London Book Fair 2015

Managing editor Patsy Horton represented Blackstaff Press and Publishing Ireland at the London Book Fair 2015. Here’s how she got on…

London Book Fair

It’s now two weeks since the London Book Fair took place and I’m still in the middle of all the follow-up work that comes from having had over a dozen meetings across two days. 

The book fair is one of the highlights in the publishing calendar and it’s a huge buzz to be there. This year it was held from the 14th to the 16th of April. As usual, Blackstaff Press was on the Publishing Ireland stand and we had a great spot in the fair’s new home in the Olympia conference centre. 

One of the great things about the fair is that it offers us the opportunity to meet and talk with lots of our business partners – our sales team in GB, ebook distributor, US distributor, rights agents – and to develop new contacts and leads. Just walking around the fair is an education in itself – looking at book jackets, checking out what people are publishing, getting a nosy at who’s meeting who.

One of the highlights for me this year was when Irish ambassador Dan Mulhall visited the stand to show his support for Irish publishers. As he is a Waterford man, I gave him a copy of our bestselling book Waterford Whispers News: The State of the Nation – and he was quite taken with it!

We might not have been involved in the 12-way auction for The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu, but even for a small publisher like us the London Book Fair offers great opportunities to grow our business and to sell our books in new formats and territories. 

You can read more about London Book Fair 2015 on their website,