LBF to host series of events across China as part of BIBF and Shanghai International Literature Festival

LBF to host series of events across China as part of BIBF and Shanghai International Literature Festival

Visit LBF Stand at BIBF: E2.E11

London, 19 August 2016:The London Book Fair will be attending Shanghai International Literary Festival and Beijing International Book Fair in August 2016.

Alongside, LBF Director, Jacks Thomas, the LBF delegation to China will include two UK authors; Ian McDonald, whose Science Fiction is very popular in China, and Shakespeare scholar and author Delia Jarrett-Macauley. It will also include SuperMemo World, the Polish winners of an LBF International Excellence Awards 2016.

Shanghai International Literary Week as part of Shanghai Book Fair  – 19-20 August

LBF will be signing an international exchange partnership for the London Book and Screen Week with Shanghai International Literary Week on Friday 19 August.

They will also be hosting author events for Chinese readers with Ian McDonald in conversation with Chinese top science fiction writer Han Song on ‘The Future of Science Fiction’ and Delia Jarrett-Macauley in conversation with Chinese scholar Zhang Li on ‘Why do we read Shakespeare today?’

LBF will host a special celebration reception at the Anting Villa in the French Concession, the literary historical quarter of Shanghai on Sat 20 August in honour of the UK authors’ participation at Shanghai International Literary Week.


Beijing International Book Fair – 24-25 August

LBF stand number: E2.E11

Inside BIBF LBF’s stand will be Shakespeare themed (see image). LBF will host a UK-Chinese writer in conversation session at the Translator’s café in the International Hall attended by Ian McDonald and Delia Jarrett-Macauley on 24th August.

China Publishing Group and LBF Creative Industries Forum, Beijing – 25 August

The creative industries forum, organised in partnership between China Publishing Group and The London Book Fair, is back for a second year. Designed to coincide with BIBF, this year’s forum is titled Classics Across Continents, Creativity Across Formats and will take place at the Kempinski Hotel at 4pm on 25 August. Continuing the dialogue around the endurance and flexibility of the written word started in London this April, experts drawn from publishing, television and gaming will debate the place of storytelling and education in a digital age. The anniversaries of Shakespeare, Tang Xianzu, Beatrix Potter and Raold Dahl will feature, among others.

The guest of honour this year at BIBF is Eastern Europe so LBF will be hosting LBF International Excellence Award 2016 Winner from Poland, SuperMemo World, to speak at the creative industries forum.

In addition to the cultural forum LBF are organizing two reader events in Beijing for visiting authors Ian McDonald and Delia Jarrett-Macauley at Sanlian Book store, which was shortlisted for international book store at the LBF International Excellence Awards in 2016. Delia Jarrett-Macauley will be in conversation with professor Gu Zhengkun, renowned Daoist and Confucian Chinese scholar, professor of linguist and director of the Institute for World Literature at Peking University

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THE LONDON BOOK FAIR, OLYMPIA, LONDON: Tuesday 14 -Thursday 16 April 2017


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 2017, the 46th Fair, will take place from 14 – 16 March 2017, Olympia London. LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for the third year, with the book fair as the pivotal three day event within a seven day programme. London Book and Screen Week will begin on Monday 13 March. For further information, please visit:

Ian McDonald

Ian McDonald was born in Manchester in 1960 and his family moved to Northern Ireland in 1965. The author of many previous novels, including the groundbreaking Chaga books set in Africa, Ian McDonald has long been at the cutting edge of Science Fiction. RIVER OF GODS won the British Science Fiction Association award in 2005, BRASYL won in it in 2007 and THE DERVISH HOUSE in 2010. THE DJINN’S WIFE won the Best Novelette at Hugo Award in 2007. His latest novel, LUNA, reviewed by critics as “Game of Thrones in space’, is currently being adapted for television for CBS.

Delia Jarrett-Macauley

Delia Jarrett-Macauley is a writer of Sierra Leonean parentage, based in London, UK. Among her published works is the Orwell-prize winning novel Moses, Citizen and Me described by the critic Francis Wheen as ‘an extraordinary novel about war, childhood art and salvation. Shakespearean tragedy recast in mode Africa, transformed into a redemptive vision as magical as a midsummer night’s dream.’ Delia has published two edited collections, the most recent being the groundbreaking Shakespeare, Race and Performance –The Diverse Bard. She has held fellowships at the LSE, Warwick and The Women’s Library, and is Chair of the Caine Prize for African Writing.

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