Conference speakers

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Some of the biggest names in children's books will be speaking at this conference, which is the fifth hosted by the Children's Writers and Illustrators Group.

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Tamsin Ace

Tamsin Ace

Tamsin is the Performance & Dance Programmer at Southbank Centre where one of her focus’s is developing the children and family programme and developing the venue as a place that showcases the best work for children from across the world. With a broader focus on performance, dance and cabaret she is working to place Southbank Centre on the map as a venue that programmes ground breaking work commissioning artists who combine performance/dance with other art forms in unique and innovative ways. Her previous role at Southbank Centre was as Participation Programmer where her role and responsibilities were to programme and produce events in the public spaces, taking inspiration from the 21 acre site her projects range from large scale dance events on the terraces of the riverside, social dancing in the purpose built ballroom, fashion shows, club nights and cabarets through to making a Bollywood film in a week! This broad range of experiences has given her the knowledge and passion to remain committed to creating festival environments that engage people from all backgrounds and communities to experience the arts in a variety of ways.

Tamsin trained in Drama & English and followed her degree with a PGCE in drama that lead not into teaching but into Theatre Education where she started her career at small pub theatre The Bull as an Education Assistant. As the organisation grew in scale and moved to a new purpose built venue artsdepot she became Head of Programming & Education using her experiences to programme and curate the two auditoriums across the art forms with participation always at the core of the artistic vision.

Allan Ahlberg

Allan Ahlberg

Allan was born in Croydon, but grew up in Oldbury in the Black Country. He says that if he hadn't grown up to be a writer, he would have loved to have been a soccer player. Allan always dreamed of being a writer, but tried his hand at many other jobs before he achieved his ambition. He was a postman, grave-digger, plumber's mate and teacher - it was teaching that gave him such sharp insights into the minds of children, and enabled him to write his perfectly observed poetry about primary school life.

Allan has collaborated with many illustrators, including Bruce Ingman, André Amstutz, Gillian Tyler and Katharine McEwen, as well as his late wife, Janet Ahlberg (nee Hall) and his daughter Jessica Ahlberg. He has won numerous awards for his books including, the Kurt Maschler Award in 1986, The Children's Book Award in 1987, the Blue Peter Book Award 2001, and The Children's Book Award: Books for Young Children award 2002.

Ros Asquith

Ros Asquith

Ros Asquith has been a Guardian cartoonist for 20 years and has written and illustrated over 60 books for young people. She answered only to the name of Jim until she was five and believed herself to be an Apache brave until she was nine. Her first job, aged 17, was illustrating Greek Myths for an American audio visual company. She graduated from Camberwell School of Art, working as a photographer, designer and teacher before becoming theatre critic for Time Out magazine, Co-Theatre Editor of CITY LIMITS, deputy Theatre critic of the OBSERVER and diary writer for TV TIMES. She has painted murals in several countries and many children's bedrooms, cuddled a wolf and shared a cigarette with a chimpanzee. But mostly prefers reading and eating fudge.

Sarah Benton

Sarah Benton

Sarah Benton started her publishing career at Orion, as the non-fiction cuttings assistants, before securing her dream of working in children's books as a marketing assistant at Macmillan. There she worked with authors and illustrators such as Meg Cabot, Eva Ibbotson, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Emily Gravett and Julia Donaldson, before moving to Hammersmith to join HarperCollins Children's Books. For four years she managed major marketing campaigns for Skulduggery Pleasant, Michael Morpurgo, Darren Shan, David Walliams, Oliver Jeffers and many more. She recently joined Hot Key Books in Sales & Marketing where she's been working on establishing the company, and their authors via social media and other cost-effective platforms.

Jane Churchill

Jane Churchill

Jane Churchill has worked with children’s books in one way or another virtually all her life. She has been a bookseller, library assistant, publicist for various publishers, a judge for both the Blue Peter and the Branford Boase Awards, a reviewer and the event organiser and buyer for a library supplier among others.

She currently organises the Book It! programme for the Cheltenham Literature Festival which she has run for the past 13 years and is the fiction advisor and reader for the French publisher, Gallimard Jeunesse.

