Announcement of the SPN 2022 conference program

The schedule for the 2022 Small Press Network (SPN) Independent Publishing Annual Conference, which will run from November 24-26, has been announced.

The conference, which will take place as a hybrid event taking place in person at Melbourne’s Wheeler Center and simulcast online, will follow the usual format of ‘research day’, ‘industry day’ and ‘workshop day’. for the three days.

The two keynote speakers are Associate Professor Richard Jean So from McGill University and public policy expert Ben Eltham from Monash University. So, whose research focuses on “the pervasiveness and persistence of white supremacy in the publishing industry”, will speak at the “research day” which will focus on the theme “Publishing Futures”. Day one will feature presentations on a range of topics including hybrid publishing, BookTok and audiobooks.

Eltham will deliver the keynote address at the ‘Industry Day’, which will begin with a keynote address from Arts Minister Tony Burke. The second day of the conference will focus on the evolution of cultural policy as an overarching topic, with panel discussions on topics including environmental sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and the Nielsen BookScan market report. .

“After hosting the conference entirely online for two years, we look forward to welcoming our colleagues from across the industry back to the Wheeler Center,” said SPN CEO Tim Coronel. “But we also recognize the benefits of online access, so we will make full use of available technology so attendees can join us from anywhere.”

The 2022 SPN Book of the Year winner will be presented on Friday, November 25 at the conference as part of the Wheeler Center’s Next Big Thing series.

For full program details, see the SPN website.

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