The winners 2019

  • The 2018 Trailblazers

    Our 2019 Trailblazer Winners were announced at a ceremony at Soho House, Dean Street in January and will be celebrated again at the LBF International Excellence Awards. Find out more below.

  • Hena Bryan, Founder of Bryan House Publishing

    Hena started her own Publishing house whilst at University, and has watched it grow to be industry recognised over the years. BHP has managed to contribute to a change in society and BAME narratives. Alongside Publishing her own books, she is a Trainee at Hachette to help further her skills and capabilities. She makes a lot happen, and there’s more to come!


  • Leena Normington, Digital Content Producer at Vintage

    Leena is a true trailblazer and a wonderful advocate for publishing and our industry. As a core member of the VINTAGE Brand team Leena is unique in her skillset, creativity and enthusiasm. Outside of work she tirelessly works to promote books, publishing and social equality on her own highly-engaged digital channels.

  • Nicola Chang, Agent at The Good Literary Agency

    Less than 6 months after joining TGLA Niki made her first 6 figure deal on the eve of FBF. Having moved to TGLA from Aitken Alexander where she had joined on a Creative Access internship she is really blazing a trail as a successful agent and powerful champion for diversity in the industry.

  • Sabby Kaur, Content Licensing Manager at Emerald Publishing

    Starting as an intern and evolving into a smart, commercially focused and relationship driven manager, securing annual revenues upwards of £3,000,000, Sabby leaps towards goals with courage and integrity. An alumna of the Aspire Leadership programme, she also serves on the SSP Diversity and Inclusion committee and International Strategy taskforce.

  • Salma Ibrahim, Founder at Literary Natives

    Salma is a British-Somali  23-year-old entrepreneur who has achieved a great deal this year. She founded Literary Natives as a way to bridge the gap between writers of colour and the publishing industry and increase access into the literary world for BAME and otherwise underprivileged writers and those aspiring to enter the publishing world.

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