We are delighted to invite you to a networking event focussed on working as a book seller, which will take place in the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre at City University London. The event is in partnership with The Booksellers Association. We will be inviting a wide range of booksellers from around London to give our members a better insight of what it's like to work as a bookseller, and the future of the industry.
The Guest Speakers:
Tim Godfray has been CEO of The Booksellers Association of the UK & Ireland since 1984, and during this time has seen phenomenal change in the world of books. Apart from being on the Board of the BA, his other directorships include being a Director of Book Tokens Ltd., of Batch.co.uk Ltd., a trustee of the charity World Book Day Ltd., and a member of the operating board of the European Booksellers Federation. Outside the book trade he is a director of the British Retail Consortium Ltd., the trade organization that represents almost all the leading retailers in the UK. Prior to joining the BA, Tim worked in The Regency Bookshop, an independent bookseller situated SW of London, and prior to bookselling, with PriceWaterhouse, the accountants.
Miriam Robinson began her bookselling career at Shakespeare & Company in Paris, before crossing the Channel to join Foyles in 2007. She became Head of Marketing in early 2011, and now she and her team are responsible for setting marketing strategy, budgeting, innovation, digital marketing, a thriving literary and music events programme across the estate, and brand strategy for one of London's most iconic names. She holds degrees in English and French Literature from the University of Virginia and a Publishing Certification from Columbia University.
Frances Tay is the co-founder of Woolfson & Tay - an independent bookshop and cafe soon to reopen at Bankside. Fran previously worked as a business development consultant. She graduated in Economics from Australian National University in 1993 and later completed her masters in Social Development at the University of Reading, where she received the Edoardo Virone Prize for her thesis on philanthropy and the changing nature of development aid. She has been involved in various industries; she was general manager of a manufacturing company, senior manager of the education and training group at British Council and editor of a lifestyle and entertainment magazine. She is currently pursuing a PhD in History at the University of Manchester's Centre for Cultural History of War.
Jen Campbell grew up in the north east of England, graduated from Edinburgh University, and now lives in London where she works at an antiquarian bookshop. She is the author of the bestselling 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' (Constable & Robinson), and the sequel 'More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' will be published 18th April 2013. She is also a published poet and short story writer.
Under 18 and JSA – Free (ID required)
Equip Member – £5
Non-Member - £8
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Food and drink will be provided
Bookselling Networking Event at the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, City University London
Thursday 21 March, 6pm-9pm
City University London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB
Access through the main entrance in the University Building. There will be helpers to guide you to the venue.
When & Where
Equality in Publishing
Equality in Publishing (Equip) is a membership organisation hosted by City University London and funded by Arts Council England. It continues the work of the Diversity in Publishing Network, first established in 2004.
Equip’s mission statement is:
To promote equality across UK publishing, bookselling and agenting, by driving forward change and increasing access to opportunities within the industry.
The organisation operates on four distinct levels:
a. Working with publishers and trade associations, as a strategic agent for change.
b. Supporting a growing list of members through events and seminars
c. Promoting publishing as a career through the Equip website and development work with universities and FE colleges
d. Conducting research into workforce development, equality and diversity