CORA holds Publishers’ Forum as part of 12th Lagos Book & Art Festival.

The Committee For Relevant Art (CORA) is hosting decision-making executives of publishing houses to register for the Publishers Forum at the 12th edition of the annual Lagos Book & Art Festival.

The Festival runs from the 11th till the 14th of November 2010. The Publishers Forum is the very first programme and the only event for November 11, 2010.

The Lagos Book and Art Festival is unique for being an event where the emphasis is as much on insights into the content of books as it is in their promotion and sales. Therefore, for this year’s festival, we have designed what we call the
Publishers’ Forum to provide a concentrated space for key publishers in Nigeria to collectively appraise their current operations within the context of the challenges facing their industry, brainstorm on their findings and identify key steps that can be taken as individual businesses or as a collective to improve their bottom line. At CORA, we picture ourselves as midwives to the different facets of the creative industries in Nigeria, therefore what we hope to achieve through the publisher’s forum is to provide a platform for Nigerian publishers to collectively brainstorm on how to improve their business.

Within the four hours marked up for the business forum, we intend the participants to add value to their businesses through critical feedback on their processes, input on the most challenging areas they have to deal with and useful

The Publishers forum will be followed from 4pm to 6pm by a conversation (open to the public) tagged: “Wooing the mass market” where two publishers representing old business and new business will share from their current work and their
future plans, by discussing a selection from their publishing list. The discussions will be brought to a close with a cocktail.

A most apt way to describe the Publishers' Forum is to call it a 'focus group' or a strategy session where the facilitator(s) serve as umpires in a series of brainstorming sessions. The forum is targeted at principals of publishing houses who seek to grow their market and are willing to engage in creative thinking towards identifying strategies that can make this possible for them whether within a collective or through their individual operations. Our expectation is that cogent strategies would emerge from the session which are immediately implementable or could be built upon in future.

The Lagos Book & Art Festival is a comprehensive, four day programme of events; readings, conversations around books, art and craft displays, kiddies’ art workshops and reading sessions, book exhibitions, live music and dance. It will run from November 11 to 14 at the large exhibition hall of the National Theatre, Lagos. (The Publishers’ Forum will hold from 10am – 2pm on the 11th of November at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos.)

Please contact the undersigned to register for the Publishers’ Forum or for more information on the 12th Lagos Book & Art Festival.

Toyin Akinosho
Secretary General

* The CORA Publishers’ Forum is made possible by kind support from Evans
Publishers and Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG).


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