2019 SPEAKERS

  • Wade Lucas

    International Account Manager, BookBub

    As of summer 2018, Wade Lucas is the international account manager at BookBub, where he works with publishers in the UK, Canada and Australia to promote great books and get new authors discovered. Before BookBub, Wade worked for both the HarperCollins and Penguin Random House speakers’ bureaus, helping authors reach new live audiences around the world. Among many others, he arranged speaking engagements for Gillian Flynn, Andy Weir, Wally Lamb, Mary Karr, and Marina Abramovic. After nine years in New York City, Wade currently lives in Boston, MA.

  • Sandeep Parmar

    Professor of English

    Sandeep Parmar is a poet, critic and Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the Guardian, The Los Angeles Review of Books, the Financial Times and the Times Literary Supplement. She is a 2015 BBC New Generation Thinker and co-founder of the Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics scheme for BAME reviewers.

  • Ruth Barnes

    Director - Chalk & Blade Creative Audio

    Ruth Barnes set up a podcast production company in 2016 after presenting, reporting and producing for the BBC for a decade. Chalk & Blade are making shows for the BBC, Audible, the UN and have recently partnered with Malcolm Gladwell's new production company Pushkin Industries on a number of shows. They produced the first series of The Rough Guide to Everywhere for Penguin/Random House as well as series for The Guardian and The FT.

  • Ross Caveille

    Co-Founder Acorn Intelligence

    Formerly General Manager of the Amazon DSP for Europe, having spent 5 years in leadership roles across Amazon, Ross has more than 15 years experience in connecting brands with consumers via digital and traditional channels.  As Co-Founder of Acorn Intelligence, Ross continues to deliver results for partners and build the next generation technology and services organisation for e-commerce.

  • Poppy Stimpson

    Senior Publicity Manager, Orion

    Poppy Stimpson has worked in Publishing for just over five years. Before becoming Senior Publicity Manager at Orion, she worked at Transworld (PRH) and before that, Little, Brown Book Group. She recently launched the No.1 bestselling debut thriller hardback published in 2019, The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides and she works across all imprints within Orion Publishing Group, with a specific interest in commercial fiction brands.

  • Tom Noble

    Head of Marketing, Orion

    Tom Noble joined Orion as Head of Marketing in January 2018, and since then has worked on a broad range of campaigns for authors and brands such as Ian Rankin, The Hairy Bikers, Malala Yousafzai and The Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book. He previously worked at Headline and Pan Macmillan, and was named as a Bookseller Rising Star in 2017.

  • Maura Wilding

    Communications Director, Orion

    Maura Wilding has worked in the book world for over 12 years, first at Bloomsbury, Headline and Riot Communications, before founding her PR agency, Maura PR & Communications, in 2015. Named one of PR Week’s 30 Under 30, a Bookseller Rising Star and twice nominated for the British Book Awards’ PR Campaign of the Year, Wilding joined Orion Books in April 2019 as Communications Director. 

  • Kajal Odedra

    UK director of Change.org

    Kajal Odedra is the UK director of Change.org, the world’s largest petition platform with 17 million users in the UK alone. She has worked in the campaigning sector for 12 years, and has helped strategise movements such as the petition to end tampon tax and the New Era Housing campaign. Kajal Odedra lives in London. Her first book, DO SOMETHING, is published on 8th August.

  • Juta Pīrāga

    Deputy Executive Manager, Latvian Literature platform

    Juta Pīrāga is one of the co-creators of the Latvian Literature platform, which was established to promote Latvian literature abroad. With its multi-award-winning publicity campaign #Iamintrovert, Latvia took the literary world by storm at the 2018 London Book Fair, creating a new standard for how countries can raise the profile of their literature.  She specializes in cultural diplomacy and international management.

  • James Spackman

    Publisher, Agent, Consultant and Spare Room Project Founder

    James book career started glamorously, in the postroom of Bloomsbury Publishing, then developed via sales and marketing roles there, at John Murray and at Hodder. He was MD of Watkins (then part of Osprey Group) before setting up on his own.
    He now commissions books about cycling for Profile Books under the imprint Pursuit. In 2018 he set up The bks Agency with two ex Hodder colleagues. He coaches publishers and agents in presentation skills as The Book Pitch Doctor and he is also founder of The Spare Room Project (sponsored by Penguin Random House) which finds free accommodation for interns in London.

