Journalist and critic Julia Eccleshare right has been appointed children’s director of the Hay Festival. She will programme Hay’s Children’s Festival and the Hay YA programme, succeeding Mary Byrne.“I’m incredibly excited about becoming children’s director,” Eccleshare said. “I’ve been taking part in Hay events for 20 years and the children’s festival has always had a particular flavour about it.”
Buried at the bottom of a Bookseller report about the closure of two small Waterstones branches is news of a new events appointment – Sandra Taylor, currently digital publicity director at Macmilan, takes up her appointment in the autumn.
The company has also hired a new head of events and external relations, Sandra Taylor, currently digital publicity director at Macmillan.
Rik McShane, Watestones retail director, said: “With the fantastic work she has done with recent publicity campaigns for the likes of Burial Rites and The Miniaturist, I’m sure she’s going to add some excitement to our already established events and festivals programme.”
Taylor is expected to join the company by the autumn.
New Macmillan appointment:
Macmillan Children’s Books has appointed Stephanie Barton to the new position of pre-school publishing director, with Barton to join the company on 1st May.
Since 2010, Barton founded and ran Barton-Welby, an independent consultancy business specialising in children’s publishing and media. Barton was previously managing director of Penguin Children’s Books, and has also held further senior positions at DK and Penguin where she was responsible for the publishing and IP brand-management for Penguin Children’s imprints.