Kevin Crossley-Holland

Kevin Crossley-Holland

Kevin Crossley-Holland is President-elect of the School Library association. He is an historical novelist for children and Carnegie Medallist, a poet, and translator from Anglo-Saxon, reteller of traditional tale, librettist, and author of The Hidden Roads, a memoir of childhood. The first of his Viking sagas, Bracelet of Bones, was published earlier his year. Kevin is a patron of the Society for Storytelling, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Anglia Ruskin University has awarded him an Honorary Doctorate, and he and Jane Ray are about to collaborate on a picture-story book.

Philippa Dickinson

Philippa Dickinson

Philippa has been working in children's publishing for over 35 years. She started with a temporary job as an office junior working for Kaye Webb at Puffin Books and went on to spend eleven fascinating years there ending up as Deputy Chief Editor, working for Elizabeth Attenborough. (A small footnote is that the first book she was allowed to edit all by herself was YOU CAN DO THE CUBE by Patrick Bossert). In 1986, she moved to Transworld Publishers to become Publisher of Corgi Children's Books. Given the brief to build a successful children's list, Philippa did just that. In 1989 she started the multi-award winning Doubleday Children's Books hardback list. In 2001 Philippa became Managing Director of the Random House Children's Books division (a merger of Transworld and Random House's children's divisions) where she is now responsible for much of the heritage of the UK's children's publishing in the Jonathan Cape, Bodley Head, Hutchinson and Red Fox imprints.

Philippa was for 11 years Chair of the Childrens' Book Group at the Publishers Association and was Chair of World Book Day 2007. She has a private pilot's licence and has flown light aircraft in Central America, Namibia, Alaska and down though France to Spain, Italy and Greece. Philippa's husband is a student nurse and they have one son. Her father is the multi-award winning author Peter Dickinson and her step-mother and a younger brother are both also published authors.

John Dougherty

John Dougherty

John Dougherty is an author, poet and songwriter, though not necessarily in that order. A former teacher, he escaped to a life of sitting in his shed and chewing metaphorical pencils after his first book, Zeus on the Loose, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase award. Since then, he has written 8 more books, visited a lot of schools, and shouted heatedly about libraries. He is currently a member of the editorial team of co-operative blog An Awfully Big Blog Adventure.

Julia Eccleshare

Julia Eccleshare

Julia Eccleshare is a writer, broadcaster and lecturer as well as Children's Books Editor of the Guardian and Co-director of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education. She is chair of the Guardian Children's Book Prize and the Branford Boase first novel prize. She won the Eleanor Farjeon Award 2000 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to children's books.

Alan Gibbons

Alan Gibbons

Novelist. Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2000 'The book I couldn't put down' for his best selling Shadow of the Minotaur (Orion 1999). Also winner of the Angus, Leicester, Stockport, Catalyst, Birmingham Chills, Salford Young Adult, Hackney Short Novel, Leicester Junior novel and Salford Librarians Special Awards. Also a runner up twice each for the Carnegie and Booktrust Teenage Prize.

After teaching in Merseyside schools, Alan became a full-time writer twenty years ago. He performs and runs writing workshops in schools, libraries, colleges, education conferences and writing festivals and has toured as far as China, New Zealand, Brazil, Brunei, Malawi, Bahrain and Kenya. Alan has appeared on Blue Peter, BBC News, Radio Four, Five Live, Radio City and BBC Radio Merseyside. He has written a column in Liverpool Echo and Hong Kong Economic Times. He is the organiser of the Campaign for the Book.

Joe Godwin

Joe Godwin

As Director of BBC Children's Joe Godwin is responsible for all of the BBC's services for children – the two digital channels, CBBC and CBeebies and their websites, as well as children's blocks on BBC ONE and BBC TWO.

In 2011, Joe led the move of the entire Children's department to its new home at MediaCityUK in Salford.

Joe is Chair of The Network & Fast Track, the youth talent schemes of the Edinburgh TV Festival, and is a member of the BAFTA Children's Committee, The Advisory Panel on Children's Viewing of the British Board of Film Classification, and represents the BBC on The UK Council for Child Internet Safety.

Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson is a successful author, actor, comedian and writer for television and radio.

He wrote the phenomenally successful Young Bond series which has now sold over a million copies in the UK and has been translated into over 24 different languages. The series began with SilverFin and was followed by Blood Fever, Double or Die, Hurricane Gold and By Royal Command. All five novels entered the children's bestseller charts in the top five.