  • Harriet Venn

    Senior Publicity Manager, Penguin Random House

    Harriet Venn has worked in book publicity for over seven years at Penguin Random House Children’s. Harriet has been shortlisted for a PPC Annual Award six times and won twice, and has twice been nominated for the British Book Awards’ PR Campaign of the Year for La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One and Feminists Don’t Wear Pink And Other Lies.

  • Emilie Chambeyron

    Press Officer, HarperFiction

    Emilie is Press Officer for HarperFiction, which she joined as Junior Press Officer in 2016. She began her career in publishing in 2015 as Sales Assistant for William Collins and 4th Estate, also imprints of HarperCollins UK. Emilie manages her own campaigns for a range of commercial fiction titles, and has assisted with a number of high profile campaigns for authors such as Karin Slaughter, Dawn O’Porter and Fern Britton.

  • Elizabeth Day

    Author

    Elizabeth Day author of four novels. Her acclaimed debut Scissors, Paper, Stone won a Betty Trask Award and Home Fires was an Observer book of the year. Her third, Paradise City, was named of the best novels of 2015 in the Evening Standard, and The Party was a Richard & Judy bookclub pick. She is also an award-winning journalist and has written extensively for The Times, the Telegraph, the Guardian, the Observer, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and ELLE. She is currently a columnist for YOU Magazine. Elizabeth is also the host of the hugely successful How To Fail With Elizabeth Day podcast

  • Claire Leon

    Co-Founder Acorn Intelligence

    A former Agency Development Lead at Amazon, supporting Search, Display and Voice Advertising growth with leading partners, Claire has spent the last 6 years at Amazon focusing on driving the knowledge and understanding of Amazon’s advertising tools and services.  She now works closely with brands helping them maximise their return on investment in e-commerce, sharing her in-depth knowledge to guarantee strong sales performance and profitability.

  • Chloe Healy,

    Marketing Director, Vintage, Penguin Random House

    Chloe leads the marketing team at VINTAGE, working across a range of authors including Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, Nigella Lawson and debut novelists Emma Cline and Imogen Hermes Gowar. She has worked in publishing for 13 years, with experience in marketing, publicity and also agency-side. She is a co-chair of the Book Marketing Society.

  • Alex Clough

    Creative Strategy Director at Splendid Communications

    Alex is Creative Strategy Director at Splendid Communications, an award-winning communications agency with a ‘People-First’ approach to creativity. He has developed communications strategies for its wide variety of clients, delivering talkable ideas that connect with real people in their lives. During his career Alex has delivered landmark campaigns for iconic brands, including Jack Daniel’s, Hendrick's Gin, Smirnoff, Greggs and Tesco.

  • Alesha Bonser

    Marketing Manager, Penguin Random House Children’s

    Alesha Bonser has worked in publishing for over six years with roles at Penguin Random House Children’s, Usborne, and OUP. During her career, Alesha has executed campaigns for international bestselling authors John Green and Rick Riordan, launched industry-first partnerships with brands including Google and New Look and has been nominated for the British Book Award’s Marketing Strategy of the Year for her work on Feminists Don’t Wear Pink.

  • Abbie Salter

    Marketing Manager

    Abbie has worked at HarperCollins since February 2018. Recent campaigns she has worked on include Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon, All That’s Dead by Stuart MacBride, Roar by Cecelia Ahern and The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley.

  • Pru Rowlandson

    Publicity Director, Granta Publications

    Pru Rowlandson has been the publicity director at Granta Publications since 2006.  Before Granta, she was the publicity manager at Canongate (1999 – 2004) and Random House (2005 – 2006). She lives in London with her husband and two children.

  • Simon Heafield

    Senior Marketing Manager, Granta Publications

    Simon joined the Granta team in March 2018 and oversees marketing across the whole list and the magazine. He was previously Head of Marketing at Foyles, where he worked for 10 years. He enjoys making things.

