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2014 BritMums Live Agenda

Every year we feature the best and brightest voices in commentary, social and blogging as well as inspiring speakers who leave us feeling energized.

NOTE: We’re still adding speakers and sessions, and shifting some of the timings around so you can expect this to change. In the meantime, you can start plotting what you want to see and who you want to talk to.

New this year

  • The FOOD track – more indepth information about writing recipes, taking foodie photographs and upping your food blogging game, as a result of what you told us you want.
  • The PRACTICAL track, with more hands-on or knowledge you can use from experts.
  • The BIZ track, aimed at influencers with a professional state of mind and interest in making money
  • The INSPIRE track, designed to get you fired up and make you think about where you want to go in blogging and life

Each session is part of a stream. Scroll down below the schedule to see a guide to the stream titles to help you choose the right sessions for you.

14:00 – 15:00 Registration with tea, coffee & cake

15:00 – 15:05 Welcome
Susanna Scott and Jennifer Howze, BritMums co-founders

15:05 – 15:35 Friday Keynote: Comic Relief, Twitter and the power of social media
Emma Freud, presenter and broadcaster

15:40 – 16:25 Women’s Voices and the Media: Making your voice matter
Moderator: Sarah Ebner, The Family Travel Times; Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow; Bryony Gordon, The Telegraph; Eleanor Mills, The Sunday Times; Helen Wills, Actually Mummy

16:25 – 17:00 Tea and coffee break

16:20 – 18:20 Literary Agent Speed Dating
You’ll sign up at the event to talk to an agent in person about your fiction or nonfiction book idea. Stay tuned for more details, coming soon.

17:00 – 17:45 How I Did It: Success stories from high-profile bloggers INSPIRE
Jane Blackmore, Northern Mum; Emma Johnston, Fashion Foie Gras; Ana Silva O’Reilly, Mrs. O Around the World; Annie Spratt, Mammasaurus 

How to make a recipe your own FOOD, ADV
Kerstin Rodgers, MsMarmiteLover; Michelle Eshkeri, Lavender Bakery; Sarah Trivuncic, Maison Cupcake

Writing a Pitch: How to work with brands you love BIZ, BEG
Jaume Marin, Costa Brava Tourism; Kirstie Pelling, Family Adventure Project

Writing block and unlocking the creative process WRITE
Amanda Jennings, Sworn Secret; Hannah Beckerman, The Dead Wife’s Handbook; Rowan Coleman, The Memory Book

17:50 – 18:35 The power blogging can bring to your life DEN
Rachael Lucas,; Melinda, Her Melness Speaks; Cherry Menlove,


Design tips to make your blog look gorgeous DESIGN, ALL
Lucy Heath, Capture by Lucy


Entrepreneurship and leadership: Inspiration to get where you want to go BIZ, ADV
Andy Bell, Boomf; Julia Boggio, Boggio Studios; Susie Burdekin, The Drill Company

How to find an agent and write your book pitch WRITE
Luigi Bonomi, LBA Literary Agents

18:35 – 19:10 The Brilliance in Blogging (BiBs) Party

19:15 – 20:00 The BiBs Awards Ceremony
Presented by Katy Hill,

8:30 – 8:55 Coffee & pastries

8:55 – 9:20 Saturday Keynote
Benjamin Dutton-Brooks, Life As a Widower and author of It’s Not Raining Daddy, It’s Happy

9:25 – 10:05 How To Be an Agent of Change: Advocacy and charity campaigns INSPIRE
Lindsay Atkin, Lilies Are Like YouTuber; Camila Batmanghelidjh, Kids Company; Hayley Goleniowska, Downs Side Up; Chris Mosler, Thinly Spread

Podcasting: The hows, wheres and whys CREATE, ALL
Love All Dads Podcasters: Lewis Ackroyd, Dad Who Blogs; John Arnold, PhotoWalkThrough; Tom Briggs, Diary of the Dad; Darren Coleshill, OneDad3Girls


The Dos and Don’ts of Blog Giveaways: Hosting legal, fun and successful prize promotions on your blog BIZ, ALL
Di Coke,

Hands-on video session, part 1: Using your smartphone to create terrific video PRACTICAL
Nigel Camp, The Video Effect