The first novel in his bestselling zombie-adventure series for teenagers, The Enemy, was published by Puffin in September 2009, followed by The Dead in September 2010 and the third; The Fear in September 2011. All three books have been published to great critical acclaim. Charlie is a huge fan of horror films and books, and even studied gothic literature at university. With three sons of his own, Charlie knows exactly how to terrify and captivate teenagers in equal measure.

After leaving university, Charlie formed a band, The Higsons. He then became a decorator before turning to the world of television and going into partnership Paul Whitehouse. His television successes have included Saturday Live, Harry Enfield, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars, Randall and Hopkirk Deceased, the film Suite 16, Swiss Toni and of course, the Fast Show.

Most recently Charlie and Paul co-produced the controversial and award-winning spoof radio series Down the Line for BBC Radio 4, in which they also both performed, which became the television comedy series Bellamy's People, on BBC 2, inspired by the Radio series.

Charlie is also a successful adult novelist and has written four thrillers, King of the Ants (1992), Happy Now (1993), Full Whack (1995) and Getting Rid of Mr Kitchen (1996).

Charlie lives in North London.

Sam Husain

Sam Husain

Sam Husain was born in New Delhi, grew up in Pakistan and moved to England in 1965 to take up articles with a firm of chartered accountants in Manchester. He was appointed Director and CEO of Foyles in May 2007. Since then turnover has increased to £23million and he has overseen the expansion of the retail operations by opening new branches in St Pancras International, Westfield White City, One New Change in the City of London, Cabot Circus in Bristol and Westfield Stratford City just by the Olympic site. Foyles is a London literary landmark founded in 1903.

Geraldine McCaughrean

Geraldine McCaughrean

Geraldine McCaughrean has written over 160 books and plays for adults and children which indicates just how old she is. She has won (or possibly bought on eBay) more awards than can be possibly good for her. Though superficially shy and mousy, she leads a sinister and flashy secret life in the shadowy demi-monde of espionage, saxophony and hypotenuse-breeding - though if you tell anyone this you will be silenced. Geraldine and her husband John have one actress daughter, Ailsa, who may starve to death, and a golden lab who definitely won't. This biography will self-destruct in ten seconds.

Robert McCrum

Robert McCrum

Robert McCrum is a writer and editor whose most recent book, Globish, was published worldwide to international acclaim in 2010. From 1980 to 1996, he was editor-in-chief of Faber & Faber, where he published Kazuo Ishiguro, Milan Kundera, Peter Carey, Paul Auster, Marilynne Robinson, Lorrie Moore and Hanif Kureishi. At the same time, he co-authored the BBC TV series, The Story Of English, for which he was awarded an Emmy in 1986.

He was appointed literary editor of the Observer in 1996, and published P.G. Wodehouse: A Life in 2004. His account of his stroke, My Year Off (1998), is now in its third edition.

Currently, McCrum is Associate Editor of the Observer and lives in London with his wife, the New York Times correspondent, Sarah Lyall, and their two daughters.

John McLay

John McLay

John McLay is Artist Director of The Telegraph Bath Festival of Children's Literature which he founded with his wife Gill in 2007. He is also an international literary scout for children's and young adult books. He began his career at the BBC in London. After several years as a bookseller for Waterstone's, he joined Puffin Books where he edited Puffin Post magazine for the Puffin Book Club. He then became an editor at children's book packager Working Partners. John is also an anthologist, reviewer and lecturer on ‘Contemporary Children's Publishing' at Bath Spa University on their MA in Writing For Young People.

Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness

Bestselling and award-winning novelist Patrick Ness was born in Virginia, USA, and spent his upbringing in the states of Hawaii, Washington and California. He has lived in London since 1999. He is the author of a novel and short story collection for adults, but is best known for the Chaos Walking trilogy: The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men. The trilogy has won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Costa Children's Book of the Year Prize, and the Booktrust Teenage Prize. This year Monsters of Men won the prestigious Carnegie Medal after all three books in the trilogy were shortlisted, the first time that has ever happened. A Monsters Calls is Patrick's sixth book.

