In this, the second of a series of blogs about the publishers exhibition at this year’s FCBG conference, we are revealing two more of the publishers you can meet during the weekend.
The first is Usborne Books who will be sponsoring tea on Friday afternoon at the official opening of both the conference and the publishers’ exhibition. There are currently 2,000 titles on Usborne’s list, ranging from books for babies to novels for young adults. The books are available around the world and published in 100 different languages. You can take a tour of the publisher’s offices and meet founder Peter Usborne here.
Usborne authors Claire Barker and Andrew Beasley will be at the opening and staying on throughout the weekend to chat to delegates – an ideal opportunity to find out about their most recent books. Claire Barker’s latest title in the Knitbone Puppy Ghost Dog series, Best Friends Forever, is published this month; and The Mummy’s Revenge (S.C.R.E.A.M.) by Andrew Beasley (Ben Kingdom), is the first of a new series, due for publication in April.
The second publisher is Bloomsbury and we’re delighted that two of their authors (both with local connections) will be our after dinner speakers on Friday evening. Already an established author, Chief Curator of Historic Royal Houses and TV presenter, Lucy Worsley is relatively new to writing for children. Her novel Eliza Rose is set among the intrigues of the Tudor Court. Poet and author A F Harrold is already well known for the Fizzlebert Stump series and The Imaginary. His most recent book The Song From Somewhere Else is a haunting fantasy about family and friendship.
It is hard to believe that Bloomsbury is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone this year. We are hoping that we might get a sneak preview of the designs for the new Hogwarts house themed editions which are due for release in June. Of course there’s much more to Bloomsbury than Harry Potter and their list offers something to interest all ages, ranging from picture books to Young Adult titles.
The publishers’ exhibition will remain open throughout Saturday and we will be releasing more information about the exhibitors in future blogs. Booking for the conference closes Friday 10th March 2017.