Forest for the Trees 2019 (Booked Out)

Thursday 2 May, 10:00am- 4:30pm
Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW

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Forest for the Trees is a one-day seminar that explores the current state of writing and publishing in Australia. It brings together writers, publishers, and industry representatives to discuss what is happening in 2019.

Hear from bestselling writers, local and international publishers, industry analysts and experts. The conversation will cover new publishing avenues, the latest book sales data, and the shifting boundaries between genre and literary fiction. The day ends with a panel of experts discussing future opportunities and challenges.

10.00 – 10.45am My Path Through the Forest
Jane Harper’s bestselling crime novels, The Dry and Force of Nature have sold in over 30 territories, with film rights for The Dry sold to Reese Witherspoon. In conversation with journalist and author Caroline Overington, Jane will take us through what she has learnt so far and her plans for 2019.

10.45 – 11.30am Staying on the Path
Michael Sala’s debut, The Last Thread, won the 2013 NSW Premier’s Award for New Writing and was the regional winner of the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize. His most recent book, The Restorer, has been a critical success and he is currently at work on his third novel. He joins Caroline Overington to discuss what it takes to get published and maintain a career as a writer.

Break 11.30am – 11.45am

11.45am – 12.30pm Reading the Signs
Bianca Whiteley from Nielsen BookScan brings us data about the books readers are buying and which genres readers are moving to. This year, she will look at where the long-term shifts are and which titles are driving this growth.

12.30 – 1.30pm From Little Things Big Things Grow
Journals have always been avenues for discovering and supporting new Australian writing and now some of them have successfully moved into publishing. Sam Cooney (The Lifted Brow) with Shaun Prescott author of The Town, which has sold rights in the US and UK, and Alice Grundy (Seizure) with Mirandi Riwoe, author of the critically acclaimed The Fish Girl, talk with Elizabeth McMahon, editor of Southerly.

Lunch 1.30pm – 2.30pm

2.30 – 3.30pm Growth Markets: Genre Publishing
The publishing of fantasy, romance, and crime fiction has recently seen growth and experimentation. Researcher Beth Driscoll, University of Melbourne, discusses the changes in the industry with Mitchell Hogan, independent and mainstream published fantasy and science fiction author; Emma Viskic author of the critically acclaimed Caleb Zelic series which has been published world-wide and won numerous awards; and Pamela Malpas from the US-based Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency.

3.30 – 4.30pm The Open Road
Author Ashley Hay (The Railwayman’s Wife) considers the challenges and opportunities faced by the industry with Sophie Masson, author, publisher and Small Press Network representative; Joel Naoum, independent publishing consultant (Critical Mass Consulting); Anna Low, Potts Point Bookshop; and Rebecca Servadio, London Literary Scouting.

Please note these tickets are sold under the Sydney Writers’ Festival cancellation policy and are therefore are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Refunds are only granted as outlined in the Entertainment code of Fair practice.

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