2018 SPEAKERS

  • Emma Harrow

    Independent Publicist
  • Sarah Moriarty

    Director of Brand Marketing, Blinkist

    Sarah is Director of Brand Marketing at Blinkist where she works to connect nonfiction titles with new audiences. She specialises in cross-channel digital content campaigns. Before Blinkist, she worked as Head of Communications at Netflix-for-books app, Blloon. She writes a digital newsletter on the future of publishing called Book The Trend. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany. 

  • Reetu Kabra

    Director, RK PR

    Reetu started her career at the Discovery Channel before moving to Penguin Children’s where she worked between 2006-2009 on campaigns such as Percy Jackson, Puffin Classics and The Worst Witch. She then pursued her dream to work at the BBC where, over eight years, she had a variety of publicity roles - from Radio 3 and arts programming to overseeing global PR for key franchises including Doctor Who and Sherlock. In 2017 she set up her own consultancy, RK PR, managing TV projects and personal clients – most recently Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens for Amazon/BBC Studios.

  • Sam Eades

    Editorial Director, Trapeze Books

    Sam Eades worked as a publicist at Transworld, Headline and Macmillan. Her campaigns for Sunday Times bestsellers Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child were shortlisted at the Nibbies. She joined Orion in a joint editorial and publicist role, and is now building a list of commercial fiction as Editorial Director at Trapeze Books.

  • Anwen Hooson

    Founder, The Bird Literary Agency

    A multi-award-winning publicist, Anwen’s early career was spent in the press departments at Penguin and Waterstones. In 2009, she co-founded Riot Communications, an agency now regarded as one of the most respected and influential in the sector, and whose clients have ranged from Penguin Random House, HarperCollins and Canongate to BookTrust, Arts Council England and World Book Day. Anwen stepped down as co-Managing Director in 2017, and earlier this year announced the launch of her own literary agency, Bird. Most recently, Anwen was a judge at the 2018 British Book Awards.

    @anwenhooson

  • Georgina Moore

    Communications Director, Headline and Tinder Press

    Georgina Moore is Communications Director at Headline and Tinder Press and runs the Press Office there. She has won PPC awards for non fiction campaigns like Kate Adie's Kindness of Strangers, Hillary Clinton's Living History but also fiction campaigns like Andrea Ley's Small Island, Helen Walsh's The Lemon Grove, Maggie O'Farrell's Instructions For A Heatwave, and she has had another 6 PPC award nominations. Two books she worked on - Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon and I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell were both nominated for Books of Year at the British Book Awards.  Her most recent campaigns are Guy Gunaratne's In Our Mad And Furious City and Eat, Drink, Run by Bryony Gordon.  Georgina is a mentor for the PPC and the SYP and you can find her sharing a lot of book love @PublicityBooks.

  • Ruth Harrison

    Director, Spread the Word

    Ruth Harrison is the Director of Spread the Word – London’s writer development agency.  She has been Director of Apples and Snakes, a literature development officer and programme manager at The Reading Agency. Widening participation and engagement with writers and writing alongside developing and building awareness of new voices has been core to her work. At Spread the Word, Ruth is responsible for leading the company artistically and strategically, including developing high-profile programmes such as the Young People’s Laureate for London, City of Stories and the London Writers Awards.

  • Valerie Brandes

    Founder & Publisher, Jacaranda Books

    Valerie Brandes is the Founder & Publisher of inclusive independent publishing house Jacaranda Books, and one of the Powerlist 2018’s top 100 most influential Black Britons. Through Jacaranda Books, she has introduced voices from Africa, Asia and the Americas to the UK market, and published award winners such as Irenosen Okojie and Fiston Mwanza Mujila.

    Valerie is an ardent promoter of inclusivity in publishing.  In February 2018 she launched the Twenty in 2020 project in partnership with Words of Colour, which tackles head on the lack of Black British talent being published in the UK.

    Follow Valerie on Twitter @valrey.

