Books, Brexit & Brits: Creativity Across Continents; Content Across Media - Opportunities in a Fast Changing World

Books, Brexit & Brits: Creativity Across Continents; Content Across Media - Opportunities in a Fast Changing World

06/02/2017, 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Room 1E02/E03


Industry professionals and authors discuss the opportunities in a world where change is constant. Creative Industries need to be just that, in order to survive and thrive: creative in strategy, creative in output, and creative in sales & marketing. With storytelling at its core, publishing is arguably the best placed of all creative industries, to embrace and profit from emerging opportunities  in a brave new world.


Session Takeaways:

  •     An understanding of Creative Industries in the UK
  •     How UK Publishing is growing and thriving
  •      A UK author’s view of publishing 



Jacks Thomas joined The London Book Fair as Director in 2013. Her role includes the ongoing development of the Fair as the leading marketplace for rights trading and the sale and distribution of content across geographies and platforms. In the past two years, the book fair has extended its reach into Film, TV, Video Gaming and Brand Licensing as well as launching its consumer-facing brand, London Book & Screen Week in 2015. Prior to joining LBF, Jacks was CEO and Partner of Top 50 Communications agency, Midas; European Director of Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning Reader's Digest;  Marketing and PR Director, Simon & Schuster and held various roles within trade publishing. She started her career at the BBC.



Emma House, Director of Publisher Relations, UK Publishers Association, is a specialist in the Book and Journal Publishing arena with over 13 years’ experience in book publishing and 6 years in magazine publishing. She runs the PA's Boards on all aspects of publishing - Academic/STM, Education, Trade/Consumer and International. She liaises with external partners and suppliers and oversee industry related projects and campaigns. Emma also runs the PA anti-piracy enforcement campaigns in overseas territories and develops overseas business opportunities for UK publishers. Prior to this Emma worked for 7 years at The London Book Fair developing the international presence and programming.


Lisa  is SVP and director of creative development for HarperCollins Publishers worldwide. For the past decade, Lisa and her team have overseen the acquisition of high profile non-fiction books across all imprints in both adult and children’s divisions resulting in dozens of New York Times Bestsellers.


Lisa also manages all video production for the general books group and created the Book Studio 16 brand, which produces daily Facebook Live Programming for authors, HarperCollins pros, and America’s vast network of independent bookstores.


 Christina is the author of Instant New York Times bestseller A Piece of the World (2017), about the relationship between the artist Andrew Wyeth and the subject of his best-known painting, Christina’s World. Kline has written five other novels — Orphan Train, Orphan Train GirlThe Way Life Should Be, Sweet Water, Bird in Hand, and Desire Lines — and written or edited five works of nonfiction.

Christina has commissioned and edited two l essays on parenthood, edited a book on grieving,  co-editor of a collection of personal essays called About Face: Women Write About What They See When They Look in the Mirror, and is co-author of a book on feminist mothers and daughters The Conversation Begins. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Money, More, and Psychology Today, among other places.



  • Jacks Thomas


  • Emma House


  • Lisa Sharkey


  • Christina Baker Kline



    HarperCollins Publishers


  1. Author Events
    Author Stage Talks
  2. Education
    Business of Publishing

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