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  • Canadian Stories: From the Bookshelf to the Big (Or Little) Screen

    Tuesday10:00 - 11:0012 Mar 2019
    The Cross-Cultural Hub

    Canadian writing is increasingly making the leap from pages to productions. The best-selling dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, by Canadian author Margaret A...

    • Language: English

  • Illustrators Business Masterclass

    Tuesday10:00 - 11:0012 Mar 2019
    Children's Hub

    Join the AOI for a condensed version of their hugely popular business masterclass. We'll cover self-promotion, understanding the commissioners journey and copyr...

    • Language: English

  • Poetry in the Age of Social Media: By Kirsty Melville of Andrews McMeel

    Tuesday10:00 - 11:0012 Mar 2019
    Poet's Corner

    In 2014, Rupi Kaur came from nowhere and sold 1.4 million copies of her first poetry collection, Milk and Honey. Her phenomenal success has changed the way poet...

    • Language: English

  • Effective Knowledge Management and Digital Transformation Strategies powered by iPC Scholar

    Tuesday10:00 - 10:3012 Mar 2019
    The Buzz Theatre

    Professional and Scholarly publishing today involves a multitude of digital products including journals, eBooks, digital courses, regulatory certifications and ...

    • Language: English

  • Translating Indonesia

    Tuesday10:00 - 11:0012 Mar 2019
    Literary Translation Centre

    A common Indonesian saying is 'lain lubuk, lain ikannya', which might freely be translated as 'other countries, other customs'. Indonesian literature has been s...

    • Language: English

  • Discovering the Life Stages of an Academic Author

    Tuesday10:00 - 11:0012 Mar 2019
    The Faculty

    Research among 600 academics from 42 countries proves that pressure to publish is real and growing amongst academic authors. So how should publishers best suppo...

    • Language: English

  • Paying the Price: Is Truth to be Trusted, or Just an Outdated Trend?

    Tuesday10:00 - 12:0012 Mar 2019
    Club Room, National Hall Gallery

    Protecting the freedom to publish, leading influencers discuss the crucial role publishers play in the curation of fact and fiction  The second Freedom to Publi...

    • Language: English

  • The Audiobook Boom: What is Driving Growth?

    Tuesday10:00 - 11:0012 Mar 2019
    Olympia Room, Grand Hall

    The audiobook market in the US has experienced six consecutive years of double-digit sales growth. Get the highlights from the Audio Publishers Association Sale...

    • Language: English

  • Publisher Pitches - Booking Essential

    Tuesday10:30 - 15:3012 Mar 2019
    High Street Theatre

    Publisher Pitches (booking essential) Lunch & refreshments provided for participating publishers and booksellers

    • Language: English

  • Will Books of the Future Edit Themselves?

    Tuesday10:45 - 11:1512 Mar 2019
    The Buzz Theatre

      The past decade has revolutionized many processes in the publishing industry, but perhaps no single idea captivates the publisher’s imagination so much as AI....

    • Language: English

  • An Introduction to Kindle Direct Publishing: How to Get Started. Tips and advice from successful KDP authors

    Tuesday10:45 - 11:3012 Mar 2019
    Author HQ

    Coming Soon

    • Language: English

  • Launch of Poppy and Sam’s Apple Tree Farm

    Tuesday11:00 - 12:0012 Mar 2019
    The Pond

    ·         Live illustration from Simon Taylor-Kielty ·         Few words/cutting the ribbon with Peter Usborne and editorial manager/writer Sam Taplin ·        ...

    • Language: English

  • Indonesia Market Focus Opening Ceremony

    Tuesday11:30 - 12:1512 Mar 2019
    Indonesia Spice Café

    Indonesia Market Focus Opening Ceremony

    • Language: English

  • Meet an Award-Winning Maltese Poet: Walking Through Memories with Antoine Cassar

    Tuesday11:30 - 12:3012 Mar 2019
    Poet's Corner

    Antoine Cassar is a Maltese poet and translator. Erbgħin Jum (’40 Days’), a book-long poem about child-hood trauma and walking as self-therapy was awarded the 2...

    • Language: English

  • Doing Business With Brazil

    Tuesday11:30 - 12:3012 Mar 2019
    The Cross-Cultural Hub

    The Brazilian publishing market has been consolidating internationally in recent years. With a rich cultural diversity present in his books, young writers and p...

