The spread of COVID-19 has meant a change in shape to our Events Programme for 2020. However, that doesn't mean that the BA Events team has stopped, and we have been working hard to try and establish a new form of event that can connect and engage booksellers in this challenging time for the industry and the world.
All our zoom events are recorded and the content is available to members who may have missed the live event.
To view the video content, please visit the presentation section of this page or watch on the BA YouTube channel. Please contact Rehana.email@example.com for passcodes.
Bookshop Heroes 2020
On the 5th November booksellers gathered to congratulate this year's Bookshop Heroes. The Bookshop Heroes was launched by The Bookseller Magazine and is sponsored by HarperCollins.
The Booksellers Network Events
Many of our events during lockdown took place on The Booksellers Network Facebook group. The Booksellers Network exists as a space for booksellers to meet online to share ideas, offer mutual support and provide professional development and networking opportunities. Here's some of what is happening regularly on the Network:
We have enjoyed several Facebook Live chats from a number of booksellers and speakers. So far talks have included a session on mental wellbeing during the crisis, a look into the workings of wholesalers such as Gardners at this time, thinking about being present online, and more. Speakers also allow time for questions in the comments, and are able to answer and interact with booksellers tuning in live. To see these, join The Booksellers Network.
Autumn Learning Event with HarperCollins
On 16th September we held our annual Booksellers Network Learning Event, with HarperCollins. This year it was a virtual event, but packed with inspirational talks and informative presentations. The event can be watched in full - see below for access details.
Other BA Digital Events
We are hosting many more digital events on zoom, such as in-depth professional development seminars and workshops. We have hosted a number of Publisher Presentations for all members, a series of workshops called BI Fridays for Bookselling Ireland, and three virtual Autumn events for Scottish Booksellers.
Coming Up - 2020
Please contact Rehana
for joining details
19th November : 4-5pm.
What Brexit means for booksellers
With William Bain, BRC
Relevant to booksellers from the UK and Ireland.
20th November - 4.30-5.30pm
Time to Breathe, with Dr Bill Mitchell
Life is overwhelming for us all during this time. Dr Bill Mitchell will bring invaluable and practical solutions to prioritising the important things, and staying happy.
1st December - 6.00-8.00pm
Step Into Christmas
Bookseller discussion groups, and entertainment, including a keynote talk and disco!
10th December - 4.00-4.45pm
Scottish Book Trade Conference Session
Steve Bohme of Nielsen, will present data on consumer behaviour - looking at before, during, after the lockdown - and the impact on the book market.
All our sessions are recorded and available for members to watch.
Presentations and recordings can be accessed here.
All video content is also available on the BA Youtube channel.
To gain access to both please email firstname.lastname@example.org