Anna Gerber and Britt Iverson Visual Editions

With backgrounds in publishing, advertising and design, Anna and Britt work as content innovators to create new story platforms and book experiences for the likes of Google, Ace Hotel, WeTransfer, the British Library and Penguin.

FutureBook Live 2018 Meet the speakers

Sophie Hannah Author

Sophie is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in 49 languages and 51 territories. Two of her crime novels, The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives, have been adapted for television.

Jake Harris Story Shed

A primary school teacher from Chester, Jake has been writing children’s stories for many years. In April, he launched his own storytelling podcast, “Story Shed”. Jake’s stories are aimed primarily at children aged between four and 10 years old (and their parents).

Wil Harris Entale

Wil is a journalist and serial entrepreneur with a proven track record of building successful creative businesses. He is the c.e.o. and co-founder of Entale Media, a technology platform to revolutionise the production, discovery and listening experience of podcasts and other audio content.

Albert Hogan PRH UK

Albert has extensive experience of the entertainment sector, having worked in film, music and publishing. Albert heads group marketing and audience development, where he is responsible for the audience strategy for core brands Penguin, Puffin and Ladybird and interest brands Dead Good and The Happy Foodie.

Anwen Hooson Bird Literary Agency

A multi-award-winning publicist, Anwen’s early career was spent in the press departments at Penguin and Waterstones. In 2009, she co-founded Riot Communications, an agency now regarded as one of the most respected and influential in the sector. Earlier this year, Anwen launched her own literary agency, Bird.

Jasper Joffe Joffe Books

Jasper has applied his experience as a writer, high-profile artist and curator to the world of publishing with great success. Joffe Books has become one of the leading publishers of mysteries in the UK, with sales and revenue doubling in every year since its founding.

Kate Jones Storytel

Kate is an award-winning producer with more than 20 years’ experience creating and directing drama, immersive audio and single-voice recordings. Storytel Original is an exclusive imprint available in Scandinavia, India, the Arab states, Russia, Iceland, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey and Italy.

Matthew Jones Perlego

Matthew is vice-president of content acquisition and strategy at Perlego, the e-book subscription service often billed as the “Spotify for Textbooks”. A qualified teacher, Matthew is a keen EdTech advocate, having published The Future of Learning report in the Times in 2017.

Paul Kemp-Robertson Contagious

Paul is the co-founder of Contagious, an intelligence resource and innovation consultancy for marketers. He has written for numerous publications and has appeared on CNN, ITV News, BBC Radio 4’s “Today” programme and 5 Live’s “Wake Up To Money”. He is the co-author of The Contagious Commandments.

Muki Kulhan Muki International


Muki is an award-winning execu- tive digital producer with more than two decades’ experience of creating interactive and immer-

sive content for music, TV, entertainment and tech innovation. After 10 years growing MTV’s digital platforms in the Noughties, she now runs Muki International.

Ahrani Logan Peapodicity

Marcus Leaver Former c.e.o. of The Quarto Group


Marcus was c.e.o. of The Quarto Group from December 2012 and resigned from his position in May 2018. At Quarto, he re-focused

the London Stock Exchange-listed group on its Intellectual Property businesses.

Ahrani is the co-founder and c.e.o. of multi-award- winning augmented reality (AR) EdTech firm Peapodicity, based in London and Chicago. It focuses on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering. Arts, Maths) teaching through brands and apps, and has produced a range of award-winning card and sticker products.

Rose Luckin UCL Knowledge Lab


Rose is professor of learner- centred design at UCL Knowledge Lab in London. Her research involves the design and evalua-

tion of educational technology, using theo- ries from the learning sciences and tech- niques from Artificial Intelligence.

Leena Normington Banging Book Club

Poet, presenter and one of YouTube’s Creators for Change, Leena is the co-founder of the chart-topping podcast “Banging Book Club”, host of current affairs podcast “I’m Not Being Funny But” and producer of the “Vintage Books Podcast” for Penguin Random House.


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