We have a powerful line-up of speakers.
For instance, one of our newly confirmed speakers, Birmingham-based digital content editor/brand journalist Fiona Cullinan (see fionacullinan.com, in 2009 decided to go "100 per cent digital" in her work after 20 years freelancing in print of one sort or another. She explains: "I hated the fact that, with the credit crunch and the collapse of advertising budgets, I was suddenly competing with friends for shifts. It was cut-throat and upsetting. Online was where all the action was - and budgets were shifting. So I set up two blogs: one on holiday packing guides and one on sub-editing and taught myself the new digital ropes."
Likewise Max Glaskin, freelance writer on cycling, airships, walnuts, brain surgery and more: see homepage.ntlworld.com/max.glaskin/ and the Freelance Directory. His conference topic is "Finding The Client Who Didn't Know They Were Looking For You" because he's been doing just that for 25 years.
Update: In the first session, eminent media pundit Peter Kirwan (for the Guardian, Press Gazette and Wired) has replaced eminent media pundit Steve Hewlett. Also in the first session, Arjum Wajid (broadcast journalist and freelance media ethics trainer) replaces Sheryl Garratt who suddenly had to be in New York for an interview on the 17 while Arjum, originally listed in this slot, discovered at the same time that she wouldn't be in Pakistan after all so she's back again. Such is freelancing.
Likewise in the third session, Hina Pandya (freelance writer, print/online/blogger, ebooks) will speak on "making it in a recession and a media crisis from a standing start" because she's pulled off that considerable feat shared by original speaker Imran Jina.