3 Kay Symons remembers the first conference, 'Publishing: A Gentleman's Profession?'


So, we had about 200 people.  It was in October of ’83 and it was called ‘A Gentleman’s Profession’, ‘Publishing: A Gentleman’s Profession?’ question mark. And the main thing I remember about it right from, you know, the enthusiasm.  We sold out ahead of the day, quite a long way ahead of the day.  We knew that we’d got enough people who wanted to come.  And the excitement and the energy in that building, that day, was just brilliant.

And it was that thing that people often said when they came to Women in Publishing meetings, which was just, ‘I’m not the only one!  Gosh, other people feel like me and they’ve thought about it and there are solutions, there are ideas and these women are a bit like me and we’ve all got the same thing in common.  And that was terribly exciting.

I suppose it would have been the largest number of women in publishing that we’ve ever had in one place.  And it was a fantastic buzz.

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