Building Inclusivity in Publishing

Building Inclusivity in Publishing

“Building Inclusivity in Publishing”

How valuing diversity is essential for a successful publishing industry

15 November 2016, 15 Hatfields, London


NEWS FOR RELEASE, LONDON, 4 AUGUST 2016: A new conference is being launched in November, programmed by The Publishers Association with event management by The London Book Fair (LBF), to address the issues around inclusivity and diversity in publishing.

The Publishers Association has worked with diversity organisations and other engaged parties across the publishing industry on the preliminary planning of the conference to ensure a balanced and relevant programme.

Conference themes will be increasing inclusivity in publishing from discovering new writing talent, diversity in published content, reaching new audiences, diversity in the publishing workforce, accessibility, bookselling and mentoring. The conference will look at progress so far, existing initiatives and organisations as well as discussion of ways to promote diversity across the industry.

Speakers and participants will include authors, publishers, agents and booksellers.

“Building Inclusivity in Publishing” will offer delegates insight into the current situation, new research and networking. It will be relevant to all those who work in publishing industry from senior leadership teams, to marketing and design, human resources, editors, bookseller and librarians.

Stephen Lotinga, UK Publishers Association, said:

“We’re proud to be working in partnership with The London Book Fair on this important conference. The Publishers Association has been seeking for some time to strengthen links between diversity organisations and the publishing community, as we know that creating a more representative industry is a major concern for our members.

“The Building Inclusivity in Publishing conference will provide our members and colleagues in the wider publishing ecosystem with a day of insight into the landscape of publishing and inspiration for ways to make a collective change.”

Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair, said: “As so many people across publishing are working to make the industry more inclusive, this conference gives a great opportunity to share and learn from each other’s experiences. We know from the seminar programme at LBF the industry wants both to know and to do more to make publishing accessible to all.”


Register your interest now.

Tickets for “Building Inclusivity in Publishing” are priced at £199 plus VAT and are available now from:


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Notes to editors:

THE LONDON BOOK FAIR, OLYMPIA, LONDON: Tuesday 14 -Thursday 16 April 2017


The London Book Fair (LBF) is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. LBF brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. LBF 2017, the 46th Fair, will take place from 14 – 16 March 2017, Olympia London. LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for the third year, with the book fair as the pivotal three day event within a seven day programme. London Book and Screen Week will begin on Monday 13 March. For further information, please visit:

THE PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION The Publishers Association is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. Members represent over 80% of the UK publishing industry and comprise companies from across the consumer, academic and education sectors.

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