The Children’s Hub @ LBF: LBF invites exhibitors to submit their ideas for a speaking slot in re-launched show floor theatre

NEWS FOR RELEASE, LONDON, 20 November 2013: The Children’s and Young Adult (YA) area of The London Book Fair (LBF) will once again have its own dedicated theatre on the show floor which, for 2014, has been re-launched as the Children’s Hub @ LBF. Exhibitors are now being invited to submit their ideas to be to be considered for a speaking slot within the theatre’s events programme, which will take place across the three days of the Fair.

The Children’s Hub @ LBF sessions will showcase the new and exciting developments taking place within Children’s and YA publishing, and provide a platform for exhibitors to highlight individual successes and achievements, as well as discuss the big ideas that are changing the sector. This series of free-to-attend show floor events will be an open forum for case studies, demonstrations, discussions and networking events – all tailored to a Children’s and YA publishing audience.

Speaking slots at the Children’s Hub @ LBF are free for exhibitors. They are typically half an hour to an hour in length, depending on the topics covered and the number of speakers in each session. The programme of events will not include company or product pitches.

Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair, said: “Children’s and YA publishing is a hugely popular area within The London Book Fair and it’s great to run for the second year a curated showfloor theatre to complement the Insights seminar stream. From the illustrators’ speed-dating to the latest licensing and digital deals, The Children’s Hub @ LBF is the platform for trendspotting.”

Last year, the Children’s Hub @ LBF (then known as the Children’s Innovation Theatre) was one of the highlights of the Fair, drawing over 1,280 visitors and featuring everything from networking sessions for would-be illustrators, sessions on interactive reading communities for young people and technology developments, to insight sessions with some of the top YA bloggers and publicists in the country. In 2013, 47% of visitors to LBF were interested in the children’s and YA publishing sectors.

A show floor theatre open to all, The Children’s Hub @ LBF programme is also a component of LBF’s Insights Seminar Programme (formerly the Love Learning programme) – a series of 250+ events, taking place across the three days of the Fair, which include a dedicated Children’s & Edutainment stream.


Exhibitors can submit their ideas by completing the online submissions form that can be found at:


Tuesday 8 -Thursday 10 April 2014

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For further information, please contact Eleanor Riches, Midas PR on 020 7361 7860 or  

Notes to editors:

The London Book Fair 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. The London Book Fair brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. The London Book Fair 2014, the 43rd Fair, will take place from Tuesday 8-Thursday 10 April 2014, Earls Court, London. The London Book Fair’s Digital Minds Conference will take place the day before LBF opens, on Monday 7 April. Korea is Market Focus country in 2014, following Turkey in 2013. For further information, please visit:


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