Following last year's inaugural event, BookUp returned to the ICC Sydney for a full day discussing the hot topics impacting publishers and publishing both at home and abroad. 

With a theme 'What Next for Publishing', BookUp 2022 hosted a day full of experts from publishing and beyond, sharing thought-provoking ideas and actionable insights to address current and future industry challenges.

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Attendees can watch a recording from the event online: with more details below.

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BookUp 2022 recordings

BookUp 2022 recordings
Access to the BookUp 2022 recordings
Standard price: 275.00
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Program & speakers

At BookUp you can expect a day full of experts from publishing and beyond, sharing thought-provoking ideas and actionable insights to address current and future industry challenges. Browse the current program and speakers below:

09:00-09:30 – Registration, and morning coffee


09:30-09:35 – Welcome

(All times are AEST)

09:35-09:45 – Indigenous Literacy Foundation showcase


09:50-10:55 – Delivering diversity & inclusion initiatives

Journalist, author, and Media Diversity Australia co-founder Antoinette Lattouf leads a session on how the industry can best deliver meaningful diversity initiatives, with insights from Carrie Bloxson (Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Hachette Book Group) on actionable ideas to create inclusive, equitable and diverse publishing companies large and small.

Carrie Bloxson

11:00 - 12:00 – Opening and reaching new markets

From opening new markets through Australia Reads, to accessing and reaching these communities with the latest tactics. Learn about the future for Australia Reads from the APA’s Anna Burkey, before exploring the best approaches in marketing and sales to reach new or emerging audiences with Roxy Ryan (Hardie Grant) and Jeremy Neal (Simon & Schuster), and discover how to fuel TikTok and online book club success with popular Australian BookToker @JaydenKouli

12:05 - 12:15 – In conversation with the Pixie O'Harris winner Libby Hathorn

Libby Hathorn, ABIA Hall of Fame inductee and winner of the Pixie O'Harris award for contribution to children's literature, discusses her career with Michaela Kalowski.


12:25 - 13:10 – Lunch


13:15 - 13:30 – In conversation with the Lloyd O'Neil winner Sandy Grant

Sandy Grant, the latest ABIA Hall of Fame inductee as winner of the Lloyd O'Neil award for services to publishing, discusses his career and the future of the industry with Michaela Kalowski.


13:35 - 14:30 – Ask me anything: publishing leaders

Hosted by Patrizia Di Biase-Dyson, industry leaders from trade and educational publishing answer your questions about anything publishing. Whether you want to know their take on the future of the industry, what keeps them up at night, the areas that need to change, what business practices they'll be prioritising to future-proof their organisation, or something completely different, have your say!

  • Jim Demetriou (CEO, HarperCollins)
  • Clair Hallifax (Publisher, Walker Books)
  • Martin Hughes (CEO & Publisher, Affirm Press)
  • Mark O'Neil (Executive Director, Cambridge University Press & Assessment)


14:30 - 14:45 –Afternoon break


14:50-15:50 – What could greener publishing look like?

NSW Australian of the Year 2022Professor Veena Sahajwalla discusses revolutionising recycling, and presents fresh approaches to sustainability and the circular economy, before Kathy Bail (UNSW Press) discusses the work of the APA’s Sustainability Working Group and outlines the next steps for the industry.

Veena Sahajwalla

15:55 - 16:45 – Who's next in publishing? The rising stars are!

Meet the next generation of publishing leaders, as they look to shape the future of the industry, with Michaela Kalowski chatting with three of this year's ABIA Rising Stars about their careers and the key issues they see for the industry. Appearing are

  • Emily Cook (Community and Media Manager – Ultimo Press)
  • Crystal Corocher (Editor – Larrikin House Publishing)
  • Sam van der Plank (Publishing Officer – Monash University Publishing)


16:45 - 17:00 – Closing remarks

A photograph of Anita Heiss delivering the opening address for the 2021 BookUp conference via video link. She is projected onto two screens above a stage with an empty podium. In the front of the frame, the physical BookUp audience sits in rows of chairs.
A screenshot of watching a BookUp 2021 panel discussion online
A photograph of two men and a woman, sitting in chairs on the BookUp stage. Projected onto the wall behind them is a slide which reads 'The Future for Bookshops' above headshots of the speakers.

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