Lonely Planet, HarperCollins and Pullman to speak at The Bookseller Children’s Conference

Lonely Planet, HarperCollins and Pullman to speak at The Bookseller Children’s Conference

The programme for this year’s The Bookseller Children’s Conference is now live, with speakers including Philip Pullman, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House and CLPE lined up to take part.

The theme of the programme this year ‘Global Versus Local: Keeping books relevant to all children, everywhere’ and the speakers will explore how publishers and book creators balance the need to sell globally while catering for individual groups of readers. For the first time, the conference will feature a media stream with speakers from the film, TV and gaming industries, to explore the burgeoning opportunities around adaptation.

The day will kick off with Hanna Otero, the US publisher of Lonely Planet Kids, who is crossing the pond to talk about her experience of inspiring children all over the world. We also have Amy Wilkerson, head of children’s sales at Penguin Random House, Alicia Liu, m.d. Of Singing Grass Communications, and Lionel Bender of Bender Richardson White talking about international markets.

Several speakers will talk about specific areas of the market, from the founders of Knights Of, a publishing company set up to release diverse and inclusive books, to Andersen Press and National Poetry Day.

The author Maz Evans will be discussing the need to get books into schools and Joanna Surman from HarperCollins will reveal her insights into the audiobook market, and we are hosting panel discussions; one on the future of non-fiction after Rebel Girls and another on the division of rights and hearing from M G Leonard (left) on her recently announced Beetle trilogy TV deal, as part of a new media stream.

The day will end with a discussion between author Philip Pullman and his longstanding friend and editor, David Fickling (right).

Charlotte Eyre, The Bookseller’s children’s editor and programmer of the conference, said: “I am thrilled to release this year’s line-up. From publishers to authors, poets to PR managers, we have a huge range of representatives from the book industry, all of whom will take to the stage to share their expert insight with the audience.”

The conference will take place at County Hall, London, on 24th September and tickets are available via the conference website.