I was very honoured to have been invited along to this today:
Today, The London Book Fair 2015 opened its doors to new home, Olympia, with Mary Berry as Guest of Honour at the official Opening Ceremony. Dignitaries and press came together to enjoy speeches from representatives across the globe, including His Highness, Sheikh Sultan Al-Qasimi and Brian Murray, President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide.
Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture Youth and Sport spoke on behalf of Europe, and announced the winners of the European Union Prize for Literature. The prize acknowledges the wealth of European contemporary literature in the field of fiction and awarded writers from Austria, Croatia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden.
In the afternoon, the Mexico Market Focus Pavilion opened with speakers including the Mexican Ambassador for London, the President of Conaculta and Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair.
And, here’s a selection of what’s coming up tomorrow at the LBF:
Wednesday at The London Book Fair…
· Photo call: Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst, 14:15, John Blake stand 2C40
· Seminar: Conchita in conversation with James Dawson about her autobiography Being Conchita, 14:45, Author HQ
· Photo call: Caprice launches her autobiography My Boys, My Body, My Business, 15:00, stand 6C90
· Press conference: Brian May will be projecting a selection of images from The London Stereoscopic Company books in full 3-D on screen, 11:30, Gallery Suite, Room 1
· Author of the Day: Valeria Luiselli in conversation with Catherine Taylor, 11:30, English PEN Literary Salon
· Author HQ event: How I Made it with NYT bestselling author CJ Lyons, hybrid author Amanda Prowse and Helena Coggan, 16:45, Author HQ
· Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum: a half day programme of four individual sessions facilitated by Toby Green, Head of Publishing at OECD and Alicia Wise, Director of Access and Policy at Elsevier, 09:00, Conference Centre, Olympia Central
· Literary Death Match movie special as part of London Book and Screen Week, at Foyles Charing Cross Road, 18:30