The Society of Young Publishers proudly presents the SYP annual conference, hosted by SYP Oxford…

Along with the rest of the world, publishing has been in turmoil for the past two years. Not only have we been adapting to the new world of flexible working, but discussions about low pay, inclusivity, and work-life balance have been rife, both within the workplace and in public forums.

In our virtual conference, we will not only celebrate the exciting world of publishing, but also interrogate the social responsibility of the industry, and ask what practical actions we as individuals can take to drive change.

With a diverse range of expert speakers lined up, our panels explore topics including job applications, sustainability, and influencer marketing. Anyone looking to get into publishing or already working in the industry is welcome. 

Stay tuned for more information, and we hope to see you soon...


Conference Schedule

with Carlos Gimeno, Suzanne Collier (Bookcareers) and Shalini Bhatt (Inspired Selection)

with Lucy Juckes (Barrington Stoke), Cat Mitchell (Derby University) and Jannat Ahmed (Founder of Lucent Dreaming)

Thursday 18th November, 6 pm

Saturday 20th November,
10 am

Changemakers in Children's Publishing: Bringing Inclusion and Representation to the Children's Book Industry

Tackling the
Misinformation Issue

with Irina M. Surducan (Springer Nature/EMJ), 

Suki Broad ( Taylor & Francis)

and Jason Mitchell (Elsevier)

The Future of Sustainable

with Helena Markou (Oxford Brookes University) and Penny Thomas
(Firefly Press)

Can We Talk? The Art of
Negotiation and Selling

Elle Brenton-Rounding

(Bonnier) and Beth Fennell (PRH)

#BookTok and Bestsellers:
Influencer Marketing

with Sanne Vliegenthart (Freelancer),

Lottie Halstead (PRH Children),

and Ellen Statham (Rocket)

Sunday 21st November, 1 pm

A Bigger Picture: Publishing in the 
Entertainment Industry

with Juliet Pickering (Blake Friendmann Literary Agency),Keltie Mechalski (PRH), Naomi Bacon (Tandem Collective UK) and Georgie Bewes (Tandem Collective UK)

Sunday 21st November, 2 pm

Activating Change in the
Publishing Industry

with Sam Missingham (The Empowered Author), Paula Dunne (OUP),Chelsea Graham (The Publishing Post) and Amalia

Mihailescu (UCL and Society of Young Publishers)

Writing a Stand Out
Publishing CV and
Cover Letter

with Heather O'Connell 
(Bluebird Consultancy)

Monday 15th November, 6 pm

Zooming in on the Map:
Publishing Across the UK


Acing your Online
Publishing Interview

Wednesday 17th November,
6 pm

Keynote Speech

with Nelle Andrew

Saturday 20th November, 
9:15 am


Next Generation Readers: Children's Publishing and Literacy

with Jane Harley (OUP),Jane Rendle (ARCh) and Shareen Wilkinson

Saturday 20th November, 2 pm

with Beth Cox (Inclusion and Equality Consultant),Melis Anik (Lantana Publishing),Zaahida Nabagereka

(Lit in Colour)

and Jasmine Richards (Storymix)

Saturday 20th November, 1 pm

Sunday 21st November, 11 am


Saturday 20th November, 11 am

Sunday 21st November, 3 pm

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Contact Us

Get in touch...

If you have any questions about the conference, tickets or accessibility then please get in touch by emailing us at or through our social media channels.

To find out more about The Society of Young Publishers and its membership,

visit the official SYP website.

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