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IPG Spring Conference set to return for two-day event in February 2024

By Georgia Appleyard and Amy Joan Sayner

The IPG Spring Conference is set to return this year to the Shaw Theatre in London, over two days, from 2728 February. With more than 600 members, the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) is Britain's biggest publishing community and the membership body for the thriving independent publishing sector in the UK and Ireland. The IPG Conference is a key date for publishing professionals and publishing hopefuls alike, bringing together industry experts to discuss current key issues, as well as plenty of opportunities for networking. 

The most recent IPG Conference in September 2023 examined the opportunities and ramifications of technology, especially AI, for the publishing industry. The key theme for this year’s spring conference is sustainable growth, and the two-day event promises to provide a range of perspectives from leaders of independent publishing as well as some of the most innovative players in the industry.

Big themes of the conference will include AI’s impact on publishing, with perspectives from tech expert George Walkley, Fox Williams’ Mary Elliott, Scott Steinberg and Chien-Wei Lui and Shimmr’s Searsha Sadek, as well as the business, economic and political landscapes with Sir Chris Bryant MP, shadow minister for the creative industries and digital. 

Attendees will enjoy thought-provoking keynotes from the leaders of IPG members across trade, children’s, specialist, academic, and educational publishing, including Cambridge University Press, Thames & Hudson, and Emerald Publishing. The event will also showcase case studies of some of independent publishing’s most dynamic and disruptive start-ups, including Fitzcarraldo Editions and Fink Publishing. There will be plenty of opportunities to hone your skills and knowledge with masterclasses in key areas such as brand licensing, PR, developing a zero-carbon strategy, and building a successful and motivated publishing team.

This year, there will be even more opportunities than ever to network with industry professionals, with the introduction of an optional Bring a Book Breakfast on 27 February. For those looking for a friendly ice-breaker, the breakfast will allow attendees to meet fellow IPG members before the full programme begins, and to share a favourite book. The breakfast can be added to your itinerary when booking your place for the event.

There will be more networking opportunities over lunch, coffee breaks, and day one drinks, as well as an optional dinner at Searcy’s Brasserie in nearby St. Pancras on 27 February (separate ticket required). Having attended the Autumn Conference in September 2023, we can say that the conference provides a brilliant opportunity to mingle with industry professionals and gain invaluable advice for publishing hopefuls and those who are new to the industry.

To book your ticket, head to the IPG website for full details. Special deals are provided for under-thirties, with a three-for-two deal on tickets when one of your group is under thirty. Full Conference delegates will also gain free access to the bonus online Spring Conference + event which will take place on 22 May. Previous IPG conferences have been sell-outs, and with limited places available, it is recommended to book soon to avoid missing out.



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