BA Conference & Gardners Tradeshow

The 2017 BA Conference and Gardners Trade Show took place on the 10th and 11th September at Conference Aston, Birmingham

On Sunday afternoon booksellers gathered for the opening of the Conference, with a session on diversity and community lead by author Kit de Waal and chaired by Lis Tribe, President of the Publisher's Association

A dinner for all conference delegates took place on Sunday evening, sponsored by The Independent Alliance who brought with them an array of guest authors

HarperCollins eased us into Monday with an author breakfast, introducing two very special authors: Katy Mahood and James Smythe

Cathy Rentzenbrink, Conference Chair, got the business sessions off to a flying start and we were entertained by author, actor and all-round national treasure Brian Blessed

Delegates had the opportunity to attend a number of 'Skills Labs' on various topics run by both trade and non trade experts. The Skills Labs were sponsored by The Unwin Charitable Trust who were celebrating the launch of the new BA mentoring scheme. 

To end the two days of events we were treated to a fabulous dinner sponsored by Cornerstone and starring the brilliant Anthony Horowitz 

​We are extremely grateful to Gardners who hosted the Sunday tradeshow and sponsored so many booksellers to attend.
2017 Programme and Booking Form
2017 Photos

The 2018 Conference will take place on the 9th and 10th September at Conference Aston

For more information contact Naomi Gane 


Event Information

WHEN 10/09/2017 - 12/09/2017
WHERE Conference Aston, Birmingham
B4 7ET
PLANNER Naomi Gane

Contact Info.

Email naomi.gane@booksellers.org.uk
Phone 0207 421 4640

Event Programme Sponsors: LBF NBT Batch The Booksellers Association