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Talking through my hat

Talking Through My Hat explores bookish businesses and the fantastic people who create them, looking at why business are started, how they keep going and where we can take them in the future. I'm John Pettigrew - a hat wearer, a recovering editor and the creator of Futureproofs. To avoid missing anything, why not subscribe at Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts, and follow me on Twitter? The podcast is on hiatus from Easter 2019 for a few months, but we'll be back with more great interviews later in the year!

Oct 27, 2020

This year has shown once again how technology is vital to the making of books - and that our needs can change in a heartbeat, but also that people are always at the heart of what we do. Join our panel to discuss questions like:

  • does tech ever change what we're trying to do, or just how we do it?
  • how do we balance the development of skilled publishing teams with the use of new technologies?
  • where do these two aims align, and where do they not?
  • how do we equip our teams to make best use of their skills?

The panel discussion was streamed on YouTube, followed by a live Q&A on Twitter under the event hashtag #TalkingThroughMyHat.

The panel

Anna Faherty

Anna (she/her) runs StrategicContent, a writing, training and strategy consultancy, where she collaborates with a diverse range of clients to scope, develop and deliver print, digital and in-gallery experiences. Formerly course leader for the Kingston University MA Publishing, Anna now teaches at City University, London and the University of the Arts London.

Chandi Perera

Chandi is CEO at publishing automation business Typefi, and has over two decades of publishing and media technology experience. He has acted as a technology consultant to corporations and government agencies around the world, and is a frequent conference speaker in the areas of content management, publishing, media, XML, structured content and digital rights management. He is a board member of a number of industry bodies and has degrees in Engineering and Computer Science.

With Australia's second wave or lock down due to end towards the end of October, this is the longest Chandi has spent in once place without travel since the mid 90s!

Nick Coveney

Nick (he/him) is Publisher Relations and Content Lead for UK and NZ at Kobo and, before that, was Digital Innovation Director at HarperCollins. He is an experienced Digital & Marketing leader for products, digital transformation and marketing campaigns within the media industry, trade publishing and information services.

John Pettigrew (host)

John (he/him) is a recovering editor and Founder and CEO at We Are Futureproofs, a cloud platform that enables book teams to proofread on-screen effectively for the first time. Futureproofs arose from his frustration with the tools and workflows that were available to his team, a frustration that led to innovation! John wears a hat and spends time on Twitter as @John_Pettigrew.

This session is one of a series of three during this year's virtual Frankfurt Book Fair.