London Book Fair 2018

Posted by kate Poels on Friday, April 13, 2018
Yesterday I got up early, paid an extortionate amount of money for a peak rail ticket to London and headed up to Olympia.  From previous experience I put on my comfiest shoes and easy to remove layers, both of which I was very glad of by the end of the day.
Olympia is a pretty huge place and so the first thing I did was pick up a map and try to get my bearings.  I had a moment where I felt like I needed to put the map on the floor and stand on it to get a better idea of where everything was (much like Joey from Friends when he visits London) but I managed to restrain myself and still got to the first talk I had highlighted on time.

I heard Tiffany Leeson from Egmont talk about structuring picture books, Jacqueline Wilson giving tips on writing and then chatting to Julia Eccleshare about her own journey from teenage magazine writer to the prolific goddess of Children's Lit we know and love.  I also listened to the wonderful Alex T Smith talking about how his gorgeous Claude books were taken on by Hachette and then turned into a series due to be aired on the Disney Junior channel next month.

Lots of interesting things to listen to and see (first place for best stand has to go the people of Usborne books for a brilliant green hideaway in the middle of the chaos) but also lots of people to meet and catch up with.  I bumped into old friends and made some new ones.  But I also met some incredibly lovely industry folk and set up interesting things for the Picture Book Group I help my great friend Fiona Barker run, as well as some possible work on a new reading scheme.

All in all it was a terrific (but terrifically tiring) day, rounded off beautifully at the pub with a bunch of fellow SCBWIs.

Today my head is pounding slightly and my feet are aching but I have leads to follow up and a warm fuzzy feeling from being surrounded by fabulous people and a whole exhibition centre full of books.



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