Last week, I got to go to the London Book Fair. It was quite an exciting event for me given that I had never been to such an event before and I thoroughly enjoyed going. The event itself lasted for three days; I, however, only went on the first day. This was because I was writing my dissertation during that week as well. That being said, the day itself was a lot of fun.
I was not quite sure what to expect when I first arrived, so felt a bit over-whelmed to start with. The place was massive! There were so many exhibitors and people and things going on, that it was quite difficult to know where to start. Fortunately, I had already trawled through the website before going and so had a rough plan of action. One of my friends joined me later on which made the day all the more enjoyable.
After wandering around for a bit, and getting my bearings, I went to my first seminar of the day. This one was the most important to me, as it discussed the skills that publishers were currently looking for. Needless to say, I learnt a lot. Following that, I met up with my friend and we went to a few more seminars and talks.
One of my favourite parts of the day was watching an interview with Emma Healey, the author of ‘Elizabeth is Missing.’ I loved the book and listening to what the author had to say was fascinating, especially her path to becoming a best-selling novelist and the influence her family had on the book. I ended up buying another copy of ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ and getting it signed. I think I may start a collection.
To cap off a day of literature, my friend and I went to see ‘The Mousetrap’, a play written by Agatha Christie. The longest running play, it has managed to stand the test of time. I was engrossed with the story and the mystery was one that really made you think. While I did manage to guess the resolution at one point, I had put it out of my mind as I could not work out how it would work, but it did and very well at that too.
All in all, I really enjoyed my day out in London. It made for a fantastic break from my dissertation work and I felt like I learnt a lot. I will definitely be going next year, if I can.