  • Videl Bar-Kar

    New Business Director, UK & Ireland, Bookwire

    Videl is New Business Director UK & Ireland at Bookwire, a leading eBook and audiobook service provider with over 1,500 publisher clients. He is also an advisory board member for the Cheltenham Literature Festival and consults across the publishing and audio industries. Previously he was Audio Publisher at Penguin Random House UK, Director of the Ways With Words literary festival group and before that was Head of Content for a number of European digital music platforms including Arvato Mobile (part of the Bertelsmann Group).

  • Leena Normington

    Social Media Producer, Vintage Books

    Leena is a Producer at Vintage Books, running Vintage social channels and producing their video content and podcast, serving a bookish community of over 600,000. Previously at The Telegraph and producer/presenter for Pan Macmillan's online series BookBreak, Leena specialises in online community building. She has amassed a personal online following on her own YouTube channel of over 3 million views to date, and is a YouTube Creators for Change Fellow. She also hosts two podcasts that centre on books and smart thinking: 'The Banging Book Club' and 'I'm Not Being Funny But-‘.

  • Ryan Dilley

    Managing Producer, Panoply

    Ryan Dilley is the managing producer of the Panoply podcast network’s London office, where he has overseen several critically-acclaimed new shows. Before joining the US company he spent 20 years with BBC News - editing shows such as Radio 4’s PM and World at One through to Newsnight on BBC Two. While at Radio 1 he won the Podcast of the Year award from the Radio Academy for The Story of Izzy Dix - a five-part series about cyberbullying. 

  • Kirsty Jones

    Senior Account Manager, Jack Arts

    Kirsty heads up the Jack Arts London team. As the leading UK creative out-of-home agency for the arts and culture space, she works with a huge range of clients to create exciting and unique outdoor campaigns across sectors including publishing, theatre, galleries and museums. You’ll have seen her work featured in The Bookseller, including The International Women’s Day Penguin Pop-Up shop, Exit West special build and On Tyranny industry first. If you can’t find Kirsty she’s most likely exploring the continent, listening to new music or enjoying the occasional gin. She’s most definitely with Herbie the dog. 

  • William Smith

    Senior Creative Manager, Vintage

    William has been at VINTAGE since 2009 and was made Senior Creative Manager there in 2018. He has worked on marketing campaigns for books by Yuval Noah Harari, Haruki Murakami, Nigella Lawson, Irvine Welsh, Karl Ove Knausgaard and many more.

  • Jodie Mullish

    Communications Director, Bluebird, Pan Macmillan

    Jodie is Communications Director at Bluebird, one of Pan Macmillan's three adult divisions, where she oversees campaigns for authors including Joe Wicks, Russell Brand and Prue Leith. In 2017, her campaign for Joe Wicks' Lean in 15: The Sustain Plan won the Nibbie for Marketing Strategy of the Year. Before moving to Bluebird, Jodie was Head of Fiction Marketing at Pan Macmillan, running campaigns for authors including C. J. Sansom, Jessie Burton and Ken Follett. She has also worked at Quarto, Penguin, and for some of the UK’s leading marketing and PR agencies.

  • Helen Flood

    Campaign Manager, Vintage

    Helen is Campaign Manager at Vintage where she manages marketing and publicity campaigns for frontlist hardback and paperback titles. She has worked on campaigns for Yuval Noah Harari, Anne Tyler, Louis de Bernieres, Rose Tremain, Gordon Brown, Nick Clegg, Sebastian Faulks and Gabourey Sidibe. She won a BMS Award, alongside Rosanna Boscawen, for her campaign on Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed. 

  • Anna Chapman

    Senior Strategist, Contagious

    Anna is a senior strategist at Contagious where she combines her passion for brands and marketing with a love of editorial. 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). Recently she’s worked on trends projects for Facebook, Spotify and Heineken. A sometime yoga teacher, she tries to balance her digital addiction by standing on her head.

