London Book Fair

The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for story creators, the hub of the publishing world and the industry’s essential spring chapter.

From the publishers and dealmakers to the copyright pros, the commissioners and the global licensers, including those involved in rights negotiation, LBF unites the book community for three days of business, networking and learning each year.

All sectors of the publishing industry are covered at LBF, from Trade Publishing and Children’s & YA to Academic & Scholarly and more.

The Literary Translation Centre features a range of seminars, discussions and networking opportunities. It is a hub for debates on hot topics in literary translation, such access and decolonising. The programme includes sessions that are useful for emerging and established literary translators wanting to navigate the industry.

NCW co-programmes the Literary Translation Centre in partnership with London Book Fair and a consortium of UK-based translation organisations – the British Centre for Literary Translation, the British Council, English PEN, the European Literature Network, the Lesser Translated Languages Network, Literature Across Frontiers, the Poetry Translation Centre, and the Translators Association (Society of Authors). Each organisation programmes at least one event in the Centre over the three days of the fair.

In 2023, we covered a wide range of topics, from access and accessibility to getting projects acquired to fair remuneration. There were also sessions focusing on particular countries or regions, such as multilingual India or less translated literatures from Spain, as well as translating global languages such as Arabic and using bridge languages to translate indigenous literature.

NCW hosted an event on the benefits of translation residencies, as part of the Translation in Motion project led by RECIT and co-funded by Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

The 2024 London Book Fair will take place from 12 to 14 March. 

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