    • Language: English

  • In Conversation with Charlotte Eyre and A J Hartley

    Tuesday11:30 - 12:0012 Mar 2019
    Fireside Chat Theatre

    In Conversation with Charlotte Eyre and A J Hartley

    • Language: English

  • Increasing Transparency: How to Create a Fairer Industry

    Tuesday11:30 - 12:3012 Mar 2019
    The Buzz Theatre

    The inherent complexities in publishing grow year by year. This can lead to mistrust in the publishing chain. A 2018 Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society s...

    • Language: English

  • World KidLit: Diversity in Publishing Children’s Books

    Tuesday11:30 - 12:3012 Mar 2019
    Literary Translation Centre

      Whether translating works from around the world into English, bringing together writers and artists from different backgrounds to create original multicultura...

    • Language: English

  • Scholarly Publishing Comes of Age - Where are You on the Journey to Data Maturity?

    Tuesday11:30 - 12:3012 Mar 2019
    The Faculty

    Goodbye documents, hello data! With readers and researchers from the smartphone generation increasingly becoming accustomed to slick, efficient and personalised...

    • Language: English

  • Rising Stars: Children‘s Authors and Illustrators from the Baltics

    Tuesday11:30 - 12:3012 Mar 2019
    Children's Hub

    Following the successful Baltic Countries Market Focus programme in 2018, the Baltic countries continue to introduce exciting newchildren‘s authors and illustra...

    • Language: English

  • Women in Leadership

    Tuesday11:30 - 12:3012 Mar 2019
    Olympia Room, Grand Hall

    This seminar has a hugely inspirational panel including female leaders in and outside of publishing today and including some really inspirational entrepreneurs....

    • Language: English

  • How to Make a Living from Writing

    Tuesday11:45 - 12:3012 Mar 2019
    Author HQ

    This session is brought to by the Society of Authors.  Writing is hard- and making it pay is even harder. An expert team from the Society of Authors will guide...

    • Language: English

  • In Conversation with Karin Slaughter

    Tuesday12:00 - 12:3012 Mar 2019
    Fireside Chat Theatre

    In Conversation with Karin Slaughter

    • Language: English

  • Dee Lestari in conversation with Matthew Janney

    Tuesday12:30 - 13:0012 Mar 2019
    English PEN Literary Salon

    After a successful career as a singer-songwriter, Dee Lestari turned her hand to fiction and is now one of Indonesia's best-selling authors. Since 2000 her six-...

    • Language: English

  • Audience Engagement and the Power of Immersive Storytelling

    Tuesday12:45 - 13:3012 Mar 2019
    The Buzz Theatre

    This talk will be in three parts: (1) Some quick theory to show how the audience and their engagement with content has changed. (2) Some examples of key project...

    • Language: English

  • Rebuilding the Library IS Destroyed: How Publishers are Bringing Books Back to Mosul, Iraq

    Tuesday13:00 - 14:0012 Mar 2019
    Olympia Room, Grand Hall

    In 2015, IS fighters deliberately destroyed the University of Mosul’s library in what UNESCO called “one of the most devastating acts of destruction of library ...

    • Language: English

  • Contested Identities: Writing, Writers, & The Brexit Enigma

    Tuesday13:00 - 14:0012 Mar 2019
    Club Room, National Hall Gallery

    Coming Soon

    • Language: English

  • The Usborne Unworry Hour

    Tuesday13:00 - 14:0012 Mar 2019
    The Pond

    Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the fair to let go of your worries and stretch out your stress.   Authors Eddie Reynolds and Lara Bryan lead activiti...

    • Language: English

  • Challenging the Status Quo: Emerging Scottish Publishers as Platforms for Diverse Voices

    Tuesday13:00 - 14:0012 Mar 2019
    Literary Translation Centre

    A discussion with three emerging and award-winning Scottish publishers, who use innovative models to reach new readerships with diverse literary voices. Since t...

    • Language: English

  • Making a Great First Impression

    Tuesday13:00 - 13:3012 Mar 2019
    Author HQ

    This seminar will offer practical advice on how to create the perfect submission. Editor and publishing veteran, Scott Pack’s will provides aspiring authors wit...

    • Language: English

  • Redactions / Redirections: Poetry and the Digital

    Tuesday13:00 - 14:0012 Mar 2019
    Poet's Corner

    This panel will discuss the ‘Redactions / Redirections’ project, a special commission for Transformations: Newcastle Poetry Festival 2019. Four UK poets created...

    • Language: English

  • The Many Identities of Indonesia

    Tuesday13:00 - 14:0012 Mar 2019
    The Cross-Cultural Hub

    Indonesia is a nation of thousands of islands and hundreds of ethnic groups - so is it possible to say that there is one Indonesian identity, or many competing ...

