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11 December 2019

Scottish Book Trade Conference 2019

26 February 2019

The joint Publishing Scotland and Booksellers Association Annual Scottish Book Trade Conference 2019  #scotbookconf  took place on Tuesday 26 February at Surgeons Quarter in Edinburgh. The conference is the biggest get-together of publishers and booksellers in Scotland.

The programme featured a wide range of speakers from the book trade, pitching sessions with booksellers and breakout sessions. The conference was followed by a drinks reception.

The photographs above of the day are by Sandy Young of Sandy Young Photography.

As always we are very grateful to all our generous sponsors from the industry: Batch | Bertram Books | Gardners | Ingram | Nielsen | Publishers Licensing Services.

PROGRAMME

Conference Chair - Jenny Brown, Jenny Brown Associates
09.00: Registration and refreshments sponsored by Nielsen

09.30: Welcome from Publishing Scotland, the Booksellers Association and Conference Chair

09.40: Keynote speech sponsored by Bertrams - James Daunt, Waterstones

10.15: The Key Retail Market Trends 2017/18 - Steve Bohme, UK Research Director, Nielsen Book

11.00: Morning refreshments sponsored by Gardners

11.20: Separate sessions for publishers and booksellers

For publishers
1.  Juliet Mabey, co-founder and Publisher of Oneworld Publications - The Challenges and Joys of Independence
2. Gavin Smith, Commissioning Executive for Comedy Drama and Entertainment BBC Scotland and Stuart Cosgrove television executive - Opportunities to go from Page to Screen

For booksellers - Bookseller Brains Trust
The Batch App | The Retail Trust | Green Bookselling | Building a Team | The Power of Helpfulness | The Unwin Charitable Trust Mentoring Scheme

13.00: Lunch sponsored by Bertrams

14.00: Fever Pitch - publishers pitching to booksellers (pre-booked slots) sponsored by Gardners
OR workshop sessions for publishers:
1.  Society of Authors in Scotland with Merryn Glover and Caroline Dunford - Good stories or high sales?
2.  Student session with Maria Vassilopoulos - The Secret History of Books - researching archives in publishing
3.  Nielsen Book with Jo Shaw - Digital Marketing with Book2Look
4.  Scottish Book Trust with Philippa Cochrane - Book Week Scotland and You - how and why to join the Conversation

15.00: Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

15.45: Afternoon refreshments sponsored by PLS

16.15: Bringing Communities Together Through Literacy -    HarperCollins diversity project with Sheena Barclay, MD Geo & Deputy MD Collins; Ben Hurd, Trade Marketing Director; Katie Fulford, Special Projects Director (all HarperCollins); and Ruth Howells, Publishers Association

16.45: Closing Keynote Gina Miller, Canongate author, businesswoman and transparency activist

17.15: Conference ends

Drinks reception sponsored by Batch LTD

Overall conference sponsorship by Ingram

EXHIBITORS
There will exhibitors' stands to visit during the day. The exhibitors are:
BatchBertram Books | Booksellers AssociationGardnersIngram | Nielsen | Publishers Licensing Services | The Bookseller

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PRESS RELEASE
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