Trailblazers: here is the class of 2021

News Monday, 8th March 2021

Five book industry talents under the age of 30


The London Book Fair has announced the five winners of the 2021 Trailblazer Awards. The awards recognise talented people under the age of 30 in the book industry, and take place in partnership with the Publishers Association, with support from the Society of Young Publishers and BookBrunch.  

The five are:

Ain-Deheb Bensenouci, partnerships and events manager, Penguin Contact
Grace Keane, programme manager, New Writing North
Hannah Chukwu, assistant editor at Hamish Hamilton
Olivia Rosenthall, owner, Maldon Books
Silé Edwards, literary agent, Mushens Entertainment 

A new feature of the awards this year is a programme enabling the five winners to receive mentorship from previous Trailblazers. The mentors will include Anna Russo (Hodder Education), Bryony Woods (DKW Literary Agency), Ella Kahn (DKW Literary Agency), Heather McDaid (404 Ink), and Phoebe Morgan (HarperCollins). 

Andy Ventris, director of the London Book Fair, said: "We are delighted to announce the winners of this year's Trailblazer Awards, featuring inspiring individuals from across the book world. It has been a challenging year for publishing, but these winners demonstrate the passion, dedication and creativity which make the industry so resilient. We look forward to seeing what all five of them do next."
 
The Trailblazers will star at an event at the London Book Fair, which this year takes place from 29 June to 1 July.

Photos: 2021 Trailblazers clockwise from top left: Hannah Chukwu, Olivia Rosenthall, Silé Edwards, Ain-Deheb Bensenouci, Grace Keane

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