Jane Ray

Jane Ray

Jane Ray has been illustrating books for children for over 20 years. She particularly loves illustrating fairy and folk tales, myths and legends. Jane has worked with many authors including Michael Rosen, Jeanette Winterson and Carol Ann Duffy. She writes her own stories too and finds having control of the whole book a pleasurable challenge. Jane has also designed greetings cards and posters, book jackets and prints, and exhibits her original paintings regularly. Jane also enjoys working in primary schools. In her spare time she enjoys singing and gardening, often at the same time.

Celia Rees

Celia Rees

Celia Rees has written over twenty books for teenagers, and has become a leading writer for Young Adults with an international reputation. Her books have been translated into 28 languages and she has been short listed for the Guardian, Whitbread and W.H. Smith Children's Book Awards. Her books have won awards in the UK, USA, France and Italy. Celia lives in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire and divides her time between writing, talking to readers in schools and libraries, reviewing and teaching creative writing.

Katherine Woodfine

Celia Rees

Katherine Woodfine is the Children's Web Editor for the independent reading and writing charity Booktrust, with responsibility for all children's, teen and young adult book content on the website www.booktrust.org.uk. As well as book reviews, author interviews, and more, the site is home to a successful online writer in residence scheme, which has played host to leading children's writers such as Patrick Ness, Polly Dunbar and Bali Rai.

Katherine has also been coordinating the Children's Laureate programme since 2009, working with Laureates Anthony Browne and Julia Donaldson; other projects she has coordinated at Booktrust have included Children's Book Week and the Booktrust Best New Illustrators Awards. She previously worked for Arts Council England, specialising in literature, and for Cornerhouse, Manchester's international centre for contemporary visual arts and film.

Outside her work for Booktrust she is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and writes the award-winning blog Follow the Yellow Brick Road.

Taboo-Be-Do! - Terence Blacker and Derek Hewitson

The Politically Incorrect Music Show

Taboo-de-doo

Author Terence Blacker, and his fellow guitarist Derek Hewitson, present an evening of songs your mother DIDN'T sing to you with a light-hearted, eye-opening celebration of 100 years of scandalous music.

Delving into the back catalogues of jazz, country, folk, bluegrass and pop, Terence and Derek will be playing songs that have caused trouble in the past - and sometimes still do.

Their shamelessly cheerful celebration of musical inappropriateness, featured on the two-part Radio 4 documentary Taboo-Be-Do in 2011, may well include songs from Hoagy Carmichael, Sophie Tucker, Randy Newman, Carole King and Tom Lehrer, as well as the work of some shamefully neglected lesser known songwriters, including Blacker himself.

'Relaxed, funny and enjoyably provocative - I was delighted on all affronts.'

Neil Innes

'I enjoyed it hugely. This is a show whose time has come.'

Libby Purves


Parallel session speakers and conference chairs

Lauren Buckland

Lauren Buckland

Lauren has been working in children’s editorial for ten years – starting her career at Macmillan Children’s Books, where she commissioned China Mieville’s first novel for younger readers, Un Lun Dun. She moved to Stripes Publishing for its launch in 2006, working on many young fiction series including the bestselling Holly Webb animal stories. In 2008 she left for Random House Children’s Publishers, where she commissions and edits across all age groups and genres and works with authors such as Jonathan Stroud, Theresa Breslin and Aidan Chambers, and forthcoming debut writers Laura Dockrill and Amy McCulloch.

Gillian Cross

Gillian Cross

Gillian Cross began writing for children thirty years ago. She has won the Carnegie Medal (for Wolf), and the Smarties Prize and the Whitbread Children's Novel Award (for The Great Elephant Chase). Four of her Demon Headmaster books have been televised and she travels widely to speak about her work.

Nicola Davies

Nicola Davies

Nicola Davies is a zoologist and children's author, who has studied geese, bats, humpbacked whales, blue whales and sperm whales in the wild. She writes non fiction and fiction for a wide range of ages, but all her books are rooted in her love for the natural world. Her publications include a book about the natural history of poo, a guide to climate change, a post apocalyptic novel for teenagers and a series of novels about an imaginary city farm. Her work has been published in more than 15 different languages.

Nicola has twenty years of experience of running work shops for children and adults, from reception to post graduate degree level. She was senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University for six year until 2008. Her workshops encourage students to combine learning about nature with creative writing, weaving facts and information into lyrical poetic language.

Nicola lives in Abergavenny, but comes from a family whose roots are in the Gower, as miners, steelworkers, small holders and singers.

