LBF seminar line-up unveiled

LBF seminar line-up unveiled

The London Book Fair has unveiled its full 2019 programme, spanning seminars, panel debates, awards, author events and live podcasts.
From audiobooks to ageism, rights to refugee education, and from feminism to fake news, this year’s programme at LBF provides insight into every aspect of the book world. New for 2019 is the live podcasting recording from a range of popular podcasters.

Events at LBF include What Works? Education Conference for educational publishers and technology providers seeking insights into the international developments impacting their industries and markets, International Press Briefing: Insights into publishing 2019  and Poetry in the Age of Social Media: By Kirsty Melville of Andrews McMeel on day one which also features Ian McEwan being interviewed by Leena Normington for the Vintage Books podcast. 

Day two will feature evetns such as Ageism in Publishing – Fact or Fiction?, authors Jess Kidd and Claire McGlasson interviewed by Anna Fielding for Read Like A Writer podcast and Publishing’s Future is in Good Hands: LBF Trailblazers 2019 Winners in Conversation with David Roche, Chair of LBF Advisory Board.

The third day will feature  New Daughters of Africa: Margaret Busby and Ellah Wakatama Allfrey in Conversation, Women in Literature & Translation: Realities & Stereotypes and Behind the Scenes in the Recording Studio: How Audiobook Production is Exploring New Frontiers.

 Speakers at The London Book Fair include: Dr Alaa Hamdon (University of Mosul) leading a session on the work being done to rebuild the libraries that IS destroyed; authors Clara Ng and Reda Gaudiamo who will join Judith Robinson to discuss why we emphasise morality in children’s fiction; the ‘Killed Covers’ hosts providing a rare insight into book cover design, using real life case studies to show how the selection process works; and Guzel Yakhina, Russian bestselling author, taking part in a panel discussing gender in publishing, and how stereotyping and misconceptions can impact language translation.  

Authors taking part in The London Book Fair 2019 include: McEwan, Karin Slaughter, Caryl Philips, Seno Gumira Ajidarma, Holly Bourne, Deborah Moggach, Sharlene Teo, Caroline O’Donoghue, Daisy Buchanan and many more. Raymond Antrobus will be this year’s Poet of the Fair, while David McKee will be attending as Illustrator of the Fair as part of the 30 year celebration of the Elmer book series.
This year’s Market Focus country is Indonesia, and the Fair will include talks with Indonesian writers including Seno Gumira Ajidarma, Intan Paramaditha, Nirwan Dewanto, Dee Lestari, and Leila S. Chudori. In addition to author talks, The London Book Fair will offer a window into publishing in Indonesia, with sessions covering a wide range of themes, including translation, gender and diversity, the significance of the rural-urban divide, the importance of traditions and memory, and the future of Indonesian publishing.

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