for over a decade. In that time, she has run campaigns across almost every genre, both fiction and non-fiction, with authors including Salena Godden, Amy Liptrot, Philip Pullman, Margaret Drabble, Noel Fielding, Lemn Sissay, Ruth Ozeki and more. She sits on the PPC Committee, and was the 2020 Booksellers Association Publicist of the Year. Mainly, she’s been spending the last year forcing herself out of the house for walks.
  • Sian Gardiner
    Senior marketing executive
    Sian Gardiner is Senior Marketing Executive at Bluebird, Pan Macmillan’s award-winning non-fiction imprint. Prior to joining Pan Macmillan she held communications and copywriting roles at organisations such as UCL and Cannes Lions and has worked as a freelance journalist for titles including Mixmag, Metro, The Telegraph and Grazia.
  • Mo Gawdat
    Author & Entrepreneur
  • Kiri Inglis
    Marketing and editorial manager
    I joined Bookshop.org soon after its launch in November 2020. My role covers marketing and editorial which encompasses surfacing key reading lists and content generated by the 450 bookshops and 7000 affiliates on the site, as well as partnerships and events. Before joining the team, I was at Faber working on campaigns for authors including Eimear McBride, Akwaeke Emezi and Kazuo Ishiguro. My previous marketing experience is grounded in film, having previously led the marketing operation for streaming service MUBI in the UK.
  • Shahroo Izadi
    Behavioural Change Specialist
    Shahroo is an award-winning Behavioural Change Specialist and author of The Kindness Method. She hands over simple, evidence-based strategies for habit-change and personal development. She works in private practice and is a support group facilitator and therapist at Amy's House, a recovery house for women set up by The Amy Winehouse Foundation. Her approach to self-management of problematic behaviours has most recently drawn attention from BBC Radio 1, The Telegraph, Red Magazine, The Pool and Psychologies Magazine. Her laid-back, non-judgmental style has proven to be a huge success and her ambition is to make evidence-based psychological tools accessible and easy to use for the general public.
  • Elise Jackson
    Pushkin Press
    Senior marketing executive
    Elise is the Senior Marketing Executive at indie publisher Pushkin Press, where she works on all things brand and marketing: including social media, advertising and newsletter campaigns. Before coming to Pushkin in 2019, Elise channelled her love for people, art and language through marketing roles at a student charity, a hidden city library, and a mental health and wellbeing publisher. She loves experiencing the world through someone else’s eyes, and reckons books are the best way to do that.
  • Drew Jerrison
    Profile Books
    Publicity manager
    Drew Jerrison is Publicity Manager at Profile Books, and works across all imprints and genres. He has been with the company since 2012, most recently working on campaigns for Carmen Maria Machado (In the Dream House), Adam Kucharski (The Rules of Contagion), Catriona Ward (The Last House on Needless Street), Torrey Peters (Detransition, Baby), and the launch of Profile’s new crime imprint, Viper Books. He has served as one of the two Independent Alliance representatives on the PPC Committee since June 2019.
  • Katarina Jovanovic
    Publicity manager
    Katarina Jovanovic is Publicity Manager at Usborne Publishing, the #1 Unicorn publisher. Previously working at Walker Books and Hachette Children’s Group, Katarina has always stayed true to her love of children’s books and has worked with authors Sophie Anderson, Peter Bunzl, Angie Thomas, and David Almond, as well as brands such as That’s not my… and Hugless Douglas. Katarina won a Publishers’ Publicity Circle Award for her work on Holly Bourne’s The Places I’ve Cried in Public, and was shortlisted for a British Book Award.
  • Anthony Kemp
    Calibre Audio
    Anthony Kemp joined Calibre Audio as Chief Executive in 2019, having worked in leadership roles in media, government, education and several not-for-profit organisations, including the charity Working Families. Anthony strongly believes in continuous development and has been at the helm of Calibre Audio as the organisation enters an exciting period of change, launching its new brand and improving its technology-focused offer. He enjoys injecting creativity and energy into all areas of the business and is passionate about the role of the charity in keeping the joy of reading open to all.
