The Bookseller Children’s Conference Meet the speakers
Introducing The experts taking to the stage at the Children’s Conference
Meet the publishing and book professionals who will be taking to the stage at this year’s Children’s Conference to share their wisdom, lessons learned, and future hopes for the kids’ publishing industry
Georgina Atwell Toppsta
Georgina has broad industry experience, having worked at Penguin, launched and run the UK e-book store for iTunes, and founded Children’s discovery website Toppsta.co
m. Her vision of providing a peer- to-peer space for children to review books has quickly grown to become one of the UK’s leading online kids’ communities.
Sam Bradbury Hodder & Stoughton
Sam is a commissioning editor for adult and Young Adult specula- tive fiction at Hodder & Stoughton, a SFF book nerd, an ex-bookseller, an enthusiastically terrible gamer, graduate psychologist and aspiring monster slayer.
Cressida Cowell Author & Children’s Laureate
Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell is the bestselling author-illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon and The
Wizards of Once book series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton. She has won numerous prizes for her books.
Brionee Fenlon Little, Brown
Brionee is the commer- cial fiction marketing executive at Little, Brown, where she works on a broad list, from women’s fiction and crime fiction to Young Adult fiction and SFF. Brionee has always been passionate about books, completing an English Literature degree and then a Masters degree in publishing at UCLan.
Debbie Foy Wren & Rook
Debbie began at Quarto, working across food, fash- ion and lifestyle, before making the leap into chil- dren’s publishing in 2005. Debbie launched Wren & Rook in March 2017; since then, it has had a number one in Bryony Gordon’s You Got This, and a British Book Award win with Matthew Syed’s You Are Awesome.
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