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COVID-19 review – where next for publishing and bookselling?

13 May @ 15:00 - 15:45 BST

Join us for a panel discussion with Hachette CEO David Shelley and Samuel Fisher, co-owner of independent bookshop Burley Fisher Books in conversation with SoA’s Robyn Law.

We will discuss the impact the pandemic has had on the publishing industry, how their organisations have had to adapt working practices and what they think the long term effects on the sector will be as a result of the on-going health crisis.

Please note: this session is for members only and will take place under Chatham House Rules. Not a member? You can join here.

If you would like to send questions in advance, email rlaw@societyofauthors.org  with ‘SoA Live Publishing –  Question’ in the subject header.

The line-up

David ShelleyCEO, Hachette UK

David Shelley joined Little, Brown as editorial director in 2005, after five years running the independent publisher Allison and Busby. Initially commissioning mainly crime and thrillers and overseeing the audio and ebook lists, he became Sphere publisher in 2007, then Little, Brown Deputy Publisher in 2009, and Publisher in 2011. In 2015 he was appointed CEO of Little, Brown and Orion, and in January 2018 he succeeded Tim Hely Hutchinson as CEO of Hachette UK.
Website: www.hachette.co.uk | Twitter: @hachetteuk

Samuel Fisher – co-owner, Burley Fisher Books
Samuel Fisher is co-owner of independent bookshop Burley Fisher Books and a director of Peninsula Press. His debut novel, The Chameleon, was awarded a Betty Trask Award and longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize.
Website: https://burleyfisherbooks.com/    | Social Media: @burleyfisher (twitter and instagram) | @fishersamuk


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13 May
15:00 - 15:45 BST
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