    @annachap

  • Elizabeth Uviebinené

    Co-author of 'Slay in your Lane'

    Elizabeth Uviebinené is a Marketing Manager at a leading global brand. She graduated from Warwick University in 2013 with a Politics and International relations degree and specialises in creating marketing campaigns that are both culturally progressive and commercially impactful.

  • Yomi Adegoke

    Co-author of 'Slay in your Lane'

    Yomi Adegoke is an award-nominated journalist and senior writer at The Pool. She writes about race, feminism, popular culture and how they intersect, as well as class and politics. In 2013 she founded Birthday Magazine, a publication aimed at black teenage girls.

  • Andrew Tuck

    Editor, Monocle

    Andrew Tuck is the founding editor of global magazine Monocle. In addition he’s the editor of The Monocle Book Collection, including The Monocle Guide to Better Living and the ever-expanding Travel Guide Series, as well as Monocle’s weekly newspaper series for spring, summer and winter. He is also the host of The Urbanist, the Monocle 24 radio show that’s dedicated to making better cities.

  • Rosanna Boscawen

    Senior Campaigns Manager, Vintage

    Rosanna is senior campaigns manager at Vintage, where she leads marketing and publicity campaigns for Vintage Classics and for film and TV tie-ins. She has worked with authors including Ian McEwan, Misha Glenny, Irvine Welsh and Margaret Atwood, winning a BMS for her 2017 campaign for The Handmaid’s Tale and Hag-Seed with Helen Flood. She also works on the Vintage brand, from campaigns such as the Vintage Minis to content strategy and brokering partnerships.

  • Lee Dibble

    Marketing and Communities Director, Pan Macmillan

    Lee is responsible for all the digital content in its various forms across Pan Macmillan’s owned channels as well as the metadata and in-house digital media function.

    She started her marketing career at the Guardian when it changed shape (the first time), launched Fantasy Football, ran (about) the marketing at Glastonbury and the sponsorship portfolio as well as marketing a truly overwhelming amount of wall posters.

    Since taking the helm of digital channels at Pan Macmillan - she’s witnessed far too many 404s in her life, is obsessed with engagement and how data inspires creativity.

  • Annie Stone

    International Account Manager, BookBub

    Annie Stone is the international account manager at BookBub, where she works with publishers in the UK, Canada, and Australia to promote great books and get new authors discovered. Before BookBub, Annie worked as an editor at Alloy Entertainment, Harlequin TEEN, and HarperCollins, focusing on YA and middle grade fiction. She lives and works in Cambridge, MA.

  • Jaime Frost

    Senior Publicity Manager, HarperFiction

    Jaime has worked in the publicity team at HarperFiction for the last six years. Recently she has looked after campaigns for new books from authors such as Stuart MacBride, Sarah Pinborough, Raymond E. Feist and Gail Honeyman. She loves being part of the PR team as it gives her the perfect opportunity to press books onto others and call it work.

  • Hannah O’Brien

    Marketing Director, HarperFiction

    Hannah is the Marketing Director for HarperFiction and has worked at HarperCollins for almost nine years. She is passionate about book marketing and in the last year has worked on campaigns for The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, Behind Her Eyes, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Woman in the Window.

  • Sarah Shea

    Senior Marketing Manager, HarperFiction

    Sarah Shea is Senior Marketing Manager at HarperFiction. She has worked in publishing for the past 8 years including stints at Transworld, Little, Brown and Bloomsbury. She loves to read commercial fiction and has run campaigns for some of the biggest brand authors in the industry, including Karin Slaughter, Val McDermid and Clare Mackintosh. Most recently she has worked on campaigns for Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon and the BMS Award-winning campaign for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.  

  • Nathan Connolly

    Director, Dead Ink Books

    Nathan Connolly is the Director of Dead Ink Books, an independent publisher of literary fiction based in Liverpool and supported by Arts Council England. He is also one of the founding members of the Northern Fiction Alliance, a consortium of independent publishers in the north of England. Last year he was shortlisted as one of the London Book Fair's Trailblazers and he was recently named as one of the FutureBook 40. 

