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The Publishing Scotland and Booksellers Association Scottish Book Trade Conference 2022 took place on Tuesday 17 May 2022 at the Royal College of Physicians, Queen Street, Edinburgh, and online.

It was a day of stimulating sessions, networking, discussion, and collaboration for Scottish publishers, booksellers, distributors, industry experts, service providers, and publishing students.

We were delighted to see so many of you in-person and online at this our first hybrid conference. See some photos on our Gallery page and read what speaker and columnist Laura Waddell says about it in The Scotsman 19 May 2022.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2023 Conference!

2022 Programme

Conference Chair:  Jenny Brown, literary agent.

9.30: Arrival, registration and networking refreshments sponsored by GARDNERS

10.15: Welcome from PS, BA and Chair followed by Opening Keynote: Scottish Government political briefing by Mr Neil Gray, Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development, and Penelope Cooper, Director for Culture and Major Events, sponsored by NIELSEN BOOK

10.45:  Books and Consumers 2012–21 with Steve Bohme, UK Research Director, Nielsen

11.30: Morning refreshments sponsored by BOOKSPEED

12.00: Separate sessions for publishers and booksellers

For publishers –

  • 21st century reviewing panel with Alistair Braidwood, Scots Whay Hae;  Alice Slater, What Page are You On Podcast; and Sally Hampton, DC Thomson magazines – chaired by Laura Waddell, writer and publisher
  • Small publisher inspiration – Two Roads and beyond, Lisa Highton in conversation with Jenny Brown

13.00:  Lunch (vegetarian) sponsored by THE BOOKSELLER and EDELWEISS

14.15: Trade briefing from James Daunt, MD of Waterstones (online)

14.30: The 21st century green supply channel panel with Davinder Bedi, BookSource;  Jonny Gallant, Bookspeed; Nigel Wyman, Gardners; Marie Moser, The Edinburgh Bookshop; and Gregory Fitzgerald, Bell & Bain – chaired by Katy Lockwood-Holmes at Floris Books

15.15: Diversity and inclusion panel with author Alycia Pirmohamed; Sha Nazir, BHP Comics; Ever Dundas, author & InKlusion guide; and Jessica Gaitán Johannesson, Lighthouse Bookshop – chaired by Alan Bett, Creative Scotland

16.00: Afternoon refreshments sponsored by PLS

16.30: End Keynote – author Chitra Ramaswamy in conversation with Ellah Wakatama, Editor-at-Large, Canongate. Sponsored by BOOKMACHINE

17.15 Conference ends – Chair’s notes / close

Networking drinks /music sponsored by BATCH LTD

Our printed programme was printed and sponsored by IVANHOE CALEDONIAN

NATIONAL BOOK TOKENS is a Bookseller Delegate Sponsor

Find out about our SPEAKERS and SPONSORS on our Conference pages or download the PDF programme.