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November 25—November 27, 2021
Independent Publishing Conference 2021

The 2021 Independent Publishing Conference will be held over three days from 25–27 November. At this stage, we’re expecting to hold the conference entirely online, allowing remote participation from across Australia and around the world. However, we’re keeping a close eye on Covid restrictions and haven’t ruled out the possibility of an in-person component. Thursday […]

November 25—November 25, 2021
Day one – Academic day program, 25 November

On the first day of the 2021 Independent Publishing Conference, we will hear from our keynote speaker, Laura Jean McKay, winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for her book The Animals in That Country. The day will feature academic experts on multiple panels discussing their research within the […]

November 26, 2021
Day two – Industry day program, 26 November

On the second day of the 2021 Independent Publishing Conference, we will hear from our keynote speaker, Dr Anita Heiss, who will discuss the role of publishers supporting their authors to push the boundaries in Australian publishing. The day will feature many industry professionals on multiple panels discussing a range of important topics. These sessions […]

November 27, 2021
Day three – Workshop day program, 27 November

On the final day of the 2021 Independent Publishing Conference, we will hear from our keynote speaker, a veteran of the publishing industry: Terri-ann White. She will discuss launching her new imprint Upswell during a pandemic, being realistic about the pitfalls of publishing, and will share advice on keeping the passion alive. The rest of […]

November 26—November 28, 2020
Independent Publishing Conference 2020

The 2020 Independent Publishing Conference will be held entirely online on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November 2020. This will be the ninth consecutive year for the conference, the only annual industry-wide event for the book publishing sector in Australia. Ticket sales are now live at https://www.trybooking.com/BMBCB. There are deep discounts for all SPN members, students […]

November 26, 2020
2020 Book of the Year Shortlist Announcement

At the close of the first day of the Independent Publishing Conference, pour yourself a drink, grab a bowl of salty snacks and join us for the shortlist announcement for the inaugural SPN Book of the Year Award! Our amazing judges – bookseller Jackie Tang, author and editor Jane Rawson and broadcaster Mel Cranenburgh (below) […]

November 27, 2020
Day Two (Friday): 2020 Independent Publishing Conference

Featuring panels on funding, publishing in colour, metadata, rights and more, the second day of the conference covers a variety of aspects of publishing. The day concludes with a virtual drinks, and a sneaky celebration of Monash University Publishing’s 10th birthday.

November 26, 2020
Day One (Thursday): 2020 Independent Publishing Conference

Featuring panels on ethical editing and publishing, BookScan, service providers and more; the first day of the conference includes the keynote session and closes with the announcement of the 2020 Book of The Year Shortlist. 

February 21—February 23, 2019
Independent Publishing Conference 2019

The 2019 Independent Publishing Conference will be held at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne from Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 November 2019. Details will be uploaded here as the program is developed. The Independent Publishing Conference is generously supported by Copyright Agency.

November 21, 2019
Industry Research Day 2019

Academics and researchers from across Australia will present papers on a range of topics responding to the theme the Sites of Publishing.


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