London Book Fair 2017


The London Book Fair 2017 opens with an array of top Author Events, Wellcome Book Prize’s shortlist announcement and publishing insights….reports Asian Lite News

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The Wellcome Book Prize judges, including Val McDermid, with this year’s Shortlisted books

The London Book Fair opened its doors to publishing professionals, top authors and aspiring writers from over 100 countries today as the 46th Fair commenced.

Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair, said: “The opening day of the Fair is always buzzing as the industry gathers to meet colleagues from around the UK and overseas, and discuss today the books that will be making headlines in the future. Today also saw a huge number of popular events taking place at the Fair, from the inauguration of the Market Focus Poland and the Spotlight on India, to the Wellcome Book Prize Shortlist announcement and the opening of the Club at the Ivy, as well as a timely discussion about what Brexit holds for the industry.

Authors, as ever, are at the heart of the Fair and we were joined today by some fantastic names, including Ruby Wax, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Zygmunt Miłoszewski, Jacek Dehnel, Bernard Cornwell, Val McDermid, Marzanna Kielar, Gurinder Chadha, David Nicholls and Louise Doughty, to name but a few.”


Highlights from Day One of the Fair:

The Wellcome Book Prize revealed its 2017 shortlist: The Wellcome Book Prize recognises exceptional works of fiction and non-fiction that engage with the topics of health and medicine. The shortlist for the 2017 prize was unveiled today at The London Book Fair by this year’s judging panel, chaired by acclaimed author Val McDermid.

Polish poets, Jacek Dehnel and Marzanna Kielar spoke to Sarah Hesketh and Moniza Alvi to discuss Polish poetry today. Jacek reflected on the last 8 years of poetry in Poland and talked about the changes since the publication of Six Polish Poets in 2009.

Spotlight on India

Brexit and the consequences on the publishing industry were at the forefront of everyone’s mind today at the Olympia Room in the Grand Hall. Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, Ian Hudson, CEO of DK Publishing, and Rosa Wilkinson from the Department for International Trade talked to the Publishers Association’s CEO Stephen Lotinga about what the impact of Britain outside the EU might be for UK publishers.

Independent authors Rachel Abbott, Joseph Alexander, Mark Dawson and LJ Ross talked to Kindle Direct Publishing’s UK Manager, Darren Hardy about their writing and independent publishing experiences. They also shared advice with fellow authors at Author HQ, the hub for writers at LBF which aims to provide the knowledge, tools and insight writers need to make informed decisions about getting their work published.

Comedian, Ruby Wax opened the Frazzled Café, which acts as a ‘talk-in’ place for personal stories and a centre for mindfulness at the Fair this year.

Gurinder Chadha, David Nicholls and Louise Doughty took to the stage at the Cross Media Collection to discuss the transformation of books onto the small and big screen.

Meanwhile crowds gathered for the launch of Poland Market Focus, with speeches from Poland’s Vice Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Magdalena Gawin, the Director of the Polish Book Institute, Dariusz Jaworski, LBF Director Jacks Thomas and the CEO of the Publishers Association Steven Lotinga.

The spotlight was on India today in the National Hall Gallery as the opening ceremony kicked off a series of special events as part of the British Council’s India/UK Year of Culture 2017. The ceremony included speeches by the High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr Y K Sinha, and the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture of India, Mr Pranav Khullar, and featured a performance of the Karma Sutra Ballad and Spiritual IQ tests.

Polish crime fiction writer and author of Rage, Zygmunt Miłoszewski, talked to leading Polish translator, Antonia Lloyd-Jones about his novel, Rage and the future of Polish crime fiction.

The day wraps up with the International Excellence Awards, held in partnership with The Publishers Association. The awards are a celebration of publishing and related activities outside the UK. The awards ceremony will also include the presentation of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award to Luiz Schwarcz, Publisher of Companhia das Letras, Brazil.