  • Felice McKeown

    Head of Digital Marketing at Bonnier Zaffre

    Felice McKeown started working in trade publishing at Little, Brown Book Group, where she mostly tried to help authors navigate the terrors of social media. She was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2015, and worked on SFF imprint Orbit as well as digital initiatives at Little Brown Book Group for several years before moving to Bonnier Zaffre in 2017. She was named as a FutureBook40 innovator in 2018 for her failure to produce a commercially successful Facebook Chatbot, but she believes failure is always the first step toward world domination.

  • Hannah MacDonald

    Publisher & Founder, September Publishing

    After twenty years of publishing at Penguin Random House and HarperCollins, Hannah MacDonald founded September Publishing. September specialises in developing books with organisations, creative brands, digital tribe leaders and experts. Notable titles from its first three years of publishing include Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories; Brutal London by Simon Phipps and If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie. Hannah has published multiple non-fiction top ten bestsellers and is also the author of two well-received novels, The Sun Road and Julianna Kiss and a winner of a Betty Trask Award.

  • Katy Guest

    New Projects Editor at Unbound

    Katy Guest is a commissioning editor at the crowdfunding publisher Unbound and contributing editor to the online literary magazine Boundless. She also works as a freelance editor, reviewer, journalist and events chair. She was the literary editor of The Independent on Sunday for seven years, and a journalist at the Independent titles for 18. Katy has judged prizes such as the Aesthetica short story prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize and Fiction Uncovered.
    @katyguest36912

  • Isabel Blake

    Publicity Manager, Penguin Press

    Isabel Blake is a publicity manager at Penguin Press, working with authors such as Chris Kraus, Brian Cox, Nassim Taleb and Claudia Rankine. Her publicity campaign for Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls was shortlisted for the PPC non-fiction campaign of the year. Before Penguin she worked on publicity and marketing for fiction at Bloomsbury, working with authors such as Margaret Atwood, George Saunders, Alexei Sayle and Stella Rimington.   

  • Ingrid Matts

    Head of Marketing, Penguin Press

    Ingrid Matts is head of marketing for Penguin Press, and has lead award-winning marketing campaigns for a range of bestselling non-fiction titles both in the UK and internationally, working with authors such as Naomi Klein, Malcolm Gladwell, James Rebanks and Michael Lewis, as well as the 2015 Waterstones Book of the Year The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith. She is part of team Rebel, who spent the best part of last year working on Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.

  • Craig Westwood

    Director of Communications and Research, The Electoral Commission

    Craig has been Director of Communications and Research for the Electoral Commission since August 2016. Immediately prior to this role, Craig was a Partner at the communications agency Pagefield, leading corporate affairs accounts for clients ranging from multi-national brands to small charities. He spent the preceding 10 years at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, including four years leading policy on libraries and three as Private Secretary to the Minister for Culture. Before joining the Civil Service, Craig worked in corporate press offices including at Fourth Estate publishers and at the British Library.

  • Trâm-Anh Doan

    Head of Digital Marketing – Social Media, Bloomsbury

    Trâm-Anh Doan is the Head of Digital Marketing – Social Media at Bloomsbury, where she oversees the global social media strategy across all divisions. Her work includes the video ’20 of the most memorable Harry Potter moments’, produced for the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, which has over 10 million views on Facebook alone and was recently selected as a case study for mobile marketing in their Creative Hub.

  • Nick Marsh

    Head of Product and Design, Wonderbly

    Nick is head of Product and Design at Wonderbly where he works with writers, artists, producers and designers to create beautiful personalised books that empower children to believe that they're capable of anything.

  • Aimée Felone

    Co-Founder of Knights Of

    Aimée Felone is co-founder of Knights Of, an independent commercial children’s publisher committed to hiring diversely and commissioning writers and illustrators from a diverse range of backgrounds. She has worked at Eve White Agency, David Higham Associates and was Assistant Editor at Scholastic. She has always been a supportive and engaged voice within the industry and has tirelessly worked to promote diversity.

