The London Book Fair celebrates young talent in publishing
London. 16 December 2020. The shortlist for the 2021 Trailblazer Awards has been revealed today, recognising twelve outstanding industry professionals aged 30 years and under who are demonstrating innovation, flair and ambition in the book industry.
Now in their sixth year, the awards are run by The London Book Fair, in partnership with the Publishers Association, supported by the Society of Young Publishers and BookBrunch.
The Trailblazer Awards 2021 Shortlist:
- Ain-Deheb Bensenouci, Partnerships and Events Manager at Penguin Connect, Penguin Random House
- Amy Vale, Bookseller and Assistant Manager at Book-ish
- April Peake, Commissioning Editor, Art & Visual Culture at Bloomsbury
- Ben McCluskey, Account Manager, Midas
- Ellie Drewry, Editorial Assistant for BBC Audio at Penguin Random House
- Grace Keane, Programme Manager (Festivals, Events and Awards), New Writing North
- Hannah Chukwu, Assistant Editor, Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House
- James Routledge, Bookseller and Assistant Manager at Forum Books
- Katie Packer, Commissioning Editor at Headline Publishing
- Olivia Rosenthall, Owner of Maldon Books
- Silé Edwards, Literary Agent, Mushens Entertainment
- Sofia Akel, Free Books Campaign
Andy Ventris, Director at The London Book Fair, said: “In spite of the considerable challenges faced by our industry in 2020, it has been deeply inspiring to see the passion, creativity and innovation from across this year’s entries. It was brilliant to see so many quality applications from all corners of the book ecosystem, and we’re delighted to celebrate this year’s twelve shortlisted Trailblazers, each of whom have shown that, even in the face of adversity, incredible things can be achieved. We look forward to revealing the 2021 Trailblazers in the New Year.”
Five overall winners will be selected by a judging panel and announced in early 2021 by The London Book Fair, together with SYP, BookBrunch and the PA.