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The Inpress Festival of Publishing 2019 - A Conference for Independent Publishers

Landscapes of the Future  

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The Inpress Festival of Publishing is a celebration of all things creative, with a practical twist. A showcase of the inventiveness, innovation, diversity and agility of independent publishers, and all those working in our industry.

Designed as a networking and sharing of ideas event, the Inpress Festival of Publishing is a day of presentations and panel events featuring an eclectic mix of experts ready to share their experiences and their discoveries.

This year we're mapping our future. Considering themes of authenticity and voice, inspiring and supporting younger generations and consolidating our role in this fragile ecosystem.  At a time when many in the industry are only starting on their journey towards inclusivity and diversity, how can independent publishers capitalise on this sudden focus on the things that have always been their strengths? 

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Programme:
 
9.30 – 10.00
Registration - tea/coffee and pastries
 
10.00 – 10.10
Welcome
 
10.10 – 10.30
Keynote:
 Dan Kieran - Unbound
 
10.30 – 11.10
Panel: Post-GDPR Marketing and Getting To Know Your Audience All Over Again.
 
Panellists:  Sam Missingham - Lounge Books, Jazzmine Breary - Jacaranda Books, Tristram Fane Saunders - The Telegraph & Alex Reads - Mostly Lit.
Chair: Ian Grant, Inpress
 
11.10 – 11.30
Presentation: 
Copywriting masterclass.  Why is it so important and how to get it right? Alex Young reveals all. 
 
11.30 – 11.50
Tea & Coffee
 
11.50 – 12.10
Presentation: Using creativity and the power of young people to challenge the world to be better,Tony Bhajam talks about the essential work of Beatfreeks.
 
12.10 – 12.50 
Panel: Independent doesn't have to mean alone.  In this session we discuss national and international partnerships, networks and cross art form collaborations. Offering an insight into the practical, commercial and creative support networks out there to support literature.
 
Panellists: Emma House – The Publishers Association, Linda Bloomfield - Albany Theatre, Gemma Seltzer – Kickstarter & Neil Griffiths - Republic of Consciousness Prize.
Chair: Sophie O’Neill, Inpress
 
12.50 – 1.50
LUNCH
 
2.00 – 2.30
Breakout presentations:
Kickstarter Gemma Seltzer on how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign.
 
Audiobooks – following on from last year’s presentation, Jo Forshaw talks through current opportunities, with practical tips on how to break into the audio market.   
          
2.30 – 3.00
Breakout panels:
Finding new Audiences for Poetry - A skill sharing discussion covering innovative and alternative opportunities for publishers to raise the profile of their poetry books and poets. How will they shape the future of poetry in the coming years? 
Panellists: Julia Bird - The Poetry Society, Stuart Bartholomew - Verve Publishing and Festival, Alice Mullen - Poetry Book Society
Chair: Suzannah Evans - The Poetry Business
 
As Easy as ABC – The life cycle of a perfectly published book.  Rebecca Robinson and Jane Pike of Inpress talk you through a dream publication schedule. 
 
3.00 – 3.20
 Break
 
3.20 – 4.00
Panel: Know Your Place – where do independent publishers sit in the publishing eco system, are we a breeding ground for talent, arbiters of taste, or too small to be of significance?  Have we set the bar for representation, diversity, inclusivity?  Should we be doing more, shouting more loudly? Join these brave publishers discussing their successes, challenges and hopes for the future.
 
Panellists: Rosemarie Hudson – HopeRoad, Nathan Connolly – Dead Ink, Alexa von Hirschberg Bloomsbury, Sarah Shin - Silver Press / Ignota. 
Chair: Philip Jones – The Bookseller 
 
4.00 – 4.10
Closing remarks

 

Location: Canada Water Theatre

Date: 25th January 2019
Time: 10.00am - 16.30pm

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