Somerville and Huang win spots on CCBF programme

Children’s publishers Clare Somerville and Eric Huang will this November take part in a visiting international publishers programme at the Shanghai Children’s Book Fair (CCBF).

Somerville, deputy managing director of the Hachette Children's Group, and Huang, development director at Made in Me and commercial manager at Pop Up Projects, will join an international group of 12 publishing professionals for a 5-day tailored programme, designed to provide an in-depth understanding of how the children’s publishing market operates in China.

Participants will meet experts from the Chinese book world alongside publishers from the US, France, Australia, Brazil, Germany and the Czech Republic and be invited to make a presentation during the fair. They will also visit publishers, libraries and bookshops.

CCBF announced its professional programme in June, when it asked publishers to apply to take part. All hotel fees and transport costs are covered by the organisers.

Huang said: “I've done a bit of work with Chinese publishers throughout my career, from Disney through Penguin - and now at Made in Me. I've never actually been to China, though. Through the VIP programme, I'm hoping to meet industry leaders to understand the complexities - and the opportunities - of doing business in China.”

This year’s show, which will run from 13-15th November, will be the third Shanghai Children’s Book Fair.