  • Hazel Kenyon
    Nielsen Book
    Director of Book Research UK & Ireland
    Hazel Kenyon is Director of the UK and Ireland Book Research business. She started at Nielsen Book in 2009 as a Publisher Account Manager working with a portfolio of clients to help them analyse the BookScan sales data. She is now responsible for all UK and Ireland client relationships in publishing, retail and media and for strategic business development across all the research products measuring changes in print, digital and consumer behaviour. Hazel started her career as a Space Physicist, working in industry and academia and for her PhD analysed particle data from the Cassini spacecraft during its grand tour of Saturn.
  • Sabah Khan
    Simon & Schuster UK
    Head of publicity, Adult, Fiction & Non-Fiction
    Sabah Khan is currently Head of Publicity, Adult, Fiction & Non-Fiction at Simon & Schuster UK, following four years working at HarperCollins. She was voted a Bookseller Rising Star in 2018 and has previously been shortlisted for a PPC Award. Prior to her work in publishing, she worked as a publicist at various agencies, working across lifestyle accounts.
  • Julia Kingsford
    Literary agent and strategic consultant
    Julia Kingsford is a literary agent and strategic consultant. As well as running her own agency she co-founded The Good Literary Agency with Nikesh Shukla explicitly to represent writers from under-represented backgrounds. Prior to becoming an agent she was CEO of World Book Night and before that Head of Marketing and Publisher Relations at Foyles. She is (slowly) co-writing a book with her sister called Asperger's and Asparagus about her sister's experience of the world as an autistic woman.
  • Camilla Leask
    Willow Publicity
    Freelance books publicist
    Freelance books publicist Camilla Leask has worked predominantly with children's authors for 14 years. She has worked with a wide variety of authors and publishing houses, including Waterstone's Children's Laureate 2019-2022 Cressida Cowell, the late Michael Bond and Paddington Bear, Enid Blyton Entertainment, the Narnia Estate, Sally Gardner, Professor Ben Garrod and many more.
  • Caroline Maddison
    Freelance marketer
    Caroline Maddison is an award-winning marketer, having headed up strategy and campaigns across digital, audience and brand for Penguin Random House, The Guardian, and HarperCollins. Her innovative and creatively impactful work has been recognised by FutureBook Awards, The British Book Awards, Marketing Week and Campaign, as well as being named a Bookseller Rising Star in 2018.
  • Peter McCarthy
    Ingram Content Group
    Director of digital services
    Peter McCarthy is director of digital services at Ingram Content Group. He has more than 20 years of experience in publishing, ranging from executive positions with Penguin and Random House to start-ups and consultancies, and brings a strategic, technical, and data-informed approach to selling and marketing books and other content.
  • Olivia Mead
    Penguin General
    Campaigns manager
    Olivia is a Campaigns Manager (publicity) at Penguin General. She started in the book trade at 15 as a bookseller before moving in house, working in roles in sales and publicity at Bonnier and Quercus, before joining Penguin in 2019. She is responsively for strategic, sales-driving campaigns across a broad range of fiction and narrative non-fiction, was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2017 and won this year’s PPC Award for Best Celebrity Campaign for The Thursday Murder Club, alongside her brilliant PR colleague Chloe Davies.
  • Cat Mitchell
    University of Derby
    Lecturer in Writing and Publishing
    Cat Mitchell is a Lecturer in Writing and Publishing at the University of Derby, and has previously had numerous roles in the UK publishing industry, including working in Publicity/Marketing at Penguin Random House.
  • Mairi Oliver
    Lighthouse: Edingburgh's Radical Bookshop
    Mairi runs Lighthouse: Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop, which won Scottish Bookshop of the Year 2019 at the Nibbies. She has been in the book trade over a decade; having worked as a bookseller at the likes of Constant Reader in Sydney and Topping & Company Booksellers in St Andrews, she opened Lighthouse as a queer, feminist, anti-racist community bookshop in 2017. Lighthouse, which is a reincarnation of the radical Word Power Bookshop that first opened in 1994, continues to host and organise Edinburgh's annual Book Fringe and Radical Book Fair. In 2020 they launched Lighthouse online, with a new digital offering & author programme that is still growing and evolving: www.lighthousebookshop.com
  • Aimee Oliver-Powell
    Atlantic Books
    Marketing manager
    Aimee is the Marketing Manager at Atlantic Books, working across all imprints from literary fiction to non-fiction, and has previously worked on campaigns for prize-winners and Sunday Times bestsellers at Hodder & Stoughton and Oneworld Publications.
