Conference Wrap

IPEd conf

Around 270 editors attended the 8th IPEd National Editors Conference in Brisbane last month. The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre was a lovely venue – and provided great food! The nearby river and gardens were great for a break, and the CBD was just across the bridge.

At the conference, delegates were kept busy with workshops (preceding the conference), a welcome reception, plenary sessions, three conference streams and the conference dinner.

The highlight of the dinner was the presentation of the inaugural Rosie Award for editorial excellence – awarded to Jacqueline Blanchard. An unexpected bonus was that the award was presented by Rosanne Fitzgibbon’s sister, the author Marion Halligan, who attended with other members of Rosanne’s family.

In addition to exploring thesis editing, I was inspired by presentations and panel discussions covering: freelancing and the business of being an editor; editing and business tools; editing practice in a range of areas outside my usual work, such as digital mapping, accessibility, infographics; and alliances and networking.

With just two days of conference proper, it wasn’t long before we had to return to Melbourne and our usual routines. But before we did that, Lorna Hendry and Sophie Dougall gave delegates a quick briefing on plans for the next IPEd conference, which Editors Victoria will host in May 2019, and handed out bookmarks (see the design below) and chocolate-coated coffee beans for a taste of Melbourne.

For those who did not attend, or who would like to read about sessions they didn’t get to, I’ve collected some blog posts about the conference (a couple with huge amounts of detail) and Phillip Bryan has contributed his impressions of the conference.

Margie Beilharz