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London Book Fair 2015

Creative Access, in conjunction with The Publishers Association, took two groups of young people to Olympia to experience the London Book Fair 2015. The first group included Creative Access interns who are currently on training programmes with publishers and literary agencies. The second group consisted of bright candidates with an interest in the publishing, keen to get a foot in the door of the industry.

The groups were hosted by The Publishers Association who organised a fantastic programme of meetings, giving a unique insight into the sector and an opportunity to network with luminaries from the publishing industry.

The groups also attended a fascinating and challenging seminar on ‘Building the Publishing Workforce of the Future’ run in association with Inspired Selection and chaired by Emma House, Director of Publisher Relations at the Publishers Association.  The speakers were:

  • John Athanasiou, Director of People at HarperCollins
  • Sanne Vliegenhart, booktuber and Digital Coordinator at Hot Key Books
  • Mark Ryan, Director of Talent Development at John Wiley & Sons

We were thrilled at the level of support for Creative Access in the room and inspired by the innovation to boost diversity in the publishing industry. The day ended with a tea on the HarperCollins.

A huge thank you to The Publishers Association for masterminding the day and to all those who took the time out to speak to our interns:

  • Sharon Kelly, HR Director, Walker Books
  • Bridget Lane, International Account Manager, Faber & Faber
  • Nathan Hull, Mofibo
  • Louisa Joyner, Editorial Director of Fiction & Canons
  • Jane Pike, Key Account Manager, Canongate
  • Ainsley Boe, Faber & Faber
  • Guiseppe Trapani, Senior Business Manager, Oxford University Press
  • Seonaid Macleod, Publishers Association

You can read the blog from one of the interns that attended here.