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BA Conference 2019

BA Conference 2019

'A tribe that anyone can join' - Eleanor Bird 


The 2019 BA Conference was held at Conference Aston, Birmingham, on the 8th and 9th September.

The Conference was preceded by the Gardners Tradeshow on Sunday 8th September.

BA members attend this annual event free of charge thanks to ongoing support from Gardners.

There was a packed programme of events with something for everyone. Anyone with an interest in the book trade was able to apply to attend.

Events opened with the Gardners Tradeshow on Sunday. After the tradeshow we were treated to a special afternoon author tea sponsored by HarperCollins followed by the first Conference business sessions. The Conference dinner on Sunday evening was sponsored by The Independent Alliance and all conference delegates were invited to attend what has become an annual highlight.

The Conference on Monday was in the very capable hands of our talented BA Conference Chair: Cathy Rentzenbrink. As well as plenary sessions, we ran  Skills Labs (workshops on a range of topics relevant to booksellers) sponsored by The Unwin Charitable Trust. And it wouldn't be the annual conference without the popular publisher Fever Pitch - this year interspersed with bookseller pitches!

For those booksellers wishing to stay on for an extra night of entertainment and networking, we were delighted to host a special author dinner on the Monday night, sponsored by Michael Joseph.

View the 2019 Programme

For a full report of the Conference's precedings, click here.
The 2020 Conference will take place at The Jury’s Inn Hotel, Hinckley. Leicestershire
13th-14th September 2020
 Further details will be published in the New Year.
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Event Details

08/09/2019 - 09/09/2019

Conference Aston, Birmingham,
B4 7ET

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0207 421 4640

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