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XpoNorth 2021 Adds Black Sabbath Tour Manager to Speaker Line-up

Michael Behr


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In addition, Great British Sewing Bee judge Patrick Grant will be speaking at the two-day event.

The XpoNorth 2021 Conference has added additional speakers to its line-up ahead of the event on June 16th-17th – fashion designer Patrick Grant and Black Sabbath’s tour manager, Kim Hawes.

As one of the first female tour managers, Hawes toured with some of the most notorious rock bands including Black Sabbath and Motorhead. Now an author, she is also an educator and life coach helping others achieve their goals within the music industry.

In addition to serving as director of bespoke tailors, Norton & Sons of Saville Row, Grant is a judge on The Great British Sewing Bee and has been recognised at the British Fashion Awards for his work.

Returning as an interactive digital conference, the event will be themed around ‘new ways of working and storytelling’. The conference will celebrate the Highlands and Islands’ creative economy,

In addition, the event will offer dedicated training spaces, networking opportunities, specialist advice sessions and a focus on wellbeing and mindfulness. New for this year will be the addition of digital trade stands and applications are now open for companies looking to take a virtual space at the conference.

The new additions to the event’s line-up will join the event’s current speakers, including historian, author, broadcaster and award-winning professor of history Professor Suzannah Lipscomb. In addition, historian and broadcaster Professor Kate Williams will discuss the joys and challenges of writing historical fact and fiction.

Ex-International rugby star turned theatre, TV, radio and drama producer, Edward Crozier, will also speak about his experiences of switching from competitive sport to the creative industry.

Diane Mulcahy, gig economy expert and author is also part of this year’s line-up, as well as scientist, inventor and author of ‘Creating Things That Matter’, David Edwards. Sam Delaney, BBC London, Talk Sport and Talk Radio presenter as well as former editor of Heat Magazine, has written three books and will take part in the digital conference alongside Outlander producer, Michael Wilson.


Project Manager at XpoNorth Alex Smith said: “Last year, our first digital edition of the conference was attended by over 6,000 people making it Scotland’s largest conference at the time.

“With the superb calibre of speakers we’ve got lined up for this year coupled with much-improved interactivity and a wider scope of sessions incorporating wellbeing and practical business support, I have no doubt this year’s conference will be our best attended yet.

“The opportunities available to learn from some of the best in the creative business, network with peers and unite to discuss new ways of working in this period of accelerated change is not to be missed. I urge everyone in the creative industries from those just starting out to industry veterans to join us on June 16th and 17th.”

For more information about attending the conference on June 16th-17th, visit

Michael Behr

Senior Staff Writer

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