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Turning the Next Page: Future-Proofing our Sector

Thank you to everyone who joined us in sunny Dundee to look to the future – it was a fascinating and inspiring day.
Read the Headline Notes of the day.

DATE: Tues 1 Oct 2019

TIME: 10am for 10.30am-5pm

VENUE: Malmaison Dundee, Tay Suite (first floor), 44 Whitehall Crescent, Dundee DD1 4AY.

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This free (but ticketed) event is designed to provide a space and time to bring together our members, literature professionals and peers as well as others working in Scotland’s literature, languages and publishing sector for a planning and information-sharing day.

Featuring local historian, library worker and storyteller Dr Erin Farley, the launch of our second Literature Talks commission from award-winning author and journalist Chitra Ramaswamy, breakout discussions on key issues affecting the sector on and offline, quick-fire talks on upcoming sector opportunities and best practice case studies – and more!

Not to mention plenty of time to chat to and connect with other delegates and peers from Scotland’s literature, languages and publishing sector.

Our Sector Away Day will also include our AGM after lunch from 2 pm for 15 mins where Members can re-elect our Trustees and ask any questions. Lunch and refreshments are included. Registration is at 10 am.

The spirit of the conference is to listen and engage with one another in openness, kindness, respect and generosity within an inclusive, welcoming and supportive space for all. Self-definition is at the sole discretion of the individual.

We aim to make this event as accessible as possible. If you would like to attend and travel costs are a barrier, please email Jenny on admin@literaturealliancescotland.co.uk

The Tay Suite is on the first floor which is accessible by a lift near the hotel reception.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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10:30Welcome by Peggy Hughes, LAS Chair
Dundee's literary scene by Erin Farley, local historian & storyteller
Keynote address on new perspectives/personal stories by Laura Brown, writer, editor & former Editor-in-Chief of Comics at DC Thomson
11:50'Next' Practice
Breakout discussion: how do we tackle key issues on- and off-line?
#LiteratureTalks launch: On A Lifetime of Ticking Boxes by Chitra Ramaswamy, award-winning author & journalist
13:00Light Lunch in the Brasserie
13:30-14:00Creative Scotland Funding Clinic in the Brasserie
14:00LAS AGM (optional attendance)
14:15Quick-fire Knowledge Exchange chaired by Ali Bowden
Upcoming literary anniversaries - Dr Daniel Cook, Head of English, University of Dundee
VisitScotland Year of Coast & Waters 2020 & Scotland's Stories 2022 - Marie Christie, Head of Development-Events Industry
Scottish Books International - Sasha De Buyl, Manager
Case study: Open Book on outreach/ building networks - Marjorie Lotfi Gill, Development Director & Founder
Case study: Lighthouse Bookshop on working with the industry & beyond - Mairi Oliver, owner
The Scottish BAME Writers' Network - Jeda Lewis (standing in for Jay G Ying, Co-founder)
15:45A Vision for Change - Mairi Kidd, Head of Literature, Languages & Publishing at Creative Scotland
A discussion led by the CS Literature team on access challenges in the sector with the aim of better understanding the sector’s commitment to public benefit & EDI & how CS can support in achieving these.
16:05What's Next? chaired by rapporteur Valentina Bold, LAS Co-Vice Chair
Audience discussion to agree 3 practical outcomes to develop for 2020


Getting to Malmaison Dundee

By Rail: The closest station is Dundee station. From the station, Malmaison Dundee is a 2-minute walk or 5-minute journey by car or taxi.

**Cheaper train tickets** If you’re buying your ticket on the day (1 Oct) and travelling after 8am, you can save money by splitting your ticket. You’ll need to buy your ticket in person at the ticket office – it can’t be done online or at the machine.

Train from Edinburgh to Dundee – split your ticket at Leuchars. There’s no need to get off the train and you’ll save around £10.

Train from Glasgow to Dundee – split your ticket at Perth. There’s no need to get off the train and you’ll save around £15.


By Car: 

SAT NAV: Use postcode DD1 4AY.

From Edinburgh

1.5 hours north of Edinburgh by car, from Edinburgh take the A90 and over the Forth Road Bridge continuing on the A90, when you reach Dundee head right along the Riverfront past the Airport and Mal is just opposite the train station, also follow signs for Discovery Ship and Tay Road Bridge (can also take the Fife coastal route for a more scenic journey and come into Dundee over the Tay Road Bridge, this will take about 2 hours from Edinburgh).

From Glasgow

2 hours northeast of Glasgow by car, take the M80 then the A9, following signs for Perth, at the Broxden Junction take the A90 for Dundee, Again when you reach Dundee take the right turn along the Riverfront past the Airport and we are just opposite the train station, and Discovery Ship and Tay Road Bridge.

From Aberdeen

80 minutes south of Aberdeen by car, take the A90, when you come into Dundee take the left turn onto the Kingsway and then right onto the A92 onto the Riverfront, you will pass a retail outlet with TK Maxx and Matalan then again straight on for the Railway Station, Tay Road Bridge and Discovery Ship.


Unfortunately, the hotel has no car parking on site. The nearest car park is the Greenmarket Multi-storey Car Park, a 5-minute walk away. The cost is £10.20 for up to 12 hours between Monday – Sunday 08.00 – 20.00. Car parking is free at Greenmarket outside of these hours.

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