  • Cari Rosen

    Editor, Gransnet

    Cari is Editor of Gransnet, sister site of Mumsnet, and has run the successful Gransnet book club for the last six years. A former television producer, she is also a media commentator and the author of several books. She is usually to be found with her nose in a book, or talking about books (and peanut butter) on Twitter.

  • Clarissa Pabi

    UK Content Manager at Acast

    Listed on the inaugural FutureBook40 list, Clarissa is a multi-award-winning marketeer, producer and content manager. Before joining Acast she spent 6 years working at Penguin Random House and Bonnier Books pioneering audio-visual content creation and marketing books from authors like Lily Allen to Dan and Phil. At Acast she helps to launch, grow, and monetise podcasts from publishers and independent podcasts

  • Tory Lyne-Pirkis

    Director

    Tory Lyne-Pirkis has eleven years’ experience running PR campaigns for UK publishers, festivals and international prizes and was named a Bookseller Rising star in 2016. Tory has worked with festivals including Hay, Cheltenham, Henley and Latitude Festival, both the International Dylan Thomas Prize and Artes Mundi Prize as well as publishers ranging from Mills & Boon and MacLehose Press to Little Brown, Pan Macmillan, Head of Zeus and Bonnier.  

    @midaspr

  • Niriksha Bharadia

    Senior Marketing Executive

    Niriksha Bharadia started at Faber in 2015 as a Creative Access intern and has most recently worked on the number one bestselling novel Normal People. As well as working across the list on books from Richard Ayoade, P. D. James and Sally Rooney, she manages the Faber social media channels and was named a Bookseller Rising Star in 2018.

    @Niri_Bharadia

     

  • Sanne Vliegenthart

    Digital Producer and Consultant

    Sanne Vliegenthart is a freelance Digital Producer and Consultant and the creator of the UK's most subscribed book-themed YouTube channel Booksandquills. Previously she worked as Audience Development Manager for Penguin Platform at Penguin Random House UK. She’s been featured in The Times, Cosmopolitan and The Guardian, and has interviewed authors and actors including Soairse Ronan, Angie Thomas and Veronica Roth.

  • Naomi Bacon

    Co-Director

    Naomi Bacon is the codirector of the marketing, PR and social strategy consultancy Tandem Collective. Her clients include Vintage, Pottermore, Pan Macmillan, Hachette, Walker and more. 

  • Anita Sethi

    Journalist

    Anita Sethi is a journalist, writer and critic who has written for publications including The Guardian, Observer, Granta, TLS, and appeared on BBC radio. She is a Judge of the British Book Awards 2019 and has been a Judge of the Costa Book Awards.  She has been published in several anthologies including the Seasons nature writing anthology and Common People. She was born and grew up in Manchester.

    @anitasethi. 

  • Polly Osborn

    Marketing & Publicity Director

    Polly Osborn joined the board of Simon & Schuster UK in December as Marketing and Publicity Director. A multi-award winning publicist, she has worked on campaigns for big brands and debuts; from Sophie Kinsella to Gill Sim’s Why Mummy Drinks series. She has worked with a varied range of non-fiction authors from Bear Grylls to Professor Stephen Hawking, via Amy Schumer.

    @pollyosborn

  • Rose Poole

    Senior Campaigns Manager

    Rose Poole has worked at Penguin Random House for the last six years, with roles in the Audiences and Audio team and then Penguin General, where she is now Senior Campaigns Manager. Leading marketing campaigns for authors Dolly Alderton, Ben Macintyre, Zadie Smith and Robert Macfarlane, she recently worked on the campaign for Michelle Obama’s no.1 bestselling memoir Becoming, for which she and the team won a BMS award.

    @rosiedora

  • Zoe Puckering

    Workplace Sector Manager

    Zoe's background is in Employee Wellbeing and Employee Benefits consultancy. She was a Premiership Rugby player, so physical wellbeing has always been in her life but it wasn't until her own struggles with depression that she became proactive towards her mental wellbeing. She is an Active Role Model for LBTQWomen, a global network for lesbian, bi, trans and queer women in leadership. 