Vivian French

Vivian French

Vivian French has been writing children's books and plays for more than twenty years. She has published more than 200 titles for children, both fiction and non-fiction, and every year more than half a million of her books are borrowed from libraries. She has travelled from Orkney to Oklahoma visiting schools and festivals, but is always delighted to come home to Edinburgh.

Meredith Hooper

Meredith Hooper

Meredith Hooper has written over seventy children's titles, non-fiction and fiction, for children and adults. Her books have been published in many languages around the world from Catalan to Korean. Her special interest over the last fifteen years has been Antarctica - she has been to Antarctica for extended periods on the artists & writers programmes of the Australian and US Governments, and with the Royal Navy. She is a Trustee of the Antarctic Heritage Trust and of the International Polar Foundation, and a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge. An Australian, she lives in London.

Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson has been writing professionally for close to twenty years. As well as books she writes screenplays for film and TV. She has published fifteen books for young readers, all of which have been well received. Most of her books are novels for older readers, although she has written some non fiction for reluctant readers. Arctic Hero, her biography of Mathew Henson, was shortlisted for many awards and selected in 2008, to be part of the Booked Up scheme which distributes free books to Year Seven pupils across England. She is known for historical novels: A Nest of Vipers, set in the 18th century, was chosen by Booktrust in 2009 as one of its best books of the year. Landlocked, a contemporary Young Adult novel, was selected by IBBY, the International Board of Books for Young people, as one of the best children's books in Europe in 1999.

Her film and TV work includes scripting the feature film Bullet Boy, and writing dramatic inserts for Simon Schama's Rough Crossing for the BBC.

Catherine has also worked as a mentor and teacher of writing to adults and teenagers in the UK, Malawi, Albania and Greece. She was writer in residence in Holloway Prison, and worked for the British Council mentoring writers in various African Countries via email.

Her latest books are: The Nightmare Card (2011) and Brave New Girl (2011).

Elizabeth Laird

Elizabeth Laird

She has written contemporary fiction, historical fiction, and novels set overseas, in Kurdistan, Ethiopia, Lebanon and Pakistan. Some of Elizabeth's novels are set in Britain, and deal with the problems and concerns of young people growing up today. Others are set in Kurdistan, Ethiopia, Lebanon and Pakistan. She has also written four historical novels, and many shorter novels and picture books for younger children. Her retellings of folkstories include Shahnameh, the Persian Book of Kings, illustrated by Shirin Adl.

Elizabeth's work has won many awards, including the Scottish Arts Council Children's Book of the Year and has been shortlisted for the Costa Award, the Blue Peter Award and five times for the Carnegie Medal. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages.

For more information, visit her website at elizabethlaird.co.uk.

Gillian McClure

Gillian McClure

Gillian McClure has had over twenty picture books published. Several of them have been short-listed for awards; one was highly commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal and another, Selkie, won the US Parent's Guide to Children's Media Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Books.

In 2010 she formed Plaister Press, an independent publishing company to celebrate the art of the picture book. Plaister Press started by bringing back into print Selkie and then publishing two more of Gillian's own books: The Little White Sprite and Zoe's Boat. In 2011, publishing consultant Martin West joined her to help expand the company and publish other people's picture books.

Sarah McIntyre

Sarah McIntyre

Sarah McIntyre works with Gary Northfield, Ellen Lindner and Lauren O'Farrell in the Fleece Station, a studio in old police station in south London, complete with cells for clients who don't pay. (One cell even has a ghost.) Her first published full-length comic book is Vern and Lettuce and she has illustrated several picture books, including Morris the Mankiest Monster, You Can't Eat a Princess!, You Can't Scare a Princess! and When Titus Took the Train. She posts drawings or event reviews on her blog almost every day. Do stop by her website and have a peek!

