Barbara Marcus to headline Bookseller Children’s Conference

Barbara Marcus to headline Bookseller Children’s Conference

Barbara Marcus, president and publisher of Random House Children’s Books in the US, will headline this year’s Bookseller Children’s Conference, alongside speakers from World Book Day, Cocoa Girl and authors Andy Griffiths and Katherine Rundell. 

This year’s digital event will take place from 28th September to 1st October and Marcus will launch the conference with an in-conversation "State of the Nation" event with The Bookseller’s children's editor Charlotte Eyre, where she will discuss growth opportunities, market consolidation and the impact of Covid-19. 

The other keynote speakers of the week will be World Book Day c.e.o. Cassie Chadderton, who will announce a WBD exclusive, social media influencer and actress Carrie Hope Fletcher, and Cynthia Davis, founder of BAME Recruitment, who will give her expert tips on how to diversify your workforce. 

The founders of new and exciting publishing ventures such as Magic Cat and Cocoa Girl magazine will tell us about how and why they launched their businesses, and authors and illustrators will be represented by, among others, Katherine Rundell, Dapo Adeola, Nathan Bryon and Andy Griffiths. Ticket buyers will also learn about Generation Alpha, how publishing can move out of the London bubble, and how to work with teachers. 

The afternoon sessions are programmed to be interactive events so attendees will be invited to question the speakers taking part in the panels – one on lockdown learning and one about creating revenues from online events – or those giving case studies. 

Eyre said: “This year’s line-up represents the best the children’s book world has to offer, from internationally renowned publishers, authors and illustrators, to inspiring, upcoming businesses. We will have the lowdown on sales, the most innovative marketing campaigns and exciting, robust panel discussions. 

“Even though we can’t meet in person the fact that the conference is online means our speaker line-up is more international than ever, and there will be more opportunity for the audience to get involved.”

The full programme and tickets are available via the conference website. For ticket enquiries, contact