10:10 – 10:50 Social media for advanced people: A fast-moving session on understanding social media better ADV
Paul Armstrong, HERE/FORTH

Pinterest: How to be a power pinner CREATE, ALL
Lizzie Gold, Pinterest

SEO: Useful tips on the power of SEO and the world beyond keywords BEG
Jo Turnbull, SEO Jo Blogs


Hands-on video session, part 2: Using your smartphone to create terrific video PRACTICAL
Nigel Camp, The Video Effect

10:50 – 11:30 Morning coffee and tea break

11:30 – 12:15 Photography with Julia Boggio PRACTICAL, ALL
Julia Boggio, Boggio Studios

Affiliate Marketing: What it is, how it works, and what it looks like to make money with your posts BIZ, BEG
Zenobie Styrett, Etsy; Kat Williams, Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride


Collaboration: Working together for bigger traffic and larger impact CREATE
Annabel, Country Wives; Tanya Barrow, Mummy Barrow; Maggy Woodley, Red Ted Art


Legal and Accounting: What you absolutely must know if you ever do reviews, receive goodies, use pictures… (so, yes, all of us) BIZ, ALL
Steve Keenan, Travel Perspective; Georgi Rollings, Starfish Accounting

12:20 – 13:05 Travel Blogging: The latest inspirations CREATE, ALL
Moderator: Steve Keenan, Travel Perspective; Trish Burgess, Mum’s Gone To; Simon Calder, The Independent; Emma Raphael, Bavarian Sojourn

Food styling and photography: How to make your food pics gorgeous FOOD, ADV
Kerstin Rodgers, MsMarmiteLover; Jeanne Horak-Druiff, Cook Sister


Google+: Learning to love it PRACTICAL, ALL
James Dearsley, The Digital Marketing Bureau


Beginning blogging: What every beginner and post-beginner needs to know, in simple and clear teaching BEG
Alice Elliott, Fairy Blog Mother

13:10 – 14:10 Lunch

14:10 – 14:55 New Ways to Monetise: Making money with your blog BIZ, ALL
Penny Alexander, The A Residence; Helen Neale, KiddyCharts; Sophie Tanner, PropellerNet


How to Instagram Better: Take gorgeous snaps, build followers, be part of the community CREATE, ALL
Marte Marie Forsberg, Marte Marie Forsberg


YouTube: Change your view of it, understand what to do on it, and know what it wants from you to get engagement PRACTICAL, ALL
Greg Brand, Travizeo


How to successfully self-publish WRITE
Emma Clark Lam, An Author’s Notebook

15:00 – 15:45 Building Your Food Brand: Success stories FOOD
Moderator: Tamsin Smith, radio/TV reporter; Anjum Anand, food presenter and author; MsMarmiteLover, creator of the Underground Restaurant and author; Knackered Mother’s Wine Club, wine expert and author; Ivor Peters, Urban Rajah restaurateur and author


Tech knowledge: Things you didn’t know you could do, but you can! PRACTICAL, ALL
Ruth Arnold, GeekMummy

Storytelling: Learn how to share your experiences, compellingly, from someone who’s turned motherhood stories into a musical CREATE
Emily Beecher, Good Enough Mums Club

Mama me-time: Escape the hubbub and explore what nurtures you at this mini creative ”retreat” INSPIRE
Pippa Best, The Story of Mum

15:50 – 16:45 Afternoon coffee & tea

Book signing: Anjum Anand

16:45 – 17:45 The Bloggers’ Keynote

17:45 – 18:15 Special Appearance from the new musical Good Enough Mums Club

Guide to the streams
DEN – Discussion Den, a place where we tackle hot topics. Come ready to join the discussion

WRITE – All about writing and publishing

BEG – Beginning sessions aimed at those finding their feet or refreshing their knowledge

ADV – Advanced sessions targeted to bloggers taking it to the next level

ALL – Sessions aimed at beginners, advanced and everyone in between

BIZ – Teaching how to blog more professionally and earn money

CREATE – Creativity, to spark your imagination and help you achieve your goals

INSPIRE – Firing you up and addressing where you’re going in blogging and life

PRACTICAL – Sessions you’ll leave with practical knowledge