Canon Tales turns to Chapter Two

CANON TALES is the new and very different style of event that packed out London’s Cochrane Theatre in July 2008 and is now back for chapter two at this year’s London Book Fair! The unique format aims to promote publishing as the richly creative industry that it is, blending fantastic speakers with rapid visuals to remind us that creativity can exists at all levels of the publishing process.


 12 speakers
20 images
21 seconds
7 minutes
1 canon tale


We are inviting 12 speakers to each present their own 'canon tale' – a personal, visual retelling of creativity that inspires them or stories relating to current or past projects.


Speakers so far confirmed:


Alison Baverstock, Publishing MA, Kingston University and author of How to Market Your Book

Roger Bratchell, Marketing Director, Random House

Jamie Byng, Managing Director, Canongate
Peter Collingridge, Managing Director, Apt Studio (blog: Times Emit)

Helen Conford, Editorial Director, Penguin

Cory Doctorow, science fiction author, journalist, blogger, and co-editor of

Joe Dunthorne, Aisle16 poet and author, Submarine (
Hannah Griffiths, Director of Paperbacks, Faber & Faber
Reg Wright, Director, Hothouse Fiction


The event will be held at London Book Fair in central London, Earls Court Conference Centre, Meeting Rooms 1 & 2.

: Tuesday, 21st April 2009
Time: Doors at 4.30pm, first speaker 5.00pm, finish 7.00pm
Where: London Book Fair, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London SW5 9TA

Contact: Jon Slack ( and Doug Wallace ( to register and for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by the Publishers Association and the Society of Young Publishers

Click here for a write-up of the first chapter of Canon Tales