Philip Pullman and Alaa Al Aswany headline the International Publishers Congress London 2016

Philip Pullman and Alaa Al Aswany headline the International Publishers Congress London 2016

31st International Publishers Congress, 9-12 April 2016 @ LBF

London/Geneva, 18 December 2015: Philip Pullman and Alaa Al Aswany will headline 31st International Publishers Congress in London in April 2016. The world famous authors join a line-up of influential publishers including Hachette CEO, Arnaud Nourry, for what promises to be a stimulating and thought-provoking conference.

The Congress runs from 9-12 April 2016 and will take place at The London Book Fair for the first time. Delegates to this truly international gathering will hear from speakers from 17 countries including Chiki Sarkar, CEO of Juggernaut Books (India), Francis Gurry from the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organisation, and Singaporean publisher Fei Chen Lee of Times Publishing Group.

Philip Pullman said: “I’m very happy to have the chance to speak to this important congress, and to express some thoughts that have occurred to a novelist about the present state of the field in which we all work.”

The Congress is organised by the International Publishers Association in partnership with the UK Publishers Association and The London Book Fair. The comprehensive programme will address the key policy and practical issues of the day for publishers.

The programme, strategically timed to coincide with The London Book Fair, ensures that delegates will not only benefit from the Congress but also a curated agenda throughout the book fair itself.

Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) is the official Gold Sponsor for the 31st International Publishers Congress.

Programme for IPA Congress delegates:

  • Saturday 9 April: Day 1: Networking reception
  • Sunday 10 April: Day 2: Publishing Now: Creativity, Anti
  • Censorship, Commerce
  • Monday 11 April: Day 3: Quantum: Publishing & So Much More
  • Tuesday 12 April: Day 4: The London Book Fair, Research &
  • Scholarly Publishing Forum, or What Works?: Education Publishing Conference

The International Publishers Congress delegates will also have a VIP experience of the book fair itself as well as the opportunity to attend other seminar sessions, a cocktail reception in Britain’s flagship bookstore, a Gala Dinner and invites to cinema screenings and author events across London.

To find out how to attend and to view the full programme, please

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Notes to editors:
Tuesday 12 -Thursday 14 April 2016


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 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 11 April. For further information, please visit:


The Publishers Association is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. Membership is comprised of 117 companies from across the trade, academic and education sectors. Its core service is representation and lobbying, around copyright, rights and other matters relevant to members, who represent roughly 80% of the industry by turnover.

The federation of national, regional and specialist publishers’ associations with a  membership comprising more than 60 organisations from over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, IPA represents the interests of the publishing industry in international fora and wherever publishers’ interests are at stake. IPA was founded in 1896 in Paris by the leading publishers at the time. Its initial aim was to ensure that countries throughout the world showed respect for copyright, and properly implemented the (then) new international copyright treaty, the “Berne Convention for the protection of literary and artistic works”.

The promotion and defence of copyright is still one of IPA’s main objectives as is the fight to uphold the freedom to publish, a fundamental aspect of the human right to freedom of expression. Likewise, IPA stands for the promotion of literacy and reading, and has always been a meeting place for publishers to network, exchange views and conduct business. IPA is an accredited non-governmental organisation (NGO) with a human rights mandate enjoying consultative relations with the United Nations.

Sharjah Book Authority (SBA)
Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) is the official Gold Sponsor for the 31st International Publishers Congress. SBA was launched in 2014, through an Emiri decree by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

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