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Publishing Scotland and Booksellers Association Book Trade Conference 2015

24 February 2015

The joint Publishing Scotland and Booksellers Book Trade Conference 2015 took place on Tuesday 24 February at the COSLA Conference Centre, Haymarket, Edinburgh. It was a full house with 200 delegates from the publishing and bookselling industries as well as publishing students.

You can download a PDF of the FULL PROGRAMME (the print version has been generously sponsored by Martins the Printers).

You can get a flavour of how the Conference went from:


Summary of the 2015 programme below:

  • 09.15  Registration and refreshments sponsored by Ingrams
  • 09.45  Welcome from Publishing Scotland, the Booksellers Association and Chair, Jenny Brown
  • 09.55  Keynote Speech: Charlie Redmayne - CEO, HarperCollins UK sponsored by Faber Factory
  • 10.30  The Key Trends of Consumer Purchasing Behaviour and Current Retail Trends: Steve Bohme - UK Research Director, Nielsen
  • 11.15  Morning refreshments sponsored by Nielsen
  • 11.35  Morning sessions for publishers
    Being greater than the sum of your parts - using social media and other tools to engage readers: Sam Missingham - Head of Audience Development, HarperCollins UK and Co-founder, FutureBook update: Simon Appleby - Director, Bookswarm
  • 12.30  Lunch sponsored by BookSource
  • 13.30  Trade question time panel: A panel discussion chaired by Jenny Brown with booksellers Marie Moser (Edinburgh Bookshop) and Elaine Henry (Word Power), publishers Keith Charters (Strident Publishing) and Jane Pike (Canongate), and author Sara Sheridan
  • 14.15  Afternoon sessions for publishers
    Creative Europe's Literary Translation Funding for Publishers: Katie Haines and Emma Valentine - Creative Europe Desk UK
    Towards a National Strategy for Public Libraries: Amina Shah - Libraries, CEO, Scottish Library and Information Council
  • 15.15  Afternoon refreshments
  • 15.35  Fever pitch sessions and break-outs
    Pre-booked sessions for publishers to pitch titles to booksellers OR
    Alison Lewis, Ingram Content Group: Market intelligence on the US
    Kirstie Wainwright, Nielsen Book2Look
  • 16.35  The retail challenge and consumer insight: David Lonsdale - Director, Scottish Retail Consortium and Jenny Todd, Associate Publisher, Canongate Books
  • 17.15  Round-up and evaluation
  • 17.30  Conference ends with a drinks reception for all delegates sponsored by BATCH



Thank you to all our generous sponsors for their continued support.


The pictures above are from the 2015 SBT Conference and were taken by Chris Scott:  We'll be adding more as we get them!