Speakers confirmed for Independent Publishers Guild Conference in March

The Independent Publishers Guild has confirmed more speakers for next month's 50th annual conference, with sociology and media expert John B Thompson to appear in the line-up alongside keynote-speaker Waterstones m.d. James Daunt.

Thompson will address attendees about the future of publishing, while Guardian assistant editor Michael White will speak about the state of the economy for small and medium-sized businesses. "How to" sessions on several aspects of publishing will also run, as well as sessions on change management and help with marketing and selling digital content.

The conference, to be held at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire, will run from 7th to 9th March. The winners of the IPG Awards, run with The Bookseller and the London Book Fair, will also be announced at a gala dinner. Entry for the awards is still open through www.ipg.uk.com.

IPG executive director Bridget Shine said bookings for the event are strong, and could exceed the record of 265, set at last year's event. She said: "The IPG is thrilled to be celebrating its 50th Annual Conference, and we are ready to mark this historic occasion with our best ever event.

"We hope the anniversary will be a chance to look back on the progress of the IPG and independent publishers, but we will also be very much looking forward to future opportunities and challenges and equipping all of our members to sharpen up their businesses and their publishing."