Panels will take place two at a time during the morning of the Industry Day, with A and B running from 10.45 - 11.40, and C and D running from 11.45 - 12.45.
The Future of Representation in Children's/YA Fiction
How is representation broadening in young person's literature to accurately reflect our society, who are the people working to achieve this inclusivity, and how might a landscape without the need to search for 'diverse' children's books be attained?
With award-winning publisher Aimee Felone, The Good Literary Agency agent Abi Fellows, Children's illustrator Dapo Adeola and researcher in Children's literature Chloe Buckley.
After the Breakthrough: How the Publisher Works With You
This discussion will look at the relationship between a writer and their publisher, and prepare you for what to expect once you've signed a deal; who you'll be working with, what will be expected of you, what the timeline to publication looks like and the problems (and solutions) that can occur along the way.
With editorial director of Hodder Fiction Emma Herdman, editor at Trapeze Books and former book publicist Katie Brown, editor at Saraband Books Sara Hunt and author and editor of more than 20 anthologies Nicholas Royle.
I'm a Poet, Take Me Seriously
Sometimes the road to publication may seem less obvious for aspiring poets. This discussion will look at the challenges a new poet faces, the various and growing platforms that are now available for aspiring poets, how to find the right outlets for your form and how best to utilise these in order to further your work.
With the founder of spoken-word label Nymphs & Thugs Matt Abbott, director of Verve Poetry Festival and publisher at Verve Poetry Press Stuart Bartholomew, debut poet Nadine Aisha Jassat and award-winning poet Andrew McMillan.
Writing in the Face of Doubt
A writer's biggest enemy can be their own self-doubt. What kind of mental and structural barriers can stop an aspiring writer from progressing? Where do these originate from, and how might we tackle them?
With the founder of For Books' Sake and workshop facilitator Jane Bradley, writers Michelle Green and Reshma Ruia, and writer and former Neuroscientist Rachel Genn.