Aki Schilz Te Literary Consultancy

Aki is the director of The Literary Consultancy, the UK’s longest-running editorial consultancy for writers, providing edit- ing services, mentoring and literary events. She is a trustee of Poetry London, and sits on the advisory board for the award-winning publisher Penned in the Margins.

FutureBook Live 2018 Meet the speakers

Sir Anthony Seldon The University of Buckingham


Sir Anthony Seldon, vice- chancellor of The University of Buckingham since 2015, is one of Britain’s leading

contemporary historians, educationalists, commentators and political authors. He was a transformative head for 20 years, first of Brighton College and then Wellington College.

David Shelley Hachette


David became publisher of Little, Brown in 2011, publishing authors such as Mitch Albom, Mark Billingham, Val McDermid

and J K Rowling. He became c.e.o. of Orion and Little, Brown in 2015, and in January 2018 became group c.e.o. of Hachette UK. David is a director of the Publishers Association and leads the Consumer Publishers Council.

Marc Sieper Bastei Lübbe

After a spell as a sales manager for mass-market books, in 1996 Marc founded Lübbe Audio, the audiobook arm of Bastei Lübbe AG, which is now one of Germany’s leading audio publishers. He has numerous Golden Disc awards, and won the Deutscher Hoerbuch Preis (German Audiobook Award) for Best Publishing Performance in 2015.

Kika Sroka-Miller Zed Books

Kika is a co-owner and director of Zed Books, an independent non-fiction publishing house based in London, which is also the world’s biggest publishing collective.

Mark Stay Te Bestseller Experiment

Mark has worked in book- selling and publishing for more than 25 years, and co-wrote the feature film “Robot Overlords” with director Jon Wright. Mark also wrote the film’s novelisation for Gollancz, and is the co-presenter of podcast “The Bestseller Experiment” .

Mila Steele SAGE Publishing

Miles Stevens-Hoare W F Howes


Miles joined R B Media as general manager—international in February 2017. He oversees R B Media’ s UK and Australian

subsidiaries W F Howes and Wavesound.

Mila is publisher, covering research methods and academic skills at SAGE Publishing. She is passionate about developing learning where learning works best, and champions the exciting edge between print and online learning.

Annie Stone BookBub

Annie leads BookBub’s publisher relations group, directing a team that works closely with BookBub’s publisher partners across the US, UK, Canada and Australia. Founded in 2012, BookBub helps more than 15 million readers worldwide discover new books and authors.

James Waller Trigger Publisher

Sophia Thakur

Cathryn Summerhayes Curtis Brown


Cathryn is a literary agent at Curtis Brown. She also works in the production office at Port Eliot Literary Festival and is actively

involved with the Hay Festival, as well as being a board member for Literature Wales.

16 9th November 2018 Keynote

Sophia was the first poet to give two TED talks before the age of 20, which led to participation at events organised by the Guardian,

the Royal Family, Channel 4, the BBC and the British Arts Council. A multi-award-winning writer and speaker, Sophia’s mission involves pushing the boundaries of poetry and literature.

James worked in academic and educational publishing at Palgrave for 10 years, spending the last three as its Higher Education global sales director. In 2017 James bacame Trigger Publishing. Trigger is a young, independent publisher focused exclusively on mental health.

Jon Watt Bonnier Publishing UK

Jon is head of audio at Bonnier Books UK. He joined the company from its sister company, Bonnier Books Ventures, in January 2018. A former journalist, he was associ- ate publisher at Quercus before joining Bonnier to launch tech start-up Type & Tell in the UK.

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