    • Language: English

  • Creative Commons Explained

    Tuesday13:00 - 14:0012 Mar 2019
    The Faculty

    This session will give a general overview of Creative Commons licensing through use of the copyright framework, the licences available, and the interaction with...

    • Language: English

  • European Literary Voices: A Conversation with Antoine Laurain, France; Simone Buchholz, Germany and Stefan Hertmans, Belgium.

    Tuesday13:15 - 14:1512 Mar 2019
    English PEN Literary Salon

    Coming Soon

    • Language: English

  • Illustrator of the Fair, David McKee in Conversation with Ren Renwick, The Association of Illustrators (AOI)

    Tuesday13:15 - 13:4512 Mar 2019
    Fireside Chat Theatre

    Illustrator of the Fair, David McKee in Conversation with Ren Renwick, The Association of Illustrators (AOI)

    • Language: English

  • YA Spotlight

    Tuesday13:45 - 14:1512 Mar 2019
    Author HQ

    The panel will discuss if it’s essential for YA authors to test their work for feedback before publication, current trends, growth areas and if YA novels are wr...

    • Language: English

  • Blockchain for Publishing: Basics, Applications and Opportunities

    Tuesday13:45 - 14:1512 Mar 2019
    The Buzz Theatre

    In this non-technical seminar, we will give a high level, comprehensive explanation of what blockchain technology is, breaking down its basic components and dis...

    • Language: English

  • Poppy and Sam Live Drawing

    Tuesday14:00 - 15:0012 Mar 2019
    The Pond

      Meet illustrator Simon Taylor-Kielty and watch the world of Poppy and Sam come to life as he live-draws at Poppy and Sam’s Apple Tree Farm. A few lucky guests...

    • Language: English

  • An Apple a Day on Poppy and Sam’s Apple Tree Farm

    Tuesday14:00 - 14:3012 Mar 2019
    The Pond

    An apple a day gives you the energy to power through your fair meetings. Come along to Poppy and Sam’s Apple Tree Farm for a daily organic apple courtesy of Usb...

    • Language: English

  • Promoting Translations in a Digital World

    Tuesday14:30 - 15:3012 Mar 2019
    Literary Translation Centre

    The number of English translations is on the rise, but they still account for a small portion of the book market each year. In our increasingly digital world, h...

    • Language: English

  • Illustrators' Afternoon - Art Directors In Conversation: How to Forge a Successful Career in Book Design

    Tuesday14:30 - 15:3012 Mar 2019
    Club Room, National Hall Gallery

    Designers at the top of their game in publishing come together to share their tips and advice on how to forge a successful career. Lucie Stericker (Creative Dir...

    • Language: English

  • In Conversation with Caryl Phillips, Author of the Day

    Tuesday14:30 - 15:0012 Mar 2019
    English PEN Literary Salon

    In Conversation with Caryl Phillips, Author of the Day

    • Language: English

  • The Children’s Edutainment Market in China

    Tuesday14:30 - 15:3012 Mar 2019
    Children's Hub

    There’s a new revolution going on in China. Three million additional children are expected to be born by 2020; there are nearly 7,000 bookstores in Beijing alon...

    • Language: English

  • Morality in Children's Fiction

    Tuesday14:30 - 15:3012 Mar 2019
    The Cross-Cultural Hub

    Do children’s writers feel obliged to write a moral into their books? If adults can read books without a lesson at the heart of them, why shouldn’t children? Wh...

    • Language: English

  • Leveraging AI for Creating Cognitive Production Systems & Advanced Analytics for Workflows of the Future

    Tuesday14:30 - 15:0012 Mar 2019
    The Buzz Theatre

    Moving from an interactive content profiling and enrichment to Machine Language/NLP based processing improves not only the processing speed, but also the qualit...

    • Language: English

  • Turning Yourself Into A Brand

    Tuesday14:30 - 15:3012 Mar 2019
    Author HQ

    Powerful personal and author brands aren’t created overnight. They require compelling tales, relatable charisma, and products or content that people want. Our p...

    • Language: English

  • In Poetry, Truth: Why Poetry is Good for the Soul

    Tuesday14:30 - 15:3012 Mar 2019
    Poet's Corner

    Poetry is what we turn to in times of need.  When we’re grieving, when we’re broken-hearted, or when we struggle to understand the things we’re feeling, poetry ...

    • Language: English

  • Using Machine Learning for Manuscript Submission

    Tuesday14:30 - 15:3012 Mar 2019
    The Faculty

    Over 3,000 new STM (scientific, technical and medical) articles are published every day. The average delay between submission and publication is over 130 days. ...

    • Language: English

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