The spread of COVID-19 has meant a change in shape to our Events Programme for 2020/2021. However, that doesn't mean that the BA Events team has stopped, and we have been working hard to try and establish a new form of event that can connect and engage booksellers in this challenging time for the industry and the world.
All our zoom events are recorded and the content is available to members who may have missed the live event.
To view the video content, please visit the presentation section of this page or watch on the BA YouTube channel. Please contact Rehana.firstname.lastname@example.org for passcodes.
Coming up in 2021
We will be continuing to host events for booksellers on topics that are relevant and useful during this challenging time. We have launched our programme for early 2021 - Tuesday Takeaways will consist of short weekly zoom sessions offering information and advice for booksellers.
We'll kick off our programme on the 12th January with a presentation of Spring Titles from The Independent Alliance.
Sessions will run on zoom and are free to BA Members.
Please contact Rehana for information and joining details
We will also be continuing our Bookselling Ireland Fridays for our Irish members. These digital sessions on Zoom happen fortnightly and aim to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing Irish booksellers.
For more information, contact Rehana
The Booksellers Network Events
Many of our events during lockdown took place on The Booksellers Network Facebook group. The Booksellers Network exists as a space for booksellers to meet online to share ideas, offer mutual support and provide professional development and networking opportunities. Here's some of what is happening regularly on the Network:
We have enjoyed several Facebook Live chats from a number of booksellers and speakers. So far talks have included a session on mental wellbeing during the crisis, a look into the workings of wholesalers such as Gardners at this time, thinking about being present online, and more. Speakers also allow time for questions in the comments, and are able to answer and interact with booksellers tuning in live. To see these, join The Booksellers Network.
Autumn Learning Event with HarperCollins 2020
On 16th September we held our annual Booksellers Network Learning Event, with HarperCollins. This year it was a virtual event, but packed with inspirational talks and informative presentations. The event can be watched in full - see below for access details.
Bookshop Heroes 2020
On the 5th November 2020 booksellers gathered to congratulate this year's Bookshop Heroes. The Bookshop Heroes was launched by The Bookseller Magazine and is sponsored by HarperCollins.
BA Digital Events
We are hosting many more digital events on zoom, such as in-depth professional development seminars and workshops. In 2020 we hosted a number of Publisher Presentations for all members, a series of workshops called BI Fridays for Bookselling Ireland, and three virtual Autumn events for Scottish Booksellers. We also hosted a session thinking through the practicalities of what Brexit means for booksellers, as well as ending the year on a high with our Step Into Christmas booksellers gathering, which included a keynote from Michael Spicer, as well as a Zoom disco!
All our sessions are recorded and available for members to watch.
Presentations and recordings can be accessed here.
All video content is also available on the BA Youtube channel.
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