Michaela Morgan

Michaela Morgan

Born long ago but not very faraway Michaela now divides her time between various addresses in an attempt to find somewhere to fit in. She has written more than a hundred titles – picture books, young fiction and poetry. They include the novel Night Flight and the poetry collection Words to Whisper. Short listed for various library awards, the BBC Blue Peter Award and Red House Book Award, she has won a UKRA award and been an IRA Children's Choice (which is not as scary as it sounds). She writes for trade and education and is published in many languages including Zulu and Xhosa. In 2011 she published two volumes of Poetry Writing: Workshops for Ages 5 to 9 and 8 to 13 (Routledge UK and USA) plus two picture books Never Shake a Rattlesnake (Macmillan, illustrated by Nick Sharratt) and Kitty Kool's Beauty School – a hard -hitting tale of kitten makeovers (Hodder, illustrated by Katherine Lodge). She has also added a new title to her popular Sausage series for young readers (illustrated by Dee Shulman). There are several books chugging along through the pipeline and Michaela is currently zooming about the country visiting schools and dreaming of having a nice cup of tea, maybe a biscuit…

Kate Paice

Kate Paice

Kate Paice is Commissioning Editor for children's fiction and poetry at A&C Black, now an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing. She was previously Editorial Manager at Barrington Stoke and is a keen advocate of poetry for children. A&C Black have a thriving poetry list for children, covering age groups from 5-7 up to teenage. Their authors and publications have won a number of awards - most recently A Million Brilliant Poems (Part One), compiled by Roger Stevens and published by A&C Black, was shortlisted for the 2011 CLPE Award.

Helena Pielichaty

Helena Pielichaty

Helena Pielichaty (pronounced Pierre-li-hatty) is a well established children's writer. She has over 30 books to her name some of which are actually still in print. When not writing she can be found on Twitter, browsing flea markets or shouting ‘Come on Town! Wake up!' down at the Galpharm Stadium.

Susan Price

Susan Price

Susan Price has been a published author since she was 16. She has won: The Other Award for Twopence A Tub; The Carnegie Medal for The Ghost Drum; and The Guardian Children's Fiction Award for The Sterkarm Handshake. She is a Royal Literary Foundation Fellow at De Montfort University and has taught many creative writing workshops for children and adults. A member of Authors Electric and contributor to the daily blog Do Authors Dream of Electric Books she has several independently published books selling on-line, including her award winning Ghost World trilogy.

Bali Rai

Bali Rai

Most of his stories are about modern Britain although he has recently branched into horror and fantasy. His first (un)arranged marriage is a recommended read for KS3, whilst Rani & Sukh is now a set text for GCSE. He is also a regular visitor to schools and colleges across the UK and further afield. He is a member of CWIG and a passionate advocate of reading for pleasure. His website is www.balirai.co.uk.

Rachel Rooney

Rachel Rooney

Rachel Rooney was born in London and now lives in Brighton, Sussex. She trained and works as a special needs teacher, and also runs poetry workshops for children. She has been shortlisted for the Belmont Poetry Prize and was commended in the 2010 Escalator poetry competition.

Her first collection of poems for older children The Language of Cat was published in May 2011 (Frances Lincoln) and was the Poetry Book Society children's choice. It is also currently long listed for the Carnegie Medal. Her first rhyming picture book, A Patch of Black is due out with Macmillan Children's Books in September 2012.

Nicola Smee

Nicola Smee

Nicola Smee has been earning her living through her artwork, mainly for children's books (which she writes as well as illustrates) for the last 30 odd years. She has had three books published this year and her picture book, WHAT'S THE MATTER, BUNNY BLUE? has been shortlisted for the forthcoming Sheffield Baby Book Award 2011.

Nicola Solomon

Nicola Solomon

Nicola Solomon is General Secretary of the Society of Authors. Her role includes protecting authors' interests in negotiations/disputes with publishers and agents, advising on tax, privacy etc. Campaigning for authors' rights, including copyright, e-book rights, Public Lending Right, defamation reforms and freedom of speech. Liaison with the Management Committee and Council on setting and implementing policy and managing finance.

Nicola is a solicitor who was previously with leading media firm Finers Stephens Innocent for 25 years, specialising in intellectual property and media law. Nicola has an in depth knowledge of the publishing industry and the many associated legal areas, from copyright and defamation, to privacy, data protection and contract.

Martin West

Martin West

Martin West began his publishing life at OUP. In a career spanning forty years he has accumulated a wide knowledge and affection for all areas of publishing particularly in the children's book world, both internationally and in UK. Involved in all aspects of sales, editorial, commissioning and list-building, Martin has a good understanding of the building blocks of the business and a desire to share his enthusiasm which has lead to the establishment of his new company.

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