24 February 2018

Highlands & Islands

Venue: An Lanntair, Kenneth Street, Stornoway

Time: 09:30 to 18:00


A packed one day version of XpoNorth featuring a programme of inspirational panels, presentations, 1-2-1's and networking opportunities looking at how you can drive your creative business or career forward. This completely free event is relevant for whatever stage you're at in your creative journey, and offers the chance to meet a range of industry specialists, discuss challenges and opportunities and put your own questions and opinions forward.


9.30: Registration


Meet the Creative Organisations:
Hear from representatives from a broad cross-reach of regional and national organisations on how you can access the support to bring your creative ideas to life, secure funding to develop your business and gain a valuable insight into current programmes which offer support to develop your project and innovate your business model.

Lorraine Thomson: Interface
Jeni Oliver: Scottish Development International
Norman Maclean: Business Gateway
John MacDonald: Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Open Session: Discussing the Framework of the Modern Music Industry
This interactive session will bring together a range of perspectives from across the music industry to discuss the current industry landscape and offer practical advice on how to develop your music business. This session will be of particular interest to both artists and music businesses at all stages of their development. As an open session, we would encourage as much engagement from attendees as possible and the session will be designed to allow interaction throughout the discussion.

Alex Smith: XpoNorth
Michael Lambert: A Modern Way/ Wide Days
Jo McLean: The Touring Network
Toni Malyn: Head of Marketing & Artist Relations, EmuBands

12.30-13.00: BREAK

13.00- 14.15:
In Conversation with Designer Netty Sopata
With every small business there is story of how, when and why this happened.Kilt and garment maker, Netty Sopata of Diggory Brown will discuss her inspiring journey, the benefits and challenges of being based on the Isle of Lewis, the support she has had along the way as well as some of the fascinating projects she has been involved in.


Content, Commissioning and Caring about your Audience: BBC ALBA’s Margaret Murray
2018 marks BBC ALBA’s 10th year on screen. Xpo North's Kate Hooper speaks with Margaret Mary Murray, who has been the Head of the BBC's Gaelic Digital Service for the last decade. They will discuss themes including the latest strategies in reaching modern-day audiences, commissioning, content production and broadcast opportunities. They'll also look back at some of Margaret Mary's learnings from her time at the helm of BBC ALBA. Whether you work in broadcasting or not, this session will be of real benefit to anyone looking to reach and engage with modern day audiences.

Margaret Murray: Head of BBC’s Gaelic Digital Service


Spotlight on Getting Published
Literary Agent Lindsey Fraser will talk you through the publishing process, discuss expectations and opportunities writers might explore, and suggest ways to maximise the chances of getting published. A session for writers at all stages, and for readers interested in how the world of publishing works. Lindsey Fraser has a background in bookselling, education and readership development. After 10 years running Scottish Book Trust, she and Kathryn Ross established Fraser Ross Associates, a Literary Agency representing writers and illustrators from all over the UK. Lindsey was a regular book reviewer, edited a number of anthologies and has travelled widely to promote readership development. She and Kathryn support young writers through their work with The Pushkin Prizes and the Young Walter Scott Prize.

Lindsay Fraser: Literary Agent, Fraser Ross Associates


XpoNorth. Why Me?
Find out more about XpoNorth, Scotland’s leading Creative Industries Festival and why it’s relevant to your business and professional development. XpoNorth has established a reputation as an excellent platform to meet and hear from leading creative professionals from across the international marketplace and a great opportunity for you to grow your professional networks.

Alex Smith: Project manager, XpoNorth
Iain Hamilton: Head of Creative Industries, HIE
Kate Hooper: Screen and Broadcast Lead, XpoNorth
Jeni Oliver: Senior Executive, Creative Industries, SDI


An Lanntair Presents: The Gaelic Angle
A lively and interactive Q&A session on working successfully in the Gaelic Arts and Creative Industries


Networking and Close.

1-2-1 Sessions with a selection of participating speakers are available to book by emailing Iranzu Galdeano: Iranzu.galdeano@hient.co.uk