National Library Conference

Friday 19 July 2019 | Old Swan Hotel

Harrogate International Festivals would like to invite all Library Staff and Volunteers from across the country to Harrogate for our first National Library Conference, where better for it to take place than during the world-famous Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival 2019.

Harrogate International Festivals are proud to support libraries in the North through the provision of the Big Read, however we would like to open this up to those working and volunteering within the library sector across the country in 2019! Please circulate this  page among any staff members who may be interested and complete the form linked below to let us know if you can make it!

10:00 | Coffee/Tea Welcome with Mari Hannah

10:30 | Darren Henley – Key Note Speaker

Darren Henley reflects on the creative relationship between writers and libraries, and looks at how libraries are now taking up the challenge to become centres for a revolution in creative practice across England.

11:15 | Engagement In A Modern World Panel

Stewart Bain (of Orkney Library Twitter fame), book vlogger and librarian Simon Savidge, and Deputy Editor of The Bookseller Benedicte Page discuss how to engage an audience in the age of the Internet. Discussion chaired by Mark Lawson.

12:15 | Networking Lunch

Meet with publishers and authors!

Publishing houses include Bonnier, Canongate, Harper Collins, Headline, Orion, Pan Macmillan, Quercus, Severn House and Simon and Schuster.

Authors include Chris Brookmyre, Steve Cavanagh, Kimberley Chambers, Robert Crais, Sinead Crowley, Fiona Cummins, AA Dhand, Stella Duffy, C.M. Ewan, Elly Griffiths, Chris Hammer, Mick Herron, Sarah Hilary, Erin Kelly, Vaseem Khan, Anna Mazzola, Ian Rankin, Catherine Ryan Howard, Victoria Selman, William Shaw, Adam Southward, Peter Swanson, Lesley Thomson, Luca Veste, Christian White, Tom Wood plus many more!

13:30 | Putting Your Library on the Map

How do you engage with new audiences? Author and co-director of Fun Palaces’ Stella Duffy, winner of the Publisher’s Publicity Circle National Librarian of the Year Award Mel Graaf, and former Time To Read Co-ordinator and Editor of Public Libraries News, Ian Anstice discuss how to position your library.

14:15 | How To Engage with Publishers and Build Relationships with Authors

Author Vaseem Khan, Head of Publisher Partnerships (Reading Agency) Fraser Hutchinson and Publishers Publicity Circle discuss how to network and put your library on the radar of publishers and authors. Discussion chaired by author Sarah Hilary.

15:15 | Ann Cleeves – Key Note Speaker

Ann Cleeves will discuss the value of libraries, not only for readers but for writers, publishers and the overall creative economy.

15:30 | End

Please note: This schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the Festivals.

Free lunch will be provided on the day. All attendees will receive complimentary tickets to events of their choice at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival on Friday 19th July following the conference (excludes the Author Dinner and Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers gig). 

Please note, bookings for the National Library Conference have now closed.