A new edition of the London Book Fair, one of the largest book-publishing trade fairs in Europe, kicks off today (April 18), at Olympia London, bringing together authors, publishers and key industry figures.

The event, first launched in 1971, will feature a diverse programme of expert panels, seminars and author talks, including Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, who will be in conversation with Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah on Wednesday 19 April. They will discuss London’s role as a hub for the UK’s creative economy; climate change and the role of cities in supporting a more sustainable future; Khan will also talk about his upcoming book, ‘Breathe: Tackling the Climate Emergency’ (Hutchinson Heinemann) to be release on May 25.

“I’m delighted to attend this year’s London Book Fair and engage with an industry that is so important to London’s cultural vibrancy and the UK’s creative economy. Cities like London are leading from the front in taking action to tackle the climate emergency – and I look forward to discussing how we can all play a part in building a greener future.”, says the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

No. 1 international bestselling novelist, non-fiction writer and playwright Kate Mosse will appear in the Keynote session on Thursday 20 April, in conversation with journalist and British television presenter, Louise Minchin, discussing her newly announced upcoming book ‘The Ghost Ship’, how the Women’s Prize for Fiction has evolved and, and the work that still needs to be done to champion women’s voices in the industry, both in the UK and abroad.

Other confirmed events to take place over three days include a talk from HarperCollins’  chief executive, Brian Murray, and a meet and greet with the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, who next month will launch the paperback edition of her Sunday Times bestselling debut novel ’Her Heart for a Compass’ (Mills & Boon), with a book club to raise money for Ukrainian refugees on the Polish border.

The 2023 edition of the London Book Fair also sees the launch of a Schools Programme, in partnership with the National Literacy Trust.

The initiative will engage with 80 students from disadvantaged backgrounds aged 13-16, an age where young people are starting to think about their career, which in turn informs their educational and work pathways choices. This project is part of Words for Work, the National Literacy Trust’s flagship literacy and employability programme that bring schools, colleges, and businesses together to give young people from disadvantaged communities the confidence, literacy, and communication skills they need to reach their potential.

The London Book Fair 2023 is taking place at Olympia London from 18-20th April 2023.

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