    @_KnightsOf

  • Andrew Bruce Smith

    Managing Director, Escherman

    Andrew Bruce Smith is Managing Director of Escherman, a specialist digital PR, SEO and analytics consultancy in the UK. With a career spanning 32 years of public relations and journalism, he has developed and implemented many highly successful strategic digital PR and marketing communications programmes for some of the world’s biggest brands. 

    He is a co-author of ‘Share This’ and ‘Share This Too’ (publisher: Wiley), practical handbooks to the biggest changes taking place in the media and its professions. Commenting on the first volume, Lord Sugar said: “This book is a useful guide to using social media effectively”.

  • Shib Hussain

    Co-founder / CEO at unrd

    Originally from the world of advertising, Shib has worked for some of the world’s biggest brands including Google, Sony and Foot Locker. In 2017, Shib co-founded ‘unrd’ with the aim of combining Hollywood quality plots with immersive mobile storytelling techniques. As a result unrd has pioneered a new a format of fiction that sits at the intersection of books, movies and gaming. Unrd's first story, ‘Last Seen Online’ has been downloaded over 100k times, reached number one in over 91 countries on the Google app store and won a few awards along the way. Unrd was also the winner of the 'Futurebook Booktech Company of the Year 2017' and has recently received venture funding. 

  • Dotti Irving

    Chief Executive, Four Culture

    Dotti is the founder and chief executive of Four Culture, a company which she set up as Colman Getty in 1987. The founding principles of the company were Dotti’s own passions for culture and campaigning, both of which continue to be the core business of Four Culture today.

    Four Culture is an organisation which uses culture and campaigning to build profile for its clients including the Man Booker Prizes. Dotti’s involvement with the Man Booker, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, goes back 25 years.

  • Richard Furness

    Managing Director of Publishing and Consumer Revenues, Guardian News & Media

    Richard has worked at Guardian News & Media for 20 years and in that time has overseen some groundbreaking marketing initiatives including the launch of the Guardian's Subscriber scheme, the "3 little pigs" commercial which aired in 2012 to great acclaim, Glastonbury sponsorship and a multitude of Digital product launches and newspaper redesigns.

    In his recent role as Publishing Director Richard led the Guardian & Observer's transformation into tabloid shaped newspapers. He was recently promoted to Managing Director of Publishing and Consumer Revenues, leading on GNM's newspaper strategy, digital subscriptions and e-commerce

  • Joanna Rose

    Marketing Director, Mills & Boon

    Joanna has always worked to connect readers with books, with roles at Waterstones, BCA, DK and Hachette. She has delivered marketing campaigns and creative partnerships for a wide range of authors including Erica James, Michael Connelly, Charlaine Harris, Malala Yousafzai and Lauren St John, and was brand manager for Francesca Simon’s wicked creation, Horrid Henry. She joined HarperCollins in 2015, recently directing a major rebrand for Mills & Boon, and is responsible for the strategic development of the Mills & Boon brand.

    @JoRoseSings

  • Mylene Sylvestre

    Publishing Director at Guardian News & Media

    Mylene Sylvestre is the Publishing Director at Guardian News & Media, responsible for the newspapers operations and sales. GNM publish the Guardian, the Observer and the Guardian Weekly and recently successfully relaunched the Guardian and Observer in a tabloid format, ensuring their sustainability, and reenergising their print offering. Mylene is French and moved from Paris to London to start her media career. After a few years working for Emap, she joined the Guardian to manage their international publishing operations, before joining the marketing team for a few years as Head of Sales and Revenues. As Product Director she was subsequently instrumental in setting up a publishing division focusing on print and the relaunch of the newspapers. She recently joined the readers revenue team as Publishing Director. She’s the mother of three boys and lives in Hackney, London.

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