  • Chloe Rose
    Penguin Random House Audio
    Publicity manager
    Chloe Rose is the Publicity Manager at Penguin Random House Audio, the first publicist to solely work on audiobooks and audio content. She works across all eight divisions of Penguin Random House and audio original and lead titles for Penguin Random House Audio. She has previously worked at Ebury Publishing and W.W. Norton & Company Ltd., and is hugely passionate about making the publishing industry more accessible to entry-level candidates.
  • Abbie Salter
    Senior marketing manager
    Abbie Salter is Senior Marketing Manager at HarperFiction. She works on a huge variety of commercial fiction by authors such as Lucy Foley, Cecelia Ahern, Jeffery Deaver, Jeffrey Archer and Abigail Dean. This year she trained as a Mental Health First Aider to help play her part in breaking down the stigma around mental health in the workplace.
  • Millie Seaward
    Sphere and Dialogue Books
    Senior publicity manager
    Millie Seaward began working in Publishing in 2013. She has worked in the Publicity department for a number of UK publishers including Cornerstone (Penguin Random House) and Headline (Hachette). She began working at Little, Brown Book Group in 2018 and specifically running the publicity for Dialogue Books, an inclusive imprint set up by Sharmaine Lovegrove. She is now Senior Publicity Manager for Sphere and Dialogue Books. She recently won a PPC Quarterly award for her work on The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett and was a Bookseller Rising Star for 2020.
  • Kimberley Sheehan
    Reading Partners
    Campaigns manager
    Kimberley Sheehan is the Campaigns Manager for Reading Partners at national reading charity, The Reading Agency. She works with over 40 publishers to support their commercial drive to build audiences and reach readers. Ever year she manages over 100 campaigns that are run in public and school libraries or with reading groups. These campaigns have reached approximately 400,000 people since 2019. Kimberley has been at The Reading Agency for nearly five years and is incredibly passionate helping more people tackle life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading.
  • Helena Sheffield
    Penguin Random House Audio
    Senior marketing manager
    Helena Sheffield is the Senior Marketing Manager at Penguin Random House Audio, running campaigns across all genres of audiobooks with a focus on reaching non-readers and converting them to audiobook listeners. Campaign highlights include A Promised Land by Barack Obama, and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. She has previously worked as Digital Marketing Manager for Avon Books, and published her own book, The Art of Wearing Hats, with HarperCollins.
  • Laura Standley
    Head of Copy and Language Services
    Laura Standley is the Head of Copy and Language Services at Droga5 (now part of Accenture Interactive), an award-winning creative advertising agency, where she helps to shape copy so that it reaches its fullest potential. She's also a podcast critic and co-writes The Atlantic's annual 50 Best Podcasts list. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Believer; 303 Magazine, American Contemporary Artist, The Timbre and VITAMIN W among others. She earned her MFA in creative nonfiction at Columbia University, and currently lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
  • Hannah Steward
    Campaign manager
    Hannah Steward is Campaign Manager at Usborne Publishing, working there since 2014. Previously at Bloomsbury, Hannah currently runs marketing campaigns across the Usborne list - from Sticker Dolly Dressing to Holly Bourne, recently winning a BMS award for her campaign for The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna.
  • Genista Tate-Alexander
    Marketing manager for Non-Fiction
    Genista Tate-Alexander is Marketing Manager for Non-Fiction at Bloomsbury Publishing in London. Titles she has worked on include bestsellers such as Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race, Johann Hari’s Lost Connections, Lara Maiklem’s Mudlarking, Nick Haye’s The Book of Trespass, Elliot Higgin’s We Are Bellingcat and Rutger Bregman’s Humankind: A Hopeful History
  • Georgia Taylor
    Penguin General
    Senior campaigns manager
    Georgia Taylor is a Senior Campaigns Manager at Penguin General, delivering marketing strategies and campaigns for commercial fiction brands such as Richard Osman, Cara Hunter, Josie Silver, Tana French and more.
  • Sandra Taylor
    Head of Communications
    Sandra Taylor is Head of Communications at Waterstones. Waterstones is the only national specialist book retailer of scale in the UK, with 290 shops and employing over 2,850 booksellers, and includes Foyles, Hatchards, Hodges Figgis and branches in Ireland, Brussels and Amsterdam. Sandra leads the PR, Events, Publisher Liaison and Category teams. Prior to her current role, she was Digital Publicity Director at Pan Macmillan.
