By Amy Joan Sayner and Georgia Appleyard
The London Book Fair is the world’s largest spring book trade and publishing event. The 2024 occasion will take place at London’s historic Olympia Exhibition Centre between 12–14 March. Exhibits will offer publishing professionals and authors the opportunity to network, engage with their audience, and build brand awareness. Seminars and workshops will provide visitors with insight into the publishing industry, and the line-up for the talks held at the Main Stage theater has now been revealed.
Authors Richard Osman, Taylor Jenkins Reid, and Joseph Coelho, as well as illustrator Flavia Z. Drago will take part in "In Conversation" events on different days of the fair. Taylor Jenkins Reid will be in attendance on 12 March, Richard Osman and Flavia Z. Drago on 13 March, and Joseph Coelho on 14 March.
Prominent figures in the publishing industry such as: Jonathan Karp, President and CEO of Simon & Schuster; Antonia Seymour, CEO of IOP Publishing; Amanda D'Acierno, President and Publisher of PRH Audio Publishing Group; Dan Conway, CEO of The Publishers Association UK; and Nicola Usborne, CEO of Usborne Publishing are confirmed speakers for various talks and discussions.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to attend discussions on topics like environmental and social best practices, the future of audio in publishing, global accessibility in publishing, the importance of accurate representation and authentic storytelling, the future impact of artificial intelligence in publishing, and the implications of AI for copyright law and policy.
Gareth Rapley, Director of The London Book Fair, said, “We are thrilled to have such a wide range of heavyweight panelists, spanning international publishers, best-selling authors, AI experts, media executives and charity CEOs. Visitors to The London Book Fair 2024 can expect engaging debates and eye-opening conversations on the key themes that affect the publishing world.”
Ticket registration is now open, with early-bird pricing available until 31 December 2023. There is the option of a one-day ticket which gives visitors access to a specific day of the event, or a three-day flexible open-access ticket for the entire event. Students can purchase one-day and three-day tickets at a discounted rate, but please note that the one-day ticket is for the 14 March only.
Find more information here. Further details of the 2024 line-up will be revealed in the run up to the Fair.