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24 October 2021

Scottish Book Trade Conference 2019

The Publishing Scotland annual conference is a key event in our calendar. It's a one day event with fees for delegates kept as low as possible.

The programme takes its focus from the challenges and opportunities facing our members as well as current trends and issues in the industry

Due to the pandemic, the most recent joint Publishing Scotland and Booksellers Association Annual Scottish Book Trade Conference #scotbookconf  took place on Tuesday 26 February 2019 at Surgeons Quarter in Edinburgh. 

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.


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

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

Download a PDF copy of the full 2019 programme.

Read the press release (PDF version)