  • Andrew Tidmarsh
    Freelance narrative consultant
    Andrew is a theatre director and writer who fell into ‘story consultancy’ by accident. Over the last ten years he has worked with RADA Business, The Lir at Work and others to help global brands ranging from luxury jewellery to high-street fashion as well as multi-nationals, tech and finance companies. His work is always about structure and form; finding the right story-telling form for the right occasion. He has written a book on Narrative Structure in film and theatre (Genre - A Guide to Writing for Stage and Screen, Methuen), and another for actors - focusing on professional and business development (An Attitude for Acting, Nick Hern Books). Andrew blogs about parenting, especially about the cornucopia of potential conflict that can be found when four people - each with strong personalities - and a dog cohabit. Andrew ‘s comedy shorts have been shown at international film festivals and even won some prizes. Over the last 20 years, Andrew has worked with writers at Goldsmiths and RADA in London and at the Lir in Dublin - regularly teaching courses in how to craft stories, and how one genre differs from another.
  • Diccon Towns
    Technical Director
    Diccon’s background is as builder of self-service IT solutions for the property industry, technical architect for a legal-tech start-up and originator of the Zarucchi platform, a curation centred events. He’s also helped found the ALSO Festival and Salon London's digital offering. Check out live-stream.zarucchi.com
  • Madeline Toy
    Bath Festivals
    Head of Literature Programming
    After a career in publishing PR working for Random House, in 2013 Madeline moved to Bristol to work as a freelance PR and shortly after as Programme Manager for Cheltenham Literature Festival. In 2018 she joined Bath Festivals as Head of Literature Programming responsible for The Bath Festival in May and overseeing the Bath Children’s Literature Festival in the Autumn. The Bath Festival celebrates the best of words and music and her areas of focus are new talent, diversity and breadth of programming as well as local and national partnerships. In 2020 she was named as one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars and was a judge for the Nibbies. She is also Treasurer of the Publishers’ Publicity Circle.
  • Rik Ubhi
    Editorial director
    Rik Ubhi is editorial director at Bonnier Books. He has worked at Tindal Street Press, Simon & Schuster UK and most recently as co-Owner and Director at Zed Books. He is also an award-winning PR & Marketing specialist with over a decade’s experience of building brands, marketing bestsellers and promoting agenda-setting voices across an array of media, and is frequently is asked to write and comment on developments within the industry.
  • Maura Wilding
    Communications director
    Wilding joined Orion in April 2019 where she spearheaded a restructure of the Publicity team, led on British Book Award shortlisted PR Campaigns of the Year, Queenie, and My Life in Red and White by Arsène Wenger, and delivered brand campaigns for Michael Connelly, Joe Abercrombie and Veronica Henry. In 2020 Wilding was named one of The Bookseller’s 150, having previously been included in PR Week’s 30 Under 30 and named a Rising Star in The Bookseller. This year she stepped up to lead the newly formed Communications team.
  • Ellen Wiles
    Novelist, lecturer, anthropologist and curator
    Ellen Wiles is a novelist, lecturer in creative writing, anthropologist, and curator. She is the author of Live Literature: The Experience and Cultural Value of Literary Performance Events from Salons to Festivals (Palgrave, 2021), The Invisible Crowd (HQ, 2017), and Saffron Shadows and Salvaged Scripts: Literary Life in Myanmar Under Censorship and in Transition (Columbia University Press, 2015). She previously worked as a barrister. Her website is www.ellenwiles.com
  • Flora Willis
    Profile Books and Serpent's Tail
    Head of marketing
    Flora Willis is Head of Marketing at Profile Books and Serpent's Tail. She's worked on campaigns with Ruby Tandoh, Carmen Maria Machado and Torrey Peters. She mentors through the Northern Fiction Alliance and Creative Access. Originally from York, she now lives in London.
  • Mari Yamazaki
    Publicity director
    Mari is in a jobshare with Fran Owen and together they are the new Publicity Director at Bloomsbury. Before that, they were the Publicity Directors for Chatto & Windus, Square Peg and Hogarth at Vintage, Penguin Random House. They have a combined 30 years' experience in publishing, with Mari also having worked at Penguin Press and Penguin General.
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