Anthony Horowitz to deliver Author Keynote at the Publishing for Digital Minds Conference

‘Polymath’ author to offer unique insight into critical & commercial success across books, film and TV

News for release, 19 February 2014: The London Book Fair is delighted to announce that Anthony Horowitz, one of the most prolific and accomplished multi-disciplinary writers working today, will deliver the Author Keynote at the Publishing for Digital Minds Conference, in association with The Publishers Association and sponsored by Copyright Clearance Center, on Monday 7 April.

Horowitz is unique among contemporary writers in his ability to create enduring brands across the full spectrum of modern media – achievements recently recognised in the New Year Honours list when he was awarded an OBE for services to literature. Horowitz’s successes range from the treasured TV series such as Foyle’s War and Midsomer Murders to the 19 million selling Alex Rider book series and the critical and commercial triumph that was the ‘reboot’ of Sherlock Holmes in The House of Silk. As one of very few writers whose work boasts equal success in book, TV and film form, he is ideally placed to address the opportunities for publishers and authors in creating IP with the power to connect with audiences across multiple platforms.

His appearance continues the Conference’s tradition of fielding keynotes from authors for whom the post-digital world has opened up new and exciting possibilities. Last year’s speech from Neil Gaiman appealing for the publishing world to experiment more by being “dandelions” got The London Book Fair off to a flying start. This year Horowitz’s polymathic view of the content industries, which includes everything from books and TV series to films, stage plays and journalism, promises to do the same.

Commenting on his participation, Horowitz said: “The London Book Fair and the Publishing for Digital Minds Conference are major events in the publishing calendar and I’m thrilled to be part of them. Do we need publishers? Do printed books have a future? These are big questions and I’ll be offering a few thoughts.”

Publishing for Digital Minds – New Paradigms, Partners and Platforms is set to explore how publishers are benefiting from more diverse business models and new strategies for creating, producing and distributing IP. The Conference will kick off the first LONDON BOOK AND SCREEN WEEK, welcoming delegates drawn from across the world for a day of keynote speeches, networking panel discussions and debates on the digital future of publishing.

Horowitz joins an already impressive line-up of speakers that includes ‘hybrid’ author sensation Hugh Howey, Sourcebooks CEO Dominique Raccah and Bill Thompson, veteran technology journalist and head of the BBC Archive.

Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair said: “Anthony’s success across the book and television worlds positions him fabulously to share insights on the changing – or not – role of the writer in years to come. Always considered, witty and intelligent, Anthony’s commentary will be a highlight.”


Date: Monday 7 April 2014 – 09:00
Venue: The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster.
Tickets: To book a place, go to

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For further information, please contact Chris McCrudden, Midas PR Tel: 020 7361 7860, email:

THE LONDON BOOK FAIR, EARLS COURT, LONDON Tuesday 8 -Thursday 10 April 2014

Notes to editors:

Anthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific and successful writers working in the UK – and is unique for working across so many media. Anthony is a born polymath; juggling writing books, TV series, films, plays and journalism.

Anthony has written over 40 books including the bestselling teen spy series Alex Rider, which he adapted into a movie that was released worldwide in 2006. The Alex Rider series is estimated to have sold 19 million copies worldwide. Anthony is also an acclaimed writer for adults and was commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate and Orion Books to write a new Sherlock Holmes novel. The House of Silk was published in November 2011 and was internationally lauded as the top title of the autumn. He is currently working on the sequel. His highly anticipated novel, Oblivion, the epic conclusion to the Power of Five series, was published in October 2012.

Anthony is responsible for creating and writing some of the UK’s most beloved and successful television series, producing the first seven episodes (and the title) of Midsomer Murders. He is the writer and creator of award-winning drama series Foyle’s War, which was the Winner of the Lew Grade Audience award for BAFTA. DCS Foyle was voted the nation’s favourite detective in 2011. Anthony has also written other original complex dramas for ITV, particularly thrillers. Collision, a major five part “state of the nation” piece was transmitted on ITV1 in November 2009 to seven million viewers a night. He followed this with the equally successful legal thriller Injustice, also for ITV 1 – transmitted in June 2011. Foyle’s War returned in March 2013 as a Cold War thriller and was greeted with such critical acclaim and demands for more – that he is now working on another new series

Anthony recently joined the board of the Old Vic. He regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines on subjects ranging from politics to education. He has been a patron to East Anglia Children’s Hospices and the anti-bullying charity, Kidscape, since 2008.


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 2014, the 43rd Fair, will take place from Tuesday 8-Thursday 10 April 2014, Earls Court, London. For 2014, LBF launches London Book and Screen Week, with the book fair as the pivotal three day event within a five day programme. London Book and Screen Week will open with LBF’s Publishing for Digital Minds Conference on Monday 7 April, the day before LBF opens. The Week will close with a direct-to-consumer creative writing event, The London Writer’s Fair, on Friday 11 April. Korea is Market Focus country in 2014, following Turkey in 2013. For further information, please visit:

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