BA Conference & Gardners Tradeshow 2016

The BA Conference and Gardners Tradeshow were held at Warwick University on the 11th to the 12th September.

Booksellers, publishers and authors were in good spirits in Warwick, testimony to the current confidence in high street bookselling.

The Conference was chaired by Cathy Rentzenbrink.


Gardners Books once again sponsored BA members to attend the event for free. Gardners kicked off the Autumn events with their annual Tradeshow which was attended by over fifty publishers showcasing  forthcoming titles.

Toby Faber opened the BA conference business programme on Sunday with a special session for booksellers only. Toby took us on a fascinating journey through the life of Faber (it's hits and misses) since his
Grandfather founded it in 1925.

The Independent Alliance and GBS sponsored the Conference Dinner for all delegates. Guests heard from an array of inspiring authors - including  Alex Bellos, Chris Mullin, Blowfish and Jess Kidd - among many more.

Author and Broadcaster Ben Fogle addressed booksellers at a HarperCollins Meet The Author breakfast on Monday morning. Ben was joined by Borough Press's own Chilbury Ladies Choir who got Monday off to a buoyant, and musical, start.

Jo Malone CBE gave an inspirational interview on her life, business and forthcoming book.

Award winning booksellers - Emma Corfield-Walters, Bookish - Helen Stanton, Forum Books and Mariana Mouzinho, Blackwells -  talked about their motivations and gave insight into their strategies for successful bookselling.

Egmont MD, Cally Poplak, shared the findings of Egmont's major study 'Print Matters' - Cally offered critical insight into print versus digital and the impact on young readers.

After the Break!
Those who opted to stay for the extra / optional night on Monday were treated to a fabulous dinner sponsored by Michael Joseph, who bought with them a number of guest authors including Joel Morris - co-author of the Ladybird books for grown ups. Joel rounded off the two days perfectly with an entertaining and witty speech.

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Photos from the 2016 BA Conference

The 2017 BA Conference will take place on 10-11th September
To pre-register or to be added to the mailing list contact Naomi Gane
For general enquries including sponsorship please contact Naomi Gane

Event Information

WHEN 11/09/2016 - 13/09/2016
WHERE Warwick University
PLANNER Naomi Gane

Contact Info.

Email naomi.gane@booksellers.org.uk
Phone 0207 421 4640

Event Programme Sponsors: LBF NBT Batch The Booksellers Association