This talk is free to attend, but booking in advance is essential and tickets are limited to two per Member.
In this final talk of Inside Faber, a special series marking the company’s 90th anniversary, Faber’s Chief Executive Stephen Page explores the role and responsibility of the publisher – the challenges, opportunities and surrounding environment. He will consider how an independent publisher survives and succeeds in the current marketplace and what is necessary in terms of skills and investment, as well as the ways a publisher partners with writers and innovates.
Stephen Page began his career in bookselling before moving into publishing to work in marketing and sales. In 1994 he joined 4th Estate, becoming its Managing Director in 2000. In 2001 he moved to Faber as Chief Executive and the positive impact of his leadership was officially recognised by the industry in 2006 when Faber was named Publisher of the Year by the Bookseller. Since then Faber has been named Independent Publisher of the Year three times, in 2011, 2018 and 2019. In 2019 Faber won Trade Publisher of the Year and Independent Publisher of the Year at the IPG (Independent Publishers Guild) Awards.
He has been a trustee of the Rathbones Folio Prize since its inception in 2013 and is also a member of the board of the Clore Leadership Programme He was a member of the panel for two reviews commissioned by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, chaired by William Sieghart, into e-lending (2012) and the Public Library Service (2014). In 2019 he joined the Creative Industries Council, a joint forum between the creative industries and government, and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.