  • Rob Cox

    Co-Director

    Rob Cox is Co-Director of Tandem Collective, a Marketing, PR and social strategy consultancy whose clients include Ebury, Simon & Schuster, Hardie Grant and Elliot & Thompson. He was previously Head of Content and Brand Marketing at Pan Macmillan.  

  • Katie Bowden

    Senior Marketing Manager

    Katie Bowden is the Senior Marketing Manager at Picador, where she leads marketing campaigns for a range of the list, including for Elizabeth Macneal, AJ Pearce, Jessie Burton and Adam Kay. Previously, she has worked at Michael Joseph, leading marketing campaigns across commercial fiction and non-fiction, and at Condé Nast, producing consumer marketing campaigns for Vogue, Vanity Fair and Glamour.

    @katiebowdy

  • Suzanne Dean

    Creative Director

    Suzanne worked for a short time in General Design before moving into Publishing, working first for Penguin Books and then for Picador. Five years later she joined Random House as Creative Director for VINTAGE.  Suzanne leads the VINTAGE Design team and has worked on a wide range of cover designs for authors such as Mark Haddon, Haruki Murakami, Ian McEwan, Margaret Atwood, Julian Barnes, Yuval Noah Harari, Emma Cline, Imogen Hermes Gowar and Rachel Kushner.

  • Dusty Miller

    Independent Communications Consultant

    Dusty has over 20 years publishing experience. Formerly Communications Director for Non-Fiction & Events at Pan Macmillan, she has also worked at Faber & Faber, Titan and Verso. She has produced sell-out tours, innovative social media and headline press coverage for talents such as Adam Kay, Vivienne Westwood, Lord Sugar, Richard Wiseman and Louis Theroux.

    @dustyish

  • Joanna Rose

    Marketing Director

    Joanna is Marketing Director for the HQ imprint at HarperCollins, overseeing campaigns for bestselling authors including Adele Parks and Sarah Morgan, breakout debuts such as Christina Dalcher’s Vox and record-breaking vegan cookbook BOSH!, which recently won Marketing Strategy of the Year at the British Book Awards. Joanna also leads the marketing team for Mills & Boon, the UK’s number one romance brand.

    @JoRoseSings

  • Rosie Beamont-Thomas

    Events Manager

    Rosie Beaumont-Thomas manages the on- and offsite events for Waterstones Gower Street, previously for Waterstones TCR. Rosie co-founded Feminist Book Society and literary film salon The Bluestocking Club, and was awarded PPC Events Manager of the Year 2018. Prior to Waterstones, she worked in arts PR at Four Communications.

    @Rosie_B_T

  • Julie Danskin

    Manager of Golden Hare Books

    Julie has run Golden Hare Books for three years, growing the shop's turnover four times and building its reputation for beautiful books and knowledgeable bookselling, winning Independent Bookshop of the Year in 2019. She got her first job in books (assisting with literary events) while studying, before starting and abandoning a PhD. She has also worked for Looking Glass Books and Waterstones.

    @discodanskin

  • Mark Harvie-Watt

    CEO

    Mark Harvie-Watt is Supadu's CEO and the chief architect of Supadu's products and solutions for trade and academic publishers. He has 18 years’ experience in publishing and is particularly keen on website solutions, search, eCommerce and accessibility. 

  • James Erskine

    media, social media, marketing and content strategist

    James Erskine is an award winning media, social media, marketing and content strategist for brands and organisations including, over the years, Vodafone, The British Army, National Grid, Dubai Tourism, Amazon and a number of UK Universities. 

    Having earned his stripes at Omnicom Media Group he has spent the last decade growing The Big Shot where the team deliver Rocket Powered Content Marketing campaigns for a number of high profile publishers as well as other clients across education, entertainment and lifestyle. They have also launched a number of content projects of their own. 

    He is asked for commentary on key social platform and influencer marketing issues by leading media outlets and is frequently asked to appear on leading industry panels.

    Outside work he is the father of two children, enjoys the theatre and is enthusiastic about red wine.