London Book Fair 2015 (part 1)

Now we’ve all had a chance to catch our breaths and get our voices back (unlike Helen I did lose mine again this year!), the Team wanted to share some of our favourite bits of the Fair. Claire, Helen, and Katie are up first. The rest of the team will be follow shortly!

View of our stand and banner
Our stand in the Tech zone had a good view over the bustling main Hall and all the stands below

It was another superb book fair – for me LBF is the highlight of the year. It gives us a chance to catch up with lots of candidates and clients and it’s a rare opportunity to see many of the different sectors we work with under one roof. Saying that the new venue took about 3 days wandering around before I got my bearings again, despite having been several times when it used to be at Olympia. I loved having our booth in the Ivy Club bar, it was an oasis of calm and a great place for our more private meetings. Just need to finish the follow up now…
Claire in the Ivy club
Claire enjoying our booth in the Ivy Club bar

London Book Fair this year reminded me of my first ever LBF at Olympia, before the move to Earls Court via Excel. I felt quite nostalgic to begin with (not least because I bumped into my MA dissertation supervisor who I hadn’t seen for over 11 years) but so much in the world of publishing has changed since the event was last at Olympia and the atmosphere certainly wasn’t jaded or dated.

I didn’t lose my voice this year, which was a minor miracle given the amount of talking I managed to fit in. There was general catching up and more specific conversations about the state of the market and helping employees to develop relevant skills for a changing industry. Perhaps unsurprisingly, consumer insight and market analysis was one of the more common topics of discussion. Overall, I came away with the impression that publishing has come to terms with the new order of things and seems to be in a positive and innovative phase of growth.

In between meetings I managed to have a quick wander through the buzzing halls and narrowly missed a photo opportunity with Conchita Wurst. I didn’t quite muster the courage to sit on the giant sofa in the Tech area and that is something I regret. So my one plea to the organisers for next year is please, please bring back the giant sofa and I will overcome my shyness and sit on it.

This was my first London Book Fair and I was pretty blown away by the sheer size and scale of the operation. I thought the venue was lovely – very light and airy – and the staff were really helpful when we were setting up our stand. It was interesting to meet people from various parts of the industry, and to get a feel for the huge variety of products on offer.

Lynne and Claire
Lynne and Claire at LBF 2015

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