London Book & Screen Week issues call for partners ahead of 2016 return

Tuesday 24 November, 2015: London Book & Screen Week – the capital’s biggest ever celebration of books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire – has today issued a fresh call for partners for its second year, while officially opening event submissions for 2016.

Having launched in April this year, with over 140 events taking place citywide across seven days, London Book & Screen Week 2016 (11-17 April) is set to return bigger, bolder and better than ever, continuing its strategic partnership with London & Partners.

The event series is produced by, and coincides with, The London Book Fair (12-14 April). Celebrating its 45 year anniversary in April 2016, the fair is the leading global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.

London, as the international capital of the creative industries and home of the fair, remains at the very heart of this process, with London Book & Screen Week offering people all over the city the chance to experience this vibrancy in some of the city’s greatest venues, with discussions, debates, master classes, parties and special film showings.

Buoyed by the success of its first year, London Book & Screen Week will benefit from a number of exciting new developments in 2016, including: the launch of an official box office space at The London Book Fair in Olympia; the programming of a specially curated strand of events using The London Book Fair’s star ‘Authors of the Day’; and wider partner engagement across the city to ensure a programme that is broader than ever.

Jacks Thomas, Director of the London Book Fair, said: “Following a tremendous debut year for London Book & Screen Week, we are thrilled to be bringing the special event series back in 2016 with a raft of exciting additions and a refreshed approach. London is at the centre of the creative industries, inspiring and generating some of the greatest stories ever told – from James Bond and the Jungle Book, to Shakespeare and Harry Potter. The week offers an opportunity for everyone to celebrate their favourite books, films, TV shows, games and entertainment platforms. We look forward to working with partners across the city to make it all happen.”

Zanine Adams, Head of Events and Business Development UK at London and Partners, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with London Book & Screen Week for its return to the city in 2016. Events such as these are an important part of the creative industry calendar in London, and 2016 will be an especially notable year with landmark literary anniversaries celebrating world famous writers such as Shakespeare and Roald Dahl. We hope that next year’s event will attract an even bigger audience from across the UK and internationally, further enhancing London’s reputation as a leading global city for culture.”

Last year’s programme featured author Q&As, writing master classes, film screenings, cook book demonstrations, bookshop crawls, literary debates, live readings, poetry parties, fiction prizes, book launches, self-publishing workshops and more.

Previous London Book & Screen Week partners included:  ALLi, Audible, BAFTA,  Bloomsbury Institute, Booksellers Association, Boudica Films, British Council, Clays, Dulwich Bookshop, English PEN, European Booksellers Association, Faber, Foyles, Fullers Brewery, Good Housekeeping, Hailo, IdeasTap, Institut Francais, Ivy Club, London Calling, London Writers Club, Made in Me, Orbital Comics, OurScreen, PictureHouse Cinemas, Pin Drop, Poetry Society, Publishers Association, , SelfMadeHero, SFX, Sid’s Literary Tours, Soho House, T Pub, The Guardian, Total Film, Visit London and Waterstones

For more information on partnership opportunities around London Book & Screen Week 2016, please contact Christopher Bone at FMcM Associates (chrisb@fmcm.co.uk or 0207 405 7422).

To submit an event for London Book & Screen Week 2016, visit: http://new-londonbookandscreenweek.bitnamiapp.com/submitting-your-event/ with the programme

For further information about London Book & Screen Week, please visit www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk and keep up with the latest news on Twitter @LBandSW.

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Notes to editors

ABOUT LONDON BOOK & SCREEN WEEK

London Book & Screen Week 2016 is a seven day, citywide celebration of books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire. Produced by The London Book Fair (see below), the landmark event series brings storytelling and the written word to life, uniting the capital’s avid readers, writers, game, film and TV fans with a diverse range of events taking place across literary London. Now in its second year, the event continues to grow in scale and impact.

ABOUT THE LONDON BOOK FAIR

The London Book Fair (LBF) is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every Spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. LBF brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. LBF 2016, the 45th Fair, will take place from Tuesday 12-Thursday 14 April 2016, Olympia London. LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for the second year, with the book fair as the pivotal three day event within a five day programme. For further information, please visit: www.londonbookfair.co.uk

ABOUT THE LONDON BOOK FAIR’S AUTHOR OF THE DAY PROGRAMME

Writers are at the heart of The London Book Fair and every year the fair offers a single author a platform to showcase their work to an international audience on each day. First introduced in 2006, Author of the Day is now established as a key element of the fair, with the authors benefitting from broad marketing support and a headline slot on the London Book & Screen Week programme. Previous Authors of the Day have included: Boris Akunin, Malorie Blackman OBE, William Boyd, Anthony Browne, Julia Donaldson, Bi Feiyu, Sun-mi Hwang, Peter James, Elif Shafak, Valeria Luiselli, Deborah Moggach, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Ness, David Nicholls, Liz Pichon, Sir Terry Prachett, Axel Scheffler, and Claire Tomalin.

ABOUT LONDON & PARTNERS

London & Partners is the official promotional company for London. We promote London and attract businesses, events, congresses, students and visitors to the capital. Our aims are to build London’s international reputation and to attract investment and visitor spend, which create jobs and growth.

London & Partners is a not-for-profit public private partnership, funded by the Mayor of London and our network of commercial partners.

For more